Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. proudly announces that senior partner Jeff S. Korek has become one the 550 members of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL). This membership allows Mr. Korek to expand his extensive knowledge of personal injury law into the international judicial systems. PEOPIL_logo_print_jpg_compressed

About PEOPIL

The Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) was founded in 1996 and formally established as a non-profit entity in 1998 to improve and promote co-operation and communication between European jurisdictions in the field of personal injury law. The development of PEOPIL is a recognition that the issues involved in the field of personal injury law extend beyond national boundaries and require an international perspective.

Mr. Korek is one of PEOPIL’s 550 members. The class of members includes individuals from 27 jurisdictions within the European Union, 11 Non-European Union jurisdictions within Europe, and 6 jurisdictions outside Europe. Membership is extended to legal professionals, academics and law students. Through his association with PEOPIL, Mr. Korek hopes to promote the objectives of PEOPIL, which include promoting access to the legal system for consumers suffering personal injury promoting higher standards of care and safety for consumers.

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The U.S. Senate passed a $16 billion overhaul to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which includes an extension to the Assisted Living TBI Pilot Program. The AL-TBI Extension Act was introduced with the goal of authorizing the continuations of a critical VA program that provides intensive care and rehabilitation to veterans suffering severe traumatic brain injuries.

What Is the AL-TBI Program?

The AL-TBI Program provides rehabilitation services to more than 100 veterans nationwide that have experienced moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. These services included care in residential facilities that help the veterans improve their cognitive function and long-term health.New York Traumatic Brain Injury

The AL-TBI Program was scheduled to expire on September 30, 2014. With the help of Senators Corey Booker and Dean Heller, this vital program to Veterans suffering TBI has been extended for three years. This means that veterans with TBI can continue to receive therapy for movement, memory, speech and gradual community reintegration.

The Shocking Statistics of TBI

It is estimated that 320,000 current or former combat troops suffer from traumatic brain injury. However, TBI is not limited to only veterans. Anyone who is injured in an accident or sustains a serious blow to the head can suffer a traumatic brain injury.

If you suffered a TBI as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you should consult an experienced New York traumatic brain injury attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. A qualified attorney who specializes in handling TBI cases is an indispensable asset in helping you obtain the full extent of the compensation that you deserve.

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If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, you need to hire an experienced New York traumatic brain injury attorney to protect your legal rights and get you the adequate compensation that you deserve.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are injured and need medical treatment each year for sports injuries. Moreover, 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries amongst children in the United States are associated with sports. As such, it would only seem natural that legislation would be necessary to ensure school children are provided with a safe way to play sports.First Aid

This is one of the many reasons why the Supporting Athletes, Families and Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth (SAFE PLAY) Act was established.

What Is the SAFE PLAY Act?

The CDC reports that nearly 30 million children across the country participate in organized sports. Although sports are an integral part of a healthy childhood, there is a disconcerting increase in student athletes suffering from sports-related injuries, such as concussions and heat stroke.

The SAFE PLAY Act was introduced by Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr., Senator Robert Menendez and Representative Louis Capps to promote youth safety in athletic activities. To carry out its goal, the bill takes a multipronged approach of research, community education, and federal support for school districts to adopt the best practices to keep young children safe while participating in athletic programs. In other words, the Act aims to make children, their parents, and coaches aware of things they need to do in order to protect athletic participants.

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Youth sports injuries can sometimes involve serious injuries to the child. If your child has suffered an injury through participation in a youth sport, you should consult an experienced New York personal injury lawyer.

For more information or to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. toll free at 1-800-529-9997.

Driving while talking on a cell phone is a dangerous habit that diverts drivers’ attention away from the road and causes serious car accidents. In order to prove that a cell phone caused an accident, your New York car accident attorney may need to obtain the liable party’s cell phone records.Woman Texting On Phone And Driving Car

While obtaining cell phone records may be important to an argument that the defendant was negligent due to distracted driving or that the plaintiff is comparatively at fault, the Supreme Court has made it more difficult to obtain such records in a recent ruling.

The Supreme Court’s Decision

The general rule is that in order for either party in a lawsuit to obtain cell phone records, they must show a good-faith basis that the opposing driver was using a cell phone around the time of the collision.

In its ruling of Riley v. California, the Supreme Court held that the police need a warrant to search cell phone data. The Court did not indicate any intention to overrule other case holdings that a driver does not have a constitutionally protected privacy interest in the numbers he or she dials. However, the Riley ruling has made it considerably more difficult to obtain such records.

