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Suspected Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Manhattan nursing home: DOH

September 16, 2022

Ronald J. Katter was recently interviewed for a story on PIX11 News at 6 pm about an alleged Legionnaires disease outbreak at Amsterdam Nursing Home. Two people died, although it was unclear if they died of the disease. He urged those living at or near the nursing home experiencing flu-like symptoms to get tested.

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Experienced Legionnaires’ Disease Attorney Says Residents of Manhattan Nursing Home and the Surrounding Community Who Experience Flu-Like Symptoms Should Be Tested for Legionnaires’ Disease

September 16, 2022

NEW YORK, NY — Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm is urging residents of the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Manhattan and members of the surrounding community who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to be tested for Legionnaires’ disease after two people died, possibly from the disease.

On September 14, two residents died after the disease was found at the nursing home, according to the New York State Department of Health. Although both residents were infected with Legionnaires’ disease, the agency could not confirm if that contributed to their deaths.

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Experienced Construction Accident Attorney Calls on New York State to Launch Construction Fatality Database

July 19, 2022
NEW YORK, NY — Last year, a state law went into effect to establish a public database to report worker fatalities at construction sites. However, despite the high number of worker deaths in New York, often at the same work site, there is still no construction site fatality database. Ronald J. Katter, of The Katter Law Firm, says it is imperative that the state set up the database, as soon as possible. To read more, click here.

New York Personal Injury Attorney Tells Highbridge Residents to be on the Lookout for Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease

May 24, 2022

Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm is urging people in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx to watch for symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease in the wake of a recent outbreak in the area. He also urges those who believe they may have the illness to seek medical attention immediately.

Since May 9, four people residing within the 10452 and 10456 ZIP codes have contracted Legionnaires’ disease. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported. The New York City Health Department is currently investigating these cases and testing and sampling water from all cooling towers within the affected area.
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Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Comments on Settlement with Families of Victims of Florida Condominium Collapse

May 12, 2022

Ronald J. Katter, of The Katter Law Firm, says the lawsuit settlement proposal announced yesterday for last year’s deadly Florida condominium collapse should be approved because it is both fair and efficient.
In the early morning hours of June 24, 2021, Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, collapsed, killing 98 people and destroying 136 apartments. The surviving victims, families of those who were killed, and the unit owners filed more than 20 lawsuits against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association and the developer of Eighty Seven Park project, the building next door.

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Ronald J. Katter to be Installed President of Jewish Lawyers Guild

November 24, 2021

Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm has announced that he will be sworn in as President of the Jewish Lawyers Guild by the Hon. Barbara Kapnick, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, on December 1.

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Ronald Katter Appears on BronxNet’s “OPEN” to Discuss Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Harlem

November 3, 2021

Ronald Katter of The Katter Law Firm was a guest on the BronxNet TV show “OPEN” to talk about the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Harlem and a Notice of Claim that he filed against the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, on behalf of a Harlem resident who contracted the disease from one of the cooling towers at Harlem Hospital.

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Harlem Resident, Who Was Sickened during Harlem Hospital’s August 2021 Legionnaires’ Outbreak, Files First Legal Claim Against NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation

October 21, 2021

Ronald J. Katter, of The Katter Law Firm, who successfully represented more than two dozen people with related injuries in the Bronx 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, has announced that he has filed a Notice of Claim against the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation on behalf of a Harlem resident who contracted Legionnaires’ disease this past August. Analysis by the New York City Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory found that the outbreak originated from Harlem Hospital’s cooling towers.

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Ronald Katter Says Property Owners Can Be Held Liable for Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Central Harlem

August 25, 2021

Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm is urging people in central Harlem who tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease to learn their legal rights to compensation from the property owners who failed to properly maintain the cooling towers on top of their buildings.

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New York Post: ‘Sick’ of Mold at DOE

October 6, 2018

Ronald J. Katter represented a kindergarten teacher at a Brooklyn elementary school who claimed she became sick after breathing in toxic mold inside a trailer. He filed a lawsuit on her behalf against the New York City Department of Education for failing to provide a safe work environment for his client.

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Nineteen More Plaintiffs Come Forward against South Bronx Hotel That Was Found to be the Source of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

April 13, 2016

Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm has announced that he has filed a complaint at the New York State Supreme Court in Bronx County on behalf of 19 additional plaintiffs who contracted Legionnaires’ disease from the cooling towers at The Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx. The plaintiffs consist of eleven survivors, five of their spouses and the estates of three people who died from contracting the disease.

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New York Post: Legionnaires’ Vic Sues BX. Hotel Where it Started

August 25, 2015

Leslie Noble, 54, hasn’t been able to work since late July when he contracted the potentially deadly disease, according to his lawyer, Ronald Katter, who filed a civil complaint in Bronx Supreme Court on Friday.

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Newsday: First Lawsuit Filed for a Legionnaires’ Victim

August 25, 2015

Personal injury attorney Ron Katter said he filed a case in Bronx Supreme Court on Thursday — the same day officials declared the outbreak over — on behalf of Leslie Noble, 56, a security guard who lives on Southern Boulevard in the borough.

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DNAinfo: Security Guard Sues Opera House Hotel Over Legionnaires’ Outbreak

August 25, 2015

Leslie Noble, a 54-year-old security guard who lives near 153rd Street and Melrose Avenue, filed a suit on Friday against the Opera House Hotel after becoming sick with the disease this summer and spending a week in the hospital, according to his lawyer Ronald Katter.

