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Do You Know What Your Disability Benefit Will Be?

May 28, 2013
By John Merlino

Many injured workers, especially union members, may be eligible for what’s called Disability Pension Benefits.  In general, however, disability benefits are considered to be temporary cash benefits for people injured off the job. In other words, an injury that did not arise out of, or in the course of, employment.  This type of benefit may be offered under a private disability plan, and/or a plan an employer may have employees contribute to in order to offset the cost of the plan. The employer may also fund the plan herself.

Don't Suffer Through An Injury - Report It

April 2, 2013
By John Merlino of Dinkes and Schwitzer

Working men and women are hearty folks. But there's a time when toughing it out is the last thing you want to do: when you're injured on the job.

A Fighter's Instinct

A Fighter's Instinct

October 15, 2012
John Merlino of Dinkes and Schwitzer

As lead trial counsel for the law firm of Dinkes & Schwitzer, partner William Schwitzer is accustomed to many prestigious awards and attention-grabbing headlines declaring multi-million dollar verdicts. But behind all the accolades that come with being part of one of the most successful personal injury firms in the State, is a person who simply does not like to see injured workers pushed around when their lives have changed due to an accident.

Proper Planning Before Being Injured

Proper Planning Before Being Injured

June 12, 2012
By John Merlino
Recently, I came across a worker who suffered a dislocated shoulder and still went to work with a sling. While at work, he removed the sling in order to perform a task that required both hands. Needless to say, the injury worsened. In unbearable pain, he had to go home.

Tell Your Doctor

Tell Your Doctor

February 14, 2012
By John C. Merlino, Esq.
If you get hurt on the job and need medical attention, make sure your doctors know the details as to how you got injured at work. This information will assist your doctor and you with any claim you may be filing due to your injury. So refer your doctor to your employer’s workers compensation insurance policy — and leave your own private insurance card in your wallet.

A Campaign Grows in Brooklyn

A Campaign Grows in Brooklyn

January 13, 2012
By Bendix Anderson, LaborPress Senior Editor

About a hundred lawyers and politicos gathered at Queen Restaurant January 9, for an evening of wine, good food, and political fundraising.

$3.3 Million for Police Officer

$3.3 Million for Police Officer

January 9, 2012

By John C. Merlino, Esq.



The van that struck one of our clients pushed his vehicle into a Bronx intersection, over a curb and onto a sidewalk. Injuries from the crash never fully healed and have consigned our client, a police officer, to a desk job at the police department, even after two spinal surgeries.


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