Workers' Compensation

Michelle Faust / WXXI

Three seniors in the nursing program at the SUNY College at Brockport follow professor Jennifer Chesebro through a long nondescript room with eight occupied hospital beds along the walls.

Chesebro addresses each patient by name, and handles them with the tender touch that she’s developed in 21 years of nursing.

Each patient has their own unique ailments for the students to practice treating, but they stare up with hard fixed plastic eyes. The patients in this room don’t respond to their caregivers — they’re mannequins.

New York state's Workers' Compensation Board has started a sweeping effort to examine the system, and look at how it could more effectively meet the needs of injured workers and employers. It's in the midst of holding sessions where injured workers can express their opinions.

The second of three sessions was held yesterday in Syracuse, and allowed injured workers to chime in on the discussion in central New York. Fidel, Alejandro Velacqueis Perez was among those telling stories.