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Tired on the Job? It’s a Major Issue, Here’s Why

Tired on the Job? It's a Major Issue, Here's Why

More than one in ten workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue*. Being tired on the job puts you and everyone around you at risk for serious injury. According to experts, fatigue has the following effects on your body: Trouble thinking and concentrating Memory issues Poor Balance Slowed reaction time Inability to stay awake Diminished -->

Veterans Services Group Attorneys to Present at VA CLE

Veterans Services Group Attorneys to Present at VA CLE

Veterans Services Group Founder, attorney Nancy Morgan, and F&P Veterans Services Group Attorney, Christine Clemens have been selected to present at the Legal Services of NYC’s Introduction to VA Disability Benefits CLE. For more information, including how to register, visit Legal Services NYC. va_cle.jpg For more information about the Veterans Services Group at Finkelstein & -->

July 4th Firework Safety Tips

July 4th Firework Safety Tips

Many New Yorkers will conclude Independence Day celebrating with fireworks. It’s not a surprise the number of reported injuries related to fireworks is much higher around July 4th, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you plan to light off fireworks, the National Council on Fireworks Safety urges consumers to be ‘fireworks smart’ -->

Would you Know if your Child was Being Bullied?

Would you Know if your Child was Being Bullied?

According to experts, in 2016 more than 250,000 students ages 5 to 18 were bullied in New York alone. Any repeated interpersonal behavior between children/adolescents, intended to cause physical or psychological harm is considered bullying. Most instances of bullying fall into one of these four categories: Physical Coercion Hostile Teasing Emotional Bullying Cyber Bullying Parents -->

Wishing Three Members of Our Team Well in Their Next Chapter

Wishing Three Members of Our Team Well in Their Next Chapter

Today we celebrated three members of our F&P family and wished them well in their retirement. Collectively, Human Resources Director Dr. Carl Gold, Referral Coordinator Donna D’Ortona, and Paralegal Carolyn Harvey have spent more than 51 years assisting our clients and contributing to the firm. “In many ways, what sets us apart is the way -->

Making a Difference After an Amputation

Making a Difference After an Amputation

Driving is dangerous, cars are dangerous, we’ve all heard variations of this message. Yet, everyday drivers make bad decisions, and because of those decisions, lives are lost and innocent people suffer life-altering injuries. As personal injury attorneys, it’s our job to tell our client’s stories and to ensure they receive the justice they deserve. Justice -->

Families and Residents of Syracuse Nursing Home Seek Answers

Families and Residents of Syracuse Nursing Home Seek Answers

UPDATE June 14, 2018:   Less than a year after publishing the blog below, F&P Of Council Attorneys Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, John Sardesai-Grant, and Jean Sedlak have successfully held James Square administration accountable. “It has been a long time coming for former James Square resident and their families. ‘It’s a nice relief to know someone cares,’ Tom Reitano -->

Newburgh Illuminated

Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 16:00 Broadway StreetNewburgh, NY 12551 We are pleased to announce F&P will be returning to Newburgh Illuminated as an event sponsor for third consecutive year. Newburgh Illuminated is a celebration of the history and people of Newburgh, NY, which highlights the assets and achievements of the city. The Newburgh Illuminated -->

First Responders Day

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 16:00 267 Union AveSaratoga Springs, NY 12866 This year we’re excited to join our community partner, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga at First Responders Day, which allows the Saratoga Community to thank First Responders for the sacrifices they make to ensure our safety. Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics will -->

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Sadly, every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. June is elder abuse awareness month, we encourage you to learn more and join in our efforts to spread awareness.  Nursing home abuse and neglect occurs much more frequently than many people realize. It is extremely important to -->

VA Updates Disability Rating Schedule to Better Align with Modern Medicine

WASHINGTON — Effective May 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will update portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or rating schedule) that evaluates the organs of special sense eye conditions, as well as gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast.  Read more here:  http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=4057

Sweeping veterans policy bill passed overwhelmingly in the House

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers advanced a $52 billion veterans legislative package on Wednesday that would overhaul outside medical care options for Department of Veterans Affairs patients, expand stipends for veteran caregivers and launch a review of the bureaucracy’s national footprint.  Article by Leo Shane III.  Read more here:  http://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/05/16/sweeping-veterans-policy-bill-passed-overwhelmingly-in-the-house/

Why Women with PTSD Turn to Opioids & How to Prevent It

‘Women with PTSD’ has been called a silent epidemic. If left untreated, it can lead to mental and physical illnesses and opioid abuse. Learn about treatments and community intervention opportunities.  Article by Andrea Fox.  Read more here:  http://efficientgov.com/blog/2018/05/16/why-women-with-ptsd-turn-to-opioids-and-how-to-prevent-it/

House panel supports Agent Orange coverage for ‘Blue Water’ Navy veterans

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday to extend Agent Orange benefits to approximately 90,000 sailors who served off the coast during the Vietnam War.  Article by Nikki Wentling.  Read more here:  http://www.stripes.com/news/house-panel-supports-agent-orange-coverage-for-blue-water-navy-veterans-1.525948

Veterans ask court to reinstate lawsuits over open burn pits

RICHMOND, Va. — Veterans and their families asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to reinstate a collection of lawsuits alleging that a government contractor caused health problems by using burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Article by Denise Lavoie.  Read more here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/veterans-ask-court-to-reinstate-lawsuits-over-open-burn-pits/2018/05/09/5bc43dbe-53a1-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0ad654180f73

Fibromyalgia, Other Chronic Conditions in Veterans Linked to Military, Sexual Trauma, Study Shows

People in the military who experience trauma, including sexual trauma, have an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder, and conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic pain, according to researchers. Article by Alice Melao.  Read more here:  http://fibromyalgianewstoday.com/2018/05/09/fibromyalgia-chronic-illness-in-veterans-linked-military-and-sexual-trauma/

Many Medically Discharged Vets Missing Out on Rating Upgrade

Congress ordered that the PDBR (Physical Disability Board of Review) established as part of the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act after a mountain of evidence surfaced that service branches had been low-balling disability ratings given to thousands of service members medically separated over a nine-year period through recent wars.  The PDBR began accepting applications in January 2009. -->

VA Finalizes Rule Paying Special Monthly Compensation to Some With TBI

You may have heard about the VA’s Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) or Aid and Attendance benefit.  SMC is compensation paid in addition to regular disability compensation to a veteran who, as a result of military service, incurred the loss or loss of use of specific organs or extremities.  Well, according to a rule published in the Federal Register, the -->