Upstate NY Law Firm Selected Among Best Law Firms In U.S. For Sixth Straight Year

Ziff Law attorneys, from left, Mike Brown, Christina Sonsire, Jim Reed, and Adam Gee.

Ziff Law attorneys, from left, Mike Brown, Christina Sonsire, Managing Partner Jim Reed, and Adam Gee.

For the sixth year in a row, the Ziff Law Firm is the only law firm in the Elmira, Corning, and Ithaca area named to a nationally recognized directory of top personal injury law firms in the United States.

Ziff Law was named a National Best Law Firm for 2017 in the practice area of Personal Injury Law for Plaintiffs by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.

I am so proud of the team we have assembled and the incredible results we have achieved. We have always believed that working hard and caring deeply about our clients would create good results, and it is so gratifying to see that we were correct. Winning this award once was great. Winning it six years in a row is amazing, and we could not be any happier.

Law firms were evaluated using client and peer reviews, and additional information provided by the firms, according to U.S. News – Best Lawyers, which ranked more than 10,000 law firms in more than 100 practice areas.

The rankings were announced this month by U.S. News & World Report, the parent company of U.S. News, and Best Lawyers, a national directory of top-rated attorneys that included Reed in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

To learn more about the Best Law Firms rankings, go to bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Thanks for reading!

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

Ziff Law’s Adam Gee Rated Among The Top Trial Lawyers In The Country!

Adam Gee Smaller File size PhotoAttorney Adam Gee of the Ziff Law Firm is among the top trial lawyers in the country, as determined by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC).

Adam, was recently named a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent for 2015 by the NADC. He was selected by an independent panel of attorneys and approved by an NADC review board because of his high legal standards.

Once candidates are nominated, NADC researchers study their background and performance and pass on their recommendations to the panel for review. The panel makes its selections for a board of former judges to review and approve.

Adam devotes his practice to representing people injured through the actions of others and medical malpractice. A motorcycle rider himself, Adam represents many bikers injured by careless drivers. Adam has been an attorney for 18 years and has been with Ziff Law since 2004.

“As one of the hardest-working and most fearless trial lawyers I know, it came as no surprise to me that the NADC honored Adam as being among the top 1 percent of trial lawyers in the country!” said Ziff Law managing partner Jim Reed.

NADC_logo_200“I am humbled to be recognized by such a prestigious organization as the NADC,” Adam said. “I work as hard as I can for every client because I know that their ability to put their life back together may depend on successful I am in obtaining a recovery for them. To have my effort and results recognized by a national review board of my peers is extremely gratifying.

To learn more about NADC, go here.


Woman, Child In Stroller Struck By Truck In Corning Crosswalk, Says NY and PA Personal Injury Lawyer

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A 29-year-old woman and a 3-year-old child she was pushing in a stroller were injured Thursday when they were struck by a pickup truck while crossing East Denison Parkway in Corning, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck told police he did not see the woman and the stroller with the child as he was turning left.

It is inexcusable that a driver could be so inattentive as to miss a woman walking a stroller through the crosswalk on Denison Parkway. I have personally handled almost the exact same case in the past with a pedestrian struck in the crosswalk at Cohocton Street crossing Denison. In my investigation, I determined that Denison is very well lit and even on a cloudy, overcast and rainy night, a pedestrian is visible from hundreds of yards away. The only way a driver could not see a pedestrian in the crosswalk is if they have their eyes off the road for many, many seconds or simply aren’t paying attention to what is going on around them. 

According to news reports here and here:

Brittany Neu was crossing East Denison Parkway at about 3 p.m. Thursday at the intersection with Cohocton Street, in front of Dunkin Donuts, while pushing a stroller with a 3-year-old when she was struck by the truck. The driver was was turning left from Cohocton Street onto East Denison Parkway.

crosswalk signNeu was thrown about 10 feet by the impact of the truck, police said.

City firefighters and a Rural/Metro Ambulance crew treated Neu and the child at the scene, then transported them to the Corning Fire Department. Neu was airlifted by a Guthrie helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. The child was also transported to Robert Packer.

Their injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Witnesses said Neu was within the markings of the crosswalk when she was struck. The stroller was not struck but toppled over during the accident, police said.

The driver was cooperative and went to the police department for questioning, police said.

The intersection was closed for about an hour during the start of the investigation, which is continuing. No tickets have been issued yet, police said.

Thanks for reading,

Adam
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: agee@zifflaw.com


Careless Avoca School Bus Driver Drags Girl Almost A Half-Mile, Says NY and PA Injury Lawyer

 

Bus stop signA careless school bus driver dragged a Steuben County girl for almost a half-mile Tuesday, Fortunately, the little girl was not seriously injured.

According to local news reports here and here:

The girl’s book bag got hung up on the bus door as she was leaving the Avoca Central School bus at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on County Route 55 in the Town of Fremont, north of Hornellsville.

The girl, who was not identified by police, was dragged four-tenths of a mile before the driver noticed her!

