Nominate A Veteran: Ziff Law Firm Will Again Salute Military Veterans During Elmira Jackals Games

Scott Swanson was a Veteran of the Game last season. The Army veteran served three tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea and Kosovo.

Scott Swanson of Elmira was a Veteran of the Game last season. The Army veteran served three tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea and Kosovo.

The Ziff Law Firm will soon begin its sixth season of honoring Twin Tiers military veterans during Elmira Jackals home games, and is seeking nominations for the 2014-2015 ECHL hockey season at First Arena in Elmira.

The Ziff Law Firm is very proud to sponsor this opportunity for veterans to be publicly thanked for their service. We can’t imagine more deserving recipients of our thanks.

Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the Veteran of the Game program by clicking here, or by contacting Annette Viselli Thorne at [email protected] or 607-733-8866, ext. 218.

One veteran is honored at each regular-season home game.

See the Jackals’ schedule here.

Clyde Lahnum, a Navy and Coast Guard veteran, was honored last season.

Clyde Lahnum of Horseheads, a Navy and Coast Guard veteran, was honored last season.

Those selected receive four free tickets to a game. During the game, the public-address announcer introduces the veteran and reads a short biography of their military service, and then Jackals fans salute the veteran with a big cheer.

“The veterans who are honored say it is a night they will remember forever, and we hope to create more great memories this season for Twin Tiers veterans and their families,” said Annette Viselli Thorne of the Ziff Law Firm.

Opening night for the Jackals is Oct. 17 against the Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena. The Jackals play 35 more regular-season home games before the season concludes in April.                     

More than 175 veterans have been honored by the Ziff Law Firm and Jackals fans in the last five seasons.

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

 


We’re No. 1! Ziff Law Firm Is AGAIN Voted Best Law Firm In The Twin Tiers!

 

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The readers of the Star-Gazette have again voted the Ziff Law Firm is the best law firm in the Twin Tiers.

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Jim Reed.

We are honored that, in a poll of 5,000 residents, the Ziff Law Firm was recognized as the best law firm in the region for the second year in a row in the Elmira Star-Gazette’s “Best of the Twin Tiers” Awards, which were announced Thursday.

We are gratified that our hometown newspaper’s readers selected our law firm, out of all the local law firms, as the best Elmira-area law firm.

As much as it is gratifying to have your fellow lawyers name us as the best (for example, Best Lawyers in America, NY SuperLawyers and many other awards), there is nothing more gratifying than having the local folks who know us so well call us the best.

The Ziff Law family prides itself on being a hard-working, dedicated part of the local community, so it means the world to us when our friends and neighbors appreciate us. We have always said our professional reputation is our single most important asset, and we strive every day to uphold that reputation.

Thanks for your support and 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

Our Guest Blogger Has A Great Reminder About Small Children And The Dangers Of Low-Speed Runover Accidents!

I recently received a terrific email from a blog reader in Australia who shares my concern for the safety of people around moving vehicles.

Luise Manning’s mission is to protect children from slow-speed runover accidents, and it is a GREAT CAUSE that gets overlooked in all the other accident news here and abroad.

Children are seriously injured or killed every day when a parent or other loved one accidentally strikes a child while backing out or pulling away. We have all read about these tragedies and our hearts ache for the child or children lost AND the driver!

holdmyhandLuise has written a book, “Hold My Hand,” that you can learn more about here and has been the subject of a news story because of her Car Angel campaign.

Be sure to watch the video above to see what her mission is all about. You won’t forget it once you watch it.

Here is the guest blog post from Luise Manning:

 

5 Steps To Safely Reduce The Risk Of Low-Speed
Vehicle Runovers In Driveways And Parked Cars

1. Supervision is No. 1. Adults are responsible for the safety of young children in and around traffic. It will take many years for young children to make safe decisions independently when there are cars about. Actively supervise children whenever vehicles are known to be moving by holding children’s hands or keeping them close to keep them safe. Sometimes they may not want to hold hands; they want to be independent but often they are not aware of dangerous situations.