The Importance of Obtaining Cell Phone Records

Obtaining cell phone records of opposing drivers may be pivotal in proving that the use of a cell phone was the cause of the accident. Cell phone distraction has become a significant cause of car accidents. Without obtaining the records, it may be difficult to prove fault and provide the injured victims with the monetary compensation they deserve.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by cell phone distraction, you should consult an experienced New York personal injury lawyer to help you obtain the full extent of the compensation that you are entitled to.

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Jeff S. Korek and Edward H. Gersowitz, senior partners at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., attended the 2014 American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention on July 26th through July 30th.The convention brought together accomplished leaders in different fields of law and provided them with the opportunity to build powerful connections, increase their knowledge, and to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest developments in the their particular practice area.

About the American Association for Justice

In 2000, the AAJ created a Leaders Forum to ensure that individuals have access to justice, even when up against the most powerful interests. This group consists of a select group of law firms that protect the civil justice system by increasing financial resources for public relations, legislative advocacy and public education efforts on Capitol Hill and in the court of public opinion.

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Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. is one of approximately 400 firms that comprise the AAJ Leaders Forum. Through its association with the AAJ Leaders Forum, Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. helps to inform the public about the critical role that trial lawyers play in holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions.

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If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, you need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights and get you the full extent of the compensation that you deserve.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced New York personal injury attorney, call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.

General Motors has issued a recall for defective ignition switches in some of their most popular cars. The recall was prompted by defective switches, which led to numerous accidents and several deaths. These deaths and injuries have also prompted congressional and legal investigation into General Motors.

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The experienced vehicle recall attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. are investigating lawsuits against General Motors on behalf of individuals who were affected or injured as a result of the defective ignition switch in the GM vehicle.

Information About the GM Ignition Switch Recall

The defective ignition switch in several popular GM models cause the vehicle to suddenly turn off while driving, disabling the engine and electrical system. This can in turn affect the power steering, brakes and airbags. When these important safety features are disabled, drivers can lose control of their cars, causing major accidents and serious injuries.

GM has issued the ignition switch recall for approximately 2.6 million vehicles manufactured between the years of 2003 and 2011, including:

  • Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Chevy HHR
  • Pontiac G5
  • Pontiac Solstice
  • Saturn Ion
  • Saturn Sky vehicles

If your GM car was recalled due to a defective ignition switch, call our experienced GM recall lawyers today for a complimentary evaluation. We can help determine if you have a valid claim and get you the compensation that you deserve.

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If you or somebody you know was injured by a recalled General Motor vehicle, you

should be proactive in protecting your legal rights by calling the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. Call us at (800) 529-9997 to schedule a complimentary consultation and for a free case evaluation regarding your victim of crime injury.

New York has carved out a special provision in its Labor Law, known as the Scaffold Law, to provide injured workers, or the family members of deceased workers, a legal avenue to seek compensation from negligent contractors and property owners for injuries or wrongful death.

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This law has been a hot topic for Albany lawmakers for years.  Big business lobbyists have repeatedly argued that this law is archaic, unnecessary and bad for the construction business.  However, each request to revise the law has been met with resistance from the Legislature – and for good reason.  Albany lawmakers are right to decline to weaken the Scaffold Law because it is still much needed.

Yet Another Accident To Prove the Need for the NY Scaffold Law

The devastating accident of a construction worker who fell four stories, head first, off the side of a building he was working at is yet another reminder of the dangers faced by construction workers who work on elevated areas where there is a high risk of falling.

The victim was not provided a safety belt. There was no safety net. No perimeter protection. He was not provided with any safety equipment which could have prevented this accident or reduced the extent of his injuries. To make matters worse, the steel beam he had been told to wok on was not properly constructed. The accident resulted in a coma, two hospital stays, and countless surgeries.

While the victim is alive, he is unable to use his right hand and unable to do simple things, like button his shirt or pants, without assistance. This is exactly why the Scaffold Law is still needed – to provide compensation for construction workers who got injured due to the negligent acts of contractors or property owners.

Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers

If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a construction site accident, you know how serious the injuries can be. There has been an on-going attempt by construction companies and their insurance allies to weaken New York’s Scaffold Laws. Without the protection of these laws, victims of construction site accidents and their families may not be able to get the legal protection they deserve.

At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inhere dangers in this kind of work. Such experience enables us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.

We Can Help You If Your Are Injured

When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire a New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. have the necessary experience, knowledge and resources to aggressively fight to get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.

Construction workers are employed in one of the most dangerous, but most important, jobs in the United States.  Without the efforts of these men and women, there would be no skyscrapers, bridges or buildings.  These workers risk their lives every day they are on the job.Construction work site

While it may be impossible to keep these workers 100 percent safe, there are steps that their employers can take to increase their safety and reduce the likelihood of getting into a devastating or even fatal construction accident. New York construction workers are one of the few who are at least partially protected because of the strong Scaffold Safety Law.

