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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Vision Zero Revised for Better Crosswalk Protection

{2.40 minutes to read] As my previous blog explained, one of New York City’s Vision Zero’s objectives has been to reduce traffic injuries to cyclists. Pedestrian safety is another major goal. Mayor DeBlasio has just signed a law to strengthen pedestrians’ right-of-way in crosswalks. This change in the law should significantly reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths on New York City roads.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

New CMS Rule Eliminates Nursing Homes’ Unfair Legal Advantage


In September, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule which prohibits  nursing homes and long-term care facilities from forcing patients and their families into private arbitration. This rule goes into effect in November 2016.

 


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NYC Cyclists: Be Clear-eyed About Vision Zero!

{2:40 minutes to read) Summer’s here. Riding a Citi Bike? Get a helmet!

Biking can be a great way to see the New York City sights and to get around town. In 2013, New York City rolled out the Citi Bike Program. It features thousands of bikes for public use, in hundreds of stations—available 24/7—all across New York City.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Switched at Death: A True Story of Major Bronx Funeral Home’s Mix-up

{2:35 minutes to read} Even for a Bronx and Brooklyn funeral home lawyer, I was shocked by reading this tragic story.

In December 2015, a Bronx woman lost her battle with cancer, leaving behind eight sons, more than a dozen grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Her numerous friends and loved-ones came from as far away as Australia to attend her open-casket funeral.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Are New York’s Nursing Home Regulators a Safety Backstop or an Industry Rubber Stamp?

{3:40 minutes to read} Do New York’s nursing home regulators turn a blind-eye to nursing home mistreatment?

New Yorkers might assume that State of New York Department of Health reviews nursing home operators for past violations, before it allows them to operate a new home. One would think that operators with a history of poor patient care would not be allowed to continue to manage one nursing home, let alone many. Sadly, New York’s nursing home regulators don't seem to apply that common sense.  


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Social Media Abuse: Is Your Loved One a Victim?

{3 minutes to read} Social media and smartphones are not only being used to share statuses and news with friends, they’re putting helpless loved ones at risk for humiliation, or even worse - abuse.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Bronx Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak: DECEMBER UPDATE

{2:55 minutes to read} Our prior blog posts have reported on the tragic outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, New York. Here are recent developments:

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Bronx Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak: OCTOBER UPDATE

{2:10 minutes to read} In response to the Legionnaires’ outbreak in the summer of 2015, the City Council passed a bill that’s intended to curb the future spread of the illness.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by Legionella bacteria. The disease is transmitted to people when they inhale water droplets that contain Legionella. A common place for Legionella to live is in cooling towers. A cooling tower is a rooftop installation that cools the water used in air conditioning systems. Water vapor produced in the water cooling process is released into the air. That water vapor can carry Legionella. People contract Legionnaires’ disease when they inhale that contaminated water vapor. 


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Bronx Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak: Are We Safe?

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The Katter Law Firm is the first law firm to take legal action against a Bronx, New York, luxury hotel  alleged to be the source of the recent and largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York. 


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Monday, August 3, 2015

New York City Aims for Zero Pedestrian Fatalities

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New York City responded to the high number of pedestrian deaths in the city by passing laws that are intended to protect pedestrians on its streets as part of the Vision Zero plan. The goal is to reach zero roadway fatalities by 2024. The number of deaths has been going down already, from 180 deaths in 2013 to 132 deaths in 2014.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Lobbying For Laws That Protect New Yorkers Rights!

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Recently I joined forces with fellow members of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association at the Capitol in Albany, New York.

We met with New York State legislators to argue against harmful changes to construction safety laws, and also, to support proposed laws that seek to increase the legal rights of all New Yorkers.


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