Known as one of the world’s major financial, cultural and commercial centers, Manhattan is one of the most highly populated boroughs of New York City. Many people mistakenly refer to Manhattan and New York City interchangeably; however, Manhattan is actually a long island bounded by the Hudson River to the west, the East River to the east, and Harlem to the north (22.83 square miles). The majority of New York’s most popular attractions are located in Manhattan, including Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), among others.
For years, Manhattan and the entire New York City area have been a national and global magnet for ambitious individuals seeking career advancement and economic opportunities, giving it a large and richly diverse workforce that few other cities can match. However, with so many workers engaged in such extensive economic activity, accidents and injuries are bound to occur. These injuries can keep injured workers from performing their work duties temporarily or even permanently. When that happens, the injured worker may be eligible for benefits through various state and federal assistance programs, but the application process for those benefits can be long, arduous, and complicated. If you are out of work due to an injury or illness, you should consider contacting an attorney at the Manhattan office of Turley, Redmond & Rosasco.
Practice Areas at Our New York City Office
The attorneys at Turley, Redmond & Rosasco have extensive experience representing individuals who struggle to work due to work-related injuries, disabilities, construction accidents, and injuries sustained in military service. We begin by evaluating our clients’ cases, determining whether they are eligible for benefits under various government assistance programs, assisting them with the application process, and, if necessary, handling any appeals and continuing eligibility determinations. Our attorneys have over three decades of experience representing injured and disabled workers and have a long track record of obtaining successful outcomes.
Social Security Disability
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides a fixed set of benefits for individuals who cannot work due to an accident, injury, or illness. Administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), it is available to “disabled” individuals, which are defined as those who:
- Can no longer perform the work they did before their medical condition
- Cannot perform alternative work because of their medical condition
- Have a disability that has lasted for at least one year, is expected to last at least one year, or is expected to result in death
To qualify for Social Security disability, the applicant must have earned a certain number of work credits throughout their career. The application process for Social Security disability benefits can be daunting, as it requires enormous amounts of medical and occupational evidence. Furthermore, most Social Security disability applications are rejected initially, requiring the applicant to go through one or more levels of administrative review. Hiring an experienced New York City Social Security disability attorney can help maximize your chances of achieving a favorable outcome.
The New York workers’ compensation program is available to individuals who suffer work-related injuries that temporarily prevent them from working. Generally, work-related injuries are those that the worker suffers during the course of, or as a result of, performing his or her work duties. It, therefore, excludes injuries sustained from non-work activities such as commuting. The benefits available include full medical and cash benefits in an amount equal to 2/3 of the worker’s weekly wage multiplied by the percentage of his or her disability. Unfortunately, there are many points during the workers’ compensation application process where an applicant can get tripped up, such as failing to report his or her injury in a timely manner, going to an uncertified doctor, or failing to keep up with their doctors’ orders. Pre-existing conditions can also significantly complicate a workers’ compensation claim. However, hiring a New York City workers’ compensation attorney shortly after a workplace accident can help you avoid these common mistakes, pitfalls, and complications.
Construction is a dangerous industry, and construction workers face many more work-related hazards than the typical worker. These risks include falls from great heights, machinery accidents, loud noises, inhospitable working environments (such as tunnels, scaffolding, and cranes), fires and explosions, and being struck by passing traffic, just to name a few. These accidents can result in severe injuries that require hospitalization, expensive medical bills, and long recovery periods that can keep workers off the job for weeks or months. Our New York City construction accident attorneys handle all of the legal issues surrounding construction accidents and have expertise with a wide range of claims, including workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, § 240 claims, and third-party liability claims.
Our veterans put their lives on the line to defend our freedom, and we are honored to assist them with Veterans Disability claims. The veterans disability program, administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides benefits for illnesses, injuries, and other conditions veterans suffered during active military service. This includes the following types of disabilities:
- Those that arose while the applicant was in military service
- Those that appeared after the applicant retired from military service
- Those the applicant suffered before military service and that were exacerbated by the applicant’s military service
- Those involving special circumstances
The amount the applicant may qualify for depends upon the extent of his or her disability, which is rated on a scale of 10% to 100%. The application process for veterans disability benefits can be complex and requires navigating the extensive federal bureaucracy of the VA. Veterans disability benefits can also be combined with other forms of government assistance, which can further complicate a claim. However, a Long Island or New York City veterans disability attorney can help you with each step of the application process, including assessing your claim, obtaining Disability Benefits Questionnaires, and handling communications with the VA.
Contact an Attorney at the Manhattan Office of Turley, Redmond & Rosasco
If you have suffered an illness, injury, accident, or any other disability that prevents you from working either temporarily or permanently, you may be eligible for benefits through Social Security disability, workers’ compensation, and veterans disability, among other programs. However, the application processes for benefits through these programs are complex, arduous, and rife with pitfalls that can easily confuse the inexperienced applicant. To maximize your chances of success, please consider contacting an attorney at the Manhattan office of Turley, Redmond & Rosasco. We represent clients throughout the New York metropolitan area, including New York City and Long Island.