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Workers' Compensation Lawyers Reflect on Workers' Memorial Day

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day worldwide, a day we solemnly remember all those workers who have died tragically in workplace accidents over the years.  More US workers have died on the job over the course of history than anyone knows or cares to remember. Witness 9/11, but don’t forget the workers who die every day in less dramatic fashion. To understand the gravity of this problem, a must read is the 2010 Death On the Job Report from the AFL-CIO. Read it and really weep. My most recent NY workers’ compensation death claim involved a Long Island warehouse worker who had a skid of heavy boxes tip […]

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$657 Million 9/11 Settlement Agreement Documents Online: Time to Act?

Monday, March 15, 2010

While I am sure that most of the general public has heard about last week’s potential $657 million settlement for 9/11 First Responders ( including volunteers), do you want to read the entire 95 page  World Trade Center Settlement Process Agreement ? In addition to the agreement, there are attached to the agreement multiple Exhibits A  through U  (click here and here for examples)which put the total page count in the multiple hundreds of pages.  Thankfully, the over 10,000 first responders have been given 90 days dissect this important document before the must vote to approve or disapprove the proposed settlement.  Awards to individuals or families could range anywhere from a high of over […]

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NY Social Security Disability Lawyer Quoted in Newsday on Benefits for Non-Working Spouse

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Carrie Mason-Draffen is the excellent Workplace Columnist for Newsday and I have been glad to help her over the years with questions from her readers on Social Security disability claims and New York workers compensation claims. Her most recent column in which I was quoted had to do with when a non-working spouse can obtain Social Security benefits.  Disabled Widow’s/Widowers Benefits can be collected on the deceased spouse’s earnings record if the disabled widow is: 1)  disabled within 7 years of the deceased worker’s death and is between the ages of 50 – 60 when she becomes disabled and 2) was married to the deceased worker for […]

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Dunkin Donuts Teen Death: Another Long Island Workers Compensation Tragedy

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Photo courtesy of NY Daily News Whoever thought that a seemingly harmless job at Dunkin Donuts in Smithtown could cause the death of a 17-year old student in his prime? As reported in Newsday, Amiri Zeqiri fell into a cesspool after a metal cover collapsed while he was walking to dump garbage behind the Donut shop. The bizarre accident is reminds me of the sad death last year on Long Island of the Walmart employee who was trampled by a crowd of over eager customers in Valley Stream. You would not normally think of Walmart as an exceedingly dangerous place to work either, but workers compensation lawyers like […]

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Brookhaven Lab Workers Get Compensation for Cancer Caused by Radiation Exposure

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Newsday reports today that Brookhaven National Lab workers with cancer who were exposed to radiation at BNL during the Cold War will finally be able to receive the federal workers’ compensation benefits that Congress intended when it set up a special compensation program for these workers in 2000. The facts surrounding the Brookhaven exposures are eerily similar to the case our office won at trial regarding our clients who were exposed to radiation, TCE and PCE at the old Sylvania Nuclear Fuel Rod plant in Hicksville, New York. The current owner of the property, Verizon, is now fighting off multiple individual and class action lawsuits for cancer […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

At this magical time of year,  while so many New Yorkers are still struggling economically, let us not forget all the important things 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 those among us who are not working due to accidents or disease, may 2010 bring you a return to work and good health.  The attorneys at Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco have dedicated our professional lives to representing injured and disabled claimants with construction accident claims, ERISA and private long term […]

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Jury Awards DePascale Plaintiffs $12 Million Against Verizon for Failure to Clean Toxic Waste Site in Hicksville

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In a ground-breaking victory in a David vs. Goliath courtroom setting (it appeared that Verizon had no fewer than 15 attorneys from around the country at the trial), our client Gerard DePascale, his wife, and Liam Neville were awarded $12million today by a jury against Verizon in federal District Court in Central Islip, New York. Specifically, both Mr. Depascale and Mr. Neville were awarded $5 million, while Mrs. DePascale was awarded $2 million. Gerard DePascale came down with a rare cancer, Stage 4 extra-skeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma, as a result of being exposed, without his knowledge, to various cancer causing toxins […]

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Disability Attorney Named to Board of Advisors at St. John's University Center for Labor and Employment Law

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I am looking forward to attending the Inaugural Dinner of the new St. John’s University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law at the Williams Club in New York City this Thursday. In attendance will be our Law School’s new Dean, Michael A. Simons.  I am deeply honored to have been asked to become an inaugural member of the Board of Advisors of this prestigious new Labor and Employment Law Center  ,which I am sure will be yet another jewel in the law school’s crown. The Center for Labor and Employment Law would not have been possible without the long-standing support and groundwork of […]

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LexisNexis Names New York Disability Law Blog Top Workers' Comp Blog for 2009!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

  The Attorneys at Turley Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco are honored to have LexisNexis name our New York Disability Law Blog one of the top 25 workers compensation blogs in 2009 from across the United States for the second year running! LexisNexis is the premier legal publisher in the US, and to have their commendation means a lot not only to our law firm, but to our loyal readers as well.  We are among very good company, as the top 25 workers" compensation blogs include such notables as The Workers’ Comp Insider,  Safety Community, Workers’ Comp Forum, Managed Care Matters and the NY Workers’ Compensation Alliance Blog (which was […]

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Montana Wins ERISA Disability Claim Discretionary Clause Appeal – Why Doesn't New York Have Similar Ban?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Discretionary Clauses" in ERISA disability insurance policies are the largest cause of unfair ERISA LTD claim denials across the country. They essentially create an uneven playing field in favor of an already powerful insurance company over a disabled claimant. Imagine if the Yankees were forced to play the World Series with only seven players on the field, while the Phillies had the usual nine. That’s how bad discretionary clauses are for disabled claimants.  For this reason, a number of states now ban discretionary clauses in insurance contracts in an effort to simply make the playing field fair for disabled claimants. Montana is one such state. The Standard Insurance Company didn’t like little […]

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