Many LIRR retirees' claims cite same illnesses

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More than 85 percent of the approximately 1,800 disability claims made by retired Long Island Rail Road employees during the last seven years cited the same two physical ailments - bone infections and ...
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Joe

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Sep 26, 2008
 
Punching holes in paper tickets can be very demanding on bones and connective tissue.
James

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Sep 26, 2008
 
Just a few question that should be answered by those LIRR workers who are now getting a tax free
disability check each month. Why did you apply for disablity payments? What is your specific disability? Did anybody "coach" or talk to you as far as how to apply for this- maybe a union official or a medical doctor or anybody else talk to you before you applied? How was your condition
diagnosed? What specific medical tests did you have done and what now are your specific therapies and treatments for your disability?
Are these weekly or monthly treatments?
What is your disability preventing you from now doing or what is it that you are no longer able to do that you used to be able to do? What specific medications have you been taking and are they prescription medications or over the counter medications? When, where and how did your disability actually occur? These questions and more should be asked and answered by each person now on disability from the LIRR. I have never heard of any industry where 97% of the people working are now on disability especially jobs that require the workers to punch holes in tickets and engineers to keep their eyes on the track & signals. How the heck do they all get disabilities doing those things?
Robert

Pleasanton, CA

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Sep 26, 2008
 
I wonder if all these people had surgery for their injuries that they sustained working for the LIRR. Those LIRR people make more in retirement between their disability & pension
than many of us going to work every day working 50 or even more hours a week. I have heard they get 6 grand a month or more while retired. That is 72 grand a year and it is tax free! That is like winning the lottery! This fraud must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Many of them are in their 50's and many are getting an additional income working off the books.
LIRR Customer Service Rep

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Sep 27, 2008
 
I was employeed at Penn station for 7 years with the LIRR I went on perninate disabilty after braking my elbow on a fall.

I was employeed for 9 years befor e the accident. I now only get $4200 a month in tax free disabilty payments and another $1200 a month in Workers Compensation.

My should start getting my annunity pention in a few month of $1360 a month.

I do not see what the bif deal is. We are all disabled and unable to work with our reg jobs at LIRR. Feds are waising money.
Workin on the Railroad

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Sep 27, 2008
 
Here's the culprit:
"Northport attorney Edward J. Yule, who often represents LIRR workers in injury cases, noted that "working on a railroad is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world." Railroad workers have physically demanding jobs that often strain bones and joints, and nearly all railroad workers get injured, he said."

They ought to stick a yule log you know where. Actually, I take that back because then he'll claim disability. Doesn't a lawyer have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world?
Workin on the Railroad

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Sep 27, 2008
 
LIRR Customer Service Rep wrote:
I was employeed at Penn station for 7 years with the LIRR I went on perninate disabilty after braking my elbow on a fall.
I was employeed for 9 years befor e the accident. I now only get $4200 a month in tax free disabilty payments and another $1200 a month in Workers Compensation.
My should start getting my annunity pention in a few month of $1360 a month.
I do not see what the bif deal is. We are all disabled and unable to work with our reg jobs at LIRR. Feds are waising money.
You are spelling disabled also...
Disability Pimp

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Sep 27, 2008
 
You heard it here first:

1. The NYS employee retirement system is broke.

2. Cuomo needs some headlines on crackdowns which don't put the blame on the state.

3. Later, when the state all but halts disability pensions to state workers they will cite the LIRR as proof of a much larger problem and ask congress to pay for a "comprehensive solution".

Since: Jul 08

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Sep 27, 2008
 
Disability Pimp wrote:
You heard it here first:
1. The NYS employee retirement system is broke.
2. Cuomo needs some headlines on crackdowns which don't put the blame on the state.
3. Later, when the state all but halts disability pensions to state workers they will cite the LIRR as proof of a much larger problem and ask congress to pay for a "comprehensive solution".
What does the NYS retirement system have to do with the issue? The pensions these LIRR employees receive are from the Railroad Retirement Board. The state has nothing to do with them.
Thomas

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Sep 27, 2008
 
Independent doctors should review every single case and everyone who is now collecting disability checks should be called in and examined and the necessary tests done as far as diagnosing their conditions including x-rays and whatever else needs to be done to get an accurate diagnosis. If fraud is found then all money that they received should be repaid back
and if they refuse there should be leins attached to their property house, car, etc. just as any other fraud (tax, insurance, bank, etc.) is prosecuted so should this fraud. How about giving immunity to a few so that they can "spill the beans" on all this fraud as far as who encouraged it and how they did it?
H Tower

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Sep 27, 2008
 
The design of the M-1 railroad cars that were built in the early 1970's were known to be harmful to the back's of the men and women who worked on them. They were strife with a lateral motion, that over the course of many years, would cause certain back injuries. It was determined back in the 70's to continue construction of the M-1 cars the way they were because it was decided that it was cheaper to pay the price for damaging the employee's backs then to make the necessary changes to the trains.
H Tower

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Sep 27, 2008
 
James wrote:
Just a few question that should be answered by those LIRR workers who are now getting a tax free
disability check each month. Why did you apply for disablity payments? What is your specific disability? Did anybody "coach" or talk to you as far as how to apply for this- maybe a union official or a medical doctor or anybody else talk to you before you applied? How was your condition
diagnosed? What specific medical tests did you have done and what now are your specific therapies and treatments for your disability?
Are these weekly or monthly treatments?
What is your disability preventing you from now doing or what is it that you are no longer able to do that you used to be able to do? What specific medications have you been taking and are they prescription medications or over the counter medications? When, where and how did your disability actually occur? These questions and more should be asked and answered by each person now on disability from the LIRR. I have never heard of any industry where 97% of the people working are now on disability especially jobs that require the workers to punch holes in tickets and engineers to keep their eyes on the track & signals. How the heck do they all get disabilities doing those things?
Your first mistake is thinking that "all they do is punch tickets,watch tracks and signals".
H Tower

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Sep 27, 2008
 
Joe wrote:
Punching holes in paper tickets can be very demanding on bones and connective tissue.
That comment is so stupid I don't even think you believe it.
General Zod

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Sep 28, 2008
 
I get a total of $7000 a month tax free from the LIRR Disabilty, My annunity and the workers compensation claim.

They my kids got free college because I am considered disabled.

I did 21 years with LIRR I deserve the $7000 a month.

You go to hell feds and waist more tax payer money.
Outraged

New York, NY

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Sep 29, 2008
 
General Zod wrote:
I get a total of $7000 a month tax free from the LIRR Disabilty, My annunity and the workers compensation claim.
They my kids got free college because I am considered disabled.
I did 21 years with LIRR I deserve the $7000 a month.
You **** feds and waist more tax payer money.
You do realize that some of these payments end when you reach retirement age of 62. So enjoy it now and oh yeah I would start saving my money now.

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