Jeffrey Goldberg, Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP, Helps Ground Zero Officer Win Disability Pension
Parker Waichman LLP
Counsel, Jeffrey Goldberg
, has successfully helped a Ground Zero officer receive disability pension for fibromyalgia, which she
developed after working over 300 hours at the site.
According to Parker Waichman Counsel, Jeffrey Goldberg, "Our client was ultimately able to win her bid for disability due to the World Trade Center amendment to city pension law, which says that illnesses developed after 9/11 should be presumed related to the attacks.
In other words, first responders should be given the benefit of the doubt.
The amendment requires pension boards to show valid medical evidence if they assert that an applicant's condition is not related to the attacks.
If they fail to do this, then the applicant must receive disability pension equal to three-quarters of his
final salary, tax-free.
The appellate judges found that fibromyalgia was a "new onset disease.
"The board also failed to provide credible evidence, as required by the amendment, that Officer Sheldon's conditions were not related to the 9/11 attacks," Mr. Goldberg added.