2. Know where children are before you move the car! Children are run over by vehicles going forward as well as backing up. Be aware of blind zones – they can occur in front of and behind a vehicle.Get in the habit of walking around the car, checking for children before you get in the driver’s side door in driveways or where cars are parked.

Know where your child is. Don’t assume that they are with another person; check before you go to be sure the child is safe.

If you are alone and a car needs to be moved, protect them by placing them in the car seat prior to moving a vehicle.

When you’re out, be alert and keep a lookout for small children as they often do not respond to warning signals or reverse lights.

A reversing camera or sensor may help you avoid incidents, but young children move quickly and you may not have time to stop.

3. Secure doors and gates! Young children are growing and learning every day – one minute they can’t do something and the next they can! Consider installing self-closing gates, doors and childproof locks on doors to prevent children from opening and accessing areas such as the driveway or garage unnoticed.

4. Create safe places to play away from the garage and driveway. A driveway is actually a small road. Fence off access to driveways, and wherever possible, ensure young children play in an area separated from the driveway. Explain to children why footpaths, roads and driveways are not safe places to play. Talk with children about safe places to play. Always check that doors and gates are closed and can’t be opened by children.

The car is not a play area; keep the doors locked when the vehicle is not in use to prevent children from entering the car. Avoid leaving them to play alone, especially around areas near parked or moving cars.

5.  Educate – Don’t wait for school; make some cool rules. Early education is the key to minimize the risk of dangers. While we can teach children about road safety and being careful around cars, parents and other caregivers need to be cautious about expecting a child under 10 years old to be safe consistently. Children get distracted and forget to watch for moving vehicles.

Have some family rules about driveway safety – Wave goodbye from behind a door, not on the driveway. Never let children run ahead of you.

Use simple catchphrases to help establish routines and habits. For example, say: “Stand next to the car,” or “Stay where you are,” or “Hold tight, keep me in sight” to encourage children to practice safe behavior.

Everyone needs to be involved! Praise children when they follow instructions, but lead by example to create lifelong habits. Talk with other adults in your child’s life about your family rules to reduce the risk of injury or death from low-speed accidents.

My thanks to Luise for writing this for our readers all over the world!

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

Plaintiff In Guthrie Corning Hospital Tainted Syringe Lawsuit Has Contracted Hepatitis C, Says NY and PA Medical Malpractice Attorney

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Attorney Adam Gee of the Ziff Law Firm, who represents nearly 80 Corning Hospital patients in a medical malpractice lawsuit who were potentially exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV when a nurse used the same syringe on multiple patients, has filed a new lawsuit on behalf of one of those patients who has now been diagnosed with hepatitis C.

The lawsuit was filed in Chemung County Supreme Court.

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Adam Gee

It can sometimes take a year or longer for diseases like hepatitis and HIV to result in a positive blood test. For the patient recently diagnosed, it was his one-year test that finally showed he had contracted hepatitis C, Adam said.

“This diagnosis should serve as a warning to all the Corning Hospital patients affected by the reuse of these single-use syringes: Don’t skip your tests, don’t think you aren’t at risk and don’t think this couldn’t happen to you. Get all of your testing done,” he said. “Guthrie has agreed to pay for the testing for a year, but also consider having additional testing done to make sure you and your family are safe.”

Guthrie Corning Hospital admitted that a registered nurse did not follow proper procedure when she used single-use saline syringes to flush multiple IV lines between Oct. 15, 2012, and Jan. 29, 2013. The single-use saline syringes are used to flush IV tubing before and after medication is administered.

The hospital said it mailed letters to 236 patients who were exposed to the contaminated syringes and urged them to be tested at regular intervals.

“For the last year, Guthrie doctors and nurses and administrative staff have been incorrectly telling the exposed patients how there is little risk they could become sick,” Adam said. “We knew that there was a significant risk that patients could become ill, as New York State health records show that there were three hepatitis C positive patients at Corning Hospital during the time the nurse was reusing the single-use syringes.

“The recent diagnosis that one of my clients contracted hepatitis C shows how real the risk is. Because of the malpractice committed by this nurse, hundreds of patients were potentially exposed to these deadly diseases.”

