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What you need to know about airbag injuries

Often, when thinking about potential car accidents, people think of the injuries that might be caused by the other driver. But what about the injuries that you could sustain from parts of your own car? Airbag injuries are extremely common during car accidents, even though they are supposed to keep drivers safe. This is because some airbags are defective and may malfunction once deployed, and end up doing more harm than good to the driver. 

Research published by the American Medical Association found that “individuals using airbags and seat belts sustained facial injuries at a rate of 1 in 449, compared with a rate of 1 in 40 for individuals who did not use seat belts or airbags.” This shocking statistic proves that while airbags can save lives, they can also cause significant injuries to drivers’ heads and necks. 

Common airbag injuries

Some commonly-reported airbag injuries include:

  • Scrapes and lacerations to the arms, chest, face, and neck
  • Eye injuries
  • Bruising of arms, knees, and organs
  • Asthma attacks, coughing and throat irritations
  • Burns on the hands, arms, and chest

Serious airbag injuries

Some more severe injuries could include:

  • Spine fractures and sprains 
  • Fractured skull, ribs, facial bones, and wrists
  • Traumatic brain injuries including concussion and brain contusion
  • Lesions on the liver, spleen, heart, and lungs
  • Hearing loss and other trauma to the ear

Who is liable?

The key to winning an airbag injury claim is proving that the airbag was defective or that it was designed in a way that made it unreasonably dangerous, and the manufacturer did not give drivers adequate warning. The odds of winning a personal injury case simply because you were injured because of a deployed airbag are slim. Fault on the part of the airbag manufacturer, automobile manufacturer, or an auto inspector must be proven to win compensation. Your personal injury lawyer can help you build a case. 

Contact a New York Airbag Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured by a defective airbag, please consider reaching out to our team at Hach & Rose, LLP for help. Our team of defective product attorneys has over 100 combined years of experience dealing with product defects (including airbag injuries), and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our office at [phone number] to discuss your legal options today.


Gastric bypass surgery malpractice

Gastric bypass surgery is a commonly-performed, yet invasive operation that intends to assist obese individuals to achieve their weight loss goals. Over 200,000 gastric bypass operations are performed each year. Despite how common these operations are, surgeons still make mistakes that could jeopardize your health. Keep reading to learn more about the risks involved in gastric bypass surgery and the mistakes doctors can make. 

First, it must be acknowledged that simply because a patient experienced complications post-surgery does not mean that they have a reason to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. The patient must be able to prove that their doctor acted negligently or recklessly pre-surgery, during surgery, or post-surgery that a reasonable doctor under similar circumstances wouldn’t have done. It is often very difficult to prove these elements, so hiring an expert attorney to build your case will increase your chances of winning. 

Examples of gastric bypass surgery malpractice

  • Internal gastric fluid leakage
  • Hernias 
  • Internal stomach bleeding
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Bowel leakage at the operation site
  • Various infections such as abscesses, pneumonia, bladder infections, or sepsis

In addition to problems that could arise as a result of a botched surgery, patients may also experience the following, which would be a cause to file a suit. 

  • The surgeon failed to diagnose postoperative complications
  • The surgeon ignored a patient’s complaints of pain, which led to serious injury or death
  • The patient suffered an intra-abdominal hemorrhage
  • The surgeon failed to abide by proper sanitation procedures
  • The surgeon left a sponge, bandage, or another item inside the patient’s body
  • The surgeon failed to provide proper advice for postoperative care
  • The surgeon prescribed the incorrect medication
  • The surgeon failed to warn the patient that they were at high-risk for complications pre-surgery

Before you hire an attorney and file a suit, you should calculate how much money in damages you could recover if you prevail in the settlement. If the cost of hiring an attorney and navigating the legal process is more expensive than what monies you may win, then it might not be worth the added stress after the surgery. 

Contact a New York medical malpractice attorney

If you had gastric bypass surgery and were severely hurt due to a medical professional’s error or oversight, the New York surgical error lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, are here for you. Call [phone number] to speak to a knowledgeable attorney and learn how we may be able to help you.


Top ten most commonly violated OSHA standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, dictates certain workplace guidelines and standards that must be met by employers. Of course, employers break these rules and fall short of these standards constantly, which is why there are so many workplace accidents in America.

Each year, OSHA rounds up the standards that employers most commonly violated during the past fiscal year and publishes them. The 2019 list was published in Safety and Health Magazine.

