Tracy A. Brune

Tracy A. Brune

Tracy A. Brune is a solo practioner in The Brune Law Office
  • Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability
  • New York
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Summary

I began my career in 1994 at the City of Syracuse Office of the Corporation Counsel representing the City in workers' compensation matters. I joined the firm of McDonough, Digby and Leiter in 1997, and ultimately formed Leiter and Brune in 2005. In 2006 I joined the firm of Wolff, Goodrich and Goldman specializing in New York Workers' Compensation matters, and was named a partner in 2008. In 2014 I formed The Brune Law Office and now dedicate the firm to representing injured workers.

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Solo practioner
Brune Law Office
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Senior Partner
Wolff, Goodrich and Goldman
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Senior Partner
Leiter and Brune
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Assistant Corporation Counsel
City of Syracuse Office of Corporation Counsel
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Education
Western New England University School of Law
J.D. (1993) | Law
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Syracuse University
B.A. (1986) | English
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Professional Associations
Onondaga County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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New York State Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Injured Workers Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Brune Law Office Workers' Compensation Attorney - Blog
Legal Answers
9 Questions Answered

Q. I had surgery for broken spine from work injury 5 years ago. Still heavy laborer, getting worse. Can I file now?
A: You have two years to file a claim. However, the employer may have waived this defense by payment of the medical bills. I would strongly suggest you check with an attorney in your area who specializes in New York State workers' compensation law, and file a claim asap.
Q. If there is mold in office at work and they know about it and have not corrected it yet and I keep getting sick.
A: Under workers' compensation, you do have the right to pursue a claim for any problems you are experiencing due to mold at work. Your claim would entitle you to medical care and compensation for any lost time or reduced earnings. However, the law judge would not have the power to order your employer to fix the problem, at least under NY workers' compensation law. If you are forced to quit because you can't tolerate the office, you would be entitled to compensation. However, the first step would be to file a claim. You should consult with an attorney who specializes in NYS workers' compensation.
Q. I am not satisfied with my present workers comp.lawyer is it ever to late to find a new lawyer?
A: No, you have the right to obtain a new lawyer at any time. Keep in mind, however, that your current attorney has a right to put a lien on your file for any unpaid work. The lien will be addressed by the law judge at a hearing, and you will have the right to comment on the same.
Q. In auto accident at work owners of company telling everyone nothing happened have had no treatment over a year help ?
A: You have 30 days to provide notice to your employer, and you have two years to file a claim with the workers' comp board. The 30 day rule is flexible, particularly if you treated within the first 30 days following the accident (it sounds like you did). Regardless of whether your employer is now saying "nothing happened" you should immediately file a claim with the board. If you need treatment, you should immediately pursue it, and make sure your doctors receive a full history of the accident from you, and make sure that each provider submits the bill to your employer's comp carrier. If your employer is fighting the claim, there will be a hearing, and you will be able to tell your side of the story. The case gets a little complicated if you are residing out of state, but if the injury occurred in NYS or you are otherwise trying to pursue the claim in NY, get a local NY attorney to help you.
Q. If I injured myself in October and kept working should I and could I still file for workers compensation?
A: You should definitely file a claim, if for no other reason than to make sure you are covered down the road. In addition, you may be entitled to a permanency award depending upon the injury, regardless of whether you have lost any time from work.
Q. Does a patient need to sign a release for each physician they see under NYS workers' compensation for their attorney?
A: The release is typically very generalized, but each provider requires a release. In addition, some government institutions (such as the VA or a State run hospital) require a very specific release.
Q. I have an open workman comp case that is going to a hearing. Can my job duty be changed with an open comp case
A: It is difficult to tell based upon your question. However, if you are wondering whether your employer is able to create a light duty position for you, the answer is yes. In fact, I have also seen situations where an employee is either laid off or terminated if he or she is no longer able to physically perform the job. You should consult with a New York workers' compensation attorney and discuss your options.
Q. I have workers compensation in NY and I need rotator cuff surgery can I have the surgery in GA?
A: Yes, you are permitted to have out of state treatment. However, if you now reside out of state, the New York State medical guidelines will not apply. This could make a difference in regards to whether your doctor is required to obtain pre-authorization for the procedure.
Q. Dr treating me is the one I had in emergency room, can I change doctors after 4 months of him.
A: You are allowed to change doctors and you do not need pre-approval to do so. You can either consult with your family doctor and get the name of a local ortho, or just seek one out on your own.
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6397 Killoe Road
BALDWINSVILLE, NY 13027
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