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Dogs, some say they are man’s best friend. In New York City, this is more than just an expression. People here love to have their trusty companions by their side at all times. Dogs are brought along to Saturday brunches, trips to the book store, and even on the subway.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, there are approximately 85,085 dogs with active licenses living in New York City. The Department also reports that only about 20% of dogs are actually registered with the department.  

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Leav & Steinberg, LLP attorney Edward Averbuch obtains $1,000,000 judgment for client at inquest.  On February 9, 2014, our client was walking along 45th Street in Brooklyn when he slipped and fell on ice on the sidewalk.  As a result of the slip and fall he seriously injured his right shoulder.  Shortly after the incident, our client began a course of physical therapy.  After several months of intensive therapy with little to no improvement, our client’s physicians recommended surgical intervention.  He underwent arthroscopic surgery which is a surgery performed through several small incisions at the surgery site.  Typically a tiny camera will be inserted through one incision and tiny tools will be inserted through two or more other incisions for the surgeon to perform the procedure.  Thereafter, our client began another course of physical therapy, again with little to no improvement.  At that point our client underwent manipulation under anesthesia, which is a procedure where the patient is anesthetized, and the doctor forces the shoulder to move in ways which cause the capsule and scar tissue to stretch or tear.  After a third round of physical therapy, still with little to no improvement, he was recommended to undergo an arthroplasty which is total replacement of the ball and socket of the shoulder.  Typically, the ball is replaced with a metal ball with a stem which pressed to fit into the inside of the humerus (upper arm bone) and the socket is resurfaced with a high-density polyethylene.  Our client underwent a 4th round of physical therapy until his doctors advised him that he reached maximum medial improvement.

Leav & Steinberg filed suit on behalf of our client and the defendants defaulted, which means they did not answer the lawsuit.  Thereafter an inquest hearing was held for the court to determine a reasonable award for the pain and suffering our client has gone through and will continue to go through as a result of his injuries.  At the hearing, Mr. Averbuch presented proof of our client’s injuries and our client testified about his injuries and how this incident has affected him.  At the conclusion of Mr. Averbuch’s presentation, the Honorable Lawrence Knipel entered an award of $1,000,000 on our client’s behalf.

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is a New York state public-benefit corporation, whose mission is to increase housing opportunities for low-and moderate-income New Yorkers, by providing more affordable housing options. More than 400,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 328 housing developments located throughout New York City’s five boroughs. NYCHA, while often considered a success in comparison to other large public housing authorities throughout the country, are still rife with issues relating to the habitability of their buildings.

Each year NYCHA receives thousands of complaints about problems with their buildings. These complaints often include broken elevators, insufficient heat, mold, infestations, and broken locks. Many of these conditions go unchecked and cause injuries and harm to the tenants that live in these housing developments. As a result of these problematic living conditions NYCHA has faced mounting pressure both in and outside of the courtroom.

In February 2018, a lawsuit on behalf of the 400,000 plus NYCHA tenants was brought in state court. This lawsuit alleged that NYCHA had left their housing in a state of neglect, leading to tenants living in squalid conditions, including, but not limited to, toxic lead, broken and dangerous elevators, and broken and missing locks. The lawsuit demanded that the court appoint an independent monitor to oversee NYCHA because of the Authority’s multiple failings.

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Leav & Steinberg, LLP is committed to excellence and client satisfaction. One may ask how this is accomplished? Where does Leav & Steinberg win their cases? The answer is simple. We win our cases at intake. From the second our clients walk through our doors; our firm is dedicated to achieving the most favorable outcome.

A young man was injured on his motorcycle when the defendant was making an illegal U-turn and struck him causing him to be thrown off his motorcycle. He then retained Leav & Steinberg, LLP where one of our associates met him at the hospital at his request. Our client sustained serious personal injuries and required approximately five surgeries after breaking his left leg in two places.

The defendant contested liability in that he denied that his vehicle ever came into contact with our client.

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On the Afternoon of March 20, 2015, a young man in his early 20’s was returning home from his job in Manhattan to his home in the Bronx.  Unfortunately, due to a tragic automobile accident he never made it home.  While legally walking on the sidewalk of the Grand Concourse, a green cab which was speeding lost control and jumped the sidewalk killing this young man.  Also killed in this tragic accident was a very young girl who was with her mother.  A third individual was also struck and was rendered brain damaged and remains in a nursing home to this date.

Soon after this tragic accident the family of the young man tragically killed retained Leav & Steinberg, LLP to represent them.  As we always do, a senior attorney from our firm went to meet the family at their home and was retained by the family.  The other injured parties also retained attorneys.  Leav & Steinberg, LLP immediately commenced a compete investigation.  Though our investigation we were able to determine that the City of New York may also bear some responsibility for the happening of this accident for failure to manage the ongoing roadwork which was occurring at the time of the accident.  We were also able to identify the base where the green cab was operating from and put them on notice of this tragic accident.

Leav & Steinberg, LLP commenced a lawsuit naming the Green Cab driver/owner, The Green Cab’s base, The TLC and The City of New York.  It is important to note that the other injured parties only named the Green Cab Driver in their lawsuit.

