Welcome to the IWBA

A message from William Turley, President of the IWBA

Since 1997, 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 in 2019, 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, Syracuse in April, and Saratoga in September of 2019!

We are excited to announce IWBA’s new social media presence!

Follow us to learn more about our Access to Justice campaign

Stay current with IWBA and Workers' Compensation news by following or liking us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!  We will regularly report important news and updates of interest to both attorney's and their clients regarding the regulations and legislation affecting the injured workers of New York State, including blogs about our Access to Justice campaign. If you have news you would like to share about yourself, your business, or the industry, we encourage you to email us at:

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Schedule Loss of Use Awards

One of the primary agenda items for New York’s business and insurance lobby in 2018 was 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

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. 


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.