COVID-19 Notice: Block O'Toole & Murphy is fully operational in accordance with safety regulations provided by the CDC and local health officials.
Our attorneys continue to provide quality legal representation and are available to discuss your case over the phone, email, or video. Read more from our managing partners.
Block O'Toole & Murphy Block
& Murphy
Premier NY Personal Injury Lawyers

Workers' Compensation No Longer Doing Its Job, Says NYCOSH

A report issued last year by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) points to problems in the state's workers compensation system. Based on case studies of seven workers, the report shows that workers injured in workplace accidents or made ill by dangerous conditions continue to experience " frustration, aggravation, delay and humiliation" and to receive "inadequate medical care and compensation."

The interviews with the seven injured workers reveal that the workers' compensation system no longer provides quick access to medical care and wage replacement for workers injured on the job. Rather, the system seems to focus on challenging claims to reduce the amount it pays out in compensation and to limit workers' access to medical care.

Workers' compensation was supposed to encourage employers to protect workers from injury and illness by providing a financial incentive - if fewer workers were injured because an employer instituted better safety provisions, their insurance premiums would go down. However, this is being subverted in the name of cost control and improving the business climate in New York. The incentives go not to employers, but to the insurance companies and self-insurance groups who improve their profit margins when they delay and deny wage replacement and access to doctors and other providers.

The result is that the cost of compensating workers who suffered a workplace accident shifts from insurance companies and employers to taxpayers because injured workers who are stuck in the workers' compensation system awaiting a decision turn to Social Security Disability to get by. Most workers awaiting a determination by workers compensation live at property levels. The report summary concludes by noting that the system is almost back to the conditions that gave rise to it in the first place more than 100 years ago.

We will retell some of the individual workers' stories that form the foundation of the NYCOSH report in future blog posts.

Speak with a Qualified New York Injury Lawyer Today

Fill out our short online contact form for a FREE, immediate case review, or call us locally at 212-736-5300 today. The lawyers in our firm work on a contingency basis, so we do not collect any money unless we win your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Firm Awards and Honors

These are some of the publications and organizations that have recognized our firm and individual attorneys for excellence.

Learn More
Block O'Toole & Murphy - Listed in Best Lawyers - Linking Lawyers and Clients Worldwide Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms - U.S. News The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Irish Legal 100 Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability New York Magazine - Top Verdicts & Settlements New York Law Journal - NAACP Frances Pope Memorial Foundation - Love. Support. Hope. St. John's University - School of Law St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Expertise - Best Workers Compensation Attorneys New York City 2020
Call Block O'Toole & Murphy Today For Help - 212-736-5300

What can we help you find?