Welcome to the IWBA

Join Us in Our Yearlong Celebration

Recognizing IWBA's
20th Year Representing
New York State's Injured Workers Throughout 2017

  A message from Justin Teff, the President of the IWBA

This year we proudly celebrate the 20th anniversary of our organization. For two decades, the IWBA and its members have fought tirelessly to protect the interests of New York’s injured veterans of industry, and over the past several years, our members’ ability to communicate, inform, and educate each other has grown significantly. The IWBA continues to make efforts to create a positive working relationship with the state Legislature and regulatory agencies thus permitting our organization to be part of the dialogue on future legal issues.

This is proving to be one of the more difficult times for New York’s injured workers, and for their counsel, than can be recalled in recent history. It is critical that the IWBA remain strong, and its members active, so if you are not currently a member, join us today.  The benefits of IWBA membership will only continue to grow, including the excellent continuing education and networking opportunities offered through the IWBA.  Visit our Upcoming CLE page for more information, and we will look forward to seeing you in New York City in January 2018!


September 13, 2017 - Proposed Schedule Loss of Use Comments Submitted to the WCB

The IWBA submitted comments to the WCB regarding the WCB Proposed Schedule Loss of Use Guidelines and Regulations. To review the comments, please click here.


IWBA Submits Comments to the WCB

IWBA respectfully submitted comments regarding (1) the proposed amendments to 12 NYCRR 300.17; (2) Subject Number 046-943; and (3) revised form OC-400.1 (4-17). To review the comments, please click here.


Schedule Loss of Use Awards

One of the primary agenda items for New York’s business and insurance lobby in 2017 is the reduction and/or elimination of so-called schedule loss of use awards in workers’ compensation.  Various reasons have been advanced as to why this goal is purportedly laudable. Please see the attached memorandum that corrects several common misconceptions regarding schedule loss of use awards, associated costs, and the compensation process itself, that have been perpetuated by interest groups adverse to the rights of New York’s permanently disabled workers.

Click Here for MYTHS - Schedule Loss of Use Reform Efforts

Click Here for IWBA Opposition Memorandum in support of the Legislature’s rejection of proposals to amend the Workers’ Compensation Law

IWBA Members:

Attached please find the IWBA comments for your review that have been submitted regarding the WCB Proposed Schedule Loss of Use Guidelines and Regulations.

Join the IWBA

 The Injured Workers' Bar Association, established January 7, 1997, is comprised of attorneys from throughout New York State who concentrate their practice in representation of injured workers. Many of our members practice exclusively in the area of Workers' Compensation Law.

Our members provide legal representation for tens of thousands of injured workers every year. To become a member of the IWBA, an attorney must show that 80% or more of their Workers' Compensation practice consists of representing injured workers and not insurance carriers or employers. 

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Help for Injured Workers

Some say that an attorney is not needed to help prosecute a Workers' Compensation claim, however we strongly urge any injured worker who seeks Workers' Compensation benefits to consult with an attorney who practices in the field of Workers Compensation.

The IWBA is comprised of respected workers' compensation attorneys from throughout New York State and can be contacted for a consultation on your workers' compensation claim. Click here to search our directory for a qualified workers' compensation attorney in your area.

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