Katter Law Firm NYC Personal Injury Blog

Monday, February 10, 2014

Claim Denied? Five Ways to Make Sure Your Insurance Covers Your Loss

Insurance is a common purchase. Many people buy insurance to protect themselves in the event that they suffer a loss or damages in their home or business. Some people buy long-term healthcare insurance to be able to pay for that care, if it is needed. Under the law, automobile and health care insurance are mandatory. The insurance policy is the written agreement between the insurance company and the policyholder. It states what premiums to be paid, the specific risks covered and the maximum amounts that will be paid. It also contains exclusions, which are the losses that are not covered. The company's claims procedures are in the policy. Consumers should read the entire policy before they file it away to make sure they have the insurance coverage they intended.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Been Injured? The Legal Clock for Starting a Claim is Ticking. Don’t Delay!

“Last winter, I fell on an icy walkway in front of my apartment building and broke my elbow. Can I still file a claim against my landlord?”

“My mother’s in a nursing home and her hip was broken when she was transferred from her bed to a chair in 2010? Can she sue?”

“I haven’t been able to work since June when a garbage truck knocked me down in a crosswalk and I hurt both my knees. How much time do I have to sue?”

These are the types of questions people ask me when they think about starting a personal injury claim. One of the first things I have to determine is whether the legal deadline to bring a claim has passed. Once the deadline passes, all legal claims that might have been started are barred (prohibited) forever.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

5 Danger Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The New York Times recently reported about a daughter’s shock when a video camera she had hidden in her elderly mother’s nursing home room didn’t help to catch a suspected thief as intended. Instead, it recorded two nursing home employees maliciously, physically abusing her mom. The daughter showed the video to law enforcement authorities and the two employees were eventually fired. The unfortunate reality is that 1 in 10 older Americans are abused or neglected and much of that abuse goes unreported.

Most New Yorkers don’t get to see their elderly loved one as often as they’d like. This blog suggests some warning signs for friends and family to be aware of when visiting elderly lo

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Don't Get Your Goose Cooked on Your Holiday Drive

Thanksgiving and the year-end holidays where we get to to spend enjoyable times with our friends and family are rapidly approaching. I’ll soon be driving to join my family in Pennsylvania and know that many of my clients, friends and colleagues will also drive long distances to be with their loved ones. The roads are usually crowded with extra traffic this time of year. Holiday highway travel often is at night, after work or after a festive meal, each of which can greatly reduce a driver’s reaction time.   


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nursing Homes Still Violate Fire Safety Rules

The New York Times blog, The New Old Age, reports the outrageous and frightening news that there are more than one thousand nursing homes without fire sprinklers or which contain only partial fire sprinklers in violation of federal rules. Dozens of the homes without fire sprinklers are in New York.

As you can imagine, nursing home residents are especially vulnerable to fire’s dangers. Many residents have difficulty walking, hearing, and seeing. Others may suffer from Alzheimer's Disease and confusion and may not even be aware of a fire’s dangers. Many nursing homes are understaffed and are unprepared for emergency evacuations. Fires often occur at night when staffing is at its lowest level.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Injured by a Municipal Corporation’s or Public Authority’s Carelessness? Don’t Wait! The Clock is Ticking!

In New York, it's often surprising to learn the enormous, often unseen role that municipal corporations and public authorities play in our lives. Here is a partial list:

  • New York City (sidewalks, roads, public schools, NYC Fire Department, Police Department, Education Department)
  • The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA subways, buses and trains, the Port Authority, Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal)
  • New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (hospitals, rehabilitation and nursing facilities, health clinics)
  • New York City Transit Authority (subways and buses)
  • New York City Housing Authority (public housing)
  • Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (numerous bridges, Midtown Tunnel, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel)  

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

How Did Two Injured Ohio Buckeyes Avoid the Brooklyn Courthouse?

My last blog discussed the legal rights of injured visitors to New York. This blog addresses some of the logistics involved in an actual case that my firm brought on behalf of two of those visitors.You can see how my office strives to make the legal experience as convenient as possible.

A mother and her young daughter from Ohio were visiting New York. They were riding in a cab to their hotel when another car cut in front of them. The two cars crashed. Both mother and her daughter struck their faces against the taxi’s interior plexiglass divider and suffered injuries. The police were called to the scene and the two injured Ohioans received emergency treatment at a New York Hospital.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

3 Things Injured Big Apple Visitors Should Know

Are you or your friends, family, colleagues, among the approximately 50.9 million visitors that come to New York City every year for business or pleasure? Here are 3 things you and/or your visitors should know in case you are involved in an accident.

1. New York State law protects visitors.

New York City’s businesses, recreational facilities, and cultural sites attract millions of visitors for work and fun. People travel from all over the United States and foreign countries to spend their time here. Unfortunately some visitors are injured due to the carelessness of others.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

5 Tips That May Save a Life!

In April, the parents of a 22 year-old college student, who was killed, as a result of his texting and driving, released his final text. Despite his spotless driving record, he lost control of the car, swerved to avoid oncoming traffic, and drove off an embankment to his death. His all important last text?Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw"


Texting while driving is an alarming trend, and a national epidemic. It’s quickly becoming one of the country’s top killers. Drivers assume they can safely text and drive, but the numbers don’t lie.


Texting While Driving Causes:

1. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

2. 330,000 injuries per year (Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study)

3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts)

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Friday, August 9, 2013

I’ve Tripped and Fallen and Can’t Get Up...Do I Have a Case?

Most times, when someone is injured, it is usually not due to bad luck or their being careless, but because someone else has failed to eliminate a hazard or actually caused a dangerous situation themselves. So, if you’ve been hurt, how do you know whether you have a legal claim?

You must be injured--not almost injured.

First and foremost, you have to suffer an injury in order to have a legal claim. A close call with your not being hurt or merely experiencing the fear of your being hurt, in itself, isn’t enough to bring a legal claim.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Who’s at Fault with No-Fault? Part 2

As discussed in Part 1 of this series, the no-fault benefit pays for immediate medical care and lost wages for car injury victims, regardless of fault. However, while no-fault covers payment for those charges, it does not pay expenses for future medical expenses, lost wages, or for your disabilities or for pain and suffering. To recover money for these types of losses, you must start a lawsuit against the owner of the vehicle that caused your injury. However, your right to bring a lawsuit against the driver that caused your injuries can be severely limited, unless your injuries meet what’s called the no-fault law’s “serious injury” threshold. That threshold is injury specific, under the law, and is often a challenge to prove in court.

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