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About Howard Raphaelson

Howard A. Raphaelson is a personal injury attorney and partner at Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm P.C. in New York.
EMAIL: howard@rllawyers.com
BIO: About Howard
PHONE: 212-268-3222

Construction Worker Gets Justice
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Construction Worker Gets Justice | Howard Raphaelson

Raphaelson and Levine is proud to report that we have obtained a 4.5 MILLION DOLLAR RECOVERY for an injured construction worker. Our client was injured in the notorious 125th street building collapse. He fell nearly three stories when the building he was working on suddenly collapsed, propelling him to the ground. He was seriously injured, breaking multiple bones and requiring extensive surgeries to his foot and ankle. He was fortunate to be alive.

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Why We Are the Voice of the Injured
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Why We Are the Voice of the Injured | Howard Raphaelson

Raphaelson and Levine’s slogan represents the goals that we have always had for ourselves and the people we represent. The slogan is based on the core principles the firm was founded upon. Listen and Understand the Voice of our Injured Clients We always understand and appreciate the needs of our clients and the frustrations and difficulties that they encounter in all aspects of their lives after an accident.

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Justice for a Chef Robbed of His Passion
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Justice for a Chef Robbed of His Passion | Howard Raphaelson

Raphaelson and Levine recently represented a chef who was injured while working at Hofstra University. Our client tripped and fell over an exposed drain. This drain created an unsafe tripping hazard and exposed our client to a workplace hazard. Our firm brought suit against Hofstra, who in turn brought a lawsuit against multiple contractors who designed, installed and placed the drain. We worked closely with our engineering expert to establish that the drain was dangerous, violated applicable codes, and in fact was installed contrary to the drain manufacturer’s specifications.

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New York City Mass Transit Safety
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Sadly, the news has been flooded over the last year with tragic train accidents and bus accidents. In New York, millions of people every day rely on public transportation to get them back and forth to work, to visit their families and for every aspect of their lives. We take safety for granted and for that reason our train operators, bus operators and conductors must be trained and educated with the best technology and every resource available to insure the public’s safety.

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A Look Back at Our Summer Successes
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A Look Back at Our Summer Successes

As we begin the fall season, we’d like to take a look back at some of our summer success stories. We look back on each case and continue to develop new cutting edge strategies to best achieve compensation for our clients. A look back is often the best way to see ahead and achieve justice. A motor vehicle accident resulted in a $650,000 reward in Nassau County Supreme Court. The firm successfully litigated a claim for damages for a client who was injured in a car crash in Nassau County.

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Actonel Femure Fracture Side Effects
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Actonel (risedronate sodium) was approved in the United States in 1998 for the treatment of osteoporosis and Paget's disease. While most users are given the drug for many years, recent studies and adverse event reports suggest that long-term use of the drug may increase the risk of low-energy bone fractures, most commonly involving the thigh bone or femur.

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Ins and Outs of New York Insurance
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Ins and Outs of New York Insurance | Howard Raphaelson

When you go to get car insurance in New York, it can be difficult to understand what your options are, and you may not always get a full explanation on what type of car insurance you can get from the insurance company. Uninsured and Supplementary Underinsured (UIM/SUM) Provisions All New York automobile policies require uninsured and supplementary underinsured (UIM/SUM) provisions.

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Success for an Injured Elderly Woman
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Success for an Injured Elderly Woman | Howard Raphaelson

We’re happy to share a recent success story from one of our clients: Our client, an elderly woman from Brooklyn, fell in front of a bank due to a defective sidewalk. She sustained injuries to her ankle and both shoulders. The defendants in the case initially denied any wrongdoing. We sued them in court, and over the course of extensive litigation, we were able to prove that the defendants were negligent.

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3 Dead in Commuter NJ Transit Train Accident at Hoboken Station
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Today’s Train accident in Hoboken was a horrible tragedy and reports are that more than 100 people have been injured. There has also sadly been a report of three deaths. Our region has faced some very sad news in the last few weeks. Although we all understand that unfortunately accidents are not something that can be avoided and although sad are part of everyone’s life, a horrible accident like this morning’s train accident will affect many families and many people in our region.

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Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
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Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect | Howard Raphaelson

When admitting a loved one to a nursing home, we enter into a sacred trust with the facility and its caretakers. We fully expect that our loved ones will be properly cared for and always treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, negligence and outright abuse in nursing homes is far too common. Although many state and federal regulations have been established to protect nursing home residents, gross violations occur every single day, tragically compromising the health, well-being, and dignity of some of our society's most vulnerable members.