Below is OSHA’s top 10 list, which remained basically unchanged from the 2018 list. Numbers 1, 3, 6, and 10 on the list apply specifically to construction sites, while the other items relate to employers in general.

  1. Fall Protection, Standard 1926.501
  2. Hazard Communication, Standard 1910.1200
  3. Scaffolding, Standard 1926.451
  4. Lockout /Tagout, Standard 1910.147
  5. Respiratory Protection, Standard 1910.134
  6. Ladders, Standard 1926.1053
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, Standard 1910.178
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements, Standard 1926.503
  9. Machine Guarding, Standard 1910.212
  10. Eye and Face Protection, Standard 1926.102

Time and again, employers violate the same OSHA standards, putting their employees at risk. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “There were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2018.” According to the report, construction was the third most-dangerous occupation, following agriculture, fishing, and hunting and mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.

Contact a New York City construction accident attorney

If you have been injured on the worksite because of your employer’s carelessness or reckless actions, know that you have a right to compensation. The construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are prepared to represent you and win you the compensation you deserve. We handle scaffolding accidents, crane collapses, unsafe worksite conditions, and more. In the past, we won $13,000,000 for a client who fell from a ladder and suffered a TBI. Let us handle your case so you can focus on your physical and emotional healing. Call our office at [phone number] to discuss your legal options today.


New York City subway accidents: What you should know

If you live in New York City, there’s a good chance you have taken the subway at least once, and an even better chance that you ride it every day to commute to work or social events. While the subway system is a vital part of our city’s infrastructure, it also can be dangerous, and people are severely injured or killed frequently in accidents involving the trains or on or near platforms. 

Common causes of subway accidents

A train doesn’t need to crash for a person to get injured. The expert New York City train injury lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, handle a range of train-related accident claims. Some common causes of accidents include:

  • Derailments and collisions when two trains are on the track
  • People falling off the platform onto the track
  • Slippery surfaces on the platforms
  • Inadequate safety measures in place (such as cameras) that allow assault, robbery, and other criminal activity in train stations
  • Electrocutions due to train malfunctions
  • Being struck by a train

Common subway accident injuries

Often, subway accidents will usually lead to injuries similar to what you may sustain in a car accident. The most common injuries reported after subway crashes are:

  • Neck and back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Electrocution
  • Ligament injuries

As stated earlier, subways don’t always need to crash to cause injury, as seen in the tragic case of a two-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a New York City subway in December. 

Contact a New York City train accident lawyer

If you have been injured in a subway accident, reach out to the experienced attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, to discuss your legal options today. Unlike car accidents, which have a statute of limitations of three years, subway accidents require you to file a claim on a much stricter timeline. An attorney can make sure you don’t miss any critical deadlines and miss out on compensation. Call our office at [phone number] today.


Maintenance tips every motorcycle owner needs to know

Making sure your bike is in its best condition will give you more peace of mind on the road and make accidents less likely. The seven most basic parts of your bike you need to check up on regularly are the oil, drive chain, tires, brakes, air filter, fuel, and battery. 

Oil 

When it comes to changing your motorcycle’s oil, the general rule of thumb is to change it every 3,700 miles or so, or about once a year. But depending on your driving habits and the environment in which you ride, you may need to change your oil more or less often. For example, if you drive on exceptionally dusty roads, the oil will break down quicker. 

Drive chain

The drive chain is responsible for transferring energy from the engine into the rear wheel. You should inspect the drive chain for wear and tear before each ride and clean it every 750-1000 miles. You always need to clean it before lubricating it, which should be done every 300-600 miles.  

Tires

Michelin recommends that you inspect your tires weekly for signs of wear and the depth of the treads. Look for cracking, punctures, low pressure, or a weird feeling in your tires when you ride your bike. These could all be signs that it’s time to change them. 

Brakes

To be sure that your brakes are in good working order, check the thickness of your brake pads before each ride. Check your manual to see how often to change the brake fluid, but it should be every one or two years. 

Air filter

To keep your engine running as smoothly and powerfully as possible, clean your air filter with compressed air regularly. Check it each time you change your oil and after a particularly dusty or muddy drive. 

Fuel

Similar to cleaning your air filter, cleaning a fuel filter regularly will keep your engine running at its optimal performance and prevent impurities from entering the engine. 

Battery

To get the longest life out of your battery, be sure to charge it to 100% when you’re not using it. Monitor the electrolyte level, and if it gets too low, add distilled water to it. 

