About The Firm
Since 2001, Chet Lukaszewski has assisted hundreds of injured individuals in securing compensation and benefits, via the various New York City and State Pension Funds and Retirement Systems, Social Security Disability, and personal injury matters. In 2008, Chet Lukaszewski formed Chet Lukaszewski, P.C. The mission of the firm is to present clients with a highly personal level of representation, and to parlay his exemplary history of litigation success, into an aggressive and effective means to assist injured individuals, in obtaining the benefits and compensation they are entitled to. Mr. Lukaszewski knows the value of client contact and interaction, and refuses to compromise the firm’s ability to ensure its clients the utmost in personal service. At Chet Lukaszewski, P.C., Mr. Lukaszewski himself will return your call, write your legal papers, and appear with or for you in Court or elsewhere; thereby providing each client with the direct benefit and impact of his knowledge, experience, and renowned litigation track record.
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Chet Lukaszewski has successfully litigated 83 disability pension Article 78's, won 8 such Appellate Division matters, five of which were first of their kind decisions, as well as a landmark Court of Appeals 9/11 cancer case. ( SEE PENSION LITIGATION PAGE FOR SYNOPSIS OF ALL CASES ) The first of their kind decisions include:
a 'disability versus no disability' matter’, for an injured police officer; the first 9/11-World Trade Center disability pension decision in favor of a petitioner, for the widow of an FDNY Lieutenant; a decision compelling that an NYPD orthopedic disability pension application be found to have been improperly closed and be re-opened and amended to include a 'Heart Bill' application; a 9/11-World Trade Center Presumptive Law case involving sleep apnea; and a 9/11-WTC Law case involving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, in December of 2012, Mr. Lukaszewski successfully litigated a historic New York State Court of Appeals, 9/11-WTC Law cancer case. The ruling set a precedent which will benefit countless sick 9/11 responders and their families in the future, and will be a great asset to Chet Lukaszewski, P.C.'s clients. To the firm's knowledge, no other law office or individual has had as much success in this area of law. In addition, in December of 2012, Mr. Lukaszewski successfully litigated a landmark New York State Court of Appeals, first of its kind, 9/11-World Trade Center first responder cancer case. The ruling set a precedent which will benefit countless sick 9/11 responders and their families in the future, and will be a great asset to Chet Lukaszewski, P.C.'s clients. ( SEE ATTORNEY PROFILE FOR MORE ON MR. LUKASZEWSKI )
While working at both the Long Island and New York City offices of the top insurance defense firm, Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, Mr. Lukaszewski worked under the firm’s highest level of partners, including well renowned attorneys such as Mr. William Ahmuty, Mr. Fred Simpson and Mr. James Edwards. During this time he handled a variety of cases, including auto accident, premises liability, construction site litigation and insurance coverage matters. This experience allows Chet Lukaszewski, P.C. to provide top rate representation to its personal injury clients. In addition, for the firm’s personal injury work, Mr. Lukaszewski has enlisted the assistance of renowned veteran New York trial lawyer Harvey Lockhart, Esq., as special litigation counsel. Mr. Lockhart’s 40 years of experience, including 600(+) trials, provides clients with a level of experience and expertise that is rare and invaluable. Chet Lukaszewski, P.C., has handled personal injury cases since the firm’s inception, and is currently involved in an ever growing collection of such actions which involve a variety of issues and litigants, which includes non-civil servants as well as uniformed and non-uniformed civil servants injured in the line of duty.
Mr. Lukaszewski has handled Social Security Disability matters all across New York State, and possesses a Social Security Disability record which exceeds the average national success rate. In addition, Mr. Lukaszewski has experience in Agency Disqualifications, and Workers’ Compensation matters, and continues to handle such cases; along with 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund claims.
It is Mr. Lukaszewski's intent is to utilize his diverse and extensive litigation background and experience, in all areas of his practice. He believes his disability pension clients will greatly benefit from his pension litigation success; for he feels that based on his proven litigation track record, the City and State Pension Funds and Retirement Systems will be more hesitant to force his clients into the Courts, thereby presenting them with the greatest chance of success within the Funds and Systems. He also feels his training and experience in personal injury matters, and the trial team he has formed, will elicit the greatest returns for his personal injury clients; whether it be through generous settlement offers so as to avoid trial, or when necessary, the willingness and ability to try cases, and the experience and aptitude to be successful in doing so. And Mr. Lukaszewski feels his SSD success, and the success he has had in his other practice areas, will continue, based upon his experience and the case strategies he employs. Since becoming an attorney, and particularly since forming his firm, Mr. Lukaszewski has had great success for hundreds of clients; and looks forward to achieving the same for countless more far into the future.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act has been extended! If you
were injured or later became sick as a result of the 9/11 World Trade Center
attacks, including developing certain forms of cancer as a likely result of
toxic exposures, you may seek financial compensation for your injuries and
ailments, and the pain and suffering they have caused, along with the loss
of earnings they have resulted in, until December of 2020. Medical care for
9/11 related conditions through the World Trade Center Health Program was
extended to 2090, which will essentially cover any 9/11 responders or lower
Manhattan residents during their lifetime.
January 2016 – FDNY-EMS Emergency Medical Technician, approved
by the New York City Employees' Retirement System for World Trade Center Disability Retirement, for 9/11 related cancer. read more ►
December 2015 - FDNY-EMS Paramedic, approved by the New York City
Employees' Retirement System for World Trade Center Disability Retirement,
for 9/11 related psychological conditions,
after having been retried on
Ordinary Disability Retirement, where Chet Lukaszewski PC secured a judicial
remand of the application for further review.read more ►
December 2015 - FDNY Firefighter
approved by FDNY's Pension Fund for Accident Disability Retirement, where
Ordinary Disability Retirement
had been recommended before Chet Lukaszewski
PC's representation, for degenerative joint disease in the left wrist and
elbow, related to multiple traumatic line of duty injuries.read more ►
November 2015 - Male NYC Department of Transportation Mechanic with respiratory ailments resulting from his 9/11-World Trade Center exposure
injuries approved for World Trade Center disability retirement pension by
New York City Employees' Retirement System.read more ►
October 2015 - The Supreme Court, New York County, remands a World Trade Center disability retirement pension application for 9/11 related sleep
to the NYPD's Pension Fund, in an Article 78 proceeding brought by
Chet Lukaszewski. P.C., based upon the Fund's failure to properly consider
the disabling effects of the condition.read more ►
August 2015 – Male NYC Department of Transportation Mechanic with respiratory ailments resulting
from his 9/11-World Trade Center exposure injuries. Approved by New York City Employees' Retirement System.read more ►
denying Accident Disability Retirement, while approving Ordinary Disability Retirement, to a 41 year old Police Officer who required a three level fusion in his neck just two years after a violent head and neck injury in the line of duty, following which he suffered from neck and upper extremity issues, prior to which he had never experienced any neck issues. The Judge found that the Fund had essentially ignored the detailed explanation of the petitioner's surgeon, a renowned New York spine specialist, which demonstrated how the evidence established that the traumatic injury almost certainly exacerbated asymptomatic pre-existing conditions to the point of requiring major life altering surgery. The strongly worded decision condemned the implication by the respondents' that it was purely a coincidence that petitioner required said surgery following the accident, but that there was no connection between the two. The matter was remanded for a lawful consideration of the application.