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Working Mothers' Day

Monday, May 9, 2005

Turley Redmond & Rosasco, L.L.P. salutes all Moms this Mothers’ Day! Their unselfish efforts, both in the workplace and home, are too often taken for granted. At 6:30 this morning, my six and seven year old kids announced that they were in the process of making Mommy pancakes and bacon. I knew our kitchen would look like Dresden after the war if I did not get out of bed to supervise. It took us 1 1/2 hours, but the final product wasn’t half bad. This making breakfast for the whole family stuff isn’t easy! I’m sure many of you had […]

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Workers Memorial Day – April 28, 2005

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Last year seven of our clients died on the job. 2004 was the worst year for workers compensation death claims for our clients since the September 11th tragedy. Two deaths involved construction accidents, two were work related heart attacks, one involved a defective industrial machine, one was a motor vehicle accident, and perhaps the saddest was the work related suicide of a long time client who could not take the pain anymore. Our condolences go out to all the widows, children and other family members who lost loved ones in 2004. Across this great country of ours, we must continue […]

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Did AIG Cheat New York Workers Compensation Board?

Friday, April 29, 2005

On April 26, 2005, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced an investigation of alleged improper booking of workers compensation premiums at insurance giant American International Group (AIG). This continues the problems at AIG, where last month CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg was forced to resign in the midst of various financial probes. The New York State Workers Compensation Board and the Workers Compensation Security Fund are financed by an assessment on insurance companies based upon their written premiums. The theory is that the largest insurance carriers, based upon workers compensation premiums charged to employers, should pay a larger proportion of […]

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Bush's "Leave Huge Debts Behind" Social Security Plan

Monday, April 25, 2005

In a clever twist on President Bush’s under funded “No Child Left Behind” education law, Matt Miller labeled the President’s Social Security Plan as “Leave Huge Debts Behind” in a great opinion piece in yesterday’s New York Times. After a good laugh, I sadly realized how similar both programs really are. No Child Left Behind provides almost no funding to get our kids’ education on par with what they will need in the super-competitive workforce. Leave Huge Debts Behind (ie Bush Social Security Plan) mortgages our kid’s future with an extra $200 billion added to the existing Federal debt. Bottom […]

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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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