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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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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Road to Grandma’s House May Soon Be Covered in Snow. Drive Safely!

It’s officially winter and winter driving can be dangerous. Failure to keep in the proper lane or running off the roadand driving too fast for conditions are of the most frequent driver behaviors that cause car accidents this time of year. Please consider the following suggestions to avoid those situations and stay safe this season.

3 keys to safe driving in the snow: 1. Stay Alert, 2. Slow Down and 3. Stay in Control.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Medicare’s Nursing Home Ratings: Were They Rigged?

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Did Medicare allow nursing homes to rig its 5 Star Rating System?

Medicare’s 5-Star system has long been the gold standard for rating nursing homes. Patients and their families rely on this rating scale to decide which nursing homes were best for them. Unfortunately, a New York Times investigation proved that the star review system is incomplete and can be misleading.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Woman Sues Upscale Gym, Says Exercise Band Left Her Partially Blind

A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against an upscale Manhattan gym, after she said she was smacked in the face with an exercise band and left partially blind.

Video is all over YouTube showing accidents with rubber the exercise bands, CBS2 reported.

Elizabeth Lapp, 35, claimed she has been left partially blind after her gym band slipped out of her hand and hit her in the eyes.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Anyone Who Trips, Slips or Falls, at 30,000 Feet: The Law Is on Your Side

Injured airline passengers can use an international treaty, known as the Montreal Convention, to seek money damages from airlines for in-flight injuries.

Unlike the burden to prove fault in many personal injury claims, once an injured airline passenger proves that they were hurt in an “accident” on an airplane or at an airline’s facility, the burden shifts to the airline to prove that it was not at fault.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Loss of Right of Sepulcher: How the Law Encourages Respect and Dignity for the Disposition of People’s Remains

(Warning: contains graphic descriptions concerning people’s remains). 

Although we assume our loved ones’ remains will be treated properly and considerately, that is not always the case.

The requirement that people’s earthly remains be treated with dignity and respect is called the Right of Sepulcher. When remains are handled improperly the deceased’s next of kin may suffer severe emotional shock and injury. Their legal remedy is called Loss of Right of Sepulcher.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

3 Reasons Why Insurance Companies Love to Settle Personal Injury Claims “Out of Court”

After a serious accident, an insurance claims adjuster will often contact the injured person to try to settle the case informally, “out of court,” without lawyers. The adjuster works for the insurance company of the person who caused the injury - not the injured party. The adjuster promises a quick payment and no legal fees. While this may sound tempting, here are three important reasons why you should hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight for you.

1. Insurance companies know the dollar value of your injuries.

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