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William Ward Crossett

Practice areas:

Representing injured workers, Social Security

About Me

I handled my first workers compensation claim in August of 1982.  At the time I was recently admitted, working alone and supplementing my income by tending bar on the weekends. My first case was the husband of a waitress, who had a hearing notice and did not know what to do. His biggest concern was being disqualified from doing outside work, by reason of his Arm injury. 


 


Not knowing much about the law I went to the Law Library, found a book that explained the law; I read it from cover to cover. I went to the court and observed how other cases were handled and meant a gracious older attorney who helped me understand the procedure. My client was awarded a small Schedule Loss of Use, which did not disqualify him from outside work and promised him life time medical. My client was delighted, but dismayed when he learned that the outcome did not produce money from which the Judge could award me a fee. I explained the law and my duty to put his interest in from of mine.


 


My client felt badly, and promised to remember me if he was ever injured in the future. He returned, twenty three years later, when he suffered an injury that ended his working years. We not only helped him with his workers compensation but also with his Social Security Disability and his Private Pension. This time we earned a fair fee.


 


 


This experience validated my belief that if I did a good job for my clients that everything else would take care of itself.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Representing injured workers: 95%
  2. Social Security: 5%

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (10-25%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Stuart C. Dimartini

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Stuart Dimartini Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Daniel Andrew Bronk

    Bill is a knowledgeable and experienced Workers' Compensation attorney. As the President of the Injured Workers' Bar Association, he has been working hard to help improve the Workers' Compensation System in New York for injured workers. I would recommend him highly.

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    Daniel Bronk Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Meggesto Crossett & Valerino LLP

313 East Willow Street,
Suite 201
Syracuse, NY, 13203

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198203/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Clara Lemlich AwardTriangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial2012
Clara LemlichTriangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMeggesto, Crossett & Valerino, LLP1982 - Present
PartnerMeggesto, Crossett & Valerino,LLP1982 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Injured Workers Bar Association of New YorkImmediate Past President2015 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationPast Chairman1982 - Present
Onondaga County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
College of Workers' Compensation LawyersFellowN/A
Injured Workers Bar AssociationPast Vice PresidentN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In the Matter of EversonThe court held that vocational factors must be addressed in a LWEC decsion

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
New York Workers' Compensation HandbookSettlements2012

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Syracuse UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Workers Compensation Law UpdateWorkers Compensation Law Update2011