In many instances, it is possible to negotiate a severance package. Many employers will provide salary and/or medical benefit continuation, if you provide them with a release of legal claims. If you decide to take such a package, you must be careful not to endanger your ability to apply for disability benefits under the company’s long term disability plan. Long term disability plans only cover you if you become disabled while employed. If you resign and then only later apply for disability benefits, you may find it difficult to prove that you became disabled before you resigned.
A NY state disability attorney will be able to help you navigate the treacherous roads of negotiating a severance package. If you need representation, this will also be typically provided. You will need to ask your prospective attorney about the services they provide, and they should be going over in detail the legal context in which they are provided.