On or about September 30, 2011, the NYS WCB issued millions of dollars in fines, penalties and judgments against business owners (many of them are mom and pop shops) and residents throughout New York State pursuant to Section 52(5) of the statute. Our attorneys have represented many clients before the Board and successfully eliminated or reduced the fines and penalties for individuals and companies. In addition, we have vacated judgments for clients in the past who were unable to secure financing or sell their property due to a real property lien. Contact our office at (800) 893-9645 to learn how we can assist you. You spent a lifetime building your business – don’t let New York State take away your business and life savings over a technicality.
Below are some frequently asked questions and answers.
Q: What should I do if New York State issues my small business a penalty, fine, judgment or a Stop Work Order for not having Workers’ Compensation or Disability Insurance?
A: You should read the notice thoroughly but do not respond by making any damaging admissions which can cost you thousands of dollars in the future. Instead, call our experienced New York Lawyers who have over 25 years of legal experience and have successfully saved small businesses over a million dollars.
Q: What could happen if I ignore the Workers’ Compensation Notice?
A: The worst thing you can do is to ignore the Notice. Your failure to answer the Notice in a timely manner could result in a judgment being issued against your business and, possibly, you personally. Your business could be found responsible for thousands of dollars in fines and penalties in your absence. In addition, this may result in you paying higher insurance premiums for several years. In certain circumstances, this can be avoided by hiring the right lawyer.
In addition, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board could issue a Stop Work Order preventing you from operating your business.
Q: What is a judgment?
A: A valid money judgment purports to resolve all the contested issues and terminates a claim and may be considered the official decision of the law on the action. As a result of a judgment, New York State can freeze your business’ bank accounts, place a lien on your business’s real property and equipment and adversely affect your credit report and ability to work vendors.
Q: I already closed my business. Can I be personally responsible for the penalty or judgment?
A: It depends on the circumstances. For more information, call our office and speak with one of our experienced Workers’ Comp Defense Lawyers.
Q: What can your Law Firm do for me?
A: Our New York attorneys can fight to protect your business and your assets. Our lawyers know the relevant statutes, the law and the administrative procedures. Based on our arguments and presentation, we have saved companies over one million dollars by obtaining a rescission and/or complete or partial reduction of the judgment. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can defend your business against this judgment and protect your company’s valuable business interests and assets. Your business may be exempt from workers’ compensation coverage. Call us now at (800) 893-9645 for a free telephone consultation to learn how to protect and defend your business.
Our accountant and insurance broker told us we didn’t need workers’ compensation insurance coverage for our nanny. Turns out they were wrong and we received a huge penalty. They could not help us. We are lucky to find your law office. Mr. Sanchala is a truly gifted and caring lawyer who helped us in a real time of need. Thank you. – Former Client
I did not know I had a workers compensation judgment until I went to sell my house. That is when my nightmare started. My real estate attorney told me my house had a lien on it and I could not sell it until I paid off a judgment to the New York State Workers Compensation Board. My real estate attorney could not help me. My insurance broker could not help me. I interviewed several attorneys and hired Mr. Sanchala. He is extremely bright and a strong advocate. He was able to reduce my penalty and remove the judgment. I hope to sell my house soon! – Former Client
I cannot thank you enough for your legal services. My wife and I could not sleep at night with the tremendous New York State workman compensation fines hanging over us and our family. Mr. Sanchala is an expert attorney. Thanks to your lawyers our family’s business is still open. We could not have been happier. – Former Client Continue reading →