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Murder Charged in Queens Workers Compensation Death Claim

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Long Island man was charged with criminally negligent homicide last week for the death of a co-worker on a Queens construction site. Both men were employees of an electrical contractor in Forest Hills. According to the article in Newsday, the employee who died was on the forks of a forklift being driven by the employee now being charged with murder. The dead employee was hit by a piece of concrete in the chest. Police sources indicate that the employees may have been engaged in “horseplay”. This was the second Queens workers compensation death claim in the past week. Several […]

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Social Security's 70th Birthday Renews Republican Privatization Push

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Thought President Bush‚Äôs Social Security Privatization Plan was dead? Think again! In the wake of significant Congressional victories such as the new energy bill and CAFTA, the President‚Äôs handlers are using Social Security‚Äôs 70th birthday to take another stab at private accounts. We can expect a new push this fall assuming issues like Iraq and Karl Rove don‚Äôt distract the President. On Social Security‚Äôs 70th birthday today, we should be celebrating the spectacular success of this insurance program. Prior to its enactment in 1935, retirees and the disabled frequently lived in poverty. Social Security continues to be an important safety […]

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Workers Compensation Insurance Industry Scandal Keeps Growing

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Employers may finally be waking up to the reality that workers compensation insurance companies ( not claimants or their lawyers ) are the real culprits in pushing up workers compensation premiums. Thanks to our friends at the Workers Comp Insider for the thorough and sad story of Enron-like insurance executives pushing up the cost of workers compensation insurance for small employers. Its generally not the claims examiners attorneys deal with who are the bad apples. In fact, they themselves are victims by having to work for companies with tarnished reputations or if they own now de-valued insurance company stock. I’ve […]

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Gulf War Veterans Disability Claims for Brain Cancer

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

New research shows an increase in brain cancer deaths for veterans exposed to the nerve agent Sarin in Gulf War I. Over 100,000 soldiers were exposed to chemical warfare in Iraq during the first Gulf War. According to the new study, they now have double the risk of dying from brain cancer compared to the 250,000 soldiers who were not exposed. And this information is just coming out now – some 14 years after their exposure. Makes you wonder what our current soldiers in Iraq have to worry about when they hopefully come home for good… We generally know the […]

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"New Approach" to Social Security Disability Claims

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

While I was on vacation last week, New York disability attorneys had a lot of interesting disability law developments to digest. I will try to catch everyone up on the most important developments over the course of the week, but I will start with the most important: the New Social Security Approach to Disability Determination proposed last week by Social Security Commissioner Jo Anne B. Barnhart. Bottom Line ‚Äì it‚Äôs generally BAD for claimants, and it’s hidden agenda is to decrease the odds that disability claimants will win their Social Security claims. Probably the most significant change for disability clients […]

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New York Disability Lawyer Blog Vacation

Sunday, July 24, 2005

I will be taking a break from the world of workers compensation and disability claims until August 1, 2005. My family and I are taking a learning vacation at Cornell’s Adult University. This is a great program if you want to combine relaxation with intellectual stimulation, all in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country. While Dad and Mom take a course entitled “Meritocracy in America” taught by Prof. Glenn Altschuler, my 6 and 7 year old “explorers” will be studying bugs and ecology with Cornell students. See you soon.

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Multiple Sclerosis, Social Security & Long Term Disability Claims

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Long Island, New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has invited me to speak with their members on Thursday, August 4, 2005 on Social Security and Long Term Disability claims as part of their “Attorney One-on One” program. Located in Hauppauge, Suffolk County, this is a fantastic organization which really provides some much needed services for its members. Over the past 15 years, I’ve handled over 60 multiple sclerosis disability claims before Social Security or long term disability insurance carriers, such as UNUMProvident. Although one might think that a diagnosis of a progressive illness like multiple sclerosis […]

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New York Workers Compensation Rates Increase by 5%

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

New York State Insurance Superintendent Howard Mills threw a bone to workers compensation insurance carriers in New York State by granting them a 5% rate increase last week. The workers compensation carriers are lucky they got any increase in the wake of the AIG scandal. An excellent analysis can be found at the Workers Comp Insider blog (which is a must read for anyone involved in the workers compensation claim industry). Does this mean they will now give workers compensation claimants the benefit increase they deserve? Fat chance! The smart bet is that injured workers will not see a benefit […]

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Long Island Press Workers Compensation Cover Story

Thursday, July 14, 2005

High Costs, Low Benefits: Why New York State has the Worst Workers Compensation in the Nation” is the front page story in the July 14, 2005 edition of the Long Island Press. Accompanying the headline is a picture of an injured worker missing a leg. This is a timely and powerful article, and should be read by anyone who wants to know the inside scoop on how workers compensation insurance companies take advantage of BOTH workers and employers in New York State. One telling fact is the disclosure that workers compensation insurance companies in New York had a profit margin […]

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Congressman Pete King on Social Security Disability

Monday, July 11, 2005

Unlike some of you, I got a thoughtful letter recently from Congressman Peter King (R – Seaford) on the Social Security Disability program. I had written him on behalf of all my disability clients who were scared that they might lose their social security benefits as part of the President’s privatization reform. Congressman King wrote that: “the White House has made clear that any reform legislation would fully protect and maintain disability benefits.” He went on to add that he: “will work to ensure that full disability payments are continued.” Sounds good to me. King, who boxes for fun and […]

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