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Jack Nathan passed away on July 3, 2020, at 19 years old. A friend to the Steinberg family, Jack brought life and brightness to any room he walked in. Jack had an exceptional talent for making everyone feel important and relevant, no matter who they were. His creative spirit and commitment to people inspired him to launch Happy-Jack, a design-based fundraiser for mental health and wellness. These issues were important to him and you can view his company’s mission here.

What We’re Doing

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Jack’s passing shook our community, and Leav & Steinberg LLP wanted to do something in remembrance of an extraordinary boy. From August 1 and continuing until December 31, 2020, our partner, Edward Steinberg, is hosting a RunRaiser: for each mile completed, participants will donate 25 cents to the Child Mind Institute, Jack’s favorite nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children, families, and communities affected by mental illness and learning disabilities. After agreeing to donate, you will be given access to Mr. Steinberg’s Garmin tracker to see how many miles he’s completed. On average, Mr. Steinberg runs about 25 miles weekly, which adds up to roughly $125 for the duration of the fundraiser. Once completed, you can donate directly to the Child Mind Institute.

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As businesses continue to reopen, they’re taking steps to protect themselves from the potential legal risks of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some companies are now requiring customers to sign liability waivers before receiving services. It may be difficult to understand how these waivers work and what their impact will be on customers and employees.

The Current Waiver Situation

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COVID-19 liability waivers are intended to limit a customer’s right to file a lawsuit if they get infected during a visit to a business. Hair salons, dental offices, and other companies are requiring people to sign liability waivers before letting them enter the premises. For example, people who went to the rally in Tulsa for President Trump had to agree not to sue the organizers if they contracted the virus.

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In observance of state and federal social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, local courthouses have either closed or postponed hearings. Use this guide to help alleviate the uncertainty surrounding scheduled court proceedings.

Courthouse Closures

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Trying to navigate closures of any kind during the pandemic can be frustrating and confusing. To find out about the status of courthouses in the state of New York, call your local courthouse or attorney to learn which court appearances are continuing as scheduled. You should be able to locate your courthouse’s contact information by referencing your case documents.

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On March 15, 2020, both our state and city closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Many businesses were shuttered, and sadly, thousands of New Yorkers found themselves unemployed or furloughed, many of whom were our clients. Those clients had been seriously injured before this health crisis and were relying upon our team to help them seek justice. Though our firm had to work remotely, Leav & Steinberg LLP is still committed to our 21-year tradition of providing high-quality lawyering and customer service to every client. Listed below are just a few of the matters that we have resolved during the COVID-19 crisis as of April 29, 2020.

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$812,000.00 settlement at a virtual court conference and virtual mediation for a 65-year-old retired Department of Education aide. The client slipped and fell on water from a hole in the lobby of her building that was caused by a plumbing leak. The building owner and a contractor were aware of the condition before the accident. The client did not report the accident but did seek emergency treatment the next day for neck pain and eventually underwent cervical spinal surgery. The defense argued her cervical problems were pre-existing as she had received treatment for her neck and lower back before this. Further, unrelated to the accident, the client had diabetes, suffered renal failure, and was on dialysis.

$225,000.00 settlement at virtual mediation for a plaintiff who was lawfully operating her motor vehicle when she was rear-ended by a truck. The driver argued that the plaintiff’s vehicle wasn’t visible. As a result, our firm motioned for and won summary judgment. The client sustained a knee injury and underwent arthroscopic surgery, but no ligament tear was found. However, we were able to show the films and reports to an expert radiologist who opined that other injuries were sustained.

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On March 15th, 2020 our State and City closed due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Many businesses were shut and sadly thousands of New Yorkers were unemployed or furloughed.  Many of those were clients of Leav & Steinberg, LLP.  Those clients had been seriously injured prior to this health crisis and had relied upon Leav & Steinberg and its staff to be there to help them obtain complete justice.  While our firm had to work remotely, our entire staff and attorneys committed to continuing the tradition we have had for the last 21 years: By providing excellent lawyering and exceptional customer service Leav & Steinberg, will be the premier firm in New York for representing all New Yorker’s who have been injured and deserve justice.  Below is just a sampling of the matters we have resolved during the COVID-19 crisis up to April 29th, 2020.

  1. $812,000.00 settlement at a virtual court conference and virtual mediation for a 65 year-old retired Department of Education aide.  Client slipped a fell on water leaking from a hole in the lobby of her building caused by a plumbing leak.  The building owner and a contractor were aware of the condition prior to the accident.  Client did not report the accident but did seek emergency treatment the next day for neck pain.  Client eventually underwent cervical spinal surgery.  The defense argued her cervical problems were pre-existing as she had treated for her neck and her lower back prior to this.  The client was on dialysis and was suffering from other unrelated illnesses.  Further, unrelated to the accident, the client was diabetic, suffered renal failure, and was on was on dialysis.
  2. $225,000.00 settlement at virtual mediation for a Plaintiff was lawfully operating her motor vehicle when she was rear ended by a truck.  The truck argued that it did not see the plaintiff’s vehicle and as a result our firm moved and won summary judgment.  The client sustained a knee injury and underwent arthroscopic surgery; but no tear was found.  We were able to show the films and reports to an expert radiologist who opined that other injuries were sustained.
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Beginning in 2020, all of us here at Leav & Steinberg, LLP made a promise to our clients: With excellent lawyering and exceptional customer service, Leav & Steinberg will continue to be one of the premier firms in New York. While many firm in New York and across the country, find January to be particularly slow, our firm has continued where we left off in 2019; always prepared to go to trial and only when the  provides complete justice for our clients.

Here are just a few highlights of matters resolved this month:

$1,435,000 for a man who had to undergo spinal surgery after a car accident- the defendant challenged whether his injuries were related or serious

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Partner Edward A. Steinberg, President-Elect of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), settled a personal injury case at private mediation in October 2019. Leav & Steinberg LLP represented the plaintiff, a 37-year-old male, who suffered injuries in an incident that took place in December 2016.

The Facts of the Case

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The plaintiff was a patron inside of a bar in New York City with friends when an altercation began between his friends and another group inside of the bar. It was our position that the plaintiff was not physically involved in any altercation but was the one targeted by the bar’s bouncer and forcibly removed from the bar. In what could be a scene out of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the plaintiff was placed in a “bear hug” and physically thrown out of the bar’s front door by the bouncer, landing flat on his back on the sidewalk. The bouncer then threw a second patron (who was involved in the altercation) out of the front door, causing that patron to land heavily on top of the plaintiff. The plaintiff suffered a fractured left clavicle that was diagnosed in the emergency room and treated non-operatively. The plaintiff left New York City (he resided outside of the state) and continued his recovery under a doctor’s care as the bone healed. The fractured clavicle healed after many months but left a visible protrusion.

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As we begin the 4th quarter, I am pleased to report our last quarter results.  The firm secured over $7,000,000.00 for 48 clients in various matters. What makes this especially important is that below is JUST SOME of the matters we resolved in the last three months alone.  

  • $1.9 million for a woman in a car accident in Federal Court with a back injury
  • $1.15 million for a woman who tripped on a mis-leveled elevator and sustained back and shoulder injuries 
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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.

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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]

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