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Civil Service Accident and Injury Claims-Difficult To Prove Without Fierce Legal Help

There are many different types of New York civil service disability cases, each of which requires very specific details and descriptions in civil service disability claim applications. Understanding civil service disability pensions is extremely difficult. It's wise to contact a New York Civil Services claims lawyer who can offer guidance.

In the meantime, we can offer this initial overview. Firstly, your civil servants disability claim must fit under one of two general categories:

1. Civil service accidents, which can take a broad range of forms, including:

  • Motor vehicle accident on the way to a Long Island crime scene
  • Slip and fall accident while putting out a Brooklyn fire
  • Physical assault by a Manhattan Mental Health Office patient
  • Back injury when a Rockland USPS chair collapses
  • NYC Children & Family Services office sick building illness

2. Civil service incidents, which are considered "exertional" injuries due to specific actions or events:

  • Lifting heavy garbage cans in Westchester County
  • Carrying overloaded USPS mail bags in Nassau County
  • Bending to pick up a weapon during a Queens police chase
  • Twisting while holding a fire hose in the Bronx
  • Repetitive stress injuries from typing up Corrections Department forms

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Your years of creditable service, which length-of-time-on-the-job Tier you fit into, and whether the event can be classified as an accident or incident are crucial in determining the proper type of application to file for and in determining possible benefits. Each civil service disability claim application must include a "line of duty" report, with the following information:

  • List of body parts affected
  • List of witnesses of your accident or incident injury
  • Description of medical attention you received thus far
  • The nature of your injury or illness

Certain New York government jobs have additional laws and policies that impact the employee's civil service disability case, including NY State Police, Fire, Corrections or Sanitation Departments. Due to the unique rigors of particularly dangerous civil servant jobs, special legislation exists which protects certain types of NYC employees. These include the Lung Bill for FDNY firefighters exposed to respiratory pollutants in the line of duty, as well as the Stroke Bill and the Heart Bill for members of both the FDNY and NYPD forces, due to their exposure to cardiac stressors in the line of duty. There are also special retirement laws and benefits for non-uniform NYC and NYS civil servants.

No matter what type of workplace civil servant injury or illness you suffered, any civil service disability claim application containing inaccurate information, insufficient documentation and/or questionable medical evidence will most likely be denied. Call Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation. We'll help you get the settlement you deserve.