Guthrie Corning Hospital patients seeking more information on the lawsuit can email [email protected] or call Adam Gee at 800-943-3529.

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

 

 


State Route 13, One Of Our Most Dangerous Two-Lane Highways, Claims 7 More Lives In Horrific Crash

600px-NY-13.svgState Route 13, which runs about 150 miles from Horseheads in the Southern Tier to the Pulaski area in Oswego County, continues to be one of the most dangerous two-lane highways in the state.

On Wednesday night, it claimed its latest victims: seven people, including four children under 10 years old, in a crash northeast of Cortland near Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse.

Police said a runaway trailer hauling wrecked cars slammed into a minivan carrying two families, according to news reports. The only survivor was one of the fathers, who was in good condition Thursday night in a Syracuse hospital.

Witnesses said a truck was hauling the trailer down the highway at about 6 p.m. Wednesday when the hitch failed and the trailer struck the minivan.

Ken Stone, first assistant fire chief of Truxton, told The Associated Press that the van’s driver saw the trailer coming and drove off the road trying to avoid it.

“They tried to miss it, but he ran out of time,” he said. “All of a sudden, a trailer is coming at you and there’s no truck on it.

“Tore it right apart,” he said. “It was humbling, especially young kids. It tears you up.”

Killed were 26-year-old Teresa Bush and her two daughters, 4-year-old Alexis and Jasmine, 5; 21-year-old Lena Beckwith; Carino Vanorden, 24; Alyssa Mead, 7; and Tyler Mead, 4.

Shawn Mead, the father of the two Mead children, was transported to Upstate University Hospital, where he was in good condition, police said. Both families are from the Truxton area.

See WETM’s report here.

Route 13 from Horseheads to Cortland is the most heavily traveled stretch of the highway, especially for residents from the Twin Tiers.

There have been many recent accidents on Route 13 in the news, among them three during April:

  • A Pine City man, Edward B. Farmer, 50, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in the Town of Cayuta.
  • A Dryden man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in the town of Veteran.
  • A motorcyclist struck a tractor-trailer near Alpine Junction in Schuyler County, but police didn’t release details of the collision.

State Route 13 is a winding, well-traveled two-lane highway with plenty of blind curves and other hazards. I strongly recommend all motorists be vigilant and un-distracted — no cell phones or loud music or texting — while driving on the road. You need to be ready to react in an instant if something unexpected happens.

I travel Route 13 to Ithaca, Dryden and Cortland regularly myself.  I know how easy it is to become complacent on a road you know well.  Route 13 is an easy road to drive too fast on.  I highly recommend that you watch your speed, watch out for oncoming traffic, and expect the unexpected.  I promise to do the same

Thanks for reading, and please stay vigilant!

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: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Williamsport Couple Killed In Crash, Leaving Three Children Injured and Orphaned

A Williamsport couple were killed in a head-on car accident Friday afternoon in MIllerton in Bradford County, and their three children, who were in the back seat, were sent to area hospitals.

State police said the driver of the second vehicle crossed the center line and struck and killed the couple.

Killed were Ryan English, 35 years old, and his wife Karen English, 32. Police did not release the conditions of the three children but said they were taken to an area hospital.  Reports from social media indicate one child is now at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, where he is expected to stay for the next 3-6 weeks.  The other two children have been discharged and are with family.

State police and the county coroner told WETM-TV and the Star-Gazette that Ryan English was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on state Route 328 in Wells Township shortly before 5 p.m. Friday when a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Roegester Grays, 45, of Lawrenceville, crossed the center line and struck the English vehicle head-on.

Ryan and Karen English were pronounced dead at the scene.

Grays was transported to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Police did not comment on his condition.

All those involved in the accident were wearing seat belts or in child safety seats, police said.

Police also said they are unsure why Grays’ vehicle crossed the center line.

My heart breaks for the English family, the family of Ryan’s wife Karen, and for their three young boys going through this unimaginable tragedy.  I was proud to call Ryan a friend – he was the type of man all men should strive to emulate – an intelligent hard worker – a proud father and family man – aware of the importance of his community and country – outgoing and boisterous –  quick with a laugh and a smile.

