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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In this partial video segment New York Car Accident Lawyer Chris Sallay, a partner at the firm Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom & Rubinowitz discusses motion pratice related to automobile cases.

This program from the New York State Bar Association is designed for the attorney seeking a fundamental but practical overview of handling an auto accident case. A representative case is reviewed from inception to conclusion from both the plaintiff and defense attorney perspective. The step-by-step practical aspects of the case are presented by experienced attorneys to demonstrate both the practical aspects of each phase of the litigation as well as the overall thought process behind each phase leading to the ultimate resolution.

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On Saturday, Septenber 15, 2012 our Partner, Ben Rubinowitz will speak on “Trial Practice” as part of the Flagship Decisions Program sponsored by the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute.

The Decisions Program is designed for practicing lawyers who are interested in learning about the most up to date aspects of Personal Injury Practice. The program is a two part series detailing all aspects of practice from pleadings to appeal. In speaking about the program Ben Rubinowitz stated, “If you are truly interested in helping your practice, this is the program for you. The speakers are experts in the field and will offer insight and practical knowledge that will certainly help you achieve the best result for those who matter most — your clients.”
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BBR.jpg We are pleased to announce that our Partner, Ben B. Rubinowitz has been named by the Best Lawyers in America as 2013 New York City Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

This is in recognition of his history of helping people injured by the negligence and carelessness of others. Throughout his 30-year legal career, Ben Rubinowitz has made his mark as a leading trial lawyer combining hard work and dedication with his remarkable courtroom skills and presence. Mr. Rubinowitz began his career as a prosecutor, where he honed the trial skills that would become his hallmark. From there, he began serving as a trial lawyer representing severely injured plaintiffs in personal injury cases, eventually joining GGCSMB&R in 1989. Ben’s meticulous approach to the preparation and trial of cases has produced 19 verdicts and 96 settlements in excess of one million dollars in cases arising out of car accidents, premises accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, civil rights violations and products liability.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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In this partial video segment Anthony Gair discusses how to take a meaningful deposition in a car accident case.

This video is part of a program designed for the attorney seeking a fundamental but practical overview of handling an auto accident case. A representative case is reviewed from inception to conclusion from both the plaintiff and defense attorney perspective. The step-by-step practical aspects of the case are presented by experienced attorneys to demonstrate both the practical aspects of each phase of the litigation as well as the overall thought process behind each phase leading to the ultimate resolution.

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Our Partner, Chris Sallay, will be speaking at The Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law Seminar sponsored by NBI. From NBI, “Statistics say that six out of ten drivers on the road carry inadequate or no insurance. With the largely voluntary nature of UM/UIM insurance coverage and rapidly changing statutory and case law, you have your work cut out for you. Don’t struggle through the mountains of legalese alone. Join us at an engaging analysis of current issues in the law and practice of UM/UIM and get the latest legislative updates along with a balanced view of today’s challenges. Register today!” The seminar will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:00 am-4:30 pm at The Hilton Long Island 598 Broadhollow Road Melville, NY.

Chris will be speaking on BAD FAITH – AN INDELIBLE PART OF UM/UIM PRACTICE? and UM CASES.

For complete information on the seminar and to register click here.

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On July 31, 2012, our partner, Christopher L. Sallay, was granted summary judgment in a New York Construction accident case pursuant to §240(1) of the New York State Labor Law against the general contractor for the construction project.

On October 26, 2008, the plaintiff, a painter, susstained injury when the baker scaffold on which he was working shifted due to unlocked wheels resulting in him losing his balance and fall feet first to the floor, approximately 4-6 feet.

The plaintiff sustained a severe calcaneal fracture to his right foot which required surgery in which he doctors inserted 15 screws and 3 plates into his heel. He now walks with the assistance of a cane most of the time and has not gone back to work since the accident.

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On April 24, 2009 a 40 year old woman died in a gas explosion that took place in her house in Floral Park, Queens, New York. The defendant in this action, Consolidated Edison, was notified of the gas leak by a neighbor of the woman; however, the Con-Ed workers were not timely dispatched to evacuate residents in the area. As a result of the negligence of Con-Ed, the woman was never notified of the gas leak nor was she evacuated from her home. The gas explosion was severe – – the house was demolished and the woman was killed. Three children were left without their mother. The woman’s husband was left without his wife.

In a record settlement, Ben Rubinowitz of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf settled this claim for $12,400,000.00. This is one of the largest settlements in New York for a Wrongful Death case. “The woman who died was a wonderful mother to her children and a loving wife,” said Rubinowitz. “It is indeed unfortunate that no one listened to the warnings of a concerned neighbor – – he tried so hard to do the right thing. If only Con-Ed had just paid attention to a known fact and followed proper protocol this never would have happened. While I realize that no amount of money can compensate for this family’s loss, I am very pleased that we were able to provide financial security for the needs of this family who lost so much in this terrible explosion.”

