Experienced Attorneys Helping Businesses Respond To Workers’ Compensation Notices
Notices from the New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) related to failure to properly classify workers or pay workers’ compensation insurance premiums carry stiff penalties that can deeply affect a company’s finances.
Because of this, it is vital for a business owner to reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation defense lawyer who can respond to these notices appropriately.
Two Decades Handling WCB Notices
At Stockton, Barker & Mead, LLP, we have helped many clients throughout upstate New York reduce or eliminate the penalties imposed by WCB notices since 1994.
We use our well-honed legal skills to partner with clients and fashion a solution that protects their companies’ best interests and makes them fully compliant with the law.
Our responsive legal team gives business clients the individual attention they need to efficiently resolve WCB notice issues and get back to what they do best — running their businesses.
Assistance With Workers’ Compensation Insurance Violations
Small businesses sometimes need the help of independent contractors to complete a project. Unfortunately, independent contractors are occasionally injured while working with a business. These contractors then file workers’ compensation claims and assert that they were actually employees of the company.
If the business did not have insurance, because it did not think it had employees and thus did not need insurance, the WCB will send a notice for failure to pay insurance premiums. It may also send a notice related to employee misclassification. This alleged noncompliance with the Workers’ Compensation Law leads to hefty fines that can drain a company’s funds and have a long-lasting impact on the company’s ability to do business.
When small businesses receive these notices, we help them establish that they did not require insurance. This eliminates the penalty altogether. If the business was required to carry insurance, we are often able to negotiate a reduction in the penalty as long as the business comes into compliance.