The seasoned advocates at Seelig Law Offices are committed to representing uniformed New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) officers in disability matters. As the former president of the Corrections Officers Benevolent Association (1979-1993), managing partner Philip Seelig understands the demanding work and unsafe conditions that corrections officers are often exposed to in order to ensure justice is served and is dedicated to helping them if they are injured on the job.
Under the New York State Retirement Law, corrections officers injured or as a natural and proximate result of an inmate during the performance of their duties are entitled to a lifetime three-quarters of their final average salary. Not all injuries suffered by corrections officers qualify and that is why it is important to consult with an attorney regarding your claim. Corrections officers are also entitled to the Heart Bill, which is New York legislation that creates a presumption that disabling heart conditions are the result of work-related stressors. They are also eligible for the World Trade Center Bill if they worked at certain locations, during a certain time period after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, and suffer from a qualifying condition. These bills give corrections officers access to a special pension benefit. Recently hired corrections officers have similar but less lucrative coverage.
If you are a corrections officer and were injured in the line of duty, Seelig Law Offices can help you get the disability pension you deserve. Contact our New York City disability attorneys at 212-766-0600 for a free consultation today. Our firm does not typically collect a legal fee unless you receive a pension.