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New York Senate Passes Supplemental Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Bill

On June 22, 20217, the New York Senate unanimously passed S.5644B with 62 votes. Under current law, SUM coverage is not automatically included in New Yorkers’ insurance policies, despite being very affordable and providing a critical lifeline for families during some of their most difficult times. This bill would establish that the amount of supplementary uninsured and underinsured (SUM) coverage to be included in any new auto insurance policy will be the same as the amount of bodily injury coverage chosen by the insured. Furthermore, the insurance agent would be required to inform the insured what SUM coverage is...

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3 Construction Workers Suffer Serious Injuries After Building Materials Drop Through Roof of Astoria Building

On June 20, 2017, three construction workers were seriously injured after a load of building materials delivered to the top of a building in New York City fell through a roof, crashing into a basement. One of the workers was able to escape from the scene. Firefighters and medics had to rescue two other workers who were listed in critical condition. The two-story brick home was in the process of being renovated into a three-story house in Astoria, Queens. A load of materials that were placed on the roof of the building for renovation collapsed. The materials crashed through...

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Lavern’s Law Passes in Albany Giving Misdiagnosed Cancer Patients Time To Fight Medical Malpractice

On June 21, 2017, the New York Senate passed S.6800, known as Lavern’s Law. The bill passed with an overwhelming vote of 55 to 6. This victory is designed to be a response to New York’s infuriating issue of misdiagnosed cancer patients losing their rights before they even knew they had them. In New York, the statute of limitation in medical malpractice matters is calculated from the time the incident happens – not from the time you find out about the conduct. New York is only one of six states that measures the time to sue from the date...

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2nd Annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Clinic

The Gardiner Foundation will be hosting its second annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Clinic on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at St. James Park at 193rd St. and Jerome Ave. in the Bronx. Registration begins at 10 AM, and the clinic runs from noon – 4 PM. The clinic is free and open to boys and girls ages 7-15, with the first 150 kids to sign up that day receiving a free tee-shirt. Many volunteers and coaches will be on hand, including former NBA and NCAA Division I players, to teach the community youth high-level skills to improve their game. Most...

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Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. Attorneys Attend NYSTLA’s Lobby Day

NYSTLA President Edward Gersowitz, senior partner Jeff Korek, and the other partners and attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C., had the opportunity to attend Civil Justice Lobby Day. This New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) event provided an opportunity to discuss a variety of issues critical to the rights of New Yorkers. Over 200 NYSTLA members spent the day up in Albany where they met with assemblymen, assemblywomen, and senators to lobby for a variety of issues, including: – Auto Fairness: NYSTLA supports bills that address the need for sufficient insurance and consumer protection, such as increasing...

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