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Category: Long Term Disability / ERISA

Veteran Long Term Disability Insurance Defense Attorney Michael Yoeli Joins Turley Redmond & Rosasco

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Michael Yoeli, one of the most experienced long term disability lawyers in the legal community, has joined Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P. as ‘Of Counsel”.  After a distinguished career on the defense side of the long term disability bar, Mike has  been representing individuals and policyholders solely since 1998 and has used his prior experience and contacts to obtain several million dollar settlements for claimants against long term disability insurers.   With the addition of Michael Yoeli as of counsel to our firm, Turley Redmond & Rosasco is able to offer our clients a unique level of representation in the areas of individual […]

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McCauley v. First Unum: A Second Circuit New Year's Gift to NY Long Term Disability Lawyers

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Actually, the scathing Second Circuit decision in McCauley v. First Unum Life Ins. Co., 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 26094 (2nd Cir., Dec. 24, 2008) came down this past Christmas Eve. But why quibble with form over substance when heralding this ground-breaking, pro-claimant decision interpreting the Supreme Court’s recent decision in  MetLife v. Glenn.  McCauley, if followed by other circuits, has the potential to impact all claimant’s with ERISA long term disability denials throughout the country.  If you don’t think Unum was "taken behind the barn",  just read this from the Court in McCauley: "First Unum is no stranger to the courts, where its conduct has drawn biting criticism from […]

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LexisNexis Honors the New York Disability Law Blog as a "Top 25" Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Blog for 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

  The Lexis Nexis Workers’ Compensation Law Center Powered by Larson’s recently announced the 2008 honorees for the LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs for Workers’ Compensation. The New York Disability Law Blog, published by Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P., was selected as a 2008 honoree. The New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance Blog, with which we are affiliated, was also honored in the Top 25. “These blogsites contain some of the best writing out there on workers’ compensation and workplace issues in general,” says the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Center. “They contain a wealth of information for the workers’ compensation community with timely news […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 2008 from NY Disability Attorneys Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P.!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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 of our families. For the those among us who are not working due to accidents or disease, may 2009 bring you a return to work and good health.  The attorneys at Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P. have dedicated our professional lives to representing injured and disabled claimants with ERISA and […]

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Compassionate Allowances for Social Security Disability Claims

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Social Security Administration has recently developed a new procedure for handling disability claims from claimants with the most severe and disabling conditions.  The new procedure allows decision-making on these claims to be "fast-tracked" (not necessarily approved) given the current Social Security backlog.  This is a welcome change for Social Security Disability attorneys who often struggle to explain to our very sick clients why Social Security can’t make a quick decision when the disability is "cut and dry".  The following is Social Security’s list of 50 disabilities that they will consider for a "compassionate allowance":   1 Acute Leukemia 2 Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or […]

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Unum, America's Largest Long Term Disability Insurer, Found Guilty of Social Security Disability Fraud

Friday, October 24, 2008

Today’s NY Times reports that a federal jury in Boston has found Unum, the nation’s largest long term disability (LTD) insurer, committed fraud by requiring it’s customers to apply for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, even though they knew they were not eligible. In addition to Unum, another large disability insurer, CIGNA, is facing a similar lawsuit which has been filed under the federal "whistle-blower" False Claims Act  alleging that the US taxpayer is paying to process these fraudulent claims. In my opinion, this self-dealing referral by long term disability companies has been an ongoing problem for years that I have […]

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Rosasco Attends NOSSCR Disability Lawyer Conference in LA

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I had a great time at the NOSSCR Social Security Disability  law conference in Los Angeles last week.  I actually had a chance to chat with Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue down at the pool.  This is a very bright guy, and in my opinion he is moving the agency in the right direction.  His Deputy Commissioner Linda deSoto and Chief Administrative Law Judge Frank Cristaudo were also quite impressive.  It was also great to break bread at an old Italian restaurant named Matteos with my good friend Larry Wittenburg, probably the best Social Security attorney in North Carolina. As a Member […]

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Long Island Rail Road Disability Claim Scandal Widens

Friday, October 10, 2008

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 with disability pensions.  The fact that white collar LIRR employees were getting occupational disability pensions tells you how broken this system really is. The long term disability insurance companies have been identified by the New York Times in their ongoing railroad disability scandal series as […]

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9/11 Remembered: New York's Most Tragic Workers Compensation Accident in History

Thursday, September 11, 2008

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 unpunished for far too long. That being said, sadly, workers compensation lawyers and disability lawyers like myself are still litigating claims arising from 9/11.  Shockingly, and with far too little publicity, insurance companies are still fighting these claims, causing further anguish and grief to the victims […]

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Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue Issues Important Statement on Disability Claim Backlog

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Eliminating the backlog of Social Security Disability claims is a moral imperative, according to a recent report issued by SSA Commissioner Michael J. Astrue to Social Security lawyers throughout the country.  We agree!  Too many disabled Americans are suffering financially while they wait for a Social Security hearing. The Commissioner has asked disability attorneys and great organizations such as NOSSCR to help in realizing this goal. We stand ready to assist as long as due process is protected.  Click here for a summary of the Commissioner’s report.

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