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Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye Wins Hard-Fought Battle To Prove Premises Liability

Statue of justiceAfter five years of denials and ongoing litigation, the Law Firm of Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye is pleased to announce a hard-fought victory in the premises liability case of Lyonnel Saintume vs. Elizabeth Lamattina. It took a Nassau County Supreme Court jury less than 30 minutes to find the defendant 100% liable for an August 2013 accident occurring in the attic of her Glen Head, NY home. The settlement amount is still under negotiation. The Plaintiff’s team was led by Trial Counsel Allen Rosner, an experienced litigator with Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye who has earned distinction among the top 2.5% of lawyers on the Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” list and an esteemed place on the Top 40 Under 40 for the state of New York.

The Facts of the Case

Our client was a Haitian-born 55-year-old exterminator with 20 years of experience in his field. He was called out to the property of a retired kindergarten teacher who lived alone in a two-story colonial home for over 30 years. Though she admits she had never actually gone up into the attic during the lengthy amount of time she owned the property, she was confident enough as to the safety of the room to send our client up to look for bees. There were only beams for the contractor to walk across in the unfinished attic. He suddenly stepped on a five-foot section of rotted wood and plunged partially through the ceiling.

Defense Case Weak on Evidence

The Defense argued fiercely that we had “no evidence” to prove our version of events. They claimed the plaintiff simply lost his footing and fell between the beams, arguing that his testimony was “incredulous” and “inconsistent.” Though we had photos, they claimed the pictures showed nothing. The defense even went so far as to bring in a non-party witness from a painting company who initially testified he did not see any broken beams when he came to repair and paint the ceiling, but later confessed under cross-examination that he did not know whether there was damage in the attic or not.

Our Law Firm’s Tenacity and Knowledge of the Law Prevails

Mr. Rosner argued that the jury should think of this attic the same way they would any other part of the home. Would you claim ignorance if the kitchen ceiling caved in or the front stairs collapsed? Is it not the duty of a reasonable homeowner to periodically view these areas to assess the condition of these parts of the home? Certainly, prior to allowing another individual access to any part of your home, you would exercise due diligence in making sure there were no safety hazards they should be aware of, would you not?

As it turns out, the defense produced inconclusive photo-documentation and witnesses who had not been in the attic before or after the accident. What began as certainty that there could not have been rotten wood beams in the attic was finally revealed as one big “I don’t know” because the area had not been in use and had not been inspected for over 35 years.

The fact that the jury found the homeowner 100% responsible for the accident is a best-case-scenario outcome. At trial, we so effectively established that the condition of the attic should have been obvious to any responsible homeowner that the jury found the defendant unreasonable in sending the contractor up to the dangerous attic to find bees, and found our client was simply performing his job to the best of his ability.

If you or a loved one sustained an injury on another person’s property, do not hesitate to call Edelman, Krasin & Jaye for a free consultation to see what we can do for you.

EKJ Sponsors 3rd Annual Long Island CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk

This last weekend, EKJ was a proud Gold Sponsor of the 3rd Annual Long Island CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk. Held in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY, the event aimed to raise awareness and research funds for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a neuro-inflammatory disorder that causes excruciating pain and has no known cure. Participants joined together for 1k and 2.5K walks/rolls, as well as educational centers, patient support workshops, live entertainment, raffles and crafts for kids.














CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk Logo

RSD/CRPS is a rare disease that occurs when the nervous system and immune system malfunction in response to tissue trauma, such as after surgery, prolonged immobilization, or as a result of injury. Even mild traumas, such as bruises or needle insertions, have led to CRPS. People with CRPS suffer from intense pain that has been rated on the McGill Pain Index as equal to or exceeding cancer, childbirth or amputation. Treatments for this horrible disorder have so far proven to have very limited success, which is why Edelman, Krasin & Jaye was proud to join hundreds of other participants to help raise money to explore newer and better treatment options.

To learn more about CRPS/RSD and to see how you can help, click here.











Edelman, Krasin & Jaye File Lawsuit Over West Side Terrorist Attack Last Halloween

justice engraved on a courthouseLawrence Krasin of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has taken on the case of the bus matron who was severely injured when the special-needs vehicle she was driving was hit by an alleged terrorist last Halloween, near the West Side highway in New York City. Mr. Krasin was quoted in the New York Post recently regarding the Halloween Bike Path Attack.

