The 9/11 WTC presumption is not only important in the Fernandez firefighter pension case, but it is equally important in 9/11 WTC cancer cases. After all, how is a disabled 9/11 hero supposed to prove that 9/11 related cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, kidney cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, prostate cancer, melanoma cancer of the skin, colon cancer or bladder cancer?
My third year of teaching the course Protective Legislation for Workers was the charm.
Yesterday’s US Supreme Court decision in Riley v. California, interpreting the Fourth Amendment in the “digital age”, could impact the current Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation into allegedly fraudulent Social Security disability claims. But let’s step back a minute and see where the DA’s investigation and the Social Security Administration’s responses currently stand. See my prior blog post here… Continue Reading
It is also a sad day for the overwhelming majority of New York Disability lawyers with integrity. The lawyer who allegedly orchestrated the decade’s long scam, Raymond LaVallee, was a person I never met despite being a Social Security disability lawyer myself for over 22 years. I never saw him at local or national Social Security Bar Association events or seminars. Like many such alleged fraudsters, he appears to have slithered in the isolated murky waters that often accompany those who live to scam – rather than live to serve.
the settlement in Padro v. Astrue (Colvin) grants over 4000 disability claimants who were unfairly denied benefits by five rogue judges in Queens, NY the right to new hearings before different and independent judges. It also forces the five errant ALJ’s to undergo remedial re-training on Social Security law and proper procedures for conducting fair hearings. Finally, all future decisions by these five judges will be monitored by a special unit within the Social Security Administration for 30 months into the future. So there Mr. “Disability is easy to get” Kroft – stick this decision in your pipe and smoke it!
Disability Claim Law Firm of Turley, Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, LLP
I recently did a Disability Claim video CLE for Lawline, the nation’s top online CLE producer, The CLE was entitled “Disability Insurance Claims Primer: The Plaintiff’s Perspective”, focused on both the law and practical pointers involving private disability income insurance policies for professionals and employer based long term disability claims governed by ERISA. Thankfully, it is getting top reviews from lawyers around the country.
The Law Firm of Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco, LLP is proud to announce the launch of their own Internet Informational Disability and Compensation Claim Video Channel, in addition to their new You Tube Disability Law Channel. Our lawyers have produced 50 helpful videos covering topics such as Zadroga 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Claims, New York Workers’ Compensation Fund Claims, Construction Site Accidents, Social Security Disability Claims, Long Term Disability Claims and New York Civil Service Disability Pensions.
Unfortunately, Mr. Feal is now in the business of trying to recommend 9/11 Zadroga Claim lawyers. Respectfully, he should stick to what he does best – legislative advocacy. Mr. Feal’s recent press releases regarding the attorney selection process for Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claims only serve to confuse the population he intends to help. Does it have anything to do with the fact that this specific lawyer sits on the FealGood Foundation Board? Does the FealGood Foundation, its Board Members or its officers directly, or indirectly, benefit from this new “lawyer referral ” service? More importantly, does it lead to the best legal representation possible for 9/11 victims? It is also questionable why Mr. Feal so abruptly changed his position on the urgency of the attorney selection process, given his prior statement to “be patient”.
The New York Post called it an "incredible blunder". The New York Daily News reported that 9/11 sick workers were scared to sign any "settlement papers" or risk losing out on Zadroga Act Victims’ Compensation Fund benefits. This is not the first time that the Worby / Napoli Law firms have been accused of "scaring" 9/11… Continue Reading
President Obama today signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 while vacationing in Hawaii.
For disabled 9/11 survivors and first responders, the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, after a long and arduous struggle by advocates who never gave up, was certainly the highlight of last year. More and better healthcare for these heroes is on the way.
Law Firms of Worby, Groner & Edelmann LLP and Napoli, Bern LLP are catching heat from many angry 9/11 First Responders and victims about their new Zadroga Act website which was planned to attact Zadroga Act claims prior to the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010.
The Bottom Line – if you were a participant in any of the recently resolved 9/11 lawsuits against New York City and represented by a lawyer or law firm, you do NOT have to use that same lawyer or law firm to represent you in your Zadroga Victims’ Compensation Fund claim.
You should explore any law firms’ long-term commitment to 9/11 First Responders and victims before you sign any paperwork. Find the lawyer that you personally feel comfortable with who will also get you the best results.
Happy First Responders Day?? The heroes from Ground Zero may no longer have much needed mental health benefits from New York City. The Daily News reports that approximately 4,500 9/11 rescue and recovery workers would lose their mental health benefits beginning January 7, 2011, with no federal safety net in sight. Unfortunately, this is all… Continue Reading
Today is the first day of the NOSSCR Social Security Disability Lawyer conference in "The Big Easy", as this fun loving city is affectionately known. Some of the best Social Security disability lawyers from around the country will be in attendance, including my good friend and current NOSSCR President Larry Wittenberg. While I was a presenter on ERISA… Continue Reading
I am looking forward to attending the Inaugural Dinner of the new St. John’s University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law at the Williams Club in New York City this Thursday. In attendance will be our Law School’s new Dean, Michael A. Simons. I am deeply honored to have been asked to become an… Continue Reading
"Discretionary Clauses" in ERISA disability insurance policies are the largest cause of unfair ERISA LTD claim denials across the country. They essentially create an uneven playing field in favor of an already powerful insurance company over a disabled claimant. Imagine if the Yankees were forced to play the World Series with only seven players on the field, while the Phillies had the usual nine. That’s… Continue Reading
How many times has one of your clients told you the IME or FCE physically hurt them during the course of a so called "independent medical exam" or "functional capacity exam"? What if the injury is permanent? Can they sue the IME doctor or physical therapist for medical malpractice? According to a sharply divided NY Court of… Continue Reading
At this festive time of year, when so many of us are struggling in economic despair, let us not forget all that we still have. In the spirit of the Christmas season, let us try to put aside our worries, if only for one day, and rejoice for the things that matter most – the happiness and health… Continue Reading
According to an article in Newsday today regarding the LIRR disability retirement scandal, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has now issued subpoenas to four long term disability insurance companies and five Long Island doctors who predominately examined LIRR workers. This is in the wake of recent reports indicating that a whopping 98% of Long Island Railroad workers retire… Continue Reading
As the New York Disability Law Blog has done since its inception, today we pay respects, on the seventh anniversary of 9/11, to the families of all those killed or injured in this devastating terrorist attack. I truly hope one of our presidential candidates finally chases Osama Bin Laden to "the gates of hell". He has gone… Continue Reading
There are literally thousands of former Nassau County workers who are currently receiving lifetime workers’ compensation payments (pensions) for life due to on- the- job injuries. I know – I have represented a large number of these unfortunate individuals. These payments are overwhelmingly for workers who have been classified as having "permanent partial disabilities" and… Continue Reading
Happy New Year to all the readers of the New York Disability Law Blog! Over the course of 2007, we are pleased to report that our firm has once again helped thousands of injured and disabled claimants successfully win the benefits they deserve. Our blog has tried to provide timely and helpful information to all… Continue Reading
Yesterday’s front cover of the NY Times had an article detailing the long delays in the Social Security Disability claim process. Much of the backlog is the result of Congress failing to adequately fund a Social Security disability claim system which is now facing more claims due to the aging of the "baby boomer" generation. … Continue Reading