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Social Security: Who Can Receive Your Benefits

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

A very large percentage of people who receive Social Security disability benefits also have dependents. Dependents may be spouses, divorced spouses, children, or other family members. However, the only people that can qualify for benefits on your record, according to the Social Security Administration, are the following: Spouse; Divorced spouse; Children; Disabled children; and… Read More »

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Am I Covered by New York’s Workers’ Compensation?

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Immigrant dairy farm workers are reporting intimidation and injuries, according to New York Upstate, but are farm workers’ eligible for workers’ compensation? The answer to that is yes, most likely. Most New York workers are covered by workers’ compensation. If you work for a for-profit company or business, whether you are a full-time, part-time,… Read More »

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Benefit Cuts Under New York Workers’ Compensation Reform

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

New York has had a strong workers’ compensation program for a number of years, and with New York’s recent budget approval, more good news is on the way for injured workers, or so proponents of the reform would have you believe. Reform has rarely meant good change, for the worker anyways. Often, workers’ compensation… Read More »

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VA Benefits for Rape Victims

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

While many people and the media portray the horrors of battle as the most traumatic and psychologically scarring aspect of military service, for many it is not. Tens of thousands of women and men leave the service having been sexually traumatized. In fact, over 20,000 service members were sexually assaulted in 2014 alone. And,… Read More »

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The Four Levels of Appealing a Social Security Disability Denial

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Being accepted into the Social Security Administration’s Disability program is complicated and the odds are not in your favor, even if you have an obvious and severe physical or psychological disability that keeps you from working at your full capacity. According to the Social Security Administration, during the 10-year period from 2001 through 2010,… Read More »

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Study Finds New York Construction Fatalities on the Rise

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released a study entitled “Deadly Skyline” in early 2017 that has found disturbing evidence of employer safety violations that lead to worker deaths. The Committee found that construction deaths are increasing, non-union construction sites are more dangerous than union sites, Latino workers face higher… Read More »

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When Can I Sue My Employer?

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

In most circumstances, the workers’ compensation system does not allow for an employee to sue their employer. However, this is not always the case. In 2015, a construction worker was killed and others were seriously injured when a wall collapsed on the construction site in Brooklyn. According to Eyewitness News ABC 7 New York,… Read More »

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The Four Disability Classifications

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

When you suffer a workplace injury or illness, your medical bills should be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. In addition to medical coverage, workers’ compensation pays for up to two-thirds of your average weekly wage. There are four classifications of workers’ compensation disability benefits, according to the New York Workers’ Compensation Board,… Read More »

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New York Social Security Disability Mental Disorders

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are not only available to people who have been severely wounded or disabled through an illness. People with certain mental disorders may qualify for benefits as well. However, if you attempt to qualify for SSD benefits, your condition must meet the Administration’s requirements. By working with an experienced New… Read More »

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VA Disability Overpayments Cause Havoc for Veteran Families

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Disability compensation is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and is a tax-free benefit, according to the New York State Division of Veteran’s Affairs. This benefit is earned by veterans who have become disabled due to military service-caused physical or mental injury, or have become sick during their active service. Additionally,… Read More »

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