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About Joel Levine

Joel Levine is a personal injury lawyer & partner at Levine And Wiss, PLLC in New York.

EMAIL: jlevine@lawpllc.com

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PHONE: 516-747-3222

The Disturbing Truth About Work-Site Injuries
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The Disturbing Truth About Work-Site Injuries | Joel Levine

On-the-job injuries can create very real challenges in the lives of injured workers as well as the lives of their families. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 3 million nonfatal injuries occurred in the workplace in 2013. While this number is less than previous years, it is still far too high of a number. After all, everyone deserves to work in a facility that is safe for all of its employees.

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What You Need To Know About Suing For Wrongful Death In New York
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What You Need To Know About Suing For Wrongful Death In New York | Joel Levine

When victims’ families are left reeling from the financial and emotional impact of losing a member of the family, as in the case of crane engineer Ramadan Kurtaj, it may be time to consider a wrongful death lawsuit.

Most New Yorkers remember the horrific construction crane collapses that killed a total of nine people in 2008. The first, near the UN, killed four people. Two construction workers died in the second collapse, on East 91st Street.

 

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How The Statute of Limitations Affects Personal Injury Claims
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How The Statute of Limitations Affects Personal Injury Claims | Joel Levine

It is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible after you have been injured. In almost all cases, evidence begins to be spoiled or be altered almost immediately following an incident. This will help you preserve evidence and maintain your claim. The sooner your lawyer can get started working for you the better. After all, personal injury claims are time sensitive in the eyes of the law.

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Information You’ll Need For A Motor Vehicle Case
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Information You’ll Need For A Motor Vehicle Case | Joel Levine

When you have been involved in a car or truck accident, it is imperative that you begin working to protect your rights as soon as possible. Contacting a reputable car accident attorney can help you secure compensation. There are certain things your personal injury attorney will need to know in order to proceed with the claim.

  • When the accident took place.

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Why You Need A Personal Injury Attorney for a Worker’s Compensation Claim
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Why You Need A Personal Injury Attorney for a Worker’s Compensation Claim | Joel Levine

On-the-job injuries can cause real life challenges for injured workers. Many of these workers rely on workers’ compensation to cover medical expenses associated with their injuries. However, it might not be enough to cover all of the expenses. That’s when you need a reputable personal injury attorney to secure the kind of compensation that your injuries actually warrant. Below are five things a personal injury attorney can do for you.

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How To Use A Police Report In A Personal Injury Claim
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How To Use A Police Report In A Personal Injury Claim | Joel Levine

It is no surprise that the number of car accidents increase in the cold winter months. Car accidents can be very stressful for everyone involved; especially if the car accident caused injuries. However, it is imperative to stay level headed in this situation. One of the most important things to do when you are involved in an accident is obtaining a police report.

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What Constitutes A Medical Malpractice Case?
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What Constitutes A Medical Malpractice Case? | Joel Levine

In some situations, medical problems are genuinely complicated and may be extremely difficult to diagnose or treat. In other situations, there are red flags that suggest you or a loved one received substandard medical care. Some people cannot make the distinction between these two things because they don’t know what constitutes a medical malpractice case. You could have a potential medical malpractice case on your hands if you can prove that a medical professional’s negligence resulted in an injury.

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Snow Storms and Black Ice and Slush, Oh My!
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Snow Storms and Black Ice and Slush, Oh My! | Joel Levine

One thing is certain this winter: snow storms. Each and every year, New York feels the brunt of storms that make its way up the East Coast. Driving in this type of winter weather is less than ideal, to put it lightly. Since we can’t control the weather, learning to drive safely in these conditions is a must. Below are some tips that will help you do just that. Before the Storm

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If Your New Years Resolution Requires Remodeling, Beware of Injuries
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If Your New Years Resolution Requires Remodeling, Beware of Injuries | Joel Levine

It’s that time of year again–time to make resolutions! It is no secret that most people do not stick to their initial plan. Nonetheless, there are those who take new years resolutions to heart. A lot of businesses vow to spruce up the office with a remodeling project. Of course, this is good for construction companies. However, it may not be so good for the construction workers themselves.

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Suing Intoxicated Drivers
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Suing Intoxicated Drivers | Joel Levine

Another young life was cut short by drunk driving on November 9th.

