Buffalo N.Y. – Robert E. Beloten, chair of New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, announced reforms to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Law that take effect on July 1, 2013. These changes are designed to save employers money and increase benefits to workers.
Changes, including electronic filing of claims to cut paper-handling costs and improve oversight, will save money and enable the state to raise the maximum and minimum benefits available to workers who are injured on the job.
The maximum workers’ compensation benefit increases to $803.21 per week as of July 1, 2013. Over the course of a year, a disabled worker could collect as much as $41,766.92. The maximum workers’ compensation benefit is two-thirds of the previous year’s New York State average weekly wage. The minimum benefit increases from $100 to $150/week.
“The governor and the legislature did an excellent job with this issue. We are so pleased with the way this benefit increase helps injured workers,” said Jeffrey Freedman, of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC. “Our clients are relieved to get this increase as everything from rent to food goes up every year.”