The Effort to Water Down the Scaffold Safety Law Affects Innocent Lives

The effort to water down the Scaffold Safety Law is ongoing. Thankfully, New York lawmakers again declined to water down the law, at least for another year.  Under the current Scaffold law, general contractors and owners are held strictly liable for a construction worker’s injuries if they fail to provide the appropriate safety measures that could have prevented a fall. While this may be a minute detail to the owner or general contractor, it can mean the difference between life and death for the workers.

One example is a former ironworker with 25 years of experience on the job before a 15-foot fall ended his career and nearly took his life.  While he was regularly called from job to job because of his expertise, no level of skill could have protected him from harm when he was not provided with a safety harness or proper fall protection.  According to the article posted on lohud.com, the Scaffold Safety Law has provided this innocent ironworker the ability to rebuild his life.  While he got his day in court and can live without being forced to rely on the public dole, other injured workers in other States are not so lucky.

Listen to the Workers, Not the Lobbyists

The effort to water down the New York Scaffold Safety Law will not go away. Albany Legislators need to listen to the construction workers who risk their lives working on construction sites, and not to the lobbyists.  The Scaffold Safety Law needs to remain strong to ensure the safety of these workers.

New York is the only state with a law that holds property owners and contractors liable for most “gravity-related” injuries to workers on construction sites. The bottom line is, that without the safety of this law, construction workers will only be left with owners and contractors who are more interested in cost savings or time-lines instead of being concerned with their workers’ safety.

Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers

If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a construction site accident, you know how tragic the injuries can be. At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inhere dangers in this kind of work. Such experience enables us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.

We Can Help You If Your Are Injured

When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire a New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. have the necessary experience, knowledge and resources to aggressively fight to get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.

Construction Safety Inspections

They are by trade hairdressers, short-order cooks, day laborers and musicians. However, according to criminal charges that were recently filed, these individuals were hired by two New York City companies to act as licensed construction site safety managers. They were instructed to forge signatures of real safety managers to show passing inspections at construction sites.Construction Scaffold Workers

Unraveling the Ploy

The ploy began to unravel when a building inspector visited a scaffolding last summer on East 90th Street in Manhattan and noticed that something was amiss in the site’s safety logs. More specifically, the inspector noticed that the safety manager who had supposedly signed the log on that specific day could not have done so because he had recently died.

This launched an official investigation, which revealed that in dozens of cases, employees skipped the inspections and forged the signatures of real site safety managers on safety logs. According to the district attorney, the ploy was carried out at 43 city sites over two years. Many of these construction sites used scaffolding to enable workers to restore building facades. Criminal charges have been filed against the two firms that supply safety managers to construction worksites.

Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers

If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a construction site accident, you know how tragic the injuries can be. Falls can be especially damaging, often leading to serious injuries or even fatality. The surviving victims are often unable to resume work for extended periods. Some can never go back to work.

At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the ramifications that construction site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this kind of work. Such experience enables us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.

We Can Help You If Your Are Injured

When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire a New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. have the necessary experience, knowledge and resources to aggressively fight to get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.

The early treatment diagnosis and treatment of serious medical condition can mean the difference between life and death. Serious conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, are almost always more receptive to treatment if they are caught in their early stages. As a disease progresses, it becomes increasingly more difficult to treat. This puts the patient at a risk for permanent injury or even death.

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For these reasons, it is imperative that medical providers thoroughly diagnose any symptoms the patient may be experiencing. Unfortunately, a recent study shows that failure to diagnose medical conditions is a serious problem.

The Facts of the Study

Medical malpractice claims can be a nightmare for both the patient and their treating physicians.  According to a study published in BMJ Open, failure to diagnose is the most common basis for medical malpractice lawsuits in a number of countries, including the United States.

The study noted that cancer and heart attacks are the top conditions that physicians fail to diagnose. More than 48 percent of these cases resulted in the death of the patient. Sadly, most of these patients may not have died had their condition been time diagnosed and treated.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim

When a medical provider fails to diagnose a medical condition causing additional harm to the patient, the patient may have a valid medical malpractice claim. Although filing suit will not undo the harm, it will provide the patient with the justice he or she deserves for the negligent acts of the physician.

In cases where the failure to diagnose resulted in death, the family members of the victim may bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent medical provider. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help the patient and his or her family members get the full extent of the compensation they are entitled to.

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For more information or to consult with one of our experienced New York medical malpractice attorneys, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.

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