Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. is a Brooklyn worker’s compensation and Social Security Disability law firm. We serve the greater New York City area, as well as the entire State of New York. Contact us for legal consultant at 516-496-0400, We have 10 offices around the NYC area to serve you or your loved one.
Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq.
As we have written over the past several years, the laws and circumstances surrounding Accidental Disability Pensions have changed dramatically over the years, and they have definitely not changed for the better. The Retirement System appears to have made a concerted effort over the past two decades to narrow the definition of what is and what is not an “accident” to such an extent that, following the decision of the Court of Appeals this past spring in Matter of Kelly, you might be led to believe that nearly nothing will be an “accident” in the going forward.
While there is certainly cause for alarm, we also firmly believe that this is a time to re-evaluate why certain cases have been denied over the past several years, and to once again, remind everyone of the importance of accident reports, descriptions of events, and the impact that the initial documents in a matter will have over the ultimate outcome of that claim. Accidents and Negligence Lawyers in Brooklyn. New York Social Security Disability Attorneys. New York Long Term Disability Claim Lawyers. New York State Disability Pensions Lawyers. December 2019 Legal Report. By: Milan Rada, Esq., with John Hewson, Esq.
The primary goal of the Legal Report is to educate the membership so that avoidable mistakes are not made when one of you is injured in the line of duty. Of course, some mistakes aren’t entirely avoidable and not every case can be a three-quarter event. But, in general, virtually everything we write about comes from experiences police officers bring to us when consulting about line of duty injuries. We encounter cases that have problems we can correct, but unfortunately also cases with problems that just cannot be fixed. Recently, a member of another department came to see us with one such situation, but it is a situation that could easily happen to an officer here in Nassau County as well.
The officer suffered a severe back and knee injury as a result of a car accident while responding to an aided scene. Those that have read the Legal Report for years can see exactly where this is headed. Social Security Disability Lawyers in New York. Negligence and Accidents Lawyers in New York. New York Police Disability Lawyers. New York Social Security Disability Lawyers. New York Workers Compensation Attorneys. New York Veteran Disability Benefits Lawyers. Negligence and Accident Lawyers. Police Disability Attorneys in New York. Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. By: Milan Rada, Esq., and John Hewson, Esq.
As we begin 2020, there are always a few things that we think are worth mentioning and providing a few friendly reminders at the start of another happy and healthy New Year. So, we are using this month’s Legal Report to go over some of the most common questions and issues that have come through our office throughout the past year.
Of course, as with any topic, there should not be any questions that go unanswered since we are always happy and available to help in whatever way that we can. For starters, we wrote about this topic several times over the past years – the biggest reminder has to be that the initial accident reports and paperwork are extremely crucial to any of the claims on which we represent our clients. Another issue that needs clarification is appreciating the definition of a line of duty injury or illness for members of this Police Department. February 2020 Legal Report. By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq.
As you are well aware, there are a number of disability benefits that exist to protect members of law enforcement when they experience a work related, line of duty injury. However, one of the benefits that we typically discuss less frequently is the Social Security Disability benefit. Social Security Disability benefits can be another lucrative disability benefit that police officers with injuries may be eligible for in addition to a disability pension. However, as with anything in life, a different system means a different set of rules and standards. New York Long Term Disability Claim Attorneys. New York Police Disability Attorneys. General Practice Lawyer. New York Veteran Disability Benefits Attorneys. Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq.
The start and foundation for any viable disability claim is the initial event that causes an officer’s injury. It is at that exact moment that the structure of the case is formed including whether the case will be a potential accidental disability retirement (3/4) claim, or whether it ends up being something less. Regardless, that moment in time triggers a number of crucial decisions that will affect the rest of the claim in the days, months, and years that follow.
A few helpful reminders are always good to keep in mind so that every member that reads this Legal Report will know what to do when they are injured in the line of duty. Accident reports are something that we have written about on countless occasions. Departmental rules indicate that if injured on the job, an officer must report the injury within seven (7) days to the Department. Accuracy is far more important than expediency and speed when it comes to accident reports. Veteran Disability Benefits Attorneys. Long Term Disability Claim Attorneys. State Disability Pensions Lawyers. Security Disability Lawyers. February 2020 Legal Report - Fusco, Brandenstein, & Rada. Brooklyn General Practice. New York Workers Compensation Lawyers. Veterans Benefits Lawyers in New York. Negligence And Accidents Attorneys in New York. March 2020 Legal Report - Fusco, Brandenstein, & Rada. Brooklyn Union Disability Pensions Attorneys. NYC and State Disability Pensions Lawyers.
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