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Suicide & Workers Compensation

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Yesterday, we received a call about our workers compensation client who was struggling with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and depression. He shot himself over the weekend. Our sympathy goes out to his loved ones. We represented this client for over five years in both New York workers compensation and social security disability claims. We successfully fought to get him special authorization for surgery at Yale University Medical Center and psychiatric treatment. We won his social security case. Tragedies like this one are a real kick in the gut to the lawyers and paralegals in […]

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Naughty Worker Has No Scaffold Claim

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

As recently reported in Matthew Lerner’s excellent New York Civil Law blog, the New York Court of Appeals recently decided that a worker who fails to use safety devices provided to him by his employer cannot prevail in a Labor Law ¬ß240(1) claim (otherwise known as the Scaffold Law). Cahill v. Triboroough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The “Scaffold Law” allows the injured worker to sue a general contractor or property owner, in addition to collecting workers compensation from the employer. Jury awards in scaffold cases can be very high. Using the term “recalcitrant worker” to describe the employee in this […]

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Bush Social Security Plan Dead?

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

I wouldn’t bet on it. Despite dwindling support in his own party and the public in general, the President has shown in the past that he is a stubborn and resilent fighter for his policies. Rather than folding up shop and licking his wounds, he has announced a new multi-state push to convince the American public that his way is the better way to fix Social Security. His biggest nemesis, AARP, will surely be nipping at his heels after every stop and trying to undercut his proposal for “private” (or shall we say “personal”) accounts. For entertaining bashing on both […]

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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial Dinner 3/24/05

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

When I was studying at Cornell School of Industrial & Labor Relations, one of the most riveting events we studied was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. In short, on March 25, 1911, a raging fire broke out on the top floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company building in lower Manhattan. Many of the workers, mostly immigrant women and girls, could not escape because the company had locked the exits. Because of the locked exits, many of the workers had to jump from the ninth floor to their death. In total, 146 workers died. Up until the 9/11 tragedy, the Triangle […]

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