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Workers’ comp shortfall surges toward $1 billion

An analysis of the state’s insolvent workers’ compensation trusts shows that a deficit thought last summer to be $600 million is now nearly $1 billion.   A 10-page report by the state Workers’ Compensation Board, required by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget legislation, puts the workers’ compensation deficit at $924.6 million. The totals are based on …

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Costco ‘Slurpee Slip and Fall’ Suit Stays in New York

A 74-year-old woman who said she was injured after falling in a Costco store in Florida beat back the retailer’s effort to move the case to that state because it was too much trouble to defend itself in New York. Theresa Danza sued Costco in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, claiming she was hospitalized …

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Evacuations Begin at Some Hospitals and Nursing Homes Before Storm

With Hurricane Irene pushing relentlessly toward the East Coast, New York City began evacuating hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying areas on Friday morning, and the National Weather Service issued a hurricane watch for the city, Long Island and Connecticut and a hurricane warning for much of New Jersey. Related City Room: City Web Site …

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Tackling injury on the high school fields

Updated: August 25, 2011, 12:54 PM High school athletes are flocking back to Western New York’s sports fields. While students are busy sprinting, kicking and tackling to make their teams, their parents and coaches are focusing on a goal they say is just as important: Ensuring their boys and girls don’t suffer the debilitating effects …

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NFL Workers’ Comp Agreement Benefits Players

With the NFL lockout over, football fans are excited for the upcoming season. Learn more about how players may file workers’ compensation claims in states where their team is not based. August 25, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ — Now that the NFL lockout is over, football fans across the nation are excited for the upcoming season. One …

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Irene May Require NYC Evacuations

New York officials preparing for Hurricane Irene this weekend will decide tomorrow whether to call for the evacuation of low-lying areas in downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The decision would be based on the strength, path and speed of the storm, Bloomberg told reporters today at a news conference …

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Earthquake New York: Mayor Bloomberg Says Damage Minimal

August 23, 2011 4:51 PM EDT New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference that tremors emanating from an earthquake in Virginia did not cause any deaths, injuries or significant damage to city infrastructure and buildings. Enlarge (Photo: REUTERS/Chip East) New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Get summaries of the …

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Worker Accidents Show the Importance of Following NY Safety Regulations

August 24, 2011 The collapse of a trench at a construction site that caused the death of a worker is a reminder of the importance of not cutting corners with safety regulations on the job. August 24, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ — Worker Accidents Show the Importance of Following NY Safety Regulations In November 2010, 27-year-old construction …

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Quake sets the Northeast aquiver Buildings sway, but no injuries or deaths reported

Tremors from a powerful earthquake in Virginia reverberated up the East Coast yesterday, shaking buildings and homes in the Boston area for several seconds and rattling nerves for considerably longer. Tweet 12 people Tweeted this ShareThis Related Quake sets the Northeast aquiver Quakes in Greater Boston rare but not unprecedented Quake rocks D.C. area submit …

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In depth: Workers’ comp systems getting stricter

by Melissa Maynard, Stateline staff writer WASHINGTON, D.C. August 22, 2011 7:11am   Montana has long had a workers’ comp problem. Its labor force is injured far more frequently and at greater expense to employers than is typical around the country. Part of that stems from the jobs people do in Montana — drilling for …

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