Lois LLC Welcomes Adam Lowenstein to New York Defense Practice

Today the Firm welcomes Adam Lowenstein who joins the New York Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice at Lois LLC. A seasoned litigator, Adam’s prior experience includes representing claimants before the Board, where he handled all aspects of workers’ compensation cases from start to finish. This includes hearings, trials, depositions, client intakes, appointments, appeals and settlement negotiations. A true litigator, Adam regularly appears in courts in Long Island, New York City and all boroughs. Adam will focus on representing insurance companies and self-insured employers before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board. Continue reading Lois LLC Welcomes Adam Lowenstein to New York Defense Practice

Christian Sison elevated to partner

We are proud to announce that defense litigator Christian Sison has been elevated to partner at Lois LLC effective today. Christian defends employers in New York workers’ compensation matters. He has extensive experience in trial advocacy, regularly appearing in the Garden City, Hauppauge, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Jamaica workers’ compensation courts. Christian is credited as starting the #DefendFromDay1 movement and provides in-person and web-based seminars for Firm clients. He is also the host and moderator of the monthly workers’ compensation podcast, “Third Fridays” (available here).

Christian is admitted to practice law

Christian Sison
Christian Sison, Esq.

in New York and New Jersey. He obtained his bachelors degree from Boston College in 2007 and his juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010.  Christian also holds an MBA from the New York University, Stern School of Business (2016).

Christian has been an integral part of the growth and development of LOIS as we expand our attorney capacity to serve our clients. We are committed to meeting our client’s needs and developing and promoting the best workers’ compensation defense litigators.

Some of Christian’s recent articles on workers’ compensation defense and related topics can be found here.

Video: Practical Application of New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Benefit

This video is presented by attorneys Michael Gervolino and Greg Lois and answers the following questions: “Should I issue temporary disability benefits?” and ”If so, how much?” and “When can I stop Paying?”

At the end of the presentation, the attendees will have a basic understanding of when to issue temporary disability benefits in New Jersey, how the amount issued is calculated, when payments can be terminated, and the risks associated with the benefit.

Subject: New Jersey, Workers’ Compensation Law, benefits, Temporary Disability
Date Presented: July 24, 2017
Presenter(s): Michael Gervolino and Greg Lois
Run time: 21:58 Continue reading Video: Practical Application of New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Benefit

Video: Temporary Disability Benefits in New York

Attorneys Elizabeth Perez and Greg Lois discuss the nuts-and-bolts of issuing temporary disability benefits – when the benefits are due, how much to pay, and when benefits can be stopped. They also discuss the new C-258.1 work search form issued by the Board on July 14, 2017 and the newly-changed rate of temporary disability compensation.

Subject: New York, Workers’ Compensation Law, benefits, Temporary Disability
Date Presented: July 17, 2017
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Perez and Greg Lois
Run time: 3306 Continue reading Video: Temporary Disability Benefits in New York

Raising Fraud: No Prior Disclosure Needed for Social Media Posts in New York

What happens when the carrier provides publicly available social media evidence as a basis for fraud and the claimant subsequently makes the social media posts private?  LOIS was recently successful in arguing that prior disclosure of social media evidence obtained by the employer is not required and that an employer/carrier can introduce “private” social media evidence into the case and using it to cross-examine the claimant. Continue reading Raising Fraud: No Prior Disclosure Needed for Social Media Posts in New York

Don’t Forget! July 1st maximum rate change in New York.

New York’s maximum compensation rate – for temporary total disability and permanent total disability – will go up effective July 1st to $870.61. The new, higher rate will be in effect until June 30, 2018.

How is the New York Maximum benefit Rate Calculated?

The maximum weekly benefit rate for workers’ compensation claimants is two-thirds of the New York State average weekly wage for the previous calendar year, as determined by the New York State Department of Labor (Workers’ Compensation Law §§ 2(16);15(6)).

The Department of Labor reported to the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services that the New York State average weekly wage for 2016 was $1,305.92. Accordingly, the maximum weekly benefit rate is $870.61 for compensable lost time for workers’ compensation claims with dates of accident during the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Continue reading Don’t Forget! July 1st maximum rate change in New York.

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