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Fast Food Workers Strike for 15

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

About eight months ago, fast food workers in New York City started holding day long strikes during peak customer traffic. Their goal: higher wages, fifteen dollars an hour to be exact, which is more than twice the current minimum wage. Since then, protests have spread to Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Flint and as of tomorrow, Milwaukee. Thousands of Fast Food workers, who make a median salary of about $9.05/hour, have set their sights on pressing Congress to raise the federal minimum wage and urging state legislatures to raise the state minimum wage.  The protests are part of a […]

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Department of Labor Releases New Unemployment Statistics

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Good News! The New York State Department of Labor has just released some encouraging preliminary figures pertaining to the state’s unemployment rate.  According to the numbers released on July 18, the percentage of unemployed individuals fell from %7.6 to %7.5 between May and June, putting it below the national average. In areas outside of New York City (including Upstate and Long Island), the unemployment rate fell from %7.1 to %6.9. Jobs in the private sector have risen in 26 of the past 30 months. On July 23, the DOL released a more comprehensive list of the change in unemployment rate in […]

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Social Security Disability is Never Easy to Get in New York and Long Island

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A few important nuggets of truth remained in my letter which will hopefully resonate with most New Yorkers. According to Social Security stastistics, the grim fact is that 1 in 5 male and 1 in 7 female disability recipients die within 5 years of being granted benefits. So if the average age that someone receives disability payments is 55, the fact is that many will never collect a dime of regular Social Security retirement benefits. This saves Social Security a ton of cash!

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Cuomo Proposes Worker's Compensation Financing Plan

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently proposed an unusual plan to relieve the debt of some 10,000 state-wide businesses who are members of failed, dissolved or defaulted group insurance trusts so that they can better provide coverage for work-related injuries. The idea is to rearrange financing through public channels to cover about $800 million in Workers’ Compensation liabilities. Specifically, it will permit the Workers’ Compensation Board to issue bonds to cover liabilities through the Dormitory Authority of New York. For more information on this proposition, go ahead and check out this link.

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How Do I Get a New Social Security Disability Hearing After the Queens Judge Bias Settlement?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Once you receive this Padro v. Astrue Notification letter, you should immediately contact a Queens Social Security disability lawyer to learn your rights under the settlement. You may be entitled to “six figure cash awards” of retroactive benefits along with Medicare medical insurance. Call us TODAY toll free at 1-877-NY-DBLAW (1-877-693-2529 x123) to discuss your case.

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New Social Security Disability Hearings for Over 4000 Queens Residents as a Result of Class Action Settlement Alleging Judges Were Biased

Friday, June 7, 2013

any Social Security disability claimant who received either an “Unfavorable” or only a “Partially Favorable” decision by Judges David Z. Nisnewitz, Seymour Fier, Hazel C. Strauss, Marilyn P. Hoppenfeld or Michael D. Cofresi from January 1, 2008 to the date of the final settlement will have the right to a new hearing before a new Judge, and a new decision in their case. If you would like our New York Social Security Disability lawyers to give your prior Social Security disability denial a fresh look and free evaluation, call us toll Free at 1-877-NY-DBLAW (1-877-693-2529).

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Friday, May 10, 2013

We’ve all heard those stereotypes about Worker’s Compensation Claims being a lot of bologna. People think of claimants wearing fake neck braces, getting hurt on purpose, hobbling into their hearing limping on one leg and walking out limping on another. It would be naive to say that this never happens, which is a real shame considering how many people legitimately deserve to receive benefits. In 2003, Lisa Cullen published an article about the extent to which people overestimate the prevalence of fraud in Worker’s Compensation. The full article can be viewed here on Once more, there are many instances […]

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Illicit Drug Use and Your Worker's Compensation Claim

Thursday, May 9, 2013

This week, we’ve talked a lot about the regulation of legal pharmaceutical products. Let us take a minute though to think about illicit substances. Worker’s Compensation is considered a no-fault system. The amount of money a claimant receives may not be increased if his or her employer is being negligent. Likewise, an employee’s carelessness may not decrease their award. However, it should be noted that it might be determined that an accident was the result an employee’s intent to cause harm or have been caused by an employee’s intoxication. In this scenario, an employee loses his rights to Worker’s Compensation. […]

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