Workers' Compensation and Disability Attorney In Manhattan

Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C.
112 West 34th St, Ste. 18-052, New York, NY 10120

If you are unable to work due to a recent injury, or a newly diagnosed medical condition, you are surely worried not only about your physical health, but also your financial health. You are probably wondering how you will pay your medical bills and provide for your family. However, you have rights and remedies under New York law.

One such remedy may be a workers’ compensation claim. If you suffered an injury at work, you are entitled to file a worker’s compensation claim through your employer. In Manhattan, New York, the workers’ compensation system is available to all employees injured at work, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

You may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. If you cannot work due to an injury or a debilitating illness, and you cannot find other employment due to your medical condition, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

The experienced Manhattan injury and disability attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. can help you recover what you are entitled under the law. Our firm has over 40 years of experience representing people injured in work-related accidents and people who can no longer work due to a disability or injury.

Our dedicated staff of attorneys and professionals will work tirelessly to ensure that you recover the maximum compensation available to you, whether we’re pursuing your workers’ compensation benefits, Social Security Disability benefits, veterans’ benefits, police disability, or a personal injury claim.

Don’t let an unexpected illness or accident destroy your life. You have rights under the law. The team of legal professionals at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. is standing by and ready to help. We will explain your rights to you and protect your rights as well. We believe in providing all of our clients with the individualized attention that they deserve.

Call Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. now to discuss the remedies available to you. We can be reached at 516-496-0400. However, if you prefer, you can also contact us online, or send an email to In light of COVID-19, we are also available to meet through video options. Our initial consultation is free.

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    Do I Need a Manhattan Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorney?

    Yes. In order to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation that is available to you, it’s imperative that you hire an experienced attorney to represent you in your Social Security Disability or workers’ compensation claim. Likewise, if you’re an injured veteran, city or state police officer, or union worker, it’s important to have a knowledgeable attorney guide you through the claims process to ensure you receive the full disability benefits you need.

    If you cannot work due to an injury or an illness, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation or disability benefits. However, making these claims is not a straight-forward process of merely filing paperwork.  Applying for benefits is a complicated process that can take years.

    Hiring the legal experts at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. can increase your chances of being approved for workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability benefits. An experienced Manhattan workers’ compensation and disability attorney will collect all of the evidence necessary to prove your claim.

    Your attorney will prepare all of the relevant paperwork and submit your claim with the required documentation and proofs. Your attorney will also prepare you for, and be present at, any required questioning under oath regarding your claim.

    Importantly, your attorney will become familiar with your case and will be able to handle your appeal in the event that your claim is denied. In fact, people who retain an attorney to represent them in a workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability claim are more likely to have their benefits approved than people who attempt to navigate the system themselves.

    At Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C., we understand the worry, stress, and fear that our clients experience if they cannot work due to an injury or illness. If you are presently not working due to a work-related injury or a diagnosed illness, the attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. will aggressively pursue all legal options available to you.

    With Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. by your side, your chances of prevailing on your workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability claims greatly improve. We will fight for your rights so that you don’t have to worry about your future.

    Why Choose Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C.?

    Workers' Compensation and Disability Attorney In ManhattanThe legal team at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. has a record of obtaining results on behalf of their clients. With four decades of legal experience, they are qualified to handle any and all types of Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation claims, whether you’re a civilian seeking a general workers’ compensation claim or a uniformed member of New York City, New York State, or the U.S. military seeking disability benefits.

    Victor Fusco, Esq. is a founding member of Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C.. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1972, and went on to obtain his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1975.

    Mr. Fusco has dedicated his career to helping people recover the benefits that are owed to them under the law. His successes have earned him recognition amongst his peers. He is a frequent lecturer for the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the New York State Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the New York Injured Workers’ Bar Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives. He is also frequently published in various newsletters and local newspapers.

    Richard Brandenstein, Esq. is another founding member of the firm. Richard received his undergraduate degree from Dowling College in 1971. He obtained his juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1975.

    Richard is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Society of New York State Bar Associations, and the Injured Workers’ Bar Association.

    Richard has been actively engaged in the practice of law on a daily basis for more than 37 years. He has represented and advised thousands of clients in all types of matters. Richard’s experience and specialty include administrative law, disability law, general litigation, and the general practice of law.

    Richard conducts seminars for various programs and industries, including the National Business Institute, the Cornell University School of Labor, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the Injury in the Workplace Annual Conference. He also speaks before medical, hospital, and community groups to offer his areas of expertise.

    Milan Rada, Esq. is another named partner at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C.. Milan is a well-known attorney in the area of law enforcement disability and government disability pensions. Milan is frequently requested to lecture by many groups and associations, including Nassau County Police Department. He also gives seminars to numerous community and advocacy groups on various legal topics and serves on the boards of several community agencies.

    Milan has also served as special disability counsel to the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, as well as the NYC Correction Captains’ Association, the NYC Deputy Wardens Association, the NYS Court Clerks Association, and the Village of Kings Point PBA. Milan is presently responsible for the representation of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association.

    You can visit our website to learn more about our team of attorneys.

    Types of Legal Matters We Handle

    In Manhattan, New York, in addition to workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability claims, our attorneys also handle the following legal matters:

    • New York State disability pensions
    • New York City disability pensions
    • Police disability
    • Long-term disability pensions
    • Veterans’ benefits
    • Group long-term pensions
    • Private long-term pensions
    • Union disability pensions
    • Negligence/accident claims
    • Legal service plans
    • General legal practice

    There are many types of injuries or illnesses that could lead to filing an injury or disability claim. These may include:

    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Broken bones
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Nerve damage
    • Torn ligaments and tendons
    • Burns and scars
    • Muscle sprains and strains
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds
    • Respiratory injuries such as pleural disease, pulmonary infections, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

    In a general workers’ compensation claim, you may be entitled to cash benefits. These benefits are paid starting from the first day you missed from work; however, cash benefits are not paid for the first seven days of disability, unless your disability lasts for more than 14 days.

    The amount you receive for your work-related injury is based on the average of your weekly wages for the past 52 weeks. In general, workers will receive two-thirds of their average weekly wages multiplied by the percent of their disability.

    For example, if you were earning an average of $1,000 per week at the time of your injury, and you became 50% disabled due to the accident, you would receive a weekly workers’ compensation benefit of $330 per week. (2/3 x $1000 = $660 /2).

    On the other hand, to qualify for Social Security Disability, a worker must meet the following factors:

    • Worker must be insured under the Social Security Act;
    • Worker must file a claim for disability benefits;
    • Worker must complete a five-month waiting period; and
    • Worker must not have attained normal retirement age.

    Furthermore, under the Social Security Act, a disabled worker must be unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity for any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that is expected to last for at least 12 months.

    Call the Attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. Regarding Your Case Now

    If you are disabled from a work-related injury or a serious medical condition, call the attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. now to discuss your case and your legal options. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, Social Security Disability benefits, or compensation through a personal injury case.

    Call us now at 516-496-0400, or you can also contact us online. Our initial consultation is free.

    Last Updated : January 11, 2024
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