Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf is a New York Plaintiff's personal injury law firm specializing in automobile accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, police misconduct and all types of New York personal injury litigation.

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FChildrenor 100 years, we at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have had the privilege of representing individuals and families whose lives were torn apart in an instant because of another person’s negligent conduct.

Through our clients’ lives we see the unimaginable: pain on parents’ faces as they struggle to accept that their child is dead; pain on a child’s face when the child realizes that their Mom or Dad will not be coming home; someone trying to learn to walk again after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury; spouses realizing that their partner in life is not the same after suffering a life changing injury.  At our firm we work tirelessly to right these wrongs that result in families being torn apart.  Our work is motivated by the fact that every day we witness firsthand what happens to families when a loved one is injured or lost.  We know our clients would do anything to make their families whole again. We know there is nothing more important to them than their health and the health, safety and well being of their family and friends.

That is why we feel obligated to speak out against the policy recently implemented by the government of separating families who seek shelter and a better life in the United States.  The fact that our government is intentionally separating children from their parents and purposefully causing unbearable suffering goes against everything that we stand for.  The harm that occurs when a family is torn apart, whether through negligent or intentional conduct, is irreparable.  This unconscionable policy must come to an end.

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New York Personal Injury Attorney Christopher DonadioOur NY personal injury attorney Christopher J. Donadio has been invited to lecture at a joint American Board of Trial Advocates and Defense Association of New York continuing legal education event titled “Frye Hearings and the Effective Use of Biomechanical Experts” which will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 5:30pm at Battery Gardens at 1 Battery Park, New York, New York. Mr. Donadio has been asked to provide a plaintiff’s attorneys perspective to the current trends in Frye hearings involving biomechanical experts.

A Frye hearing involves a hearing in front of a judge, where the judge is asked to determine whether an expert witness is permitted to testimony. The “Frye hearing” was established by the Federal District of Columbia Circuit court in Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 (D.C. Cir. 1923). “[T]he Frye test asks ‘whether the accepted techniques, when properly performed, generate results accepted as reliable within the scientific community generally.” Parker v. Mobil Oil Corp., 7 N.Y.3d 434, 446, 857 N.E.2d 1114 (2006), citing People v. Wesley, 83 N.Y.2d 417, 422, 633 N.E.2d 451 (1994).

Biomechanical experts are experts that are typically hired by defendants in motor vehicle collision cases who claim that an injured party could not have been injured by the collision due to the physics involved in the crash. Although biomechanical science has been generally recognized by the courts of New York as a science that generates results that are accepted as reliable within the scientific community, it does not mean that each and every biomechanical expert is offering testimony that is based on methods that truly are accepted.

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NYC personal injury lawyer Ben RubinowitzJeff KorekNew York Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz (our managing partner),  and Jeff Korek from Gersowitz, Libo and Korek will be co chairing the 2018 edition of the “25 Trial Issues That Keep You Up In The Middle Of The Night” Seminar. Organized by the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute for the third consecutive year, this program  is an informal panel discussion encouraging audience participation for attorneys trying cases faced with  the many challenges capable of keeping them up through the night.

Over two evenings, June 5 and June 12 2018 from 6:00 PM  to 9:00 PM, the Honorable George Silver and an elite panel of trial attorneys including Elizabeth Cornacchio, David Dean, Judith Livingston, Richard Maltz, Daniel O’Tool, Deborah Scalise and Evan Torgan will discuss an array of perplexing issues that attorneys face during trial that require fast, strategic thinking.

Some of the subjects discussed will include

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New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Jeffrey BloomNYC personal Injury lawyer Richard SteigmanOur partner, New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Jeffrey Bloom, will be the Program Chair of the “Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer” seminar organized by the New York State Bar Association.  Richard Steigman who is also a partner at our firm will be a speaker and will provide an Overview of the Governing Laws related to such cases.

During this seminar participants will learn how to handle the failure to diagnose breast cancer medical malpractice case. Featuring nationally recognized medical experts in oncology and cancer detection, the morning session will cover the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of breast cancer and provide attendees with an understanding of the medical background necessary to handle these cases. During the afternoon portion of the program leading medical malpractice trial attorneys will present an overview of case selection, trial strategies and the art of explaining technical medical concepts to jurors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this area of law.

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Personal Injury Attorney Christopher DonadioOur NY and NJ personal injury attorney Christopher J. Donadio has been invited to lecture at the New Jersey Association for Justice’s annual Boardwalk Seminar, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 12 p.m. at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Mr. Donadio’s lecture, entitled “Helping the Jury Understand Damages,” will be a part of “The Medicine for Lawyers: the Missing Damages” continuing legal education program.

