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Spotlight on Drunk Driving

The arrival of the holidays will bring celebrations, office parties, and good times with family and friends. First responders know better than anyone that getting behind the wheel while intoxicated can have devastating, sometimes irreversible consequences. Plan ahead and you can avoid putting yourself and others in a dangerous position. Attorney Bruce Kaye of our […]

When Firefighting Equipment Fails, Who’s at Fault?

What happens if a member of the FDNY is injured at work as a result of defective equipment? Suppose, for example, that the SCBA fails, or a thumb gets crushed by the apparatus door that has a new and hazardously placed handle. Is the City of New York liable to the firefighter for any resulting […]

Giving Back to the FDNY: Firefighter with Cancer makes Anonymous $200K donation to Charity

Mike Barasch and Ret. Deputy Chief Richard Alles (now Director of 9/11 Community Affairs at Barasch & McGarry) present anonymous client’s donation to Commissioner Daniel Nigro, Dr. Kerry Kelly and Chief James Leonard One of our firefighter clients was recently given an award from the Victim Compensation Fund for his multiple WTC-linked cancers. Thankfully, he […]

When Is the FDNY Liable for Injuries to Firefighters?

What happens when an officer directs an FDNY engine company chauffeur to stop his rig in a bad spot — say, just over a rise on the Cross Bronx Expressway — and a firefighter is struck by a passing car while getting out of the rig? Or if, contrary to internal rules, one member of […]

Michael Barasch Appears on the “Blue Collar Buzz” Radio Show

Mike Barasch spoke at a press conference highlighting the health crisis facing firefighters and the entire 9/11 community due to their exposure to World Trade Center toxins. Listen to the show:

Broad Protections Under the Law for NY Cops and Firefighters

As this blog has explained many times before, there are special laws in New York to protect cops and firefighters injured in the line of duty. Principally, that protection comes from General Municipal Law 205-a for firefighters and GML 205-e for cops. The two statutes are almost identical. With some refinements, they provide cops and […]

We Remember Bobby Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino Who Died in the Deutsche Bank Fire 10 Years Ago Today

Today, August 18, 2017, marks the 10th Anniversary of the Deutsche Bank fire that tragically took the lives of our client, firefighter Bobby Beddia and also firefighter Joseph Graffagnino. We take this time to remember both heroes, along with the hundred other members of the FDNY who were injured in this blaze that started when […]

FDNY WTC Health Program Issues 15-Year Health Impact Assessment

Recently the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program, which provides critical medical monitoring and treatment for firefighters who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, issued a report on health impacts on FDNY rescue and recovery workers over the last 15 years, from 2001 to 2016. The report “confirms that the WTC exposure was unique, its […]

Michael Barasch Comments on Legislative Bills Protecting NY’s First Responders

The New York State Legislature and in particular Todd Kaminsky should be commended for their efforts to strengthen protections for first responders who fall ill from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. Almost 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, we have a fuller picture of the nature of the sacrifices these heroic individuals made for […]

NY State Lawmakers Mull Giving EMTs the Same Killed-in-Line-of-Duty Benefits as Cops, Firefighters

The New York Post recently reported that two state lawmakers, Senator Marty Golden of Queens and Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Jr. of Brooklyn, are sponsoring legislation that would offer the families of EMTs killed in the line of duty the same death benefits as cops and firefighters. The goal is to address the disparity in posthumous […]

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