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Category: Disability Pensions

9/11 Firefighter Widow Wins $3 Million WTC Pension after Nine Year Court Fight

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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?

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Social Security Disability Fraud, Facebook Privacy and the Manhattan DA… Oh My!

Friday, June 27, 2014

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 on this Social Security disability fraud case regarding the initial arrest of an unscrupulous lawyer (Mr. Raymond Lavalle, Esq.) and his associates (Thomas Hale, in particular) who allegedly ran a decades long Social Security disability scam.  If the allegations are proven (and I have every reason, based […]

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$21.4 Million Alleged Social Security Disability Fraud by Lawyer and Retired Police in New York

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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.

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Queens New York Social Security Disability Judge Bias Class Action Settlement Approved by Court

Friday, October 18, 2013

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!

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"Blunder"? Worby Napoli Protest NY Post 9/11 Lawsuit Article

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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 heroes. Now the law firms of Worby Groner & Edelman and Napoli, Bern are are fighting back and protesting the NY Post article in a barrage of internet press releases saying "Don’t Go to the NY Post for Legal Advice". The New York Post issued a new […]

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Happy New Year 2011 from Turley Redmond, & Rosasco

Friday, December 31, 2010

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.

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9/11 First Responders May Lose Mental Health Benefits from NYC

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

  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 about pure "political game playing" and the Bloomberg administration is using the 9/11 heroes in a "game of chicken" with the Obama administration over who will fund this program and for how long.  Read between the lines of this letter from the Bloomberg Administration to the 9/11 heroes.  Shame […]

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