Contact a New York motorcycle accident attorney

Were you hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Despite your best efforts to keep your motorcycle in proper working order, accidents can and do happen, particularly when other motorists are negligent. Call an experienced New York motorcycle attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss the compensation you could be owed. Call us at (212) 779-0057 for help right away.


Winter weather-related construction injuries

Construction workers perform some of the most physically demanding and dangerous jobs there are. Not only must they be on their feet all day, operate dangerous machinery, pour concrete, and lay bricks, but all their work is usually done outdoors. In the wintertime, especially in freezing regions like New York, the workers’ regular exposure to cold, wind, and rain could lead to serious health problems if they aren’t addressed in time. 

Common cold-weather injuries and illnesses

The Center for Construction Research and Training identified three of the most common health risks posed to construction workers during the colder months: 

  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Trench foot  

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Your body temperature dips below 95 degrees Fahrenheit (when it is usually 98.6), and if you go without emergency medical attention, it will lead to respiratory and heart failure. The signs of hypothermia include shivering, weak pulse, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and very weak pulse. 

Frostbite can occur when your skin is exposed to extreme cold for too long, leading to the freezing of your skin and inner tissues. It usually occurs on your fingertips, nose, and ears, and the mild cases can be treated by gradual warming. Severe frostbite causes permanent skin damage and must be treated by a medical professional. 

Trench foot is usually associated with the horrific wartime conditions of WWI but can occur anytime your feet are overexposed to wet, unsanitary, cold conditions. Your feet may become red, tingly, itchy, and numb. Trench foot can be prevented by wearing dry, warm socks and insulated waterproof boots. 

Safety guidelines to protect outdoor workers

  • Weather-appropriate clothing must be required for construction crews working in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Assign employees to work in pairs so they can look out for each other and spot warning signs
  • Provide breaks in a warm, sheltered area so workers can reheat their bodies and dry off their clothing and footwear
  • Try to schedule work for the warmest part of the day when possible

If you have been injured on the job in the winter, contact the New York construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP  at [phone number] right away.


What to know about New York crane accidents

Many New York City buildings couldn’t have been built without cranes, but while they are useful, they also pose a threat to construction workers and passersby. Crane accidents can injure and even kill people, and the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP know how to fight for their clients to receive the compensation they deserve. Keep reading to find out more about crane accidents and what to do if you were injured.

How common are crane accidents?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “from 2011 to 2017, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 297 total crane-related deaths, an average of 42 per year over this 7-year period.” While not all of these injuries occurred in New York, it is important to recognize the risks involved with cranes on construction sites. Most often, it is construction workers who are injured or killed as a result of crane accidents, but if a crane collapses, passersby could get injured, too.

How do crane accidents happen?

Crane accidents could be caused by a number of different factors. Sometimes, the crane operator acts recklessly or negligently, causing the machine to malfunction. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified these as the most common causes of crane accidents:

  • Boom or crane contact with energized power lines (nearly 45% of the cases)
  • Under the hook lifting device
  • Overturned cranes
  • Dropped loads
  • Boom collapse
  • Crushing by the counterweight

Who is liable?

Identifying who should be held liable for the crane accident depends on the nature of the incident. Oftentimes, accidents occur because of negligence in either setting up or operating the crane. Other times, the crane manufacturer could be held strictly liable if the crane operated with a defective part. In that case, you wouldn’t need to prove negligence, only that the crane did not operate as intended or there wasn’t an adequate warning that it may malfunction.

Contact a Crane Accident Attorney in New York City

If you or someone you love has been injured in a crane accident, contact the experienced lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling [phone number] for the aggressive and dedicated representation you deserve. We will fight to get you the compensation you need for your injuries.


Tips for winter commuting on a bicycle

If you live in New York City, sometimes it makes more sense to commute to work on a bicycle than on public transit. It’s fast, eco-friendly, and gives you a workout. According to nyc.gov, there are about 490,000 cycling trips made every day in the city.

But commuting on your bike during the winter can be challenging and sometimes dangerous. This article will give you some tips on how to stay safe and reduce your risk of getting into an accident while commuting.

