Joseph T. Twarog, Associate
Phone number: (585) 262-6390
Admitted to Practice
- New York, 2013
- State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law
- J.D., 2012
- Buffalo Moot Court Board, Senior Member
- State University of New York, Oswego
- B.S., Finance, 2009
Mr. Twarog’s practice focuses on litigating the compensability of new workers’ compensation claims and providing claims handling recommendations for established claims. Recognizing the mutually beneficial relationship employment provides for both the employer and employee, he recommends prioritizing litigation and settlement strategies which expedite a return to the workplace and mitigate liability for the Employer and their Workers’ Compensation Insurance Carrier.
He has extensive experience litigating legal issues relating to establishing the claim, entitlement to monetary awards for lost time or reduced earnings, degree of temporary and permanent impairment, apportionment to prior injuries, WCL §114a workers compensation fraud, as well as medical issues such as surgical authorizations, opiate and narcotic medications weaning and requests to vary from the NYS Medical Treatment Guidelines.
Mr. Twarog excels at both direct and cross examination and has taken testimony from hundreds of witnesses; including injured workers, employer witnesses, treating doctors and Independent Medical Examiners (IMEs). He has experience practicing though out New York State and is well known to the Judges and the workers’ compensation bar at the Board’s hearing locations in Albany, Newburgh, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, Saranac, Binghamton, Elmira, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Buffalo, Jamestown, Allegany, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, White Plains, Rochester, Batavia, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown.
Mr. Twarog considers settlement as an early option to mitigate the costs associated with compensable worker’s compensation injuries. He is skilled at forecasting future costs attributable to claims for lost time and permanent impairment as well as costs for causally related medical treatment. He provides recommendations for settlement offers to close the claim on a full and final basis and prepares Medicare Set Aside Agreements for approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to facilitate settlement where CMS approval is required.
In 2014 Mr. Twarog began practicing workers compensation law and he is a former attorney for New York State’s Special Funds Conservation Committee (now the Special Funds Group). He has extensive experience litigating WCL § 25-a and WCL §15-8d issues and providing claims handling recommendations for workers compensation claims that have been established for 5-30 years, or more, which present their own unique set of issues.
Mr. Twarog is a member of the Monroe County Bar and New York State Defenders Associations. In his free time he enjoys mountaineering, snowboarding, rock & ice climbing and spending time with his family.