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Zwiebel and Fairbanks, LLP

72 Maiden LaneKingston, NY 12401-4508
Phones: 845-943-4583
877-ABCDLAW (222-3529) (Toll Free)
Fax: 845-338-6007
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Zwiebel and Fairbanks, LLP is a law firm that represents individuals and families who have sustained a serious or catastrophic injury.

When I first opened a law office in Kingston, New York in 1974 it was my hope to make a difference in people's lives. In the late 1970's it had became clear that reckless corporations, bad drivers, negligent doctors and overzealous prosecutors were a danger to the average person. So I began to represent people injured by those groups. Lawsuits for...

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Zwiebel and Fairbanks, LLP is a law firm that represents individuals and families who have sustained a serious or catastrophic injury.

When I first opened a law office in Kingston, New York in 1974 it was my hope to make a difference in people's lives. In the late 1970's it had became clear that reckless corporations, bad drivers, negligent doctors and overzealous prosecutors were a danger to the average person. So I began to represent people injured by those groups. Lawsuits for injuries caused by defective products, automobile negligence, malicious prosecutions and construction accidents were brought.

Then along came managed health care (HMO's), which is now the norm in the delivery of healthcare. HMO's were forcing doctors to focus more on profit than proper practice, too often causing more harm than good. By the mid-80's the corporate mentality had taken over the practice of medicine; making money had become more important then a patient's health and safety. We added people injured by medical malpractice to the list of those we would represent.

By the early 1990's we saw a trend in which government bureaucracies were invading people's lives. We began to represent families torn apart by too-quick-to-act social service departments and school, and government liability became a new area of our practice. We brought cases as far away as Texas, where we were able to reunite a family shattered for years by the combined efforts of a negligent psychologist, reckless school officials and a rigid Attorney General's office. Similar cases in New York and Pennsylvania all ended well. Families were reunited, criminal charges were dismissed and money damages were paid to the families.

Jonathan Fairbanks joined the firm in 1998. Jonathan had worked to protect all the people of New York as an organized crime prosecutor and as a Deputy New York City Fire Commissioner. Then in the private practice of law he obtained large settlements and verdicts on behalf of families and individuals who had suffered serious and catastrophic injuries. He had worked for a large firm but longed for a situation where clients could feel the comfort and security that exists when one attorney stays focused on their case.

Jonathan Fairbanks and I started our legal careers practicing criminal law. We still do. Our cases have ranged from driving while intoxicated to homicides. Together we have over half a century of experience doing criminal defense in state and federal courts. Of course, every accused and case is different but we understand both the common problems and unique demands of all defendants.

At Zwiebel and Fairbanks, we strive to make things right. We use a team approach. No case of serious or catastrophic injury is handled by just one of the four lawyers.Although each case has one consistent lead lawyer, litigation strategy and courtroom tactics are a shared responsibility. When a girl was burned by a stove I traveled to Texas and brought back evidence of a multi-decade corporate cover-up which allowed a defective product, a stove, to be distributed and used (Germond v. White Westinghouse, New York Law Journal). Jonathan did the final preparations and settled the case on the eve of trial using that evidence. When a mother of three was hospitalized with a fever and rash caused by a fatal and extremely painful drug reaction, Jonathan and I found doctors from Harvard Medical School to testify about the hospitals malpractice (See Halley, New York Jury Verdict Reporter).  We even had the chance to use photographic evidence obtained for one Brooklyn factory injury to prove negligence in another injury case at the very same factory (Fox v Domino Sugar, US District Court for the S. D of N. Y, Hamlin v. Domino Sugar, State Supreme Court, Kings County). It was teamwork that brought victory in each of these cases.

We are now in an era when the population of our nursing homes is rapidly expanding. Disregard for adequate and appropriate care and treatment of nursing home residents has unfortunately become all too common. So we are now litigating cases of nursing home abuse and neglect based on violations of the New York State Public Health Law 2803-e. Our families have a right to be safe and properly cared for. We are committed to be at the forefront of that struggle.

If you, a friend or a loved one have been injured by the wrongful acts of another, a government agency, a doctor, a hospital, a nursing home or by corporate negligence contact us. Why? Because we are THE RIGHT LAWYERS to help injured people and their families, and very proud of it.

Alan S. Zwiebel

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72 Maiden LaneKingston, NY 12401-4508
Office Hours
9-5 M-F
Phone
845-943-4583877-ABCDLAW (222-3529) (Toll Free)
Fax
845-338-6007
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