Lump-sum payments should not be allowed for “schedule loss of use” cases under the Workers’ Compensation program where the award has not been reduced to present value, the New York Court of Appeals decided Thursday.

Reading several provisions of Workers’ Compensation Law �25, some dating back to the program’s origin in 1913, indicates that the payments must be made “periodically” and not all at once, a 7-0 court determined in a ruling by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye.

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