Bus drivers are required to watch the students to make sure they are clear of the bus before even shutting off the flashing lights, much less starting down the road. At this point, no one knows what this bus driver was doing but he or she certainly wasn’t paying any attention to the student  – which is the driver’s primary responsibility.

The girl was treated at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell for foot injuries and released.

Police are still investigating the incident.  Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to call the local authorities.

Thanks for reading,

Adam
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: agee@zifflaw.com


Government Recalls Millions Of Vehicles With Dangerous Takata Airbags, Says NY and PA Accident Lawyer

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Federal safety regulators this week called for all automakers to recall any vehicle equipped with driver’s-side airbags made by the Japanese supplier Takata.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contacted Takata and the vehicle manufacturers this week to call for the recall of millions of vehicles after evaluating a recent incident that involved a failure in a driver’s side air bag inflator.

Takata 2Based on this new information, unless Takata and the manufacturers quickly agree to this recall, NHTSA will use the full extent of its statutory powers to ensure vehicles that use the same or similar air bag inflator are recalled.

“We now know that millions of vehicles must be recalled to address defective Takata air bags and our aggressive investigation is far from over,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “We’re pushing Takata and all affected manufacturers to issue the recall and to ensure the recalls capture the full scope of the problems.”

According to news reports, the agency said it had yet to make a detailed list of the models or model years affected. But the recall will affect millions of vehicles made by Ford, Honda, Chrysler, Mazda and BMW, mostly from model years 2008 or earlier, Friedman told the news media in a conference call.

More than 14 million vehicles made by 11 automakers have been recalled worldwide since 2008 over concerns about Tanaka airbags, news reports said. At least five people have died in accidents linked to the airbags.

There is a propellant in the airbags that can lead them to explode when they activate in an accident, spraying metal debris into the car and possibly injuring the driver or passengers.

The agency did not expand a limited recall that was already in place for some Takata passenger-side airbags in some vehicles in humid regions of the country. The agency said they had a different design than the driver’s-side airbags and tests did not suggest a need to include them in the recall.

Residents of the Twin Tiers, if you believe you have been injured by a Takata airbag, contact me today for a free consultation.

Thanks for

Adam
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: agee@zifflaw.com

 

 

 

 

 


For Twin Tiers Parents, Plenty To Be Scared Of On Halloween, Says NY and PA Injury Lawyer

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Children love Halloween. There are costumes, candy, parties, black cats, scary stories and more candy.

It’s often fun for parents, too, because some get to dress up and take their kids trick-or-treating, or stay home and hand out treats to the little monsters.

But there are plenty of safety concerns for parents, too.

01249606.interactive.aWill my children be safe crossing streets while gathering their treats?

Can they walk and climb stairs safely in their costumes?

Is the candy they are receiving safe?

But one question many parents never think to ask is: Are the people answering the next door sex offenders?

New York parents can check their Halloween route for sex offenders in homes here. In Pennsylvania, go here.

Informed parents make for safe children on Halloween.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some great tips on its website, including these pointers about other dangers along the trick-or-treat trail:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • toddler-girls-minion-costumeRemember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

You can find more tips here:

Safekids.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Safety Council

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Adam
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: agee@zifflaw.com


Corning Hospital Needs To Change Its Culture, Not Its Address!

new-corning-hospitalYou will see many smiles and handshakes in the news in the coming weeks as Guthrie prepares to cut the ribbon on its new, state-of-the-art Guthrie Corning Hospital in East Corning, just off Interstate 86 at the west end of state Route 352.

There is an open house from noon to 3 p.m. June 29 and the hospital opens on July 12.

But after after all the back-slapping and cheering is over, this is the reality facing patients:

The beautiful new building and the latest, greatest technology don’t mean anything if the quality of care administered by the doctors and nurses doesn’t improve.

In the many medical malpractice cases we have handled against the Corning Hospital and the Guthrie system, the cases have never been about inadequate facilities or equipment. They have been about miscommunication, no communication, overworked staff, under staffing, mistakes, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, failure to investigate, failure to diagnose, failure to supervise, and failure to use common sense.

A new address and a new building won’t do anything to change the problems that lead to patients being injured by the facility they trust to care for them.

At the Ziff Law Firm, we will be watching carefully for new signs of better care and communication at the new hospital.  In the meantime, we will continue to hold the hospital and its staff responsible when their mistakes injure and kill people.  It is only when they are held responsible for their mistakes that change will occur.

Unless there is a change of culture at the new Guthrie Corning Hospital, the only thing they will be changing is the location.

Thanks for reading,

Adam
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: agee@zifflaw.com

 

 

 


NY Toughens Regulations On Boats And Other Watercraft, Hopes To Curb Invasive Species

H39DawnLeftRunSpread2Gal-634x390Boaters and operators of other watercraft in New York State — including the Finger Lakes, of course — are now required to clean and drain their vessels before hitting the water to help stop the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this month adopted regulations requiring owners to remove visible plant and animal matter from boats, canoes and any other motorized or paddled vessel, before reaching the water. All watercraft owners are also required to clean trailers.

logo_sah-vert-200pxDEC Commissioner Joe Martens said boats and boat trailers can spread invasive species, a threat to our ecosystem.