Ryan, a native of Horseheads, NY, will be sadly missed by many, but by none more so than his three young sons.  I can’t begin to imagine what this family is going through.  Please keep them all in your thoughts.

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: [email protected]

 

 

 


When a Walk across the Street Becomes a Cause of Death: Examining the Pedestrian Accident on Broad Street in Waverly

The road was blocked off and a tent was put up after a pedestrian accident in Waverly. Photo courtesy of wetm-tv.com.

80-year-old Norma M. Ivester was always concerned about the traffic on her road. Often discussing it with her neighbor, Genevieve Babcock, Ms. Ivester even said, “The way some people drive, someone will get hit out here.” Ironically, Ms. Ivester died this week in a fatal pedestrian accident outside her home on Broad Street in Waverly.

On March 14, Ms. Ivester walked across the street to get her morning paper at Ted Clark’s Busy Market. At 8:17 a.m., on her way back across the street, she was hit by a passing car.

The incident has deeply affected many in Waverly. In a WETM-18 News story, resident Joe Carnrike said, “I’m thinking, why do things like this always happen to the nicest people?” Family and friends unanimously have named Ms. Ivester as “one of the nicest and [most] caring women they ever knew,” according to the article. Ms. Babcock described “a caring woman who couldn’t do enough for anybody,” and Ms. Ivester’s sister-in-law said simply, “She was a kind and loving person. She was a good neighbor and a good family member.”

So, what happened?  How could a short trip to get a newspaper turn into a death sentence for a woman described as “careful” and “always looking out for others”?

While the investigation of this particular case is ongoing, part of the accident may lie in Broad Street itself. The area is full of pedestrians, with shops ranging from office product stores to thrift shops to coffee houses. Broad Street also extends into a less populated area where the speed limit increases. For cars rushing to join highways like the nearby Southern Tier Expressway, speeding may seem inconsequential for a relatively small few blocks on Broad Street. With pedestrians and nearby New York State Bicycle Route 17, however, temptation can turn into tragedy.

Charges have not yet been filed in Ms. Babcock’s case and it is unclear if the driver of the 1997 Mercury that hit her was driving distracted or even speeding. What is clear, however, is that this story is representative of a larger, more dangerous trend: the lack of caution among drivers on Broad Street. Ms. Ivester’s own warning about drivers stands in grave poignancy, foreshadowing a death for a beloved community member.

Ms. Ivester’s sister-in-law said, “Everyday she went across the street for her paper, and this shouldn’t have happened to her.” Indeed, a trip to get a newspaper across the street should not be a cause of death. Stricter enforcements are needed to ensure safety on Broad Street.

Thanks, Christina

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Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, New York 14902-1338
[email protected]
Office: 607.733.8866
Toll-Free: 800.ZIFFLAW (943.3529)
Web:zifflaw.com
Blog: NYInjuryLawBlog.com

 


NY Accident Attorney Comments on Rising Rate of Teen Driving Deaths

According to USA Today, a recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that teen road deaths in the first 6 months of 2011 went up 11%, marking an increase for the first time in 8 years. 

Experts attribute this increase to two main factors:

1.)    The improving economy means that more drivers—including teens— are hitting the roads

2.)    The effect of graduated driver licensing programs, or GDLs, is leveling off

So, given these factors, what can be done to combat the rate of teen driving accidents? While a wide variety of factors go into safety, I was struck by a recent AAA study saying that the average parent spends less than 2 hours per week in the car with their teen while he or she is learning how to drive. Most of those hours include little practice in more difficult driving conditions, like inclement weather or darkness. 

While both teens and parents are incredibly busy, the importance of a teen having driving experience with a parent cannot be overstated. If parents spent more time in the car with their teens, the rate of teen driving deaths would be far more likely to decrease.

NBC Nightly News, the source that featured information about the AAA study, also showed footage of accidents avoided when a parent drove with their child.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. 16 teens per day die in car accidents, making a startling 6,000 deaths per year.  Parents can help decrease this number just by sitting in the front seat.

