A young laborer working on a state project fell off a scaffold and suffered serious injuries to his leg and back.  Though he returned to his job within a year, he continued to experience pain at the end of a work day.  John L. Perticone, Esq. said that the insurer for the contractor agreed to pay only after losing a motion to dismiss the claim.  The judge ruled that New York State Labor Law 240 (the “scaffold law”) had been violated.

Traditionally, Medicaid has paid for long-term care in a nursing home, but because most individuals would rather be cared for at home and home care may be cheaper, all 50 states now have Medicaid programs that offer at least some home care. In some states, even family members can get paid for providing care at home. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities. In addition, it covers care in a [...]

Last Year for Couples to Use 'Claim Now, Claim More Later' Social Security Strategy This is the last year that spouses who are turning full retirement age can choose whether to take spousal benefits or to take benefits on their own record. The strategy, used by some couples to maximize their benefits, will not be available to people turning full retirement age after 2019. The claiming strategy -- sometimes known as "Claim Now, Claim More Later" -- allows a higher-earning spouse to claim a [...]

Last week, attorneys Greg Catarella & Jamye Lindsey presented to the Broome County Bar Association's "Elder Law 2019 Continuing Legal Education Seminar" on 'Medicaid Planning Tools' and 'Cautionary Tips from the Trenches of an Elder Law Practice', respectively. Thank you for sharing your valuable knowledge with the local legal community!

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