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What Is No Fault Insurance?
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What Is No Fault Insurance? | Howard Raphaelson

If you are riding a bike in New York and get in an accident with a motor vehicle you are entitled to no-fault insurance. No-fault insurance can pay up to $50,000 to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and certain out-of-pocket expenses. You must submit a no-fault application within 30 days of the accident to the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you to receive the no-fault insurance benefits.

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LI2day is Helping Make Great Strides!
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LI2day is Helping Make Great Strides! | Howard Raphaelson

Our run on Saturday, August 20, named in honor of Andrew Levine's mother and sponsored by the firm, was a huge success! A beautiful day was enjoyed by more than 650 people, which made it the largest attended 5K Charity Run in New York this year. What a great honor and privilege for the firm and the Levine family to be part of this great organization and to have this run named in the honor of Bonnie Levine. The LI2day is helping make great strides in the fight against breast cancer and in supporting individuals and families that are affected.

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Raphaelson & Levine’s Perseverance
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Raphaelson & Levine's Perseverance | Howard Raphaelson

Raphaelson & Levine’s perseverance pays off against the New York City Transit Authority. We recently represented a bus passenger who was injured when the bus struck an open car door of a parked vehicle. The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) stalled and delayed (as they are known to do) the case for eight years, the entire time denying fault for the accident.

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No-Fault Benefits: Know Your Rights
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No-Fault Benefits: Know Your Rights | Howard Raphaelson

Anytime someone in New York State is involved in a motor vehicle crash, they are entitled to no-fault benefits. This means, no matter who is at fault for the crash, hence the word "no-fault," the injured person can immediately receive $50,000 of medical benefits and lost wages (capped at $2,000 per month for wages).

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How Many Children Have to Die for a Furniture Company to Take Action?
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How Many Children Have to Die for a Furniture Company to Take Action? | Howard Raphaelson

Clearly if you are IKEA, the answer is 6 children, all under the age of 4, spanning a nearly 30-year period. The Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman said, "Enough is enough," and noted that the dressers in question are "inherently very dangerous and unstable products if children are around them."

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Raphaelson and Levine Lobbying in Albany
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Raphaelson and Levine Lobbying in Albany | Howard Raphaelson

Every law in New York is passed in our state capitol in Albany, and every year Raphaelson and Levine travel there to fight for the rights of accident victims. Unfortunately, there are many people and powerful industries that fight to limit accident victims' rights in New York. The toughest opponents to accident victims rights are greedy insurance companies that want to increase premiums, line their pockets with profits and not pay on claims.

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Alert: Brain Injuries and Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Parents’ Workplace Toxins
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Alert: Brain Injuries and Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Parents' Workplace Toxins | Howard Raphaelson

The cause of brain-injured babies may be linked to toxins in the workplace of the mother or father. In Long Island and throughout New York, female and male workers are being regularly exposed to toxins in manufacturing plants and in agricultural fields. Metals, toxins, pesticide sprays, and other materials that workers are in contact with either directly or indirectly enter the blood stream and may be the cause of brain injuries and heart defects found in newborn babies.

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Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation
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Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation | Howard Raphaelson

Raphaelson and Levine will now be assisting in the handling of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device litigation. We are currently focusing on inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, Xarelto, Invokana, and Talcum Powder. Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters (a type of vascular filter) were approved for use in 2003, but research has shown that the filters have been known to fracture or splinter over time causing severe medical conditions and even death.

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For 25 Years, We Have Been the Voice of the Injured
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For 25 Years, We Have Been the Voice of the Injured | Howard Raphaelson

For the last 25 years, Raphaelson and Levine has been known in the New York personal injury community as the Voice of the Injured. Raphaelson and Levine is a law firm founded on the principles of excellent legal representation, superior personal service, and commitment to utilizing the best resources available in our industry to ensure maximum compensation.

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Raphaelson and Levine Goes APP
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Raphaelson and Levine Goes APP | Howard Raphaelson

We are 24/7 for the people we represent and the New York personal injury community. DOWNLOAD OUR APP for your IPHONE or ANDROID and you will have all the resources you need if you are involved in an accident. You'll also have immediate access for any reason to Raphaelson and Levine. Our commitment to you and your family and friends, in all aspects of your lives, is unconditional and 24/7. When you need us, we are always there.

