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Disability Lawyer Volunteers at Long Island MS Society "Meet the Attorney" Night

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Thanks to Jane Reilly and all those at the Long Island, New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for inviting me to participate at their annual free "Meet the Attorney" night last week at the Melville headquarters.  I had a private meeting with a lovely woman struggling with MS to discuss both her ERISA long term disability claim with Unum, and her pending Social Security Disability claim.   I advised her NOT to use the "free" representation from GENEX Services to assist her with her Social Security Disability claim, as GENEX operates solely for the benefit of Unum, and therefore has a major conflict of interest […]

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New Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Will Help Long Term Disability Claims

Monday, September 24, 2007

It’s all in your head!  You do not have "objective medical evidence" of a disabling condition!  Your symptoms are "self reported" and not supported by "testing"!  Any chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) sufferer whose disability claim has been denied by either Social Security or an LTD insurance company has seen these infuriating phrases before.  As reported by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN last week, a new study and test for CFS may put an end to this injustice. Despite ample clinical evidence of disability from treating physicians, many ME/CFS and FM patients and couldn’t get past "objective evidence" roadblock put up by ERISA […]

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The Forgotten 9/11 Ground Zero Heroes

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

   Marie Cocco of the Washington Post has a great column today profiling one of our clients, Jeanmarie DeBiase, the widow of 9/11 hero Mark DeBiase.  While sick police officers and firefighters have received much deserved attention, workers in a variety of occupations, without whom the Ground Zero clean-up could not have been possible, have not received the same level of press.  Mark was a wireless phone technician who set up emergency communications for other 9/11 rescue and first responders and volunteers.  He died on April 9, 2006 due to interstitial lung disease caused by exposure to dust and toxins at the Fresh Kills landfill, where the World […]

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Lawyers Sue Verizon Again Over Contaminated Nuclear Waste Site in New York

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Newsday article today details yet another lawsuit against Verizon for cancers and other life threatening diseases caused by Verizon’s contaminated nuclear waste property in Hicksville, New York.  It was just a few years ago that Verizon paid out a multi-million dollar settlement to residents in the surrounding area over their increased rates of cancer.  Incredibly, despite their previous settlement with surrounding residents, they state in today’s article that the property is not a health hazard!!!  They must be kidding!!!  Thankfully, at least the newest lawsuit is in front of federal District Court Judge Leonard Wexler, a no nonsense jurist who […]

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9/11 Workers' Compensation Press Conference Launching Poster Campaign Slated for 9/4/07

Thursday, August 30, 2007

As we approach the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, legal and health issues arising out of Ground Zero continue to top the headlines.  First, NYCOSH has announced a press conference for next Tuesday, 9/4/07,  at 11:00 am at the South entrance to PATH trains at the former World Trade Center site on Church Street.  The press conference, which will include New York State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith, Art Wilcox of the AFL-CIO and representatives of Senate Majority leader Joe Bruno,  will announce a new subway poster campaign encouraging 9/11 Rescue, Recovery and Cleanup Workers and Volunteers to register for benefits with […]

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Long Term Disability Attorneys Fight to Ban Unfair Insurance Contract Clauses in New York

Friday, August 24, 2007

Recently, a group of some of New York’s top long term disability insurance lawyers and advocates gathered in Manhattan to sign an important document for the benefit of all employees who are covered for LTD benefits through an ERISA plan sponsored by their employer.  This letter to the NY Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo requested that unfair "discretionary clauses" in insurance contracts be banned in New York, as they have been recently in New Jersey and California.  As previously reported in this blog, this follows the prior attempts to ban discretionary clauses under the Pataki administration.  To date, it is unknown what the Spitzer administration’s position will be on […]

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NY Workers' Compensation Lawyer Quoted in AM NewYork

Monday, August 13, 2007

Does or job affect your sleep patterns?  Can you collect New York Workers’ Compensation benefits if it does? That’s the question Daisy Harrington asked me in her Career Corner column in AM New York published today.  There is growing evidence that workers may suffer adverse health effects, especially  work related heart attacks, due to long or unusual working hours,.  Workers who are "on call" constantly might have similar problems.  However, to date making such claims at the New York Workers’ Compensation Board  has not been particularly fruitful in our experience.   As in every workers’ comp claim, you must have a medical doctor support you claim in writing.  This […]

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Tips to Win Your Social Security Disability Claim in New York

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Did you know that over 60% of all initial Social Security Disability claims filed without a lawyer are denied? Did you know that the Social Security Disability appeals process can now take up to two years?  In New York, the current backlog of disability cases awaiting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge is over 52,000 – one of the worst in the nation!  However, there are several things you can do to avoid this intimidating bottleneck: Have a heart-to-heart talk with your treating doctor.  Ask him directly if he is willing to support your disability claim in writing. Without the proper […]

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New York Disability Attorneys Support Multiple Sclerosis Society

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Turley Redmond & Rosasco partner Chris Redmond has a long record of helping raise money to battle Multiple Sclerosis.  This year, the firm was pleased to help fight Multiple Sclerosis by sponsoring an individual bike rider in his local MS Bike fundraiser on July 21st in Pennsylvania.   Our law firm helped sponsor Chris Carson, brother of Linda Rosasco and brother-in-law of LTD Claim Division  partner .  Chris rode with the Peters & Wasilefski law firm team.   So far, the team has raised over $1,800.00! Chris is one of those real good guys this world needs more of.  Thanks Chris! I just met Anne Davis, Esq. […]

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