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November 2014 Archives

Young Drivers

On Friday, an extremely tragic accident happened right outside my friend's house in Port Chester. A local high school student was apparently drag racing and lost control of his car crashing it and killing himself in the process and seriously injuring his passenger. The driver had just recently obtained his driver's license. This is every parents fear and the deceased 's parent's nightmare when their children first start to drive. I have 2 children who drive and another who will be getting her learner's permit in January. I don't know how other parents stress safety when driving but I know I talk to my kids about what could happen if you, even for a moment, do something you are not supposed to do. Whether it's drag racing, drinking and driving, texting or any other type of distracting activity while driving, could lead to a horrible and tragic accident like what happened on Friday. And it's accidents like this that I tell them about so they can learn about the consequences that can come from doing what is not supposed to be done. My friends 2 young kids walk home from school right around the time this accident happened and could have also been involved. Thankfully they weren't.

Long Commutes Are Not Worth It

One of the worst things about my prior employment was the commute.  It was taking almost an hour to get to work and on the way home it was worse.  Spending almost two hours in a car commuting was causing problems at home and at work.  At work, I was exhausted before I even turned on my computer.  Fighting morning traffic is as hard as an trial I have been in.  And, heading home, after a long day at work, just to find miles of stopped cars on 287 was no picnic either.  The family was always mad that I was getting home late -- like it was my fault there was traffic.  In any event, I finally had enough when I missed pretty much every baseball game of my son's season.  I decided to start anew with a practice in Rockland County.  I teamed up with Howie Stolzenberg and we decided that he would work out of an office in White Plains and I would be here in Nyack.  And, the results have been amzing.  I can spend more time with the family.  I can make my son's games.  And I can also spend more time working on my cases instead of spending time trying to getting across the bridge.  My change of my job, partly because of the commute, was actually featured in a journal news story.  

Veteran's Day

StolzenbergCortelli LLP wants to thank all family members, clients and freinds who served this great country as part of the armed forces.  A special thanks goes out to Christian Cortelli, who served as a Marine in Iraq in 2005.  We know that we would not be enjoying the freedoms this Country has to offer if it wasn't for our Veterans.  Thanks again!

Alcohol/Drug Abuse and Disability Payments

Contrary to the assumptions of many, alcohol or drug abuse doesn't necessarily disqualify someone from receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) payments. Since 1996, the Social Security Act states that a person is not eligible for disability payments if continuing drug or alcohol abuse is the primary reason for their disability. There are various circumstances, however, in which an individual who has been affected by drug/alcohol abuse (DAA) may still be eligible for disability benefits: · A person has a disability apart from DAA. For instance, in the case of a visually impaired person who is abusing alcohol-but alcohol did not cause their vision impairment-their deficient vision is the source of their disability, not DAA. · Alcohol and/or drugs caused an individual's disability- e.g., liver damage-but he/she has since stopped using them. The ongoing effects of the liver condition will be considered as part of the person's disability.· A person is in recovery for DAA. The Social Security Administration realizes that overcoming addiction is seldom a smooth ride. A relapse will not doom a person's case. Social Security policy states that 30 days of sobriety are generally sufficient for the Social Security Administration to evaluate the impact that DAA has on their disability.The wisest course of action for any disability applicant who is abusing drugs or alcohol is to make a forthright effort to seek treatment. It's best for their health and best for their case. If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits due to drug or alcohol abuse, an SSD attorney may be able to help.

  • $2.05 Million Settlement Mother of Two Struck and Killed by Motorist

    StolzenbergCortelli LLP recently resolved a heart breaking wrongful death action. The mother of two was struck and killed, while she crossed a roadway.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Trip Over Nail Case

    Terrence and Howard settled a trip and fall case for $1,100,000. In this case, our client (a resident of Brooklyn) was a cleaning lady who was hired to clean the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.

  • $750,000 Verdict Jane and John Doe v. Defendant Driver

    The names are redacted for privacy reasons. In this automobile accident case, the female plaintiff was injured and suffered seriously debilitating injuries.

  • $525,000 Settlement Injured When the Trailer upon which He was Standing Collapsed

    Our client was a teamster, working at a concrete plant in Westchester, when he was seriously injured. At the time, he was standing on a trailer, which is colloquially known as a "low boy", when the wooden slats upon which he was standing, collapsed.

  • $457,500 Settlement Car Accident Victim With Pre-Existing Neck Injury

    Settled a client's case for $457,500. The client suffered a significant cervical spine injury requiring a fusion surgery.He was t-boned by a car exiting Purdy's farmer and the Fish in Somers, New York.

  • $450,000 Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Construction Accident Case

    Howard Stolzenberg settled a case for $450,000 where a construction worker was forced to use an exterior fire escape ladder to access the top of the building all while carrying a one gallon bucket of paint. The worker fell and fractured his ankle.

  • $100,000 Settlement Teenager Hit From Behind

    We just settled a case for a young girl who was injured when she was struck from behind while waiting at a red light at an intersection near the entrance to the Saw Mill in Yonkers. She had hip and shoulder surgery.

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