25-year-old Ismelda Rodriguez was riding in the passenger seat of a Toyota Corolla owned and driven by Daniel Moreira, 27, when it struck another car on the Long Island Expressway. Ms. Rodriguez was declared dead at the scene, while Moreira was taken to the hospital where he was found to have been driving while intoxicated. The crash took place at 3:45 am.

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​Have A Safe New Years Eve!
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Have A Safe New Years Eve! | Joel Levine

Happy New Years Eve from all of us at Levine and Wiss. As you know, New Years Eve is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Law enforcement officials will be out on the highway tonight to catch drunk drivers in their tracks. This is not how we want your night to end. Below are some tips to keep you safe and sound on this New Years Eve. Drink Responsibly

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​Who Is At Fault for Winter Slip and Fall Accidents?
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​Who Is At Fault for Winter Slip and Fall Accidents? | Joel Levine

If you are from New York, you know how brutal the winter can be. From snowstorms to frozen walkways, we’ve seen it all. If you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, who gets held responsible? When it come to slip-and-fall cases, proving negligence of property owner is key. If you have been injured on the property of another and the condition of the property was a factor to that injury,

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Don’t Drink and Drive This Holiday Season
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Don’t Drink and Drive This Holiday Season | Joel Levine

People celebrate the holidays in different ways. One of the most common ways to celebrate is with an alcoholic beverage. Unfortunately, this is how a holiday celebration can lead to a car accident. The best way to prevent Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is to not drink and drive. If you do drink:

  • limit the amount of alcohol you consume
  • ask the host of the party if you can stay over

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Winter Driving Tips
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Winter Driving Tips | Joel Levine

Winter in the Northeast is usually filled with snow and ice. As you can imagine, snow and ice make for dangerous driving conditions. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 116,800 people are injured each year due to snowy or icy roadways. Below are some driving safety tips to keep in mind this winter.

  • When driving on snowy or icy roads, decrease your speed.
  • Leave enough space between your car and the car in front of you.

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NYC Lowers Speed Limit to Reduce Pedestrian Deaths
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NYC Lowers Speed Limit to Reduce Pedestrian Deaths | Joel Levine

New York City is known for many things. Namely, it’s known for the hustle and bustle of the crowded streets. The unspoken rivalry between pedestrians and motor vehicles rages on. Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken a stand in this matter. In order to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths, the speed limit in New York City has been reduced from 30 to 25 miles per hour. Even though this seems like a small change, the safety implications of this law are significant.

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How Construction Workers Can Stay Safe This Winter
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How Construction Workers Can Stay Safe This Winter | Joel Levine

There is no denying that the  construction industry is a dangerous one. Since most of the work is done outside, winter weather in the Tri-State Area only complicates things even more. Below are some tips that can keep construction workers out of harm’s way.

  •  Educate employees about the symptoms of illnesses that can be caused by cold weather. Seek medical attention, if necessary.

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Tragedy on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge
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Tragedy on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge | Joel Levine

Tragedy struck on the Verrazano Narrows bridge recently when a construction worker was fatally injured in an accident. 61-year old Alex Shell was working near the bridge’s administrative offices on October 29 when a construction vehicle traveling in reverse struck him and ran him over. According to witnesses, Shell was attempting to get out of the way of the truck when the driver made an abrupt turn, striking Shell. It is thought that Shell may have inadvertently stepped into a blind spot in the driver’s view.

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Legal Consequences of Winter Motorcycle Accidents
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Legal Consequences of Winter Motorcycle Accidents | Joel Levine

Some people are under the assumption that once December rears its head, motorcyclists turn in for the season. However, this is not always the case. Some motorcyclists brave the cold temperatures and weather conditions to get from place to place. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident this winter, proving negligence is key for securing compensation. Certain actions may be considered negligent, including:

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Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers
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Once December hits, holiday shoppers flood malls and department stores in pursuit of the best holiday gifts. With a lot of people in a close proximity to one another, accidents are bound to happen. Below are some tips that will help you get through your next shopping trip unscathed.

  • Most people shop at night after they are done with work. Shopping during the day can help you avoid the crowds.