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stuff.co.nz: Man Sues New York Hotel Named as Source of Legionnaires’ Outbreak

August 24, 2015

Leslie Noble’s lawsuit against the Opera House Hotel in the Bronx said its “negligence, carelessness and recklessness” caused him physical pain and mental anguish. The lawsuit by Noble, a 54-year-old security guard, was filed last week and seeks unspecified damages.

Noble’s attorney, Ronald Katter, said he is still recuperating from his illness, which had him hospitalized for five days, and it’s unclear what kind of long-term effect it might have on his health.

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Winnipeg Free Press: Man Sues New York Hotel That was Named as Source of Deadly Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

August 24, 2015

Leslie Noble’s lawsuit against the Opera House Hotel in the Bronx said its “negligence, carelessness and recklessness” caused him physical pain and mental anguish. The lawsuit by Noble, a 54-year-old security guard, was filed last week and seeks unspecified damages.

Noble’s attorney, Ronald Katter, said he is still recuperating from his illness, which had him hospitalized for five days, and it’s unclear what kind of long-term effect it might have on his health.

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CTV: Man Sues NYC Hotel Named as Source of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

August 24, 2015

Leslie Noble’s lawsuit against the Opera House Hotel in the Bronx said its “negligence, carelessness and recklessness” caused him physical pain and mental anguish. The lawsuit by Noble, a 54-year-old security guard, was filed last week and seeks unspecified damages.

Noble’s attorney, Ronald Katter, said he is still recuperating from his illness, which had him hospitalized for five days, and it’s unclear what kind of long-term effect it might have on his health.

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CBS: Man Sues Opera House Hotel in the Bronx After Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease

August 24, 2015

Leslie Noble’s attorney, Ronald Katter, said he is still recuperating from his illness, which had him hospitalized for five days, and it’s unclear what kind of long-term effect it might have on his health. As WCBS 880’s Maria Diamond reported, Katter noted that Noble suffered from a severe form of pneumonia.

“That takes its toll on someone, so he certainly wasn’t able to work for that time,” Katter said. “Having to suffer an illness that was totally unexpected and preventable certainly makes him an unexpected and unhappy victim of this circumstance.”

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amNY: Lawsuit Against the Opera House Hotel, Source of Legionnaires’ Outbreak Filed; More to Come

August 24, 2015

Personal injury attorney Ron Katter said he filed a case in Bronx Supreme Court on Aug. 20 — the same day city officials declared the outbreak over — on behalf of Leslie Noble, 56, a security guard who lives on Southern Boulevard in the borough.

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Outbreak News Today: Legionnaires’ Victim Sues the Opera House Hotel for Negligence

August 24, 2015

Attorneys for a 54-year-old man, who contracted the bacterial infection, Legionnaires’ disease, have filed a complaint in New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County against the Opera House Hotel and Empire Hotel Group, LLC. Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm made the announcement today on behalf of Leslie Noble, a previously healthy security guard.

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Negligence Complaint Filed against South Bronx Hotel That Was Found to be the Source of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

August 24, 2015

Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm has announced that he has filed a complaint in New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County, on behalf of Leslie Noble, a healthy 54-year-old man who contracted Legionnaires’ disease that came from cooling towers located on the rooftop of the Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx.

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New York Daily News: Fury at Grisly Goffin Botch

February 11, 2015

Ron Katter told the Daily News how the funeral for Nequia Webb-Davidson was botched. “When they attempted to place the casket into the grave, it jammed in a cockeyed manner,” he said. “The lid was not properly locked or sealed. In trying to force it into the grave, it opened. The remains were exposed to the outside and dirt and rocks got in.”

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New York Post: Kin Sue Over ‘Open’ Casket

February 11, 2015

Ronal Katter filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Nequia Webb-Davidson, who was murdered by her husband. Mr. Katter alleged the grave was too small, so whenever Ms. Webb-Davidson’s casket was lowered, the lid opened, and more dirt and debris rained in on the body.

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Daily Mail: Family of Murder Victim Sues Funeral Home After Casket Popped Open During Burial

February 9, 2015

The family attorney, Ron Katter, says the incident was evidence of incompetence and negligence for which both firms need to be held accountable. “It was a desecration of the remains,” Mr. Katter said. “The funeral home showed an incredible amount of disrespect not only for the deceased, but for her family, who had to witness this incompetence and negligence. It is tragic enough that the family continues to feel the anguish of their sudden loss but, worse, they still have to experience the horrors that occurred that day at the graveside service.”

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CBS: Family Sues Queens Funeral Home, NJ Cemetery Over Botched Burial of Murder Victim

February 6, 2015

Relatives of Nequia Webb-Davidson claim the Brooklyn native’s casket did not fit in the to-small grave and the lid opened as it was lowered into the plot, sending soil and stones onto the remains during her funeral last January.

“It was a desecration of the remains,” family attorney Ron Katter told 1010 WINS.

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Lawsuit to be Filed against Queens Funeral Home for Negligent Burial of Woman Who Was a Victim of Domestic Violence

January 23, 2015

Ronald J. Katter of The Katter Law Firm has announced that he has filed a complaint at New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, on behalf of the family of the late Nequia Webb-Davidson against J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, Inc. in Jamaica, New York and Rosehill Cemetery of Linden, New Jersey. In the complaint, the cemetery’s employees failed to dig out a grave large enough in which to lower the casket, which was severely damaged by their unsuccessful attempts during the burial.

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Ronald J. Katter Available to Speak on Manhattan Ferry Boat Crash

January 9, 2013

Ronald J. Katter, a personal injury attorney and Founder of The Katter Law Firm, is available to speak about legal issues surrounding the ferry boat crash that occurred at the South Street Seaport.

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