Injury, Social Security Disability & Workers' Compensation Lawyer in Albany, New York
Law Firm OverviewAttorney Paul Giannetti serves injury, accident, and workers' compensation victims throughout Upstate New York including Albany, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.
Year this Office was Established: 1998
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
Attorney Paul Giannetti provides legal services in the following areas of practice:
- Accidents & Injuries
There are an innumerable amount of accidents and injuries that can occur on or off the job. The difference is going to be, what can you do about them? If you were injured at work, recovering any type of pain or suffering allowance may not be a possibility. Because you have to prove that the negligence was done by someone other than your employer or employee. This is why it is good to seek legal counsel to try and recover damages.
- Social Security Disability
Social Security is difficult for any person to get. This is because of the amount of paperwork and how much you have to prove. In order to qualify you must have worked for a minimum amount of time with a business that is covered. After meeting these strict requirements, you then must prove that your impairment prevents you from performing in your current job and keeps you from getting any other gainful employment.
- Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ Compensation is a type of insurance you receive after being injured on the job from an employee or the work environment. The employer will pay into this insurance, so there will be an investigation before you can receive your benefits. It is a basic benefit providing medical care and/ cash benefits. It is important to understand the basics of this plan, so that if it does happen to you, you can make the right decisions.
Mr. Paul Giannetti
Accident, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, Workers Compensation
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Articles Published by Paul Giannetti, Attorney At Law
Can Obesity Be Considered a Disability for Social Security Claims?
If properly documented by a physician, obesity can be the basis or contributing factor in a disability finding. For obesity to factor in, it must be determined that it represents a “severe impairment” either by itself or with other medical impairments. Obesity will be deemed a severe impairment if it significantly limits an individual’s ability to do basic work activities.Read Article
Does the Insurance Company Have to Offer a Settlement?
Under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law, settlements under Section 32 are voluntary. The insurance carrier is not obligated or required to offer settlement. Nonetheless, in the vast majority of cases insurance carriers will be interested in trying to settle a claim.Read Article
Don’t Ignore Letters from the Workers' Compensation Board or Insurance Company
Many people make the mistake of disregarding notices from the Workers' Compensation Board because they are no longer missing time from work. Claimants believe that the paperwork cannot be important since their medical bills have been paid and they are earning their full wages. However, nothing could be further from the truth.Read Article
A Spouse’s Death Benefits under New York State Workers' Compensation Law
In the tragic circumstance where an employee is killed in the course of his employment, Workers' Compensation benefits may be payable to the surviving spouse and children. The maximum amount of death benefit payable is determined by the worker’s average weekly wage at the date of death and subject to the statutory maximums in place on the date of death.Read Article
Why is a Medical Expert Giving Testimony at Your Social Security Disability Hearing?
In a relatively small number of hearings a medical expert, hired by the government, will give testimony at your Social Security hearing. This expert will be present for the entire hearing and will listen to your testimony before giving his or her opinions. The expert will have never examined you.Read Article
New York State Workers' Compensation and Lumbar Fusions
If your doctor has recommended a lumbar fusion, you must secure prior approval from the insurance carrier. The New York State Workers' Compensation Board Medical Treatment Guidelines provide recommendations for specific circumstances when lumbar fusion is appropriate and those when it is not.Read Article
Chiropractic Denials in New York State Workers' Compensation
Since the introduction of the Workers' Compensation Board Medical Treatment Guidelines, the frequency of chiropractic care has diminished significantly. Chiropractors are still allowed to treatment for an exacerbation and, in many cases, will be paid for that treatment. However, it is crucial that the treating chiropractor document certain items at the time of the examination.Read Article
If Your Doctor Doesn’t Believe You…
If you have a pending Social Security Disability claim the most important aspect of your case involves your relationship with your treating physicians.Read Article
Reviewing Your Workers' Compensation E-Case Folder
The Workers' Compensation Board maintains a database known as E-Case. This database contains all documents that are a part of your file. The Law Judge has access to E-Case at the time of your hearing.Read Article
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Medical Treatment Guidelines
The Workers' Compensation Board has completed a draft of the newest treatment guidelines which, if the Board has its way, will apply to carpal tunnel syndrome cases.Read Article
Frequently Asked Questions about NY Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation laws can be extremely complex, and often difficult to understand for those unfamiliar with them. Here are just a few questions people often have about workplace injuries and receiving workers' compensation in the state of New York.Read Article
What Happens if I Get into a Car Accident at Work?
Car accidents can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you got into a car accident while driving for work, would you know what to do?Read Article
Preserving Evidence of Your Car Accident
What will your lawyer need to know after your car accident? You can never be too detailed. Here are a few actions you should take in the immediate aftermath so as to better your chances of success in a car accident injury case.Read Article
3 Mistakes that May Impact your Workers' Compensation Benefits
What follows are 3 mistakes you should avoid that could cost you your benefits.Read Article