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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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Partner Edward Steinberg, presented the Legistlative Update at the Decisions seminar held in Westchester County.   Each year, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, holds a conference where attorney’s in the field of negligence law speak on varying topics and recent updates.  Last month, Edward Steinberg of Leav & Steinberg was selected to speak on the legistlative changes in New York.  Many of these changes are critical to helping those victims injured as a result of the negligence of others.

Among the most important changes was the change in the law called Laverne’s Law.

Lavern’s Law was recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo on January 31st, 2018, after recent Senate (53-1) and Assembly (104-8) amendments were passed on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

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Partner Edward Steinberg filed suit last week on a matter involving J.C. an infant who was boarding a Manhattan bound train when the doors closed on him. He was outside the train and the train operator began moving. He was dragged down the platform and then fell into the gap causing fractures to both of his legs.  The negligence of the New York City Transit Authority in allowing a passenger approaching the train to be stuck and dragged is simply unacceptable.  While  all passengers want to get to and from their location quickly, safety is paramount.  Edward Steinberg, discussed this matter with Andrea Grymes of CBS on Friday October 27th, 2018.

J.C. remained hospitalized for 3 weeks and underwent surgery to both femurs and had to learn how to walk again.  He has since had additional surgery and is currently dealing with the ongoing difficulty and limitations the accident has caused.

We hope with bringing this story to the public, the Transit Authority will take safety more seriously and put in place the necessary steps to prevent these type of train accidents this from happening again.

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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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