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Police & Fire Claims Defense Under New York General Municipal Law

 We advise municipal employers on claims brought under NY GML Sections 207-a and 207-c by: investigating claims before initial eligibility determinations and return to work orders; providing representation before administrative tribunals and in court including Article 78 proceedings, before the Appellate Division and Court of Appeals; preparing retirement applications and appeals, and/or; consulting with municipal attorneys to ensure proper claims handling on problem cases, drafting procedures and collective bargaining agreements or hearing appearances and litigation.

18 Years of Experience providing legal counsel to municipal employers faced with handling claims brought by police officers and firefighters under the General Municipal Law.   Statutory rights afforded to municipalities include making the initial determination as to whether the injury was sustained during the performance of duty, directing medical examinations and treatment and returning employees to light or full duty.  New claims require careful investigation and established claims need to be monitored.  Please note, CBA contract provisions or negotiated procedures may apply and prior success does not guarantee similar results.

Reduce Costs & Maintain Staffing

We proactively defend and monitor claims to ensure injured employees return to work as soon as they are able.  Studies have shown that  an early return to work such as light duty, and continued interest by the employer can shorten the recovery process.  Prevent malingering by staying involved and encouraging the injured worker to return to gainful employment. Employees receiving these benefits may be eligible for retirement, and the statute authorizes the municipality to file the application and shift all or part of the cost of lost wages to the retirement system.  We can help at each step depending on your need and applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement provisions.


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Machelor Law Firm

Buffalo, New York

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