Bus Matron Requires Major Surgery After West Side Terrorist Attack

The matron, Marierose Charles, has undergone surgery for broken right ribs, injuries to the lumbar spine, a collapsed lung, and a damaged right shoulder, Mr. Krasin told the Post.

Ms. Charles was driving a vehicle with two special-needs students in it when the alleged terrorist, Sayfullo Saipov, crashed into them at West and Chambers streets in lower Manhattan.

Saipov, a native of Uzbek, is alleged to have driven a rented Home Depot truck along the bike path adjacent to the West Side Highway for almost a mile before hitting the vehicle Ms. Charles was driving. He mowed down pedestrians along the way, killing 8 people.

Families of 7 of the people killed in the incident have already brought suits against the city.

The impact on Ms. Charles’s vehicle threw her on top on the students.

City at Fault, Terror Attack Lawsuit Claims

Ms. Charles’s suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court suit, notes that the city had not put up barricades that would have prevented vehicles from entering the bike lane.

The city began placing concrete barriers at the intersections in the bike path the day after the attack. There are more than 48 such intersections along the West Side Highway. These type of barricades will make such attacks impossible.

Call Edelman, Krasin & Jaye for Justice

The Halloween terrorist attack was an horrific incident, killing and wounding innocent pedestrians and motorists alike. Yet every vehicle and pedestrian accident is horrific to the people involved, causing injuries and deaths that often could easily have been prevented.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are highly experienced attorneys who will fight for justice if you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident.

Our initial consultation is free; we will discuss your case and what the next steps could be. Call 1-800-469-7429 for a free consultation with an experienced Long Island and New York City personal injury lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

  1. Marsh, Julia. “Bus matron hurt in NYC terror attack sues over injuries.” New York Post. August 9, 2018.
  2. Moore, Tina, Larry Celona, and Danika Fears. “8 killed as truck plows into pedestrians in downtown NYC terror attack.” New York Post. October 31, 2017.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye Wins $2 Million Settlement for Client with Workplace Injury

Construction workers working on scaffoldingEdelman, Krasin & Jaye is very pleased to announce a $2 million settlement for a client who seriously injured his left heel in a workplace accident.

The injury occurred on April 20, 2012, when the plaintiff was performing his usual employment duties in New York City. He was standing on an extension ladder, hanging a sign on the exterior of a sidewalk shed in front of 164 Ludlow Street in Lower Manhattan. The extension ladder suddenly and unexpectedly slid out from underneath him. As a result, he fell and fractured his left heel.

Challenging liability issues in scaffold fall case

The case was particularly challenging because the defendant intended to prove that the plaintiff alone caused his own injuries. The defendant had contacted 6 witnesses, all physicians, who would testify that the plaintiff stated he jumped off the sidewalk shed. The statement allegedly took place at the hospital.

Attorneys from Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, however, successfully argued that the ladder slipped out from underneath him, causing him to fall. As a result, the defendant violated labor law 240(1). We procured the appropriate experts and thoroughly prepared the case and plaintiff for trial.

Plaintiff recovers damages under NY’s “Scaffold Law”

New York Labor Law 240(1), which is informally known as the “Scaffold Law,” says that the responsibility for a fall from a height rests with the third party if the third party failed in their duty to provide appropriate or non-defective safety devices to guard against the risks of falling. The third party can be an owner or subcontractor.

New York workplace injury lawyers

Our dedicated attorneys believe that this $2 million victory is a significant win not only on behalf of our client, but also strengthens labor law and thus protects all hard-working New Yorkers who are hurt on a job.

Were you or a loved one injured on a construction site in New York City, Nassau County or Suffolk County? Worker’s compensation may not provide enough money to cover your medical bills and lost wages. At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we understand that each day brings new challenges that you may feel unprepared to meet. That’s where our experienced, knowledgeable attorneys come in — let us carry some of the burden for you. We have successfully represented clients just like you in situations just like yours. Remember, the law is on the side of injured workers!

All initial consultations about your case are free, with no obligation! To arrange a free case review, you can reach our Bronx and Long Island offices by calling 1.800.469.7429. Speak with an experienced New York workplace injury lawyer today.

Additional Labor Law §§ 240 Resources:

  2. NY Dept. of Labor, Construction Operations,

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye Wins Appeal for Client with Workplace Injury

Gavel and law booksEdelman, Krasin & Jaye is very pleased to announce a recent victory in the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department by securing summary judgment for a client who suffered workplace injuries on a construction site.

The Plaintiff was working on a renovation project when he fell and sustained injuries to his right foot while helping to transport a 600-pound, 14-foot-long steel I-beam down a staircase.

