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Occupational disability claims an epidemic at L.I.R.R.

An investigation by The New York Times has uncovered an epidemic of occupational disability claims among retirees of the Long Island Rail Road. "Virtually every career employee — as many as 97 percent in one recent year — applies for and gets disability payments soon after retirement, a computer analysis of federal records by The New York Times has found. Since 2000, those records show, about a quarter of a billion dollars in federal disability money has gone to former L.I.R.R. employees, including about 2,000 who retired during that time."

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