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When Justice is Denied, Raphaelson & Levine Try Again
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When Justice is Denied, Raphaelson & Levine Try Again | Howard Raphaelson

Judges make mistakes in deciding issues in personal injury cases. The litigants in personal injury cases, or "parties," sometimes make applications to the court called "motions" for various kinds of relief. Motions may seek documents or dismissal of the case. An application made to dismiss a case is called a "summary judgment motion." The aggressive attorneys at Raphaelson & Levine are equipped to turn any outcome into victory.

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NYC Police Vehicle Runs Over & Kills Teacher, Denies Responsibility
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NYC Police Vehicle Runs Over & Kills Teacher, Denies Responsibility | Howard Raphaelson

Raphaelson and Levine is aggressively litigating versus the New York Police Department on behalf of the family of a teacher who was tragically struck and killed by a police vehicle. The victim, Felix Coss, was innocently crossing the street in a marked crosswalk with the walk signal when an on-duty police officer recklessly turned her vehicle into the crosswalk. The police car hit Felix, causing him to fall backwards and strike his head. The beloved Brooklyn resident, admired and revered by his family, friends and neighbors, tragically died from his injuries.

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Raphaelson and Levine Will Return to Albany to Continue Lobbying for the Rights of the Injured
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Raphaelson and Levine Will Return to Albany to Continue Lobbying for the Rights of the Injured | Howard Raphaelson

The battle in Albany for the rights of the injured is ongoing. Every year Howard Raphaelson and Andrew Levine attend lobby day to ensure that our assemblymen from both parties are informed about new laws and ideas to help the injured and their families. This year, in their capacity as board of directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers association, Howard Raphaelson and Andrew levine will again make their annual visit. It is and honor and privilege to represent the rights of all New Yorkers who are suffering from, or will in the future suffer, pain as a result of an accident.

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Justice Shined Through the Rain in NY Supreme Court
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Justice Shined Through the Rain in NY Supreme Court | Howard Raphaelson

{Read in 2:50 minutes} On a dreary, rainy day in late February, beams of justice shone through. It was a joyous day for the family of a client represented by the firm. Background While attempting to cross the street, our client had been struck by a New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) bus. He sustained a leg fracture that, fortunately, did not require surgery. However, he was not only the victim of this significant collision; he was also a victim of false accusations that he was drunk and wildly stumbled into the bus.

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Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Coverage
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Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Coverage | Howard Raphaelson

New York State requires all owners of motor vehicles to carry bodily injury insurance. However, in NY, the minimum amount the law requires is only $25,000. In most cases we handle, $25,000 is not sufficient to compensate the injured party for his/her injuries. The injured party's only recourse is to obtain a judgment against the defendant and attempt to enforce that judgment. Unfortunately, that course of action is usually not beneficial to any of the parties involved--plaintiff or defendant--and it can take years to obtain a judgment that is, ultimately, uncollectible. Usually, individuals with assets don't have the state minimum $25,000 insurance coverage.

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Lessons Learned
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Lessons Learned | Howard Raphaelson

{Read in 4:05 minutes} The power of an excellent attorney-client relationship can never be understated. The following are just a few examples of how our clients work together with us in helping maximize the value of their own case. Case Study #1 Recently, at a client's deposition, the opposing attorney made every effort to be disarming, and the client seemed to fall into the trap of speaking in a conversational manner and offering more information that was being requested.

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Another Success Story
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Another Success Story | Howard Raphaelson

{Read in 1:55 minutes} We recently represented a NYC construction worker who was injured when he fell from a scaffold at a construction site. He sustained serious injuries, including a fractured arm and lacerations to multiple parts of his body. As a result, he was disabled and unable to work for over two years following the accident. The injured worker trusted his attorneys at Raphaelson and Levine to fully litigate the case in order to get the best possible result. The case settled on the eve of trial for $400,000.

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A Personal Success Story
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A Personal Success Story | Howard Raphaelson

{Read in 2:10 minutes} I recently had the privilege of representing a lovely woman, Pietra Vendra, who fell on a broken sidewalk several years ago. Over the ensuing years, I had gotten to know very well not only her but also her devoted husband and children. I knew of each surgery and truly empathized with how her injuries had kept her from being the wife and mother she had always been. That is what made her the most depressed about her limitations.

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