Second Chance for NYC Sanitation Worker Attacked on the Job: Pension Benefits RestoredNovember 12, 2023
A fired Sanitation Department worker diagnosed with PTSD after being brutally beaten in a road-rage attack in Brooklyn has won a second chance at obtaining a disability pension. Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Patria Frias-Colon ordered the retirement system to reconsider granting Dennis Jackson’s disability pension “in light of all the proffered medical evidence.” Jackson and his partner were ambushed by three men while picking up trash, resulting in serious injuries. Despite the retirement system’s earlier denial, the court ruling gives Jackson hope for financial support as he continues to struggle with the physical and emotional aftermath of the attack. The system had claimed he could return to work if he increased his medication dosage, but the court found the decision to be speculative. Jackson, who was ultimately fired, is pleased with the new opportunity for a pension, according to his attorney Timothy McEnaney.