Too often, jurors fail to fully appreciate the harm that injured plaintiffs have suffered because they equate what has happened to the plaintiff to their own, less severe experiences.  As a trial lawyer it is imperative to ensure that the jurors consider what has occurred specifically to the injured plaintiff and not anyone else. This lecture will teach various techniques on how to educate the jury on the relevant anatomy, how to provide extreme detailed descriptions of the injuries, how to creatively use diagnostic films, and how to use detail intensive medical illustrations, to focus the jury on the harm suffered by the plaintiff, and prevent the jury from deciding damages based on their own experiences. The lecture will provide examples of these techniques from recent trials.

To register for this lecture, please click here

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New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Jeffrey BloomNew York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Ben RubinowitzOur partner,  New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Jeffrey Bloom will be chairing the “Anatomy & Medicine for Lawyers” program offered by the New York State Bar Association Thursday March 29th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the CFA Society, 1540 Broadway #1010 in New York City. The program will also be webcasted live.

During the program Jeffrey will talk about preparing a medical malpractice case. He will discuss cases from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives. Our managing partner, Ben Rubinowitz will also attend the program as a speaker. He will lecture, about orthopedic and spinal injuries. He will be joined by Dr James Naidich, a radiologist in discussing these types of injuries.

This unique program will familiarize medical malpractice attorneys and personal injury attorneys (both plaintiff and defense) as well as workers’ compensation attorneys with the medical concepts and terminology necessary to

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New York Personal Injury Attorneys Rubinowitz and TorganIn their latest Trial Advocacy column in the New York Law Journal, NYC Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan write: Concurrent or overlapping surgeries are becoming more common in major teaching hospitals. Although studies have suggested that the practice can be performed without endangering patient safety, the attorney prosecuting such a case should focus on the motives behind the practice. Developing “case frames” such as profit over safety will certainly answer questions in the minds of jurors as to who benefits from double booking.

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Personal Injury Attorney Ben RubinowitzOur personal injury law firm is proud to announce that our managing partner, Ben Rubinowitz, was invited to be one of the 5 distinguished faculty members of “CLE with the Stars”, a seminar organized by the Connecticut Trial Lawyer Association.

The 4 other distinguished faculty members will travel from all over the country. They are Mark Davis from the Honolulu firm Davis Levin Livongston, Randy L. Kinard from the Nashville firm Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Zoe Littlepage from the Houston law firm Littlepage Booth and Tyler Thompson from Dole, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC in Louisville, KY. The program will be chaired by Connecticut attorneys Kathleen Nastri and Michael Koskoff both from the firm Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, PC.

The seminar will take place Friday April 6th 2008 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at The Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull CT 06611.

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New York Personal Injury lawyer Anthony GairNew York Personal Injury Attorney Christopher DonadioOur NY Construction Accident law firm is proud to announce that our attorneys Anthony H. Gair and Christopher J. Donadio obtained a $1 million settlement in a construction accident that occurred in New York. The case involved an incident that occurred on a construction site in Manhattan. The plaintiff, who was a worker on the job site, suffered a crush injury to his thumb when a small crane (known as a “gin pole”) failed, and caused a several hundred pound motor to fall on to the plaintiff’s hand.

Due to the incident, the plaintiff was taken by ambulance to the hospital. At the hospital, the plaintiff was diagnosed with a crushed thumb on his non-dominant hand. As a result of the injury, the plaintiff required three surgical procedures to his thumb, including a revascularization procedure and a skin graft.

An action was brought in New York County, Supreme Court, against the general contractor of the construction project, and the owner of the construction site. The action was brought under New York Labor Law §240(1). The Labor Law of New York §240(1) provides that:

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NYC personal Injury lawyer Richard SteigmanOur partner Richard Steigman and Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter, Appellate Division, First Department will be co-chairing the New York State Trial Lawyers Seminar “2018 CPLR Update”. This seminar will take place on Monday April 9  from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the NYTSLA office at 132 Nassau Street.

One of the key requirements of successfully managing a civil caseload is staying abreast of legislative changes and court decisions in the field of New York Civil Practice. This year in particular, there are substantial changes that every lawyer in this field needs to know. This seminar will provide an in-depth review of these new developments, including practice tips and pitfall warnings that are invaluable for the civil litigator.

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