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Leav & Steinberg, LLP is pleased to report the resolution of a recent case.  Our client, after being unhappy with her first attorney, retained us to represent her.  She was employed as a Visiting Nurse and would have to travel to patient’s homes for consultation and evaluation for home nursing services.  On the date of accident, she was inside a building in the Bronx with a translator and security guard.   As the elevator went up, it suddenly stopped, and according to the client, then dropped and suddenly stopped short.   While her body was jostled about, she admitted that she did not fall to the ground.

She reported the accident to the building who in turn claim they checked it along with an elevator service company and the elevator was found to be working in normal order.   Our client, began feeling severe pain in her knee and back.   She was unable to return to work for a period of time and ultimately underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in the knee.  Furthermore, to treat her spine injury which involved her discs, she underwent a radiofrequency nerve ablation.  This procedure entails having a needle placed below the skin and with heat, the nerve is burned at the point it is impinged by the disc.  While the nerve will regenerate, the hope is that it will regenerate just slightly off the disc and relieve some of the pressure on the nerve.

When first retained, it became clear that our office would need to prove a history of problems with the elevator.  As our client, did not live in the building and did not know anyone there, partner Daniela Henriques, took the lead and began conducting an exhaustive search of the DOB (Department of Buildings).  Through her research and subpeonas we discovered a history of problems with the subject elevator.  This was the first part of her effort to prove liability and lock the defendant in to being responsible.   Under NY Law a party must exchange all work records, maintenance records and repair records.  Here the building owner, claimed that due to a flood, all records were destroyed and then the building was sold so any attempt at searching records would not reveal anything.  While this may sound good, it is the plaintiff’s burden to prove the defendant knew about the dangers with the elevator and took insufficient steps to remedy.  The fear is always that at trial or just before, suddenly the defendant will reveal records showing that the elevator was working and a recent, prior to accident, inspection revealed no problems.    Daniela Henriques, as partner and in charge of our Motion/Appeal department, she moved for an Order precluding the defendant from ever offering any evidence or testifying to anything regarding their reasonable maintenance of the elevator.   This motion was granted and put us in a position of strength.

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LEAV & STEINBERG, L.L.P. is proud to announce that LIANA COTTO has joined the firm as an Associate.  Liana’s’s bio is as follows:

Liana Cotto joined Leave & Steinberg LLP in June of 2018, bringing with her over 10 years of personal injury experience. She graduated from Baruch College in 2006, and obtained her law degree from New York Law School in 2016.  While in Law School, Liana worked at the law offices of Jay H. Tannenbaum in New York City.

Liana has successfully represented clients in a wide array of injury cases including slip and fall, motor-vehicle accidents, police brutality, and lawsuits against the City of New York.   She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.  Her passion for helping others has allowed Liana to develop her skills to vehemently advocate on behalf of her clients.

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LEAV & STEINBERG, L.L.P. is proud to announce that ANTIGONE CURIS has joined the firm as an Associate.  Antigone’s bio is as follows.

Antigone Curis was born in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management from Wagner College in 2011. Ms. Curis then received her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2014. As a law student at Quinnipiac University School of Law, she served as the President of the Criminal Law Society in her 3L year.

Prior to joining Leav & Steinberg, Ms. Curis served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office from 2015 to 2018, prosecuting violent crimes. During her time at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, she conducted multiple trials both in Criminal and Supreme Court. Her passionate advocacy and litigation experience has allowed her to develop the skills necessary to represent client’s fiercely.

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When a Crane collapsed at a construction site in New York in 2008, many were quick to blame anyone and everyone involved in the project.  One such company was a Concrete Company who had leased a crane and was building the superstructure.  During the construction phase the crane malfunctioned and collapsed; killing two workers and injuring others.   The owner, the general contractor, the crane owner and the company using the crane, as well as others, were sued and brought suit against each other for various contractual breaches as well as for the personal injuries and wrongful death.  The Concrete Company, who was operating the crane, was forced to pay over $6 million dollars in delay damages early on, despite not being found responsible for the collapse or the damage up to that point.   The contract called for them to cover all damages regardless of fault.

After a lengthy trial, the jury exonerated the Concrete Company and found that the Crane owner and its principal had in fact been the sole proximate cause of the crane collapse.

The Concrete Company, having spent over a million dollars in legal fees defending itself for several years, sought out the firm of Leav & Steinberg, LLP.  They met with us and were advised that we would be willing to take on all efforts to recover what money they lost from the responsible Crane Owner.   Unfortunately, the Crane Owner then declared bankruptcy.

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During the construction phase of 1 World Trade Center, a 44 year-old laborer was caused to slip and fall from a ladder while working.  The ladder was supposed to be fixed with a kicker at the bottom and tied off at the top.  Though the client used the ladder during the morning work session without issue, he claimed that the kicker and tie-off were subsequently removed before he had his accident.  While on the ladder working at a height above, the ladder slipped and he fell approximately 15 feet.

He reported the incident at the scene and was taken home by a co-worker. He returned the next day but could not complete the tasks required of him.  He began to complain of pain to his neck and back.  The injured worker had prior back surgery but it was his position, which we supported with medical evidence and the fact that he returned to work for the last 10 years, that the prior injury had resolved and this new accident resulted in new complaints of pain.

The firm was retained and we immediately spoke with and secured several witnesses who saw the accident and/or the aftermath and would corroborate the client’s version.