Our Commitment To Supporting Rochester
Segar & Sciortino has been a part of the Rochester community since 1993 and our commitment to supporting you has never been stronger. The coronavirus has brought about many uncertainties but we are here to help. We will answer any questions you may have related to your Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability benefits and provide you information on local resources to support your needs.
While our physical office is currently closed, we are working to serve you remotely and remain available to help via phone during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5:00pm. So please call us at (585) 475-1100 if you need assistance with your Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, or Personal Injury case.
You should also know that benefits for Workers’ Compensation and Social Security will not be affected during the work restrictions instituted in response to coronavirus.
If you have children that typically receive breakfast and/or lunch at school there are several agencies providing opportunities to pick up meals. Many local school districts in Monroe County are distributing meals daily from one of their buildings on campus during specific times of the day. To find out the details for your school district please visit their website. Due to Federal legislation that was passed on March 18, you can also apply for supplemental emergency benefits by contacting SNAP Workgroup at (585) 753-2740 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In conjunction with the City of Rochester, Foodlink is providing prepackaged breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, Monday through Friday at their city R-Centers from 8am until 8pm. For a list of locations click here.
If you find yourself unemployed, it is important that you apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits as soon as it happens. A step-by-step process for doing this can be found here. Currently, New York State is waiving the seven-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to coronavirus closures or quarantines. Due to the high volume of applications there are certain days to apply which coincide with the first letter of your last name.
- A – F, file your claim on Monday
- G – N, file your claim on Tuesday
- O- Z, file your claim on Wednesday
If you miss your designated day you may file on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. They have also extended their telephone hours, Monday through Thursday, 8am to 7:30pm, Friday, 8:00am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, 7:30am to 8:00pm. For more information on Unemployment Insurance benefits click here.
After filing for Unemployment Benefits you may also want to consider negotiating a payment plan on any debt you have, or contacting your bank if you have a mortgage on your home. This should be done before you miss a payment. Call your credit card companies or bank and explain what has occurred. Work with them to create a plan to pay your debt in an amount and timeline that will be manageable given your current circumstances.
On March 19, President Trump created legislation to waive the interest on all student loans. While this will help in the long run with what you owe, it will not change the amount you are required to pay each month. However, the new legislation allows for people who lost their job due to coronavirus to put their loan into forbearance or apply to lower their income-based repayment without any interest penalty. Contact your student loan provider to discuss your options.
We encourage you to visit the Coronavirus Information Page on the Monroe County website for a list of other resources available. We know these are difficult and stressful times and we are here to help and support you. If you have questions please call Segar & Sciortino at (585) 475-1100 or visit our website at SegarLaw.com.