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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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Rosasco Attends NOSSCR Disability Lawyer Conference in New Orleans

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

  Today is the first day of the NOSSCR Social Security  Disability Lawyer conference in “The Big Easy”, as this fun loving city is affectionately known. Some of the best Social Security disability lawyers  from around the country will be in attendance, including my good friend and current NOSSCR President Larry Wittenberg.  While I was a presenter on ERISA Long Term Disability claims at the last NOSSCR conference, I am taking a break this conference so I can learn something new myself!  This time out I plan to sharpen my medical knowledge by attending separate seminars on multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome,  fibromyalgia,  lung disease […]

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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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