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Richard Abend & Josh Silber Rated by Super Lawyers 2014

Richard Abend and Josh Silber were selected to the 2014 Super Lawyers List for Metro New York.  Super Lawyers is a publication of Thompson Reuters which compiles its list of top attorneys based on independent research and peer reviews. Super Lawyers chooses no more than 5% of the total attorneys in New York State for inclusion on their list.  Abend & Silber were selected for their primary practice areas, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice.

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New York Medical Malpractice News

According to safety researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical School, even the most preventable surgical errors are still happening at alarming levels.  These “never events” like operating on the wrong body part or leaving medical instruments inside a patient’s body are happening dozens of times every week across the country.  And, according to the researchers, these types of medical mistakes are totally preventable.

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Hurricane Sandy Update

Power was restored to our office over the weekend and we are fully operational.  Our thoughts are with all of those that still facing the grave affects of the storm. We have signed on to handle FEMA claims pro bono through the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.  Additionally our attorneys will be on site volunteering in the affected areas.

Failure to Timely Diagnose Infection Leads to NYU Child’s Death

nytimes-logo-abend-silberMedical malpractice can happen even at the best hospitals.  The New York Times reports that 12 year old Rory Staunton’s death at NYU Medical Center was caused by the failure to timely diagnose an infection.  The article suggests that despite obvious signs of infection the medical doctors completely failed to make the diagnosis and discharged Rory home.  Unfortunately, by the time the infection was finally diagnosed it was too late for Rory and his family.  What is particularly troubling is that abnormal results from a routine blood test, suggesting an infection, were not properly communicated to Rory’s doctors or his family.  NYU is considered by many to be a world class medical institution and this story illustrates how even the best hospitals and the doctors who work there can make mistakes, as is alleged.

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New York Law Journal’s Top Verdicts and Settlements of 2011

TopVerdict2011Abend & Silber was recently featured in the New York Law Journal’s Top Verdicts and Settlements for 2011. This is the second year in a row that an Abend & Silber case has been recognized in the New York Law Journal’s Top Verdicts and Settlements issue.

Trial attorney Richard H. Abend represented the family of a 59 year old man that passed away due to a sudden heart attack. It was alleged that the decedent’s family physician failed to diagnose and treat hypertension which resulted in his untimely death. The decedent presented to his doctor’s office on multiple occasions with elevated blood pressure. Additionally, he had multiple risk factors including a significant family history as well as a history of smoking. Despite these significant risk factors he was never given an EKG or referred to a cardiologist.  The decedent left behind his wife and his adult daughter. This matter was settled in the amount of $1,150,000.00 immediately prior to jury selection.

Abend & Silber is proud to continue our tradition of seeking justice for families that have been victims of medical malpractice. While the loss of a loved one is always sad it is particularly tragic when it is preventable.

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Law Day 2012

Abend & Silber was proud to join with the New York State Trial Lawyers Association as we honored Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the nation’s leading defenders of civil rights.  We thank New York’s US Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand for delivering an inspiring key note address.

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Josh Silber Named New York Super Lawyers List

JOSH SILBER has been named to the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York State for 2011.

No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

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Richard Abend Named 2011 Super Lawyers Rising Star List

RICHARD ABEND has been named to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Star list as one of the top attorneys in New York State for 2011.

No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to the list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

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Federal Court Upholds Life Insurance Claim, Reported Decision Leads to Settlement

A life insurer failed to pay a death benefit to our client, the beneficiary of the life insurance policy. The insurance company claimed that the policy wouldn’t have been issued if they had known about what they claimed were “pre-existing” medical conditions. The life insurance company sought to have the case dismissed. The evidence we produced convinced the Court that the case should proceed to trial. The insurance carrier settled before the case proceeded to trial.

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1.5 Million Dollar Bus Accident Verdict

After many years of litigation, trial attorney Richard Abend obtained a 1.5 million dollar jury verdict for our client who sustained serious personal injuries in a bus accident. The defendant, New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) had not offered any settlement prior to trial. The jury determined that the NYCTA was one hundred percent at fault. This trial took place in Supreme Court New York County before Hon. Peter Moulton.

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