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Increased Risk for Slip and Fall Accidents on Black Friday
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Each Black Friday, stores are filled to the brim with eager shoppers. This can only mean one thing: an increased risk for slip and fall accidents. Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident? If so, you might have a slip and fall claim on your hands. Some people shy away from filing a claim because they don’t know how to determine fault. That’s where we come in. First and foremost, you must prove that your actions did not cause the slip and fall accident. Once you have done that, you must determine who or what attributed to the accident.

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Don’t Drink and Drive on Thanksgiving Eve
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Tonight is Thanksgiving Eve. It is one of the biggest nights of the year for alcohol consumption. To no surprise, it is also the cause of many DWI accidents across Long Island. It is up there with New Years Eve and St. Patrick’s Day. If you plan on going out to a bar tonight, don’t drink and drive. Keep in mind that law enforcement officials will be patrolling all the major highways and roads for drunk drivers. In some hot spots, there will also be plenty of DWI check points.

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How Medical Malpractice Can Lead to Wrongful Death
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The recent death of actress and comedian Joan Rivers has brought the issues of medical malpractice and wrongful death into the public eye. Rivers’ daughter,  Melissa Rivers plans to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in regards to her mother’s death. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 due to a routine throat procedure. The autopsy revealed that the cause of death was a lack of oxygen. Clearly, this is an instance where substandard medical care led to wrongful death.

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What To Do If Your Are Involved in a Slip and Fall Accident
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Slip and fall accidents can be the cause of very serious injuries. At Levine and Wiss, we understand that accidents happen. However, if the property owner fails to maintain a safe environment, you could have a personal injury claim on your hands.

Slip and Fall Accident Can Be Caused By:

  • Snow or ice
  • Spilled liquids
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Frayed carpeting
To get proper compensation for your injuries, we will help you prove that the property owner’s negligence of the property has made it an unsafe environment.

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Injured Construction Workers: Know Your Rights
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It is no secret that the construction industry is a dangerous one. Each year, countless construction workers are injured. Some of these workers do nothing about it because they are unaware of their rights. If you have been involved in a construction site accident, there are a few things you should know. First, you should file a claim as soon as possible. This is due to the fact that personal injury claims are time sensitive. It is also a good idea to file the claim while the details of exactly what happened are fresh in your mind. The sooner you file the claim, the better.

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What the #X Campaign Means for Texting and Driving
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There is no denying that teens and adults alike are not just texting while driving, they are also checking their favorite social media apps. Ironically, social media is taking a proactive approach to put an ending to texting while driving.

Case in point: the#X campaign. This campaign is spreading like wildfire on social media; but some people simply do not know what it means. If you text “#X” to a friend before you get behind the wheel, they know that you are driving and therefore won’t text you. It is not an end to the text conversation altogether; it just pauses the conversation while you are driving. This campaign is geared toward teens who feel social pressure to text back immediately. Hopefully, the #X campaign allows teens to get to their destination safely.

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How to Be Prepared in the Case of a Motorcycle Accident
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If you have ever been involved in a motorcycle accident, you know how scary and stressful it can be. Motorcyclists should be prepared and know what to do if an accident happens. Below are some things motorcyclists and passengers should be mindful of. Tips for Motorcyclists Motorcyclists can soften the blow of an accident by practicing safe riding techniques, such as wearing a helmet and proper biker attire. Always ride the motorcycle with caution. In addition to riding defensively, make sure you have insurance that is conducive for motorcycle accidents.

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What is the Difference Between Worker’s Compensation and a Personal Injury Claim?
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If you were injured on the job, would you know what to do? You can file a workers’ compensation claim. However, some people do not know what worker’s compensation is and what it covers. Many people do not know that a worker’s compensation claim is different from a personal injury claim. The biggest difference between these two claims is determining fault. In a personal injury claim, determining fault is a must. A good example of this is a slip and fall claim. If you slipped and fell at work, you would need to prove that another person’s negligence led to the  fall.

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Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!
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Today is Halloween! Children all over the country have been looking forward to this day and it’s finally here. Just don’t let all the excitement and sugar go straight to your head. After all, Halloween is one of the deadliest holidays of the year. Did you know that children have a greater chance of being injured by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year? Below are some tips on how to stay safe on the spookiest night of the year.

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