In July, I ran across Empara v. New Rochelle School District. A New York case that makes for an interesting reminder of finality and appellate jurisdiction. In Empara, an injured worker’s claim for benefits was litigated as so many are, in multiple hearings. Workers’ compensation has been referred to as “serial” meaning that cases can be presented in a series of hearings. This is due in part to the manner in which workers’ compensation statutes provide benefits in stages, each based on specific pre-requisites. It can also be a conscious decision of employers and employees.
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