In July, a lower court had granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgement. The reversal of that decision means that the defendants must now come to the table and negotiate a fair settlement or go to trial on his very serious injuries. The plaintiff alleges that his fall was caused by the defective condition of the premises, including the presence of debris — such as chopped concrete, pieces of wire, and trim studs on the staircase — as well as inadequate lighting, and the lack of a handrail.

The suit claims a violation of Labor Law §§ 240(1) and 200 against PWI Construction, Inc., the general contractor for the project, the lessee of the premises for which the work was being performed (St. John), and the out-of-possession landlord of the premises (Rolex Realty Company LLC and Rolex Realty Company, Inc.).

Labor Law 240(1) At Issue; Worker Protection Strengthened

Labor Law 240(1) imposes absolute liability on owners and general contractors for the failure to provide workers with adequate safety devices to protect against gravity-related risks. In their application of this well-established statute, the appellate division determined liability against the defendants as a matter of law, leaving only the issue of damages to be determined, placing our client in an excellent position. The decision is especially noteworthy, as it involved a safety device that is not specifically enumerated in the statute.

The plaintiff was hurt on a staircase that had been permanent at one time, but was left in place during construction to allow for the movement of materials from one level to another. The beam was being moved by hand by the plaintiff and his co-worker. The plaintiff lost control over the beam, and lost his balance, which caused him to fall down the stairs, sustaining severe injuries.

The appellate division held that the plaintiff was entitled to summary judgment as to liability, as “the record establishes a failure [by the defendants] to provide plaintiff and his co-worker with devices offering adequate protection against the gravity-related risks of moving an extremely heavy object down a staircase, leading to the worker’s loss of control over the object’s descent and plaintiff’s injuries.”

This is a significant decision for labor law cases involving staircases, the movement of heavy items by hand, loss of control over the object being moved, or loss of balance. The decision strengthens our ability to hold owners and general contractors absolutely liable for the failure to protect their workers.

New York Workplace Injury Lawyers

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, a New York-based law firm, is pleased to announce this appellate court victory, not only on behalf of our client, but also, by setting a strong labor law precedent, for all hard-working New Yorkers who get hurt on the job.

For more information about our legal services, or to arrange a free case review, you can reach our Bronx and Long Island offices by calling 1.800.469.7429. Speak with an experienced NY construction accident lawyer today!

Additional Labor Law §§ 240 Resources:

  1. HeinOnline, New York’s Labor Law Section 240: Has It Been Narrowed or Expanded by the Courts beyond the Legislative Intent,
  2. Albany Law Review, Reforming New York Labor Law Section 240(1),

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye Supports Bellmore Lions Club Polar Express Holiday Party for Kids

Polar Express for kidsEvery year, the Bellmore Lions Club spearheads a day of giving and celebration for hundreds of young children, who are treated to sweets, gifts and tons of holiday fun. The Polar Express Holiday party, held last weekend at Brookside Junior High School, was a special opportunity for children to enjoy the magic of the season. The law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye was proud to lend a helping hand at this heartwarming event with donations for gifts and holiday Goody bags.

Along with dozens of dedicated volunteers, our attorneys embraced the chance to serve families in need within our local communities, and witness the pure joy on little one’s faces as they experience a winter wonderland with smiling elves, wonderful presents, and holiday-themed activities.

Lions Club Polar Express Party

The Bellmore Lions Club Polar Express for kids serves hundreds of children and their family members from our communities here in Nassau County. The party included arts and crafts activities, a face painting booth, stations brimming with sweets and candies, and holiday gifts for each child.

Everyone got to enjoy the angelic voices of Saw Mill’s Serenaders, who sang beautifully and got everyone into the holiday spirit! The party ended with a brief stop at a reading table, where the kids could take a home a free book to enjoy.

The event was a smashing success thanks to the hard work, dedication and generous donations from the Bellmore Lions Club and everyone who volunteered their time and service! A true combination of kindness, caring and service, the Polar Express Party highlights the importance of developing relationships with our local communities. Here at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we believe it is our responsibility to support initiatives that promote the health of the communities in which we live and serve.

Giving back to our community

Social responsibility and community service are ingrained in our firm’s workplace culture. We extend the same dedication to charitable giving as we do to providing superior legal representation to residents throughout Long Island and New York.

The entire staff here at EKJ thanks everyone who volunteered their time and efforts at the Bellmore Lions Club Polar Express party. We hope to see you next year!

