The Accidental Lawyer

The Accidental Lawyer

By Kate Kirsch
Welcome to The Accidental Lawyer. I'm Kate Kirsch, I've been an Attorney for over 25 years in the State of New York. Join me every week as I share Workman's Compensation cases that may be similar to something that happened to you and could help you decide if you need to seek legal advice.
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Joe-"Average Weekly Wage/COVID-19 Update"
This week Attorney Kate Kirsch goes into how “Average Weekly Wage” is calculated in a Worker’s Compensation Claim. She uses the story of “Joe” as an example. Joe FINALLY receives his first check. Was it the amount he thought it would be? Download this episode and find out. Kate also gives us an update on how Worker’s Compensation Claims are being processed in New York State during the COVID 19/Coronavirus pandemic. The status of virtual hearings, temporary changes to policy, and other items of interest that could affect your Worker’s Compensation Claim are discussed. Host: Kate Kirsch Links: New York Worker’s Compensation/Average Weekly Wage CDC/COVID-19 Updates
11:06
April 3, 2020
Navigating Your Worker's Compensation Claim Through Coronavirus/Covid 19
The Accidental Lawyer - Episode 4 With the Coronavirus / COVID-19 dominating the headlines, Attorney Kate Kirsch talks  us through how this pandemic is affecting both new and ongoing Worker’s Compensation claims. If you are an injured worker starting the process, or currently in the middle of a claim…this is a must listen! Everything from hearings, individual medical evaluations, receipt of benefits, Doctor’s appointments, and more are being affected by this outbreak. Much like the “normalcy” in our daily lives coming to a grinding halt, the Worker’s Compensation system is slowing down as well. Currently, there are still things that can be done, and Kate walks us through it all. Download or play this episode of The Accidental Lawyer to get some answers. Host: Kate Kirsch Links: Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources Individual Medical Evaluation/IME Telemedicine
09:07
March 27, 2020
Joe-Part 2 "Getting Treatment Approved"
The Accidental Lawyer - Episode 3 Attorney Kate Kirsch continues the hypothetical Worker’s Compensation situation of Joe. Joe has been placed into the overwhelming world that is the Worker’s Compensation System. In today’s episode we find out if he can continue his treatment, as well as if it gets approved and covered. Kate also answers a question from her email box. Listener Mark wants to know if an injury he received at work a couple weeks ago qualifies for a Worker’s Compensation claim. Some time has passed, so the question is…has too much time elapsed since the injury? Download this week’s episode and find out what happens. Host: Kate Kirsch Links: Worker’s Compensation-US Dept of Labor What To Do If You Are Injured At Work
11:39
March 20, 2020
Worker's Compensation for Coronavirus, Covid-19, and other Pandemics
Ripped from the headlines…what happens if you contract the Coronavirus, COVID-19, or any other pandemics (H1N1, SARS, Ebola, etc) while at work? Will it qualify for Worker’s Compensation? Face it, certain jobs put you at the front lines of pandemics like COVID 19: Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, even traveling reps. No one wants to stop working, but some jobs put you in harm’s way of pathogens more than others. Attorney Kate Kirsch helps us navigate this complex issue. Do you have any recourse if something happens? Listen to this episode and find out. Host: Kate Kirsch Links: CDC Pandemics COVID-19 47 Jobs That Put Your Overall Health at Risk
08:15
March 20, 2020
Joe-Part 1 "The Nurse Case Manager"
In this week’s episode, Attorney Kate Kirsch explores the hypothetical situation of Joe, who was injured at work. Can Joe sue his employer? Who pays for his pain and suffering? How can he navigate the complex Worker’s Compensation System, F/K/A Worker’s Comp? Finally, how will Joe deal with the aggressive Nurse Case Manager? What are his rights? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this installment of The Accidental Lawyer. Host: Kate Kirsch Links: Pain and Suffering Worker’s Compensation FKA Worker’s Comp Nurse Case Manager
12:34
March 20, 2020
Welcome to The Accidental Lawyer Podcast
Welcome to The Accidental Lawyer Podcast. Have you been injured at work, or not quite sure if you qualify for Workman's Compensation? I'm Attorney Kate Kirsch. I've practiced for over 25 years in the State of New York. Join me every week, as I share Workman's Compensation cases that may be similar to something that happened to you at work. Some of these are common, some are not. These stories may help you decide if you need to seek legal advice. Don't forget to hit the subscribe button!  
02:40
February 19, 2020