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By: Anthony H. Gair, Esq.

This New York malpractice case involved a fifty-three year old man who was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth encompassing the soft palate, the uvula, the tonsil and the base of the tongue. He underwent extensive radiation therapy and fortunately the cancer was irradicated. The patient developed osteoradionecrosis of the mandible following a wisdom tooth extraction by his dentist who was well aware that he had undergone radiation therapy.

As a result, he had to have three major surgeries involving removal of part of the mandible and extensive bone grafting and reconstructive surgery.

The definition of osteoradionecrosis is bone death due to radiation. Teeth removed in irradiated jaws often initiate Osteoradionecrosis.¹

In patients who have undergone radiation therapy for cancer of the mouth, the tissues in the mouth become hypoxic. Further, the vascular supply to the tissues is impaired and blood vessels are destroyed as a result of the radiation. The tissues also become hypocellular. These effects on the tissues of the mouth are permanent.

The important issues in the development of Osteoradionecrosis are endothelium, bone, periosteum and fibrous connective tissue of the mucosa and skin. The effects of radiation on the tissue level are endothelial necrosis, hyalinization, and thrombosis of vessels. The periosteum becomes fibrotic and bone osteoblasts and osteocytes undergo death with fibrosis of the marrow spaces. Mucosa and skin also undergo fibrosis, with decline in the cellularity and vascularity of the connective tissue. The result is a composite tissue which is hypovascular and hypocellular and has proved to be hypoxic compared with non-irradiated tissue. Once any wound is created, it would be unrealistic to expect effective healing, given the hypovascular, hypocellular and hypoxic nature of the affected tissue.²

It was the plaintiff’s contention that when a tooth is extracted a wound is always created at the site of extraction and that as a result of the radiation induced hypoxia, hypovascularity and hypocellularity of the tissues there will be problems with the healing process which may often lead to infection spreading to the bone and leading to osteoradionecrosis. This is even more so in patients with periodontal disease, which is often the case in those facing tooth extraction.
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Our partner, Ben Rubinowitz, will be representing the Medina family in their medical malpractice case against Montefiore Medical Center. On May 23, 2012, Yolanda Medina, 41 in an act of pure altruism, attempted to donate a kidney to her brother Roberto Medina, 39 as part of Montefiore Hospital’s voluntary Live Organ Donor Transplant Program. Roberto Medina has been on dialysis suffering from renal failure since early February.

During the voluntary Live Organ Donor Transplant Yolanda Medina bled to death as a result of her aorta being negligently severed during the organ harvesting surgery. Yolanda’s death ended any chance of using her kidney for this life saving procedure for her brother, Roberto. Mr. Rubinowitz stated; “This is a terrible tragedy. Out of the goodness of her heart and sheer kindness, one woman attempted to save her brothers life; unfortunately her kindness resulted in tragedy. It is our firm’s responsibility to the Medina family to provide them with the security that they deserve as a result of this horrific event.” The Montefiore Medical Center has recently suspended its live organ donor transplant program.

Roberto Medina has still not received a kidney. He awaits transplant surgery. The Montefiore Medical Center had scheduled another transplant for Roberto Medina on Thursday, June 7, but the surgery was abruptly canceled. Montefiore Medical Center officials had not obtained the proper federal approvals required to expedite a transplant. Mr. Rubinowitz, responded that, “The entire Medina Family is devastated. Roberto lost his sister. He was told they have a kidney for him. He gets his hopes up, only to be told he’s not going to have the surgery. You can’t imagine the disappointment that the entire family is experiencing right now. Why didn’t they tell him he would have to wait for a transplant? I believe the hospital was well intentioned in finding him a kidney, but the communication on their part was, simply put, horrible.” Four months after starting dialysis, Roberto Medina still does not have a kidney designated to him. “It is our hope that a kidney will become available before it is too late,” said Rubinowitz. “This family has suffered enough heartache. A young woman died as a result of medical negligence. She was an innocent victim of medical carelessness. At this time I hope a kidney can be found for this wonderful young man, Roberto Medina, before time runs out on him.”

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Our partners Anthony H. Gair and Christopher L. Sallay settled the personal injury case of a 63 year old female pedestrian who was struck by a motor vehicle traveling in reverse on a one-way street. The case settled prior to trial for $2,050,000.

As a result of the accident, the plaintiff sustained spinal fractures from L1 – L4, which required corrective surgery. The defense claimed that he never saw the plaintiff prior to his vehicle striking her as she was bending over in the street looking for her gloves. The defense further alleged that the plaintiff made a full recovery and required no additional treatment following the initial surgery.

The New York Personal Injury Lawyer at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have years of experience representing people who have suffered injury in all types of accidents in New York.