Allen Rosner Selected As National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye PLLC is pleased to congratulate attorney Allen Rosner on being selected to join the elite group of National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. As a recipient of this prestigious honor, Mr. Rosner is recognized as belonging among the highest ranks of civil plaintiff and criminal defense lawyers under the age of 40 in New York State.

The National Trial Lawyers® organization extends membership invitations to only a small number of attorneys from each state “who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile.” The rigorous multi-stage selection process includes nominations from a candidate’s peers as well as extensive third-party research.

Allen Rosner recognized among the top personal injury attorneys in New York

Allen Rosner’s inclusion among The Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers is a truly distinguished accomplishment and a well-deserved honor. Honorees stand out for their knowledge, reputation, skill and career accomplishments within their age group.

Allen Rosner, trial counsel for EKJ, represents clients in a wide variety of complex legal claims, including mass tort and medical malpractice litigation, as well as lawsuits involving car accidents, negligence on the part of property owners leading to an injury (premises liability), lead poisoning and more. Mr. Rosner takes pride in his reputation for always going the extra mile for his clients, whether it’s working side by side with them during all stages of mediation or settlement negotiations, or tenaciously fighting for their rights in court before a judge and jury.

Special insight into commercial litigation

Mr. Rosner currently serves as President of the Business Networking International Apollo Chapter. Mr. Rosner’s specialized business knowledge — he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in Accounting — gives him a unique insight into commercial litigation as well as other business-related legal matters, such as breach of contract.

Mr. Rosner has been a dedicated participant in the Cardozo Law School Mentoring Program. As a representative to the Young Lawyers Section, he has also served on the Executive Board of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar.

Mr. Rosner is a 2011 cum laude graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York Litigator Law Journal.

Mr. Rosner’s other professional affiliations include the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association.

EKJ Announces 2nd Annual Long Island CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk

CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk LogoThe Law Office of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the Second Annual Long Island CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk benefiting the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA), to be held next Saturday, September 9th.

Bring your family and friends, wear comfortable walking shoes, and learn more about this little known, progressive disease and the families affected by it.

2nd Annual Long Island CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye hopes you will join us for the 2nd Annual Long Island CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk – a wonderful opportunity to meet others affected by Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). There will be speakers, educational materials, crafts for the whole family, and a BBQ!

Help promote public awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome while getting some exercise! Registration is available on the day of the walk, starting at 8AM.

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Location: Dogwood Field in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY (at the corner of Merrick Ave and Hempstead Turnpike)
Recommendations: Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets and portable chairs

About Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/CRPS

Complex regional pain syndrome is characterized by chronic pain (lasting more than six months), which usually affects one limb. While the cause of this disorder isn’t fully understood, it is believed that damage to the nervous system and peripheral nerves – which sometimes occurs during injury – is a contributing factor.

The main symptoms of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy include severe, constant pain that can range from a “pins and needles” feeling to a sharp, burning sensation. The pain can affect an entire leg or arm, and may even spread to another limb. People who suffer from CRPS may also experience blotchy skin, changes in skin temperature, or experience swelling of the afflicted limb, triggered by abnormal circulation in the area.

If not diagnosed and treated early, this disorder can progress rapidly, resulting in further complications such as tissue wasting (atrophy) and painful muscle contractures, where the hand or fingers remain in a fixed position.

CRPS also impacts the immune system, sparking higher than normal levels of inflammatory chemicals that cause swelling, warmth and redness common in many patients. CRPS is more common in women than men, and in individuals who have other inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.

The symptoms of CRPS can vary wildly in terms of their severity, with some people experiencing long-term disability. Additional research is needed to understand the underlying causes of this often-debilitating disease, how it progresses, and the best forms of early treatment.

For more information about the Second Annual Long Island CRPS/RSD Awareness Walk, go to: .

The entire legal team at EKJ thanks you all for your support of this very worthy cause.  We look forward to seeing you next weekend!

Additional Resources on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome:

  1. National Institute of Neurological Disorders, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Fact Sheet
  2. Mayo Clinic,

Team Up With EKJ To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims


Hurricane Harvey flyer

”There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.”

– Daisaku Ikeda


Less than five years ago, more than 95,000 buildings were destroyed in Nassau and Suffolk County during Hurricane Sandy. So, to us, the devastation and humanitarian crisis caused by last week’s Hurricane Harvey hit close to home in our hearts. We’ve seen the images and read the stories, but we know that compassion is not enough to rebuild lives. The law office of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has coordinated an effort with local places of worship and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston to deliver much-needed supplies to families displaced by floods and wind damage.

