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9/11/2010: The Rebirth of Ground Zero – One World Trade Center Rises

Friday, September 10, 2010

  "U.S. Attacked" read the headline from the New York Times on 9/12/2001. Nine years ago tomorrow the former World Trade Center was taken down by two jetliners hijacked by radical Islamic terrorists associated with  Al-Queda. While the physical structure of a great city landmark was reduced to rubble, the immediate deaths and continued illnesses caused by this attack continue to haunt many New Yorkers. However, a ray of light is now shining on Ground Zero as the new One World Trade Center (formerly the Freedom Tower) rises from the ashes as seen in the recent photo above. As the New York Disability Blog has done since its inception, we again mourn those […]

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Long Island Lawyer Presents Seminar on New York Workers' Compensation Claims

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

As I have done for a number of years now, I will be lecturing tomorrow at the Hilton Hotel in Melville to my fellow NY workers compensation lawyers on "Practice Tips & Ethical Considerations" under the New York State Workers Compensation Law.  I will be sharing info in my materials on the 2007 NY Workers" Compensation Reform Law including a table explaining the new "caps" on Permanent Partial Disabilities and the new maximum workers’ compensation benefit rate, which is $739.83 for all accidents on or after July 1, 2010. This is a great opportunity for personal injury lawyers to get a basic grounding in […]

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Judge Calls New Proposed 9/11 Settlement for First Responders and Rescue Workers a "Very Good Deal"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein called the new $625 to $712 million proposed 9/11 settlement for sick first responders and rescue workers a "very good deal" today.  Lawyer fees have now been reduced from 33% to 25%, while the actual settlement has been increased significantly. This will put more money in the hands of seriously sick first responders and their loved ones. Judge Hellerstein has set a hearing for later this month so that all interested parties can comment on the newly proposed settlement.  After the initial settlement proposal was publicized this past March, both the Judge and certain rescue worker groups claimed the the settlement […]

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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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