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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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Woman on Phone Tumbes Down Opening in New Jersey Sidewalk

On June 9, 2017, a woman did not notice an open sidewalk access door in front of her and fell down the hole. She dropped nearly six feet down the stairs into a basement. Paramedics and a fire crew lifted her from the basement. She was ambulanced to a local hospital with serious injuries. Surveillance video shows that the 67-year-old woman was on her phone and was most likely distracted when she got to the open access door at Acme Windows and plunged head-first. The access door was open because crews were working on gas lines. Although witnesses and...

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State Budget Agreement’s Impact on Rideshare Insurance and Workers’ Compensation

Important advances in New York law for consumers and patients were achieved in the State budget agreement. Additionally, several proposals that would have been harmful to the rights of New York were removed. Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. Founding Partner, Edward Gersowitz, is leading the charge on important changes regarding insurance requirements for Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber, workers compensation laws and other pressing legal matters on behalf of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). As president, Gersowitz will help NYSTLA maintain its vigilance and actively work to educate legislators on the importance of protecting and...

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Access-A-Ride Pays GLK Client $5M to Settle a Pedestrian Accident Case

A 42-year-old lawyer was struck by an Access-A-Ride vehicle while in the crosswalk in Manhattan. The victim suffered a traumatic brain injury and an exacerbation of psychological issues. The victim and his family hired Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. to seek justice. The firm and their experienced trial attorneys put up a strong fight. Amongst other litigation tactics, they retained nationally recognized experts in the field of biomechanics and brain injury to prove their case. The defendants fought the case for 6 years but eventually admitted defeat. The case finally settled with the owner of the vehicle, Metropolitan Transit Authority...

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New York City Hit and Run Driver Kills Rollerblader and Injures Several Others

Hit-and- run driver, Terrance Smith, turned the streets of Brooklyn into his own demolition derby on April 8th – killing a rollerblader and injuring seven others. The mayhem started while the reckless driver was arguing with a passenger and speeding on Powell Street near Pitkin Avenue. At around 8:30 p.m., he plowed into a 21-year- old Michael Joefield, who was rollerblading in the middle of the block. Terrance kept driving while dragging Michael’s body under his car. He finally stopped after slamming into two other cars and a stop sign. Terrance ran away on foot, leaving behind his passenger. The...

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