We’re donating the truck, but we need your help filling it!

We’ve paid for an 18-wheeler that will travel more than 1,700 miles to Houston, Texas. Now we need your help filling our truck with supplies!

Join our Hurricane Harvey aid effort by purchasing any of the much-needed items below. Please label what is in each bag, as we’ll have to compile a full list of supplies in our truck. Supplies will be collected from our office through Wednesday, September 6 and at Jewish worship centers through Thursday, September 7.

Items needed for Hurricane Harvey aid:

  • Bottled water
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Packing supplies
  • Work gloves
  • Cleaning supplies, including old towels
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Home improvement store gift cards

Where to drop off Hurricane Harvey aid in Long Island

Donation drop-off locations in the Long Island area include:

  • The Law Office of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye – 7001 Brush Hollow Road in Westbury (516-742-9200)
  • Temple Beth Torah – 35 Bagatelle Road in Melville (631-643-1200)
  • Temple of Judea Manhasset – 333 Searingtown Road in Manhasset (516-621-8049)
  • Congregation L’dor V’dor – 11 Temple Lane in Oyster Bay (516-470-1700)
  • Port Jewish Center – 20 Manorhaven Boulevard in Port Washington (516-944-7202)

Contact each location for drop-off times.

We’re donating our time and service – will you help?

We will be loading up the truck from Temple Beth Torah and Temple Judea on Thursday the 7th, with times to be determined. If you wish to help with this effort, please contact:

We hope to see you there!


E-Cigarette Liability Case Brought by Burn Victim in Late June

close up portrait of a man smoking an e-cigaretteAn Illinois couple recently filed a claim against e-cigarette battery manufacturer LG and two vape stores in their state, alleging product liability. LG makes a lithium-ion battery that exploded in the pants pocket of Scott Schroeck in mid-June, causing second and third degree burns. Mr. Schroeck and his wife Denise are charging both the manufacturer of the battery and the retailers, Rockin Vape and Tobacco Zone, with failure to give adequate warnings about the danger of exploding e-cigarettes. The stores are both located in Joliet, Illinois.

The claim states that Scott Schroeck’s burns have cost $200,000 in medical charges so far. Denise Schroeck alleges negative effects on the marriage from the injuries.

Batteries in e-cigarettes are flammable

The chemicals used in lithium ion batteries are known to be extremely flammable. They are safe if manufactured and processed correctly when placed in the device, and if the device is designed properly.

Unfortunately, however, manufacture, integration, and design is far from perfect. The batteries can short circuit or catch on fire as a result of “thermal runaway,” a chemical reaction that causes the battery to catch on fire. Both these accidents, in turn, can be caused by battery damage, too rapid recharge, extreme temperatures, the juxtaposition of other metal material, or using chargers from the aftermarket.

Scott Schroeck has indicated that he had two batteries in his pocket when one caught on fire.

Injuries from e-cig explosions and fires rising

The number of injuries from exploding e-cigarettes and their batteries has been rising for several years. In 2015, the American Burn Association noted several hundred injuries from e-cigarettes that year.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that the injury rate from exploding e-cigarettes is underreported. The agency believes that explosions may occur when no one is injured, and thus not inclined to report the incident. In addition, news reports cause the number of reports to rise, indicating a number not reported without the impetus of a recent similar event.

Another U.S. agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, indicates that more than 80 emergency events have been reported in the past four years from accidents related to lithium battery powered items. The events have ranged from unplanned landings to fires igniting in mid-flight.

The risks have caused some lithium powered devices, including e-cigarettes, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, and hover boards, to be banned or restricted by the FAA.

Last year, all forms of electronic smoking products were banned from flights and checked baggage by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA). These products include e-cigarettes and vape pens.

Do you need an attorney?

The increasingly clear dangers posed by e-cigarettes, vape pens, and lithium-powered batteries can no longer be ignored. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or died as a result of an accident caused by one of these products, attorneys from Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help. We are seasoned personal injury attorneys who will fight for justice. Compensation from a New York e-cigarette lawsuit can cover medical bills, lost wages, retraining, and emotional loss or harm.

Call us today for a free initial consultation at 1-800-469-7429. We can meet you in New York City or Long Island at your convenience.

Additional “e-cigarette burn injury” resources:

  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).