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November 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. We have written many Legal Reports explaining and describing what constitutes an “accident” so as to qualify an injured police officer for the more generous pension of ¾ of final average salary, tax free for life as opposed to a performance of duty disability pension…

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October 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by  Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. With yet again another recent anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, it is an ever-present reminder of the aftermath of those attacks and the injuries, disabilities, and deaths that it has left behind.  From respiratory conditions to cancers, the number of conditions that the World…

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August 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by  Milan Rada, Esq. Labor Day arrives – it’s the end of the summer, teachers, and kids are back to school, PBA Open Meetings resume (3rd Thursday of every month @ 8 PM; September 21 is the next Open Meeting), adults have to get out of vacation mode and get serious and the…

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June 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by Milan Rada, Esq. and Joseph S. Bavaro, Esq. HOW THE LAW PROTECTS POLICE OFFICERS INJURED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES: General Municipal Law 205-e If a police officer is injured by a third party (someone who is not the employer, someone who is not the agent of the employer or someone…

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May 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by Milan Rada Esq., with John Hewson, Esq. As we approach the summer months, we often forget how rapidly these months seem to go by.  All of a sudden it’s the fall, and before we know it, we are almost through 2017. A major topic of discussion throughout the end of last year…

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April 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. Working as a police officer is a dangerous and high-risk profession in which injuries are an unfortunate result of simply doing the job.  Further, we have seen over the years that very rarely does a police officer with years of service ever go to work…

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March 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. Recently a police officer called to tell us that he tweaked his back getting out of his police car one morning when he lost his footing on some ice. He had an older line of duty aided number for a prior back injury and he…

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February 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by Milan Rada Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. We all know the old adage about a tree falling in the forest without no one around.  Unfortunately, the same is true of injuries that go unreported.  Did the injury actually happen if no one knows about it?  It sounds more philosophical than it should…

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January 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by Milan Rada Esq., with John Hewson, Esq. There are several recurrent themes that we see over and over again when we do appointments with members.  Thankfully, most of these issues are easily dealt with. The troubling part is that several are so important that they continuously warrant discussion and need to be…

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January 2017 Legal Report

Legal Report by Milan Rada, Esq. with John Hewson, Esq. At the start of the New Year, we feel it is beneficial to stress the importance of certain fundamental requirements as they relate to line of duty injuries: 1) Per the Department Manual, you MUST report your injury to the Department within seven (7) days of…

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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…

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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…

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Our Police Disability History

In 1988, the newly elected president of the PBA, Gary DelaRaba, brought a brilliant and innovative concept to lawyering for police unions. DelaRaba decided that he would hire expert law firms that concentrated their practice in a particular specialty, rather than have one firm to handle all the union’s business. After conducting an extensive vetting…

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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…

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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…

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