A recent class action lawsuit against New York City found that individuals with disabilities residing in the city had their rights violated when the city failed to adequately accommodate or protect them in emergency situations. The city specifically failed to provide adequate protection for these individuals during Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene.
The Judge in this matter found that during Hurricane Sandy, “Plaintiffs provided substantial evidence that people with disabilities, unable to leave their buildings unassisted or to locate accessible transportation, remained trapped in high-rise buildings for days after the storm.”
For more on this ongoing story and New York City’s emergency planning procedures, please read this New York Times article. Or, if you need legal assistance seeking disability benefits, please call me at (301) 244-4525 or toll-free at (888) 558-7871. You can also complete one of the contact forms directly on our website and we will contact you for a consultation concerning your situation.
We have significant experience representing clients seeking disability benefits. For more information and how you may be impacted, contact one of our Disability Benefits attorneys, Elliott Andalman and Peter Casciano.