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New Bankruptcy Law Bad for Disabled

Friday, April 22, 2005

Even though Congress included the words “Consumer Protection Act” in the name of this horrible new law, it is really a misnomer. There is not one single pro -consumer part of this law. Because of “means testing”, many middle class Americans will not be able to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The predatory credit card companies spread so much money through the halls of Congress that even moderate Democrats supported this unconscionable gift to these gluttonous money changers. President Bush signed the new law on Wednesday. I went to a presentation last night by a Federal Bankruptcy Trustee who explained […]

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Suffolk Police Officers Honored for Bravery

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Suffolk County is lucky to have some of the bravest police officers in the New York area. Last weekend, Bill Turley and a group of attorneys from our firm attended the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association’s Silver Shield Awards Dinner. For over ten years, we have had the privilege of being Workers Compensation Counsel to the PBA. The Silver Shield Dinner is the PBA’s night to honor individual police officers for specific heroic acts. One uplifting example was a group of three officers who responded to a call about a child laying face down in a pond. When the officers […]

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Spitzer Meets with Workers Compensation Alliance

Monday, April 11, 2005

On April 6, 2005, New York State Attorney General (and candidate for Governor) Eliot Spitzer met with the Workers Compensation Alliance in Albany to discuss problems injured workers have with the current Workers Compensation Board. My partner Bill Turley attended this important meeting, which included some of the top workers compensation attorneys and union officials in New York State. Attorney General Spitzer was both engaging and informed. You could tell he did his homework prior to the meeting. He stated that if he is elected Governor in 2006, the Workers Compensation Board will not be used as a tool to […]

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Bye Bye Bextra! Is Celebrex Next?

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Another one bites the dust! About two hours ago, Bextra, a popular prescription pain killer similar to Vioxx, was pulled from the market due to its potential to cause fatal illness. Celebrex, another Cox-2 inhibitor, will still be allowed to be sold but only with highlighted warnings. If your doctor still has you on Celebrex, you may want to discuss the risks, sooner rather than later! Many of our clients receiving workers compensation, social security disability and/or long term disability were prescribed these drugs for relief of their pain. Unfortunately, some have suffered heart attacks or strokes due to these […]

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Representing Your First Workers Compensation Client

Monday, April 4, 2005

I will be presenting a Continuing Legal Education Seminar entitled “Representing Your First Workers Compensation Client” on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at my Alma Mater, St. John’s University School of Law. This is part of the Law School’s “Bridge the Gap Weekend” for newly admitted attorneys or experienced lawyers looking for a new practice area. I promise not to lecture! This is a practical program where attorneys will argue several hypothetical cases and learn about: the initial client interview, accidents vs. occupational diseases, preparing for a hearing at the New York State Workers Compensation Board, appeals and workers compensation settlements. […]

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When Your HMO Says "No"

Thursday, March 31, 2005

You need life saving cancer treatment, but your HMO will not pay. What are your rights? Can you enforce them in time? I recently went to a great seminar on this topic at the Nassau County Bar Association given by my good friend, Susan Slavin. Susan was one of the pioneers of breast cancer litigation in the early 1990’s, and continues today as a leading ERISA and disability rights attorney. So what do you do when you get an HMO denial? In most states, including New York, you have a right to an External Appeal by an Independent Panel not […]

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Cancer’s Impact on Long Term Disability Claims

Monday, March 28, 2005

Are you able to work after a diagnosis and treatment for cancer? Is this a better measure of treatment success for working age people? Most cancer survivors are able to stay on the job, according to a new study found in the current issue of the journal Cancer and reported by Reuters. The nation’s largest long term disability insurance company, UnumProvident, recently reported that cancer is the leading cause of long term disability claims in the United States. According to the new study, survivors of early detectable cancers ( breast, prostate, skin, thyroid and uterus) had the lowest risk of […]

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Terry Schiavo and Good Friday

Friday, March 25, 2005

As I write this late in the afternoon on Good Friday, the Christian Holy Day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus, Terry Schiavo is slowly dying. The irony is stunning. I’ll leave it to better theological scholars to draw the parallels. Did such a personal tragedy have to turn into a political football for the President and Congress? I think not. The only branch of government that can look itself in the face at the end of this debacle is our judiciary. Whether you agreed with their rulings or not, they applied the law to the best of their ability, without […]

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Suburban Sweatshops

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Suburban Sweatshops is an important new book by Jennifer Gordon documenting the appalling working conditions of immigrants in our modern day suburbia. We had the pleasure of attending a book signing and celebration held last week at Hofstra University. Hofstra is down the street from The Workplace Project, a ground breaking organization founded by Ms. Gordon to provide legal representation to undocumented workers from Latin America. Our firm has had the privilege to represent many in their workers compensation claims and provide additional financial support for the organization. Ms. Gordon, a MacArthur Fellow and now an Associate Professor of Law […]

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Social Security Nuclear Option…Barbara Bush?

Monday, March 21, 2005

Give him credit! With his Social Security privatization plan sinking faster than a turncoat with cement shoes in the East River(can’t you tell I’m from New York), the President floats out his 79 year old mother to the rescue. A brilliant, yet all too common tactic for sons. When the public deserts you and Congress wishes you never brought the whole Social Security issue up, who better to pump up support than a woman who lives month to month on her Social Security check! Yes, she will say she is doing this for her many grandchildren. Balderdash! – they will […]

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