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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 24, 2015

Negligence Complaint Filed against South Bronx Hotel That Was Found to be the Source of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

NEW YORK, NY — Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm has announced that he has filed a complaint in New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County, on behalf of Leslie Noble, a healthy 54-year-old man who contracted Legionnaires’ disease that came from cooling towers located on the rooftop of the Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx. The complaint names Opera House Hotel and Empire Hotel Group, LLC as the defendants. Mr. Katter is being advised on this case by Jules Zacher, Attorney at Law, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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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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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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