  1. Try to ride on streets and trails that have already been snowplowed. In New York, there are 1,240 miles of bike lanes, and thanks to the metropolitan’s infrastructure, the streets get plowed regularly. Try to stay in the bike lanes when you can.
  2. Watch out for ice and salt on the roads. Both can cause your tires to skid, making you lose control and potentially steer into car traffic. Salt and snowplows sometimes create cracks in the pavement, so watch out for those as well.
  3. Practice defensive riding by making eye contact with car drivers and being prepared to adjust quickly for someone else’s bad driving.
  4. Designate one bike as your winter bike. Ice, snow, rain, salt, and frozen grit can damage bikes, so you don’t want your prized mountain bike exposed to those elements. Snag a cheap bicycle and add winter wheels, bright lights, and reflectors to it to make it winter-ready. Since it’s cheap and not your primary bicycle, making repairs and keeping it maintained will be easier.
  5. Pick the right tires. Fat, studded winter tires provide more traction in snow and ice and ride smoothly over bumps and cracks that skinny tires could get stuck in.
  6. Keep your bicycle clean and cold when you’re not using it. Store it in a backyard shed or lock it outside to keep it cold. Cold bikes are less likely to form ice on the brakes and gears.

Contact a New York bicycle accident lawyer

If you were hurt in a bike accident caused by a negligent driver, defective roadway, or another form of negligence, contact a New York bike accident lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP for help right away. Our team will be ready to stand up for you when you call (212) 779-0057 to discuss your case.


Bicycle maintenance tips every commuter needs to know

If you are one of the 48,800 daily bicycle commuters in New York City, you need to know how to maintain your bike so you can keep riding safely. If there are undetected problems with your brake pads or gears, your risk of getting into an accident increases if these parts malfunction. Take a look at the bicycle maintenance tips below to learn how to best care for your bike.

  1. The most basic rule of thumb when it comes to bicycle maintenance is keeping your bike clean. Riding through city streets can leave your bike covered in dirt, dust, grit, and other nasty debris that could corrode it. Cleaning your road bike about once a month will prolong its lifetime and make maintenance less of a hassle.
  2. Check your tire pressure before every ride. The tire pressure can change depending on the outside temperature, so especially during the colder months, you should test out your tires before going out.
  3. Check your brake pads for signs of wear and tear. If they scrape or stick when you brake, or if the grooves in the pads are worn out, it’s time to get new ones.
  4. Regularly clean and lubricate your drive chain to extend the life expectancy of your bike.
  5. Learn how to fix a flat inner tube. Riding on city streets exposes your tires to glass, nails, and other harmful debris that could puncture your tires. Chances are you won’t be able to repair your tire on the side of the road on your way to work, but every bicyclist needs to know how to fix a punctured tire.
  6. Keep your tires inflated even if you know you won’t be riding your bike for a couple of months or years. This will help prevent cracks in the side of the tires and keep you from having to pay for new ones.

Contact a New York bicycle accident lawyer

If you were involved in an accident, contact the New York bike accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our team of dedicated injury lawyers will do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at [phone number] to schedule your free consultation today.


Who is responsible if my child was injured at school?

During the school year, children spend about a third of their time at school or doing school-promoted activities. Parents should reasonably believe that their children will be safe in the hands of their teachers and school administrators. However, if a child is hurt while at school or at a school-related event, parents often wonder who should be held liable. 

Besides sustaining injuries on playground equipment, school children may also get injured by participating in school sports, being exposed to food-borne illnesses, or from the result of negligent teachers and administrators. It is estimated that a quarter of the 14 million child injuries that occur in the U.S. each year happen at school. 

Who is liable?

To determine who is liable for your child’s injury, first, you must find out whether the act was intentional or due to negligence. An intentional injury could be caused by an abusive teacher or fellow student, such as bullying. If a teacher intentionally caused harm to a student, then the school district would be held liable for not conducting a substantial background check and for hiring an irresponsible and harmful educator. If your child is being bullied, then the parents of the bully may be liable. 

A school is expected to provide a certain level of care and attention to its students, so if it fails to meet that standard, that could be considered an act of negligence, thus making the school itself liable. Examples of negligence at schools are:

  • Inadequate supervision by school staff, including teachers and administrators
  • Inappropriate food handling by cafeteria workers that led to foodborne illness
  • Inadequate emergency planning in the event of a natural disaster

Contact a New York child injury attorney

If your child was injured at school due to the negligence of teachers, administrators, or others, you could be eligible to seek justice and fair compensation for the harm they’ve suffered. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team will fight for you and your loved ones. Call our office at [phone number] to discuss your legal options today.


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