Before launching, boaters are asked to inspect and remove all mud, plants and other organic material, and drain the bilge.

The state has a great step-by-step inspection process here. The steps are check, clean, drain, dry and disinfect.

You can read the new regulations here.

You can learn more about aquatic invasive species in New York State here.

Read some basic questions and answers about aquatic invasive species here to learn more.

Here is the first question and answer:

Q: What is an aquatic invasive species?

A: According to New York State Environmental Conservation Law, an invasive species is a species that is not native to an ecosystem and causes or is likely to cause significant economic or environmental harm, or harm human health. In reality, the species rarely have any human health implications, but do have the potential to outcompete native species and grow or reproduce to nuisance proportions in a body of water. In certain cases, these species may be native to the U.S. or another section of NY, but are not native to the entire state. White perch and alewife are an example of two fish species that are native to the marine and coastal region of NY, but have become problematic when introduced to inland waters. In other cases, invasive species may be introduced from other regions of the world.

Thanks for reading, and remember to check, clean, drain, dry and disinfect!

Thanks for reading,

Adam
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: agee@zifflaw.com

 

 


Nominate A Hometown Hero To Honor This Summer At Dunn Field

Hero logoThe Ziff Law Firm is teaming up with the Elmira Pioneers again this summer to honor a Hometown Hero of the Game for each Pioneers home game from nominations provided by Twin Tiers residents.

Anyone who gives back to their community through their work, actions or volunteer efforts is eligible to become a Hometown Hero.

Those selected by the Ziff Law Firm as Hometown Heroes – and up to seven of their family members and friends – will be guests of the law firm at a Pioneers game at Dunn Field, where they will be seated in a specially designated box. The Hometown Hero will be recognized during the game by the public-address announcer. The Ziff Law Firm first recognized Hometown Heroes during the 2012 season.

To nominate a Hometown Hero:
Online form is here.
Email: hero@zifflaw.com
Mail: 303 William St., Elmira, NY 14901
Call: (607) 733-8866 or (800) 943-3529

The Elmira Pioneers play in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, a summer league with 10 teams from across New York State. The Pioneers’ season begins June 5 in Watertown against the Rams and the first home game is 7 p.m. June 6 against the Amsterdam Mohawks at Dunn Field. The Pioneers have 24 home games in the regular season, which concludes July 30.

Dunn Field will also host the league’s All-Star Game on July 15.

Dunnfield1bigThe Ziff Law Firm looks forward to turning the spotlight on people making a difference in our community, said attorney Adam Gee of the Ziff Law Firm.

“Service to your community, whether through one’s occupation or volunteer work, is as American as baseball and apple pie, so we can’t imagine a better way to thank our Hometown Heroes,” Gee said. “The Ziff Law Firm feels privileged to sponsor this program and looks forward to meeting our heroes and sharing their stories.”

The Pioneers’ owners recently announced they are replacing the stadium’s old box seats and installing a new sound system, among other improvements, in time for opening day.

“Part of my dream with the purchase of the Elmira Pioneers was to give back to the community I was born and raised in,” said Don Lewis, co-owner of the Pioneers. “We are proud for our second year as owners to partner with the Ziff Law Firm in hosting the Hometown Heroes program at Historic Dunn Field.”

The Ziff Law Firm has saluted military veterans with its Veteran of the Game honor at each Elmira Jackals hockey game for the last five seasons at First Arena. In that time, more than 200 veterans have been applauded by Jackals fans for their service to our country.

“Through our Veterans of the Game program with the Elmira Jackals, we have been so pleased to meet and honor local veterans and give them the recognition they deserve,” Gee said. “But veterans are not the only people in the community worthy of recognition.

“There are everyday heroes in our midst, and these are the folks we’ll be recognizing this summer,” he said. “Our Hometown Heroes could be police officers or firefighters or other emergency workers, or they could be people doing other good work in the community.”

Thanks for reading, and please help us recognize the great folks in our community this summer!

Jim
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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 


GPS-Related Accident Points To Another Overlooked Distraction For Drivers, Says NY and PA Injury Lawyer

iStock_GPSSometimes, we rely too much on our technology.

Just ask Jacob W. Ash of Spencer, W.Va.

According to a news report, Jacob was driving through Bradford County, PA, on May 22, following his GPS directions on state Route 2025 in Wyalusing Township – right into the Susquehanna River.

State Police said Jacob, who was treated for minor injuries at Towanda Memorial Hospital, was following his GPS, which did not tell him that the road ended at the river.

Jacob swam to shore and had to wait several hours for Laceyville Fire/Boat Rescue to help him.

Modern electronics are wonderful time savers and make life easier, but we can’t blindly follow them off a cliff like lemmings or, in this case, into the river. We still have to keep our eyes and ears open, and use our common sense.

At times, they are just another distraction for drivers. Jacob was lucky he didn’t hurt anyone else, or suffer a more serious or fatal injury.

A lesson for everyone who drives — the GPS is NOT always right, and be sure to pull over and park before you check your GPS!

Read more stories about GPS dangers here and here.

Thanks for reading,

Adam
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: agee@zifflaw.com