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Sometimes you have to see through the issues, believe in your case and fight harder than others, in order to bring true justice for your client.  Partner, Daniel Leav did just that on a matter the firm resolved last week.  The matter was scheduled to being jury selection on 1/7/20 in the Supreme Court.  Our client, 43 years old, was traveling in a taxi cab at JFK airport several years ago, when a tractor trailer collided with the taxi.  There was conflicting testimony from both drivers as to which vehicle had merged into the other.  There was very little visible damage to either vehicle.   The client, who had prior back injuries with residual foot drop, began experiencing increased back pain after this accident.  He tried conservative care and when this failed he did undergo a lumbar surgery with fusion.  No claim for lost wages was made.

What makes the matter worthy of reporting, was that the defendants had 1) made a motion for summary judgment arguing that the accident could not have caused the injuries and that their examining doctors did not find any causally related permanent or significant injuries; 2) retained an accident reconstruction expert to opine that based on the G force and the lack of any damage, given the speed the vehicles were traveling, the plaintiff could not have sustained the lumbar injuries he claimed.

The client contacted Leav & Steinberg, LLP and asked us look into this matter.  With exceptional preparation we positioned the case for a successful outcome.  Partner Daniela Henriques, who heads the firms motion department prepared an exceptional opposition brief.   We defeated the motion for summary judgment and had prepared a motion to exclude the defendant reconstruction expert from testifying because he had not done certain important tests, examined the subject vehicles and thus should not be permitted to testify.

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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.

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In 2013, a New York Police Officer was responding to a motor vehicle accident in the Bronx.  While standing by her patrol car gathering documents to complete, an uninvolved van stopped uphill just ahead of the accident began rolling backwards.  Plaintiff, a single mother, working for the Police Department for over 10 years tried to move out of the way but was pinned between the patrol car as she was struck by the van’s sideview mirror.

She was taken to the scene by ambulance and treated for a right (dominant hand) wrist injury.  X-rays were initially negative, but within a week, the swelling had subsided and a radius fracture was diagnosed along with a nerve injury to her hand.

Leav & Steinberg, LLP had represented several members of her family before and been successful for them.  However, she was also aware that our firm’s reputation for successfully litigating cases against The New York Police Department for negligence. Wanting a firm that would fight for justice for anyone seriously injured,  she contacted partner Edward Steinberg, who came to her home and spent time understanding the details of the case, and limits the injury was going to cause on her career.