Published on:

New York City is well known for its dense population and the verticality of its buildings. From the skyscrapers that make up the iconic Manhattan skyline to the gleaming residential towers popping up in the other four boroughs, the city makes the most of its surface area by building ever upwards. All those stories make the city’s 71,000 elevators an essential part of daily life, and that places an important duty on building owners and managing agents to ensure the elevators are maintained in a safe working condition. Here are a few of the maintenance requirements required by law.

Regular InspectionPhoto of an empty elevator shaft

The New York City building codes mandate inspection twice every year for all elevators operating in the five boroughs. These inspections are performed by a third-party licensed by the city’s Department of Buildings. The building owners are generally not given notice of the inspection but are required to give the inspectors access to the elevator when the inspector shows up. Failing an inspection can lead to hefty fines.

Published on:

When a defendant acts negligently or causes intentional harm resulting in death, you may have cause to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Typically, an immediate family member as appointed by the Surrogate’s Court is the only person who may file a claim, or an administrator of an estate or executor of a will may do so, as well.

What Are the Basics?The Scales of Justice sitting unevenly in a court room

If a fatality occurs as the result of full or partial negligence or the intentional behavior of another person or entity, you may have a wrongful death case against that party.

Published on:

Depending on the nature of the crime and the circumstances of the arrest, it’s not uncommon for police officers to use some amount of force during the process. However, there are stringent laws concerning the amount of force officers may use, and the use of excessive force may be grounds for legal action.

Use of Force SpectrumPolice car flashing its lights while parked on the street in a busy area

The U.S. Supreme Court recognizes that police have the right to use “some degree of physical coercion or threat” during arrests or investigative stops. However, police can only use an amount of force that is in proportion to the threat that is present. Police officers are meant to abide by the use of force spectrum, with level one being officer presence, level two being verbal commands, and level three being empty-handed control. If the threat is escalated, police officers may use level four, which is pepper spray, batons, or Tasers. Only the highest of threats should be addressed with lethal force like firearms.

Published on:

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Partner Edward Steinberg attended the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) Civil Justice Lobby Day in Albany, New York. As President-Elect of NYSTLA, Mr. Steinberg had the opportunity to meet with several New York Senators and Assemblymen to express NYSTLA’s support for five bills that are currently on the 2019-2020 legislative agenda. These bills include The Grieving Families Act, The Fair Claims Resolution Act, a bill updating mandatory insurance coverage limits, a bill fighting forced arbitration, The “Scaffold Safety Sunshine Law,” and The Patient Safety & Patient Privacy Protection Act.

The Grieving Families Act

The Grieving Families Act seeks to provide additional damages to the families of wrongful death victims. Wrongful death lawsuits are claims for money from someone whose negligence caused another’s death.

Published on:

It was just over 20 years ago that Daniel Leav & Edward Steinberg decided to venture out on their own and start a firm.  For several years it was just them and a small support staff; employee #1 hired in October 1999 and still with the firm today.   The firm has grown into a staff totaling 25 employees including 9 attorney’s.  We proudly celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2019.  As a measure of our success, the firm continues to get most of its clients from old happy clients as well as from other attorney’s who wish to have Leav & Steinberg, LLP handle their personal injury matters.

We are also proud to advise that we started off this year with record number of resolved matters including several million dollar cases.  Some of interest are:

$2.3 million for a  NJ resident, in his mid 20’s who was struck by a Canadian truck while driving on the NYS Thruway.  We were able to bring this action in the Southern District of New York and the matter proceeded to trial before being settled at private mediation.  The client had sustained a shoulder injury and also underwent a lumbar surgery.  The matter was referred to us by a NJ Law Firm that realized that while they could handle the matter in Federal Court, they wanted the expertise and experience of Leav & Steinberg to maximize the recovery for the client.

Published on:

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

Regina Koyfman joined Leav & Steinberg LLP in May of 2019. Previously, Regina was an associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and worked in personal injury during law school. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York. Regina is dedicated to zealously advocating on behalf of clients and helping them navigate the oftentimes complex legal system.

Regina graduated from Susquehanna University in 2012 and received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 2016. While in law school, Regina was a member of the mediation clinic and mentored underprivileged youth about the law through the Street Law program. She is fluent in Russian.

Published on:

In 2018 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its 2014 “The Real Cost” campaign, which educates at-risk teens on the dangers of tobacco use, to educate teens on the dangers of E-Cigarette use.  Now the FDA is considering taking these dangerous products off the market altogether.

Alarmingly:

  • Among middle and high school students, 3.62 million were current users of e-cigarettes in 2018.[1]
Published on:

Electronic cigarettes continue to grow in popularity despite significant health dangers.  According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) “E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.”[1] Electronic cigarettes come in a variety of sweet flavors and are being designed to be discrete. As many readers may be aware, a highly popular electronic cigarette, JUUL is designed to look like USB drives.  “According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.”[2]

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows so does our knowledge of the health risks.  A recent study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds association between electronic cigarette use and myocardial infarction (heart attacks).  The surveys found that “Daily e-cigarette use was independently associated with increased odds of having had a myocardial infarction.”[3]

A UC San Francisco survey of nearly 70,000 people found that every day use of e-cigarettes can nearly double the odds of a heart attack. [4]  “While e-cigarettes deliver lower levels of carcinogens than conventional cigarettes, they both deliver ultrafine particles – which are 1/50 to 1/100 the size of human hair – and other toxins that have been linked to increased cardiovascular and non-cancer lung disease risks.”[5]

Published on:

Two separate fatal accidents occurred within hours of each other this past weekend in New York City.

On Saturday, December 1, at 6:30 p.m., a 65-year-old Staten Island man, who was changing his tire on East 28th Street near Shore Parkway in Brooklyn, was fatally struck by a white minivan. The driver of the minivan then fled the scene and abandoned his vehicle a few blocks away from the accident. The vehicle, which had Pennsylvania plates, was later found by police at Emmons Avenue and Bragg Street. Medics rushed the victim to the hospital, but unfortunately, he passed away. The driver has not yet been located and there is currently no description of the driver. An investigation by NYPD’s Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad is currently underway.

Earlier in the day, an 89-year-old woman was killed while walking across Riverdale Ave., near West 263rd Street in the Bronx. The victim was crossing the street when she was struck by an SUV making a left-hand turn. She was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries. The driver, who tested negative for alcohol, did not leave the scene of the accident.  The local news agency, Bronx 12 News reported on the story.  Click here for the link.

Published on:

Have you been injured in a labor accident? It is imperative that you know your rights and understand that you may have a third-party claim in addition to your workers compensation claim. The team at Leav & Steinberg is equipped with seasoned and zealous advocates prepared to fight for your rights and ensure the most favorable disposition.

There are two prevailing Labor Law sections which impose strict liability upon contractors and owners if protection for workers are insufficient. The legislative intent behind the enactment of these crucial statutes is to emphasize the importance of safety work practices and enforce accountability for negligence in the workplace by holding these owners and contractors responsible.

The partner managing the Labor Law Department at the firm is Daniela Henriques.  She has successfully argued before the appellate division on the issue of the Labor Law and its practical application to many cases here at Leav & Steinberg.  Her cases have continued to be cited by other lawyers and firms in New York City.