This experience is especially important when teens get behind the wheel by themselves. Teens are 50% more likely to crash in the first month of driving than at any other time. Parents should try to ride along with teens when possible—even after an official license is issued.

There are so many factors that go into dangers on the road. The best thing that parents can give a child when they hand over the keys is the gift of experience with a practiced, trusted driver. It could save your teen’s life.

Thanks, Christina

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Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, New York 14902-1338
[email protected]
Office: 607.733.8866
Toll-Free: 800.ZIFFLAW (943.3529)
Web:zifflaw.com
Blog: NYInjuryLawBlog.com


NY Attorney Comments on Startling Accident on Market Street

A car is visible inside a Market Street storefront in Corning on Tuesday morning.

A car crash took place in the Market Street storefront of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes this morning. Photo courtesy of the Elmira Star-Gazette.

As an accident attorney, I have become accustomed to seeing a wide range of accident scenes and scenarios. Today, however, I was nevertheless surprised to hear about a car crashing through a Market Street storefront.

86-year-old Rosario Miller crashed his car into the storefront of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. Luckily, neither the female passenger in the car nor the four employees working inside the office at the time were injured. Mr. Miller was taken to various local hospitals for treatment, and our thoughts and prayers are certainly with him.

What struck me most about this story- and, judging from the readers’ comments on the story in the Elmira Star-Gazette and the Corning Leader– was how such an accident can occur in a time and place when we least expect it. As trite and cliché as that sounds, 10:30 A.M. on Valentine’s Day on a popular street known for pedestrian traffic and quaint storefronts, is a startling reminder of the abrupt and shattering nature of accident scenes.

Hopefully, this story will serve as a reminder to stay alert both on the roads and while walking on sidewalks. Who knows? You could be strolling along Market Street, focusing simply on finding a card on Valentine’s Day, and an accident could occur right in front of you!

Hope everyone is having an enjoyable- and safe- Valentine’s Day!

 

Thanks, Christina

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Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, New York 14902-1338
[email protected]
Office: 607.733.8866
Toll-Free: 800.ZIFFLAW (943.3529)
Web:zifflaw.com
Blog: NYInjuryLawBlog.com


Pedestrian Safety Tips to Prevent what Elmira Police Chief Calls “Preventable Accidents”

Jim Reed wrote a blog post on Wednesday about two pedestrian accidents on Clemens Center Parkway in Elmira. His post underscores a message from Elmira Police Chief Michael Robertson who, in WETM TV coverage said, “These accidents are preventable. Every one of them is preventable. People need to take time to stop, look, and listen.”

While Jim’s post emphasized the importance of not driving distracted, what are measures that pedestrians can take to avoid accidents?

Here are some standard tips for pedestrians to avoid accidents:

  • Just like drivers, don’t walk or bike distracted! Talking on a cell phone will only distract you if cars come speeding toward you or if a traffic signal changes.
  • Take your time. I know this is easier said than done, but studies have shown that most pedestrian accidents occur simply because the pedestrian was in a hurry to cross the road. Taking your time and waiting until the road is absolutely clear could literally save your life.
  • Stay visible. If walking or biking at night, be sure to wear reflective gear.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic. Try to cross at crosswalks or marked walkways.
  • When walking on sidewalks, remember to watch out for cars backing out of driveways.
  • Always double check the road before crossing. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing a street to ensure they stop.  

Over 5,000 pedestrians die each year in the U.S. because they are hit by cars or bikes. Most of the victims are children, so the importance of sharing these simple tips with your kids and teaching them basic safety tips cannot be understated.

We have all seen pedestrians breaking traffic rules or putting themselves in dangerous positions on the roads. The recent pedestrian accidents on Clemens Center Parkway, however, show that many people drive distracted and it is important for both drivers and pedestrians to, in the words of Elmira Police Chief Michael Robertson, “stop, look, and listen.” Even though pedestrians have the right of way, you can never be too careful!

Thanks, Christina

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Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, New York 14902-1338
[email protected]
Office: 607.733.8866
Toll-Free: 800.ZIFFLAW (943.3529)
Web:zifflaw.com
Blog: NYInjuryLawBlog.com