The Mounting Risks of Beauty
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“Whether you speak Spanish or English, Elise speaks the law.”
Senior partner Richard Langsam has many years of experience advising businesses of every size. Richard is responsible for providing a full range of commercial, practical legal advice to help his clients operate and flourish. Richard also applies his extensive transactional expertise assisting clients in the sale or expansion of their businesses via merger, acquisition, or recapitalization. The following is a representative sample of recent transactions he has worked on:
This subspecialty of law addresses workplace accidents occurring at construction sites. These cases, typically brought pursuant to the New York State Labor Law, allow workers involved in building demolition, construction and/or renovation to recover for personal injuries sustained as a result of the failure of the owner and/or general contractor to provide a safe place to work. Many of these cases result in a worker’s future inability to work. This may consist of the failure to provide adequate and proper scaffolding, ladders and protective equipment. These cases may be brought as third party actions in addition to an employee filing a workers compensation claim. We are currently litigating cases involving workers who have been injured by materials falling from heights, falls from ladders and scaffolds, and trips and falls from construction debris.
This area of law involves the failures on the part of hospitals, doctors, dentists or other health professionals to properly diagnose and treat medical and dental conditions, including obstetrical malpractice resulting in injuries at birth; pediatric malpractice; surgical malpractice, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer, failure to properly render emergency room treatment; failure to properly perform cosmetic surgery; podiatric malpractice and failure to properly diagnose and treat dental problems. Some of the cases we are currently litigating in this area include a doctor’s failure to diagnose lung cancer in a 54 year old man resulting in his death; a hospital’s failure to render appropriate medical care for a stab wound resulting in infection and corrective surgeries; a doctor’s improper prescription of Viagra to a cardiac patient causing his death; a hospital’s failure to properly treat a 25 year old patient resulting in her death; a hospital’s failure to properly perform a catheterization resulting in permanent nerve damage; a podiatrist’s failure to properly perform a bunionectomy resulting in permanent impairment; a dentist’s failure to properly diagnose an abscess resulting in permanent injuries; a dentist’s failure to properly perform a tooth extraction resulting in perforation of the patient’s sinus.
This subset of personal injury holds municipal entities, such as the City of New York, the New York City Transit Authority, New York City Housing Authority, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the Department of Education, liable for their negligence. These cases require the filing of a Notice of Claim within limited time periods as a condition precedent to commencing a lawsuit. We are currently involved in numerous lawsuits concerning municipal liability, which include a case against the Department of Education for its negligence in allowing a 14 year old student to be severely beaten by other students while on school property, resulting in brain injuries; the New York City Transit Authority for defective doors on the subway resulting in crushing leg injuries to an exiting passenger; New York City Police Department for police brutality.
This burgeoning area of the law has become particularly relevant with the growth of nursing home facilities in response to our aging population. It involves a nursing home’s failure to provide an acceptable standard of care to its patients, resulting in injuries which may range from debilitating bed sores to amputation of limbs and even death. We are presently handling a case which involves a nursing home’s failure to properly diagnose the onset of gangrene in a diabetic 75 year old man, resulting in the amputation of both legs.
This area of law involves a breach of a landlord or owner’s duty to its tenants and/or visitors to provide safe premises. This extends to cases involving defective sidewalks and interior stairs, deficient lighting, the failure to clean up spills and debris, or the failure to properly remove snow and ice. We are currently litigating a cases where a pedestrian was caused to trip and fall on an exterior carpet in front of a hotel, which was not properly affixed to the sidewalk area; a tenant was caused to trip and fall due to a cracked interior step and a broken handrail, and a visitor to an apartment building was caused to slip and fall on a freshly mopped floor without any warnings as to its condition.
This area of law involves injuries sustained as a result of products which have been improperly designed or manufactured, or contain inadequate warnings concerning their use or side effects. These products may consist of machinery used at a workplace which is improperly guarded, consumer products which do not contain adequate warnings regarding use or drug warnings which do not properly inform of the risks associated with the drug. We are currently involved in litigation against a drug manufacturer for failing to properly warn of the side effects of an anti-malarial drug resulting in cognitive brain injury to a 16 year old boy.
This area of personal injury law involves negligence on behalf of motorists for injuries sustained by other motorists, bicyclists and/or pedestrians who are struck by motor vehicles. We are currently litigating a case where a bicyclist was injured when the operator of a motor vehicle parked his car and negligently opened his door without looking, slamming into the bicyclist. We also have successfully represented pedestrians who were struck by vehicles (including pedestrians struck by bicyclists), and persons injured in multiple vehicle collisions.
This area of law generally involves the wrongful exposure to chemicals and substances by the offending party, resulting in injuries and illnesses. We currently represent children who have been exposed to lead poisoning as a result of peeling lead paint in their apartments, tenants who have been exposed to mold as a result of neglected apartment leaks, and persons exposed to dry cleaning chemicals. We are also presently litigating a case against the United States government on behalf of American soldiers who were exposed to depleted uranium while serving in the United States military in Iraq.
Richard has spent many years assisting clients in the acquisition and sale of their businesses. He has counseled clients in such diverse areas as the sale of a regional chain of jewelry stores, the purchase of a vacuum sealed connector business, the sale of a chemical manufacturing business and the purchase of a martial arts studio.
This subspecialty of law addresses accidents that occur during the course of a person’s employment. A personal injury case for negligence against the offending parties may be brought in addition to an employee filing a workers compensation claim, and are known as third party lawsuits. Compensation in the personal injury lawsuit includes pain and suffering for the injuries sustained, which is not recoverable in workers compensation claims. We are currently handling cases which involve a telephone worker’s trip and fall in an office due to frayed carpeting, a delivery worker’s fall from a defective loading dock, and an ambulance driver’s slip and fall resulting from a building owner’s negligence in failing to properly clear snow and ice from the building’s premises.