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Articles about or by our partners as well as news and information related to areas of our legal practice including Social Security Disability (SSD), and disability insurance.

Rhinebeck woman charged with insurance fraud
A Rhinebeck woman was charged with multiple felonies after it was discovered she collected disability benefits while employed.

After Long Struggle, Illness, Veteran Lands Benefits for Agent Orange Exposure: Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam Linked to His Cancer
A retired command sergeant major has been fighting government bureaucracy to attain benefits based on his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War which he believes caused his prostate cancer. Because he served on shipboard, the government claimed he was unaffected by the toxic defoliant that was sprayed only on land.

Busting the Myths about Disability Fraud
Though some people claim that rampant fraudulent claims are filed for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, this is not true. In fact, it is very difficult to make a SSDI claim and even harder to fake a disability. Sixty percent of those who apply for benefits don't receive them.

Firefighters' Union Continues Fight for Restoration of the Old Disability Pension
The United Firefighters Association of New York has filed a lawsuit against New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The Union claims that Viverito obstructed the debate surrounding low disability benefits for new hires.

Social Security Overpaid Disability Benefits by Nearly $17 Billion Over Last Decade
A study by the Social Security Administration's Inspector General has found that more almost half of the 9 million recipients of Social Security benefits were overpaid in the last 10 years. While the administrative was able to get back some of the money, this is the last thing the already overburdened administration needs.

New York City Council Votes on Disability Benefits
In a rather unexpected turn of events, the New York City Council approved a new packgage of disability pension benefits proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Under the proposed legislation, beginning officers and firefighters would receive an increase in disability benefits. The vote will now be sent to Albany for approval.

NYC Disability Pension Reform Under Consideration
The CIty Council held hearings while uniformed police officers and firefighters rallied outside City Hall for increased disability benefits.

Social Media Helps Expose False Disability Claims
Insurance investigators often find YouTube videos and other social media postings that contradict claims made for disability and other insurance.

Why Disability Insurance Is Not a Luxury
People often think about getting life insurance, but your chances of needing disability insurance are higher.

Congress Seeking Solutions to Shortfall in SSDI
With the Social Security Disability Insurance fund facing exhaustion, plans to keep the program solvent are being considered including shifting billions in Social Security retirement funds.

Cops Pay Her 320G to Settle
By Greg B. Smith, New York Daily News, Thursday, August 28, 1997

NYCERS FAQS
New York City Employees' Retirement System - Frequently Asked Questions

U.S. Sues New York Police Department in Sex-Harassment Case by Matthew Purdy
New York Times, June 8, 1996

Guards Quell A Disturbance In Rikers Jail by Dennis Hevesi
New York Times, September 27, 1989

Warn of Urban Centers' Demise by Victor Riesel
Ludington Daily News, July 7, 1981

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