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Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, PC

Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, PC

Over the past 35 years, the trial lawyers and appellate advocates of Silberstein, Awad & Miklos have built one of New York’s leading personal injury firms on the trust that the people—jurors —will always get it right. “If we were to sum up our approach to the practice of law, it might be, ‘Let the people decide,’” says partner Joseph Awad. “Our clients’ lawsuits share the safety concerns of our juries, and much of the success we’ve found in our practice has stemmed from our ability to show jurors the community’s interest in our clients’ causes.”

Indeed, Silberstein, Awad & Miklos has successfully prosecuted thousands of serious personal injury and medical malpractice cases, recovering more than $1 billion for its clients, including many record setting verdicts. The firm has also appeared before appellate courts more than 100 times to argue matters of law. “One of the questions that is sometimes asked about these cases is what good will the money do,” says partner Joseph Miklos. “And it’s very rewarding to be able to point to the countless examples of people who suffered malpractice or other negligent wrongdoing, but now, as a result of the  compensation we secured for their injuries, live fuller lives than they once thought possible.”

Experience Counts
Silberstein, Awad & Miklos handles the full range of medical malpractice, construction accident, and personal injury matters; and it is this breadth of experience that truly sets the firm apart from others in New York. “Experience counts,” observes Awad, who was recently voted as Long Island Pulse magazine’s top personal injury attorney. “I can’t think of a medical malpractice or personal injury claim that we haven’t encountered over the years, and that provides our present and future clients with a solid foundation for success on each new matter.”

Given their credibility in the legal and medical communities, Awad and Miklos are consistently AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®—the organization’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards—as well as listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. The law firm is also ranked Tier 1 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in New York City for plaintiffs’ medical malpractice law and personal injury litigation—a ranking that reflects the comprehensive expertise of the firm’s team, which in addition to accomplished trial attorneys includes an attorney-nurse, an attorney-pharmacist, an inhouse board certified physician, and a registered nurse.

“We know who to talk to, where to find the answers, and what steps are necessary for success,” Miklos says of this group. “Not only do we have access to some of the finest medical minds to evaluate personal injury and medical malpractice cases, but we also work with experts in economics, engineering, and vocational rehabilitation.”

Challenging the Status Quo
With its four-decades-long experience in medical malpractice, Silberstein, Awad & Miklos has served as a staunch advocate for improvements in medical care, helping to improve quality control in hospitals. “When hospitals minimize the importance of patient safety, the consequences can be fatal,” Awad says. “Statistics bear that out. Statistics confirm that many hospitals lack not only the safeguards for preventing medical errors, but also the mechanisms for reporting and addressing mistakes when they happen. We hope our jury verdicts, which reveal medical errors, prevent future patients from being harmed.”

A recent study published by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine highlighted how shortcomings in tracking medical errors can hinder research on the issue. Even more troubling, the study estimated that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors—a number that would make medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s official list.

“Careless practices impact everyone’s safety,” Miklos notes. “By requiring entities to defend their negligent conduct and make critical improvements, our clients’ cases have become part of a tradition in which private lawsuits brought by individual citizens have improved the safety and quality of life of the community.”

Driving Change
Though they are now leaders in their field, Awad and Miklos both come from unassuming beginnings (Awad grew up in a bluecollar family and Miklos hails from the South Bronx). And these backgrounds have inspired them to give back to their profession and community.

Awad, for example, previously served as a governor of the American Association for Justice, a president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the New York State Governor’s Medical Liability Task Force. Miklos, meanwhile, is a past president of NYSTLA’s Long Island Affiliate and serves on its Board of Directors. Their firm’s community efforts include promoting jury service and voter registration, sponsoring after school programs for children, and providing pro bono legal seminars in neighborhoods throughout the area.


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