Firefighter Newsletter Articles
- Mission Accomplished!
It took nearly 18 years of concerted lobbying efforts, but sick 9/11 first responders and survivors will no longer have to worry about whether funds will be available for them and their families.
- What are You Waiting For?
Download the Barasch & McGarry FREE app on your smart-phone and have access to your FDNY group charts, OT/sick/vacation/comp/mutual information, scanners, handi-talkie transmissions, FDNY news and so much more.
- The Opioid Epidemic
New York City firefighters and EMTs who sustain orthopedic injuries in line-of-duty or car accidents are not immune from this epidemic.
- I’m Blissfully Single, Do I Still Need a Will?
So, you’re single and ready to mingle. You have no kids. Your assets are modest. You don’t need a will, right? Wrong!
- We Fight For You Everywhere
Our law firm has represented FDNY firefighters injured on the job for over 25 years, and in front of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (“VCF”) since it began in 2002. We know firefighter law, and we know
- Understanding the Heart Bill
Recently, we have received an uptick in calls from members with questions about the heart bill. Therefore, I thought this would be a fitting time to give an overview of the law, which, in my view, is the most complicated of the presumptive laws in place to protect sick firefighters.
- Social Media Safety
Social media such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter is now a part of modern life. It’s how so many of us keep in touch with family and friends. But be aware, cyber-scammers, identity thieves and your employer are also on these platforms. Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself and your family.
- Free Simple Wills For You And Your Spouse
Everyone should have a will. We have already done over 4000 free wills for our clients. If you don’t have one, please call us today to prepare one for FREE.
- BREAKING NEWS: VCF Cuts Future Awards Due to Unforseeen Spikes in Cancer and Death Claims
So many people in the 9/11 community are getting sick and dying from 9/11 illnesses, that the Victim Compensation Fund is running out of money.
- Recent Settlements
$3.4 million for responder who died of opioid overdose; $8.5 million settlement for burn victim
- A Pothole Can Cost You Your Career
Throughout the decades we have spent representing New York City firefighters, we have seen more than a few members lose their careers because of potholes. Yes, potholes.
- How to Write a Will That Won’t Start a War
All too often, well-meaning people put things in their wills that are destined to spark conflict among their heirs. Here, we offer you some tips for writing a will that won’t start a family feud.
- Barasch & McGarry Firefighter / EMS Group Chart App Updates
Here are a few more updates to the app that were developed over the last few months.
- Barasch McGarry’s — FREE — Firefighter / EMS Group Chart App
Features borough & citywide scanners & fireground radio traffic. Allows you to backup & sync your calendars.
- Many Firefighters Hired After 9/11 (but before May 2002) are Entitled to Health Benefits Under the 9/11 Zadroga Health and Compensation Act
Any firefighter who came on the job after 9/11, but who worked at one of the 10 Engine or Ladder companies south of Canal Street**, between 9/11/01 – 5/30/02, may be eligible for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
- The Importance of Hoods and Gear Bags
Hoods and gear bags are important parts of protecting you from the many products of combustion and carcinogens that are present in the firefighting profession.
- The Death Gamble Revisited — Different Than Pension Options
The “Death Gamble” is a benefit available to active firefighters with over 20 years of service, and to members who have retired with over 20 years but who have not yet been finalized.
- First Responders Who Succumb to 9/11 Illnesses to Receive Presidential Medal of Valor
The debt of gratitude that we owe our first responders is beyond description. In recognition of their bravery, and their sacrifice, first responders who have died from 9/11-related illnesses are now eligible to receive the Presidential Medal of Valor.
- Free Wills
We have now done over 4,000 free Wills and Health Care Proxies for active and retired New York City firefighters and their spouses. If you aren’t one of them, what are you waiting for?!
- Barasch McGarry Free Group Chart App Now Available
We are proud to announce that our FREE Group Chart App is now available for both iPhones and Android phones.
- Barasch & McGarry Lawyers Volunteer to Help Victims of Clergy Abuse
We are grateful to Mr. Feinberg and his associate Camille Biros for including our firm in the program. Cardinal Timothy Dolan met with several of us to present a token of his appreciation for our pro bono work.
- Must Read: New Auto Insurance Law Protects Injured Firefighters
We know it’s hard to get anyone excited about a new auto insurance law. But this time, the law is so important, and the impact that it will have on firefighters is so significant, that we think there is good reason for members to take notice.
- Barasch McGarry Wins Justice for Retired Firefighters
After months of lobbying, the NYC Fire Pension Fund has implemented a change that corrects an injustice, and will help dozens of retired FDNY members who have fallen ill with 9/11 illnesses.
- You Still Don’t Have a Will?!?
We have now done over 4,000 free Wills and Health Care Proxies for active and retired New York City firefighters and their spouses. If you aren’t one of them, what are you waiting for?!?
- We are Not the UFA’s Attorneys – We are Your Attorneys
We are not the UFA’s paid attorneys. Instead, we embrace our role as independent legal counsel for firefighters who are injured in the line of duty or who were injured as a result of their exposure to the WTC toxins or who are seriously hurt in off-duty accidents.
- Preparing a CD-72 the Right Way
Firefighters and officers are given surprisingly little guidance on how to fill out a CD-72 in a way that takes your legal rights into account. This article is intended to give you some pointers.
- Fighting for a Safe Workplace for All Firefighters
New York City Firefighters have a legal right to a workplace and equipment that is safe. The Public Employee Safety and Health Act (PESHA) mandates it.
- Should I Choose a Pension Option?
One of the most common questions that we get from firefighters who are in the process of retiring is whether they should choose an “option”, or take a full pension and increase their life insurance coverage.
- What are My Pension Rights if I Get Sick After I Retire?
Beginning in 1969 the Legislature formally recognized this when it enacted the Lung Bill, the first in a series of “presumptive bills” that were enacted to protect pension rights for sick firefighters.
- What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal concept that typically comes into play in personal injury cases where the injury was caused by some type of unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property.