Katter Law Firm NYC Personal Injury Blog

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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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

We Need More Nurses. Our Lives Depend On It!

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A recent New York Times op-ed called for hospitals to hire more nurses. We support that position.

Staffing ratios - the number of patients assigned to health care professionals in hospitals and nursing homes-- are much higher than they should be. Nurses are overloaded with patient care responsibilities. As a result they are susceptible to burnout, exhaustion and stress, and have less time to care for patients.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

All That Glitters is Not Good Health Care: The “Chandelier Effect” in Nursing Homes

{3:05 minutes to read} A disturbing trend is emerging in the American nursing homes industry: In their ambitious race for Medicare dollars, nursing homes are shifting their marketing focus to attract short-term rehabilitation patients. The reason for this is that although Medicare does not pay for long-term stays, it generally will cover short-term, post-hospital rehab stays, and pays nursing homes more than Medicaid.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sexual Abuse of Nursing Home Patients Must End!

{3:00 minutes to read} The increasing number of Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes has led to a rise of sexual abuse.

As baby boomers age, the risk of their suffering from cognitive impairments grows. The most well known cause of cognitive impairment is Alzheimer's disease. Some 5.3 million Americans suffer from this illness; moreover, two-thirds of them are women. Since Alzheimer’s sufferers may have difficulty communicating, recognizing or understanding, many unfortunately are vulnerable to sexual abuse.


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Rear-End Collisions: Why is there a legal presumption that the following driver is at fault?

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What is a safe following distance between cars to be able stop in time to avoid a collision?

Generally, courts hold the rear car responsible in a two-car, rear-end collision. Most commonly, these types of collisions occur when the front car:

  • slows down to stop for a traffic light changing to red;

  • slows down to avoid striking an object in the road;

  • stops to allow a pedestrian, cyclist or other vehicle cross the road;

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Staying at an Airbnb? Read this first!

{3:45 minutes to read} Recently a guest of an Airbnb in upstate New York contacted my office. Airbnb is on online bed & breakfast listing service.

The caller had just arrived at the house and he slipped on the icy driveway. It hadn't been plowed, salted or sanded, even though it had snowed heavily  two days earlier. Unfortunately, he fell and broke his shoulder. Instead of a relaxing weekend in the country, he spent a day in the emergency room, and the next month in pain, with his arm in a cast.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Don’t Get Trapped on the Tracks. 5 Tips to Keep You Safe!

{2:45 minutes to read} Recently there was a tragic train-car collision in New York.

On February 5, 2015, a tragedy occurred on the Metro-North train tracks in Valhalla, New York: a commuter train struck an SUV. It resulted in six deaths.

More recent train collisions show how frequent these dangerous accidents...

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Lawsuit Filed against Queens Funeral Home and NJ Cemetery for Negligent Burial of Victim of Domestic Violence

The Katter Law Firm recently filed a lawsuit against J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, Inc. in Jamaica, New York and Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey alleging that both were negligent in handling the burial of Nequia Webb-Davidson, a victim of domestic violence.

Ms. Webb-Davidson, who was raised in Brooklyn and lived in Virginia, was shot to death by her husband in January 2014 in an apparent murder-suicide.  She had filed an emergency order of protection against her husband, Terrell Davidson, before the incident.  She had reported a number of domestic violence incidents to the authorities.

The suit, which was filed on behalf of the family of the deceased, claims that the grave was not dug large enough for the casket to fit.  When the casket was lowered, it became stuck on the sidewall of the grave.  As the casket was raised, the lid opened up and dirt and soil entered into the casket, pouring onto the exposed remains.  Despite attempts to widen and deepen the grave, the casket still could not be lowered and the lid of the casket opened up again, allowing more dirt and soil to get inside the casket and fall onto the deceased.

The family’s grief was further compounded when the funeral home’s employee told them the funeral had to be postponed until the next day. The funeral home and cemetery had to dig a larger grave using a backhoe, clean the rocks and soil out of the casket, replace the soiled casket’s liner, properly close the casket and rebury Ms. Webb-Davidson’s remains. Her family and the mourners who were able to attend for a second day returned the following day for the completion of the funeral.

Attorney Ronald Katter described the situation as “tragic enough,” considering that the family was already dealing with the death of a loved one but now has to deal with the after-effects of an improper burial.    

Media coverage of this case can be viewed here.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Is Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Insurance Necessary?

{4:05 minutes to read} Having supplemental underinsurance coverage adds another layer of protection in the event you are injured by someone who has less-than-adequate coverage.

In New York State, the minimum insurance that a driver must carry is $25,000. In the unfortunate event someone is injured in a car accident by a driver who only carries the minimum amount of insurance, whether or not reasonable compensation for those injuries exceeds $25,000, they will not be able to recover any more than the amount from the other driver’s insurance company.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Each Time a Senior Suffers a Fall, It’s Harder & Harder to Get Back Up

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A fall can really keep an active person down.

Six months ago, my good friend fell in her house and broke her hip. Although she’s in her 80s, until then she had been active, independent and really enjoyed travelling to visit friends and relatives. She slowly recovered from her injury, but even after she finished a course of physical rehabilitation, she was worried about having a second fall. As a result, she now limits her activities to staying close to home and visiting her doctors. She rarely travels for fun. Her fall has prematurely restricted her vigorous lifestyle and drawn her world closer than ever.

A recent Center for Disease Control report finds that the increasing rate of injuries and fatalities from falls for Americans over the age of 65, is itself a major health concern.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nursing Homes = Profits Over People?

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Do nursing home residents suffer from the Profits Over People business model?

A recent article in the New York Times reported that a patient in a small Bronx nursing home was beaten to death by an employee.

The Bronx nursing home is owned by a for-profit private company - often a recipe for disaster when in a healthcare setting. The bottom line is to increase earnings and decrease spending. This strategy negatively affects nursing home standards for staffing levels and the quality of patient care.

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