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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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A tragic accident occurred last week in Queens when a Charter Bus plowed through a stop light at a high rate of speed and collided with an MTA Q20 bus. The collision killed the driver of the Charter bus, as well as a pedestrian and a passenger on the MTA bus, and injured 16 others. Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the accident scene “It’s just shocking to see the scene over there. Hard to compare it to anything I’ve ever seen — the sheer destruction from the impact of the collision.”

In the days since the accident, it has been discovered that the driver of the Charter Bus had been fired from his job as an MTA bus driver in 2015 after he fled the scene of an auto accident and was later convicted of evading arrest and driving under the influence. It was also discovered that not only did the driver of the Charter Bus have a record of unsafe conduct, but the bus owners, Dahlia Charters did as well. Last year a Charter Bus owned by Dahlia overturned on the highway injuring 30 people. Dahlia has also been cited several times for speeding, mechanical, and administrative violations. When compared with other Charter Bus companies, this puts Dahlia in the bottom 20% when ranked on unsafe driving.

Sadly, these types of incidents are far too common. Charter Bus companies regularly put profitability over safety, and the results can be devastating. Our firm has seen firsthand the effects of similar bus accidents on victims and their families, so it is heart breaking to see another one of these senseless tragedies happen, especially when we know they are preventable.

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Summer Camp

Having personally grown up in Brooklyn, spending a summer home had a few very distinct memories.  One was summer camp.  Summer camp comes with all the excitement of warm weather, playing outside and field trips.  Second was the fun of hanging out in your neighborhood and walking a few blocks here and there. On that topic, my mom always made clear that if you went a little too far left or right the neighborhood changes drastically and you have to be careful.  I always remembered that.  In some neighborhoods these “dividing lines” are clear.  One that comes to mind is Crown Heights in Brooklyn.  I will add that over the last two decades the communities that make up Crown Heights have worked very hard and had some success on bringing people together.

Camp trips are often run by the camp and the means of transportation are hired vans or buses.  More often than not the camp trip leaves from the camp and returns all campers to the camp for pick up by their parents or their return home.

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In heartbreaking news coming out of Brooklyn today; a 21 year-old mother unintentionally pushed her 6 week-old infant in a stroller down an elevator shaft. The family was on the 23rd floor of their Sea Gate apartment building when the accident occurred. The elevator doors opened to an exposed shaft; the baby fell to a stalled elevator car on the 18th floor.

The baby was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital. The building has been issued numerous previous violations for faulty elevators. The investigation is ongoing.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/elevator-nightmare-in-nyc-for-mom-and-baby/

 

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At approximately 8:45 a.m., a New Jersey Transit Train making its way into the Hoboken terminal failed to slow down and come to a stop and crashed into the Hoboken station platform. Reports have shown severe structural damage at the terminal, including the partial collapse of the roof. More than 50,000 people use the Hoboken terminal daily.

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Over 100 injuries and 3 fatalities have been reported as a result of the accident. An urban search-and-rescue team has been deployed to help remove trapped individuals from the train. More than 20 ambulances arrived at the terminal to take injured passengers to area hospitals. New Jersey transit spokeswoman Jennifer Nelson stated that the train carried approximately 250 passengers.

Leav & Steinberg has successfully represented an individual who was a passenger in an MTA bus that crashed into another MTA bus, both while driving in the Holland tunnel several years ago. An action was maintained against the City of New York for the negligence of the operators of the buses in causing the accident.

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As we reported previously here on May 30th, 2016 Leav & Steinberg, LLP was retained by several individuals who sustained serious and significant injuries at the T.I. Rap Concert.

For many excited concerts goers and fans, the night of May 25, 2016, was supposed to be filled with fun and music at rap artist, T.I.’s, New York concert held at Irving Plaza. Unfortunately, due to inadequate security measure and substandard emergency protocol, violence and gun fire erupted during the show inside New York’s famous music venue tragically leaving one person dead and others seriously injured.

Two of our clients at Leav and Steinberg, LLP were at the T.I concert at Irving Plaza to have fun and enjoy the show at the time of the shooting. They could have never expected that moments later they would be fleeing for their lives. At some point during the show, gun fire inside Irving Plaza sparked mayhem and chaos which quickly combined with overcrowded conditions that spread throughout the venue causing patrons inside the venue to flee to the nearest exits.

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A group of kayakers being led on a guided tour on the Hudson River were struck by a ferry boat yesterday evening. Five kayakers were injured, one nearly had their arm severed, when a ferry operated by NY Waterway was leaving Pier 79 on its way toward Wall Street.

Ten kayakers in nine boats were on a routine tour when the ferry pilot failed to see them as he left the pier. Police are determining whether the pilot was blinded by glare before knocking the kayakers into the water.

NY Waterway operates ferry service for New York and New Jersey residents. The owner of the kayak company stated that the guided tour has been done hundreds of times.

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In 2013, a 41-year-old mother from Brooklyn named Lavern Wilkinson passed away from a form of lung cancer which was thought to be curable. Had Lavern Wilkinson been told that she had a cancerous mass which was shown in a chest x-ray taken in 2010, she may have been alive today. Lavern Wilkinson did not discover that she had cancer, or that the doctors committed malpractice three years earlier, until it was too late. 

To add insult to injury, the Wilkinson family is barred by the statute of limitations in bringing a lawsuit against the doctors at Kings County Hospital who neglected to see the cancerous mass on the x-ray film, thereby denying Lavern Wilkinson an opportunity to get needed medical treatment. 

Under the current law, in order to bring a lawsuit against a public hospital, a plaintiff must commence their lawsuit within one year and ninety days from the act of malpractice. Patients at private hospitals have two-and-a-half years in order to bring their claim. The current law in New York does not allow for a statute of limitations to be tolled for the discovery of a doctor’s malpractice.