September 2021 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. The Legal Report has often covered the requirements of obtaining a ¾ Accidental Disability Retirement pension versus a ½ Performance of Duty Disability pension. In order to qualify for either of these disability retirement benefits the applicant must prove he or she is permanently incapacitated for the… Read More


June 2021 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. It was our esteemed privilege to once again address the executive board, and the delegate and trustee bodies at the most recent educational seminar presented by the PBA. These opportunities are always fantastic for both us and the leadership body to have the chance to discuss the… Read More


May 2021 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. As the past year has taught us, we must remain ever vigilant in protecting ourselves from the uncertainties that the world possesses. In 2019, we never would have envisioned writing articles about protecting members from the dangers of a pandemic or dealing with the aftereffects of a… Read More


March 2021 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. Being an attorney carries responsibilities that can entail daunting tasks when you begin to factor in all the potential issues that can crop up in a particular case. Representing clients in disability cases such as the cases that we work on share many concerns. And to a… Read More


January 2021 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. All members should already be aware of the Medical Review procedure that exists to challenge a decision of the Department’s Police Surgeons on several issues. However, it is always important, especially at the beginning of a new year to remind you of the process. For starters, this… Read More


December 2020 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. As 2020 comes to a close, it goes without saying that we have all experienced some degree and level of hardship when it comes to COVID-19.  Unfortunately, some of us have known people or even loved ones that have been terribly sick or even passed away due… Read More


September 2020 Legal Report

It has certainly been an interesting year to say the least.  Between a pandemic and societal upheaval, the world as we knew it was thrown for an entire loop through the better part of 2020.  However, with all that has gone on in this crazy year, the world of disability law has continued to flow… Read More


March 2020 Legal Report

LEGAL REPORT  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,… Read More


February 2020 Legal Report

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… Read More


January 2020 Legal Report

LEGAL REPORT 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… Read More


December 2019 Legal Report

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… Read More


October 2019 Legal Report

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… Read More


September 2019 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq., with John Hewson, Esq. As the summer winds down into fall the best gentle reminder of the changing of the seasons seems to be the return of another season of the Nassau County PBA Newsletter. And with the new edition of the newsletter comes another legal Report for the month of… Read More


June 2019 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq., with John Hewson, Esq. We recently had the opportunity to be speakers at the Delegate Education Seminar held in April. From our perspective, the information provided by all of the speakers that day was extremely valuable.  We hope that each of the delegates had the chance to learn something new and… Read More


May 2019 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq., with John Hewson, Esq. We recently met with a client who retired on a regular service pension with over 25 years on the job. He had an existing Workers’ Compensation case for an injury he sustained in the late 2000s for which he was still treating, but it likely was not… Read More


April 2019 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq., with John Hewson, Esq. On countless occasions, we have written about the importance of accident reports and how the initial accident report can often make or break a claim.  Of course, in the heat of the moment and right after an injury occurs, it is incredibly difficult to play out the… Read More


March 2019 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. and Ken Beskin, Esq. Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, PC, is a full-service disability law firm, and so there are many benefits beyond simply Workers’ Compensation, Social Security disability, and Disability Pensions that our experienced and hard-working attorneys assist clients to obtain.  One of the more expansive systems… Read More


February 2019 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq.                 We’re sure that it comes as no surprise to hear that MAO has been giving police officers a particularly difficult time. We have found that in many instances where a police officer is faced with an unfavorable determination by the Police Surgeon or MAO the officer… Read More


January 2019 Legal Report

By: Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. Being able to see clients on a regular basis both in the office and at meetings, gives us quite the opportunity to interact with the men and women of the Department to find out what their concerns are and what gossip or rumors they are hearing in… Read More


March 2018 Legal Report

Legal Report By: Milan Rada Esq., with John Hewson, Esq. An interesting position has been percolating in the evaluation of injury and disability by the Police Department and the NYS Police and Fire Retirement System over the past year to year and one-half: this position involves connecting injuries and disabilities to a specific (and usually… Read More


June 2016 Legal Report

Legal Report By Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. We have not written about Social Security Disability Benefits with the same frequency as accidental and performance of duty disability benefits (3/4 and ½). Nevertheless, Social Security Disability Benefits can be just as important a part of post retirement financial planning as many of the… Read More


May 2016 Legal Report

Legal Report By Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. Every case comes with its own hurdles, and even with the best set of facts, one of those hurdles can very easily destroy any chance of receiving a benefit to which an injured officer would otherwise be entitled. Our goal is to educate members of… Read More


April 2016 Legal Report

Legal Report By Milan Rada Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. Here is a scenario that is playing itself out over and over again. A police officer becomes injured in a bonafide accident on the job. There is no question that it is a 3/4 type of scenario. The officer is left with significant injuries that… Read More


March 2016 Legal Report

Legal Report By Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. We are experiencing significant changes in every area of life: technology, transportation, entertainment, communication, and law enforcement, to name just a few. The practice of medicine is no exception as changes, for example, in the delivery of medical care are directly impacting disability cases and… Read More


February 2016 Legal Report

Legal Report Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. As much as we hope that the information that we provide will filter its way to each and every member of the Nassau County Police Department, we are often struck by how many times we have consultations with clients that unfortunately end with bad news for… Read More


January 2016 Legal Report

Legal Report By Milan Rada Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. Even though we start 2016 with the hopes of health and prosperity for all of our friends and clients, we recognize the reality that many will unfortunately suffer injuries over the course of the next 12 months and beyond. Therefore, we are taking this opportunity… Read More