Workers' Compensation and Disability Attorney In Queens

Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C.
80-02 Kew Gardens Rd, Ste 307, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

It’s an unfortunate fact that life sometimes throws us curveballs. If you were injured in a work-related accident, or if you were diagnosed with a serious illness, and you are no longer able to work, you doubtless have many questions.

For example, you might be wondering when you will be able to return to work. You are also probably concerned whether you will be able to return to work in the same position you held before your injury, and if you will be able to work full-time again. Perhaps you are worried that you will not be able to support yourself and your family in the future.

People who were injured at work, or who cannot work due to a serious illness or medical condition, have rights to compensation under the law in Queens, New York. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits, Social Security Disability benefits, union benefits, police disability, and more. If you were injured during your off-hours by a negligent party, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. However, in any of these scenarios, it is essential that you contact a Queens injury and disability attorney as soon as you are able to ensure that all of your rights are protected.

The New York disability attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. can help you recover what you deserve if you can no longer work due to your injuries, or if you have a medical condition that prevents you from being gainfully employed. With over four decades of legal experience, we know how to get the results our clients both need and deserve.

At Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C., we understand the fear, frustration, and worry that our clients and their loved ones experience if they can no longer work due to a disabling injury or work accident. Our team of legal professionals truly care about our clients and strive to deliver exceptional results.

We are here and ready to help. If you or a loved one are suffering from a work-related injury or a recently diagnosed medical condition, contact the Queens injury and disability attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. as soon as possible to discuss the circumstances of your accident and your employment status.

We can be reached at 516-496-0400 and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, if you prefer, you can also contact us online. In light of COVID-19, we are also meeting clients virtually to keep everyone safe. Our initial consultation is always free.

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    Do I Need a Queens Injury and Disability Attorney?

    If you were recently injured at work or diagnosed with a disabling injury and cannot work, it is important that you retain an experienced workers’ compensation and disability attorney to help you recover the maximum compensation available to you in New York.

    The process of obtaining Social Security Disability benefits, workers’ compensation, veterans’ benefits, police disability, long-term disability, and more, can be daunting. Let the legal professionals at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. handle your claim for you. That way, all of your required documentation will be filed, and all of your important deadlines will be met. In the meantime, you can concentrate on your health and on recovering from your injuries.

    Your attorney will also collect and preserve all relevant evidence to support your claim. This may include the following:

    • Obtaining all of your medical records
    • Obtaining all of your employment and other financial records
    • Having you examined by a medical specialist
    • Hiring expert witnesses such as medical and vocational specialists

    Once your attorney has all pertinent evidence, they will present your claim in order to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. It is crucial to have an attorney represent you at this juncture, because an experienced Queens disability attorney will understand the true value of your claim.

    More importantly, however, the attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. will be available to represent you in your appeal if your initial claim is denied. Having an attorney help with your workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability claim increases your chances of a successful appeal.

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

    Workers' Compensation and Disability Attorney In QueensFusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. is one of Queens’ premier Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation, and general injury law firms. For the past 40 years, we have obtained millions of dollars on behalf of our clients who can no longer work due to a work-related accident or debilitating injury. Our attorneys are uniquely qualified to handle all types of disability claims.

    Milan Rada, Esq. is one of the firm’s founders. Milan focuses his practice in the areas of law enforcement disability and government disability pensions.

    Milan is often invited to lecture before many associations and community advocacy groups on various legal topics. He also serves on the boards of several community agencies.

    Additionally, 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.

    Richard Brandenstein, Esq. is also a founding member of the firm. Richard received his undergraduate degree from Dowling College in 1971 and went on to obtain his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1975.

    Richard has been practicing law for over 37 years. He practices administrative law, family law, and disability law, and personal injury law.

    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 is frequently invited to speak before various groups including, the National Business Institute, the Cornell University School of Labor, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the Injury in the Workplace Annual Conference.

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

    For the past four decades, Victor has focused his career on helping his injured clients. His dedication and hard work have earned him numerous accolades and awards, including awards from the following organizations:

    • The Long Island Federation of Labor
    • The Lupus Foundation
    • The Children of Hope Foundation
    • The Foundation for Fighting Blindness
    • The Children of Hope Foundation
    • The New York State Assembly
    • The Suffolk County Corrections Officers’ Association
    • CSEA Local 880
    • The Town of Oyster Bay
    • The Town of Hempstead
    • The Nassau County Police Department

    Victor serves as an arbitrator in the Eastern District of the United States District Court. He also chairs the Zoning Board of Appeals in the Village of Lake Grove and is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Associations Judicial Screening Committee.

    Victor is also 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.

    Victor is committed to public service. He serves as the Chair of the Annual March of Dimes Salute to Labor Dinner.

    Learn more about our team of dedicated legal professionals.

    Types of Disability and Injury Claims We Handle

    The attorneys in our Queens, New York, office handle the following legal matters:

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

    If you were injured during the course of your employment, you are entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. The claims process has many requirements and milestones that must be met.

    For example, the workers’ compensation claims process in New York requires an injured employee to notify their supervisor about the accident as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.

    Also, within 48 hours of the accident, a preliminary medical report must be submitted to the Workers’ Compensation Board and to the employer. Further, an employee must file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Board within two years of the accident.

    Once a claim is filed, the workers’ compensation insurance company benefits must be paid within 18 days, as long as the employee missed seven or more days from work. The workers’ compensation insurance company must notify the Workers’ Compensation Board of any reason why payments are being denied.

    Applying for Social Security Disability benefits requires the filing of an application with the Social Security Administration. Your application must be accompanied with all medical evidence and documentation concerning your financial assets.

    Approximately 70% of initial Social Security Disability applications are denied upon initial review. However, you have the right to appeal the denial and request that the decision be reconsidered. You have the right to request a hearing before an administrative law judge for your appeal.

    Call Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. Now

    Despite life’s challenges, there is relief in sight. Don’t let a work injury or medical condition ruin your future. Call the attorneys at Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C. to discuss the compensation available to you when you file a Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation, or personal injury claim.

    Our attorneys are available to speak to you 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at 516-496-0400. You can also reach us online or by sending an email to

    Last Updated : January 11, 2024
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