Monthly Archives: June 2016

Senior Partner Jordan Ziegler Discusses Repetitive Strain Injury On Podcast

Jordan A. Ziegler, Senior Partner

Senior Partner Jordan Ziegler recently appeared on RSI Help, a podcast which shares news and information about repetitive strain injury. We have discussed this topic on this blog several times. In addition to listening to the podcast, you can also find out more information by reading these posts:

We also have a section on our firm’s website dedicated to providing you with information about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a common repetitive strain injury. In addition, Deborah Quilter maintains a site with helpful information at

You can listen to the podcast here:

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Congratulations to Partner Matthew Funk, New President Elect of NYSTLA

On June 14, Partner Matthew Funk was formally installed as President Elect of the New York Association of Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyers (NYSTLA). Mr. Funk handles workers compensation cases for Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano.

In addition to his new role with NYSTLA, he is also Co-Chair of the NYSTLA Workers’ Compensation Committee and a member of the Legislative Committee, No-Fault Committee and Labor Law Committee. Since 1999, he has written for the NYSTLA Decisions program.

Matthew serves on the Executive Board of the Injured Workers Bar Association, participating in online round table discussions regarding the rights of injured workers. He is a Workers Compensation Committee member of the New York Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH). Matthew regularly lectures on workers’ compensation law to various labor organizations. Currently, he is actively engaged in extensive workers compensation litigation.

The mission of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, founded in 1953, is “To promote a safer and healthier society, to assure access to the civil justice system by those who are wrongfully injured and to advance representation of the public by ethical, well-trained lawyers.”

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Funk on his new role.


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Please Join the Fight to Pass Lavern’s Law

Lavern Wilkinson was a single mom with a severely handicapped daughter who died in March 2013 from a curable form of lung cancer.  She had gone to the Emergency room at Kings County Hospital in 2010 with a terrible cough.  The staff there performed an x-ray which showed a suspicious mass but she was never notified of this and was sent home.  When she returned back to the hospital 2 years later it was discovered that the cancer had spread and her condition was terminal.   When she tried to sue the hospital to ensure financial security for her disabled child she was advised that the current statute of limitations barred her from seeking damages against the hospital.  Tragically Lavern died in March 2013. 

Unfortunately Lavern is not alone. Lissy McMahon has stage 4 uterine cancer. In 2012, she was told that a uterine fibroid was benign.  In 2014, after the statute of limitations expired, she found out her initial doctors were negligent and she, in fact, had stage 4 uterine cancer.  Watch her explain in her own words what this means for her and her son Jack.

Please post on social media and/or Tweet this link out using #lavernslaw. Share this video, so that more people can hear Lissy’s story in her own words.  
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Lissy’s story has been featured in Newsday, the New York Daily News and on Fox 5 News.  Our elected officials are also hearing the voices of people like Lavern Wilkinson, Jennifer Estrella and June Dreifuss in the press.
Lavern’s Law – A.285A (Weinstein)/S.6596 (DeFrancisco) – would allow these families to seek justice.  
The Assembly passed the bill last year and there are 38 co-sponsors in the 63 member State Senate.  We are hopeful that since the majority of the Senate supports the bill  – which the Governor supports as well – it will be brought to a vote.
Please reach out to your Senator and Assemblymember and urge them to support bringing the bill to a vote.

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