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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Am I Eligible for NYSLRS Benefits?


One of the hallmarks of the American system of government is the division of power between cities, counties, states, and the feds. Divided sovereignty protects citizens from power being too concentrated in the hands of a few politicians, and allows for regional differences and quirks.

However, the responsibilities and tasks assigned to each level of government are sometimes mixed-up and overlapping. This can make it confusing when you are trying to figure out what level of government or government agent you are supposed to be dealing with when you need access to benefits or answers to a specific question. We see this often in the world of disability benefits.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

On Throwing Starfish: Helping Adults Disabled Before the Age of 22 Tap into the Benefits They Need


New York City’s Office for People with Disabilities estimates that around 1 million New Yorkers, or roughly 11.2% of the city’s population, live with a disability.
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Collecting Social Security Before the Age of 62


What circumstances might allow me to collect Social Security if I am under the age of 62?

The Social Security Act was first signed into law in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Originally, the law was designed to offer retirement benefits to the primary worker in a household.  It was later expanded to provide for survivor’s benefits, benefits for a retiree’s spouse and children, and disability benefits.  Today, Social Security remains an essential lifeline for the vulnerable in America, namely the elderly or disabled and their family members.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Do I qualify for Disability Insurance if I am Self-Employed?

I am Self-Employed in New York - Do I Qualify for Disability Insurance?

When you are self-employed, you have to take care of all the things an employer would handle for you. You set up your own retirement account and buy your health insurance. Do not forget to cover yourself with insurance in case you end up with a disability that keeps you from working.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Dealing With a Sudden Disability

What can I do if a sudden injury prevents me from returning to work?

An accident or act of violence can change your life in an instant.  Survivors of a serious accident may struggle to cope with not just their physical injuries, but the financial constraints as well.  Major injuries often lead to a host of medical expenses and the inability to return to work.  While your health insurance will hopefully cover a large portion of your medical costs, not all employees have disability insurance to cover your losses stemming from the inability to work.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Are My Disability Payments Taxable?


Losing the ability to work is a relatively common but disruptive fact of life, which is why disability insurance programs exist.  In fact, New York is one of the few states that requires most employers to offer short-term disability insurance to supplement the federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.  Certainly the payments are a welcome help when the checks arrive, but come April trying to figure out which payments are taxable can make your head hurt.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

What Illnesses/Injuries Are Covered By NY Disability Benefits Insurance?


New York employers are required to offer disability benefits coverage to employees injured out of the job. Employers can obtain this coverage for their employees through an insurance carrier approved by the state’s Worker’s Compensation Board or, if they are large employers, they can seek self-insurance authorization from the same Board.  Seeking disability benefits can often be an uphill battle that is best fought with the help of an experienced disability insurance lawyer.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?


Social Security is a way for millions of Americans to get financial assistance if they are disabled. However, it is estimated that the Social Security Administration rejects about 57 percent of the applications received in New York.

If your application is rejected, there is an appeals process where you can plead your case to an administrative law judge, but this is not something you want to do alone.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a relatively clear standard to decide if someone is eligible for benefits, and has a step-by-step process that all applications go through. Having an experienced Read more . . .


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Atria Senior Living Settles Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Deaf or Hard of Hearing Seniors


Is it discrimination if a senior living center fails to make reasonable accommodations for the hearing impaired?

Many senior citizens suffer from impaired hearing or deafness. Yet a major provider of assisted living allegedly refused to provide sign American Sign Language interpreters at some of its facilities, despite requests for them.

Settlement Includes a Number of Nursing Home Operators and Facilities

Now the assisted living operator, Atria Senior Living, has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought against it by the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York. The complaint involved Atria’s Riverdale residence in the Bronx and its Long Island residence, Atria South Setauket.


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Disabled New Yorkers Sue Over Hazardous Curb Cuts


Most New York City pedestrians barely notice the condition of "curb cuts" -- the small ramps on every street corner that bring the sidewalk down to the level of the street. But poorly maintained curb cuts are a serious obstacle for New Yorkers with disabilities, who depend on them to travel around the city. Now a group representing disabled New Yorkers is suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force the city to do a better job.

Well-Maintained Curb Cuts Are Legally Required

Federal law requires cities to install and maintain curb cuts to enable the disabled to navigate streets safely.


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Disability Lawsuit Targets Uber's Lack of Wheelchair Access


While Uber has transformed transportation in New York City, there is one area in which the innovative company has often lagged behind the yellow cab industry—providing wheelchair accessible transportation for New Yorkers with disabilities.

Now a Brooklyn woman has taken the ride-sharing company to court. In a new lawsuit, the disabled New Yorker says that Uber's app purporting to link customers to wheelchair-accessible yellow or green cabs does not work. In court papers, she calls it "a paltry smokescreen.


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