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Glossary Check: N.Y. ‘Disability’

27 Mar, 2024 Frank Ferreri

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Albany, NY (WorkersCompensation.com) -- When you're talking about workers' compensation in New York, just what exactly does "disability" mean? The following info spells out what Empire State law says about the meaning of that term and the terms related to it.

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Disability during employment. The inability of an employee, as a result of injury or sickness not arising out of and in the course of an employment, to perform the regular duties of his employment or the duties of any other employment which his employer may offer him at his regular wages and which his injury or sickness does not prevent him from performing.

Regular wages. The wages that the employee would have earned if disability had not prevented him from working.

Disability during unemployment. The inability of an employee, as a result of injury or sickness not arising out of and in the course of an employment, to perform the duties of any employment for which he is reasonably qualified by training and experience.

Injury and sickness. Accidental injury, disease, infection or illness or incapacitation as a result of being an organ donor in a transplant operation.

Disability includes disability caused by or in connection with a pregnancy. An employee is presumed to have a disability caused by or in connection with a pregnancy for at least the four weeks prior to the child’s estimated due date and for the six weeks after giving birth via vaginal delivery. An employee who delivers by Cesarean section has a disability caused by or in connection with a pregnancy for eight weeks after giving birth. Any further disability requires medical certification of a complication due to pregnancy or childbirth.


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    • Frank Ferreri

      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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