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Child Burn Injuries: What You Need to Know

Burn injuries are among the most physically excruciating kinds of injuries for people to endure. Most burn injuries are classified into one of three degrees:

  • First-Degree Burns — Superficial burns damaging only the epidermis or the outermost layer of skin. Sunburn is the most common example of a first-degree burn, and these involve mild pain but heal on their own in a few days.
  • Second-Degree Burns — Superficial partial-thickness burns damaging both the epidermis and the dermis, the layer of skin below the epidermis. Some second-degree burns cause blisters and scarring, and skin grafting is possible in some cases. Recovery can be several weeks.
  • Third-Degree Burns — Deep partial-thickness burns damaging sweat glands and underlying tissues. Third-degree burns always require skin grafting, and some can also involve surgery.

Additional less common degrees of burn injuries include:

  • Fourth-Degree Burns — extend into the fat
  • Fifth-Degree Burns — extend into the muscle
  • Sixth-Degree Burns — extend into the bone

 The American Burn Association (ABA) reported that 24 percent of all burn injuries involve children under 15 years of age. Unintentional fire or burn injuries were the third-leading cause of injury deaths for children 5 years of age to 9 years of age and the fifth-leading cause of injury deaths in the United States in 2015 for children 1 year of age to 4 years of age.

Stanford Children’s Health states that the majority of fires that kill or injure children are residential fires, and fires kill about 500 children 14 years of age and under every year. The leading cause of home fires and related injuries is home-cooking equipment, but the leading cause of residential fire-related death and injury among children 9 years of age and under is carelessness.

While many negligent parties claim that fires were not preventable and there was nothing they could have done to prevent injuries, this is rarely the case. With a proper investigation, there is often a wide assortment of evidence that can be used against negligent property owners, including lack of smoke detectors, failure to comply with fire codes, or faulty electrical wiring.

Contact a Child Burn Injuries Attorney in New York

If your child sustained severe burn injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in New York, do not wait to seek legal representation. Make sure you contact Hach & Rose, LLP as soon as possible.

Our firm is well aware of the significant pain and challenges burn injury victims face, and we can work to help your child recover as much as possible. Call (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.


Financial abuse of the elderly in nursing homes

Though most cases of financial abuse of the elderly occur within the family, sometimes a nursing home caretaker will attempt to exploit a resident. Elderly people are easily taken advantage of financially because they often do not understand how to handle their finances, especially if they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Many older people who are very sick or dying simply do not prioritize their financial health over their physical health, and might not notice suspicious withdrawals or forged checks.

Understanding the nature of financial abuse, the warning signs, and the consequences can better equip you to fight against it. This article will outline what you need to know about this type of elder abuse.

Nursing home caretakers often forge close relationships with their residents, but sometimes this closeness is only an avenue to exploitation. The elderly people who are most at risk of being taken advantage of are often:

  • Lonely or isolated
  • Grieving the recent loss of a loved one
  • Not well-versed in the specifics of handling money
  • Suffering from a mental or physical disability

There are countless ways the perpetrators can take advantage of their elderly targets, such as:

  • Forging the victim’s signature on checks and depositing them in their own account
  • Deceiving the elderly person into trusting them with their financial assets
  • Convincing the victim to sign a will or deed listing the perpetrator as the one who will be responsible for handling the victim’s assets later on
  • Outright stealing money or possessions

Keeping in touch with your loved one and being vigilant of their bank account activities will do a great amount to prevent this type of exploitation. But if you notice that your loved one seems uncertain of their financial assets, suspicious withdrawals from their accounts, or that some of their property is missing, you might want to begin investigating. Call an attorney for help as soon as you highly suspect that your loved one is being exploited.

Contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer

If your loved one was taken advantage of financially, the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can help you put an end to this mistreatment. We have a long history of handling nursing home abuse cases and understand the emotional stress that comes along with them. We’ll do the legal legwork so your family can focus on healing. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your options today.

 


Broken bones in nursing homes

As people get older, their bones naturally become more brittle, especially in those who suffer from osteoporosis. Additionally, older people gradually lose muscle mass, which negatively affects their balance and mobility. These two factors make the elderly more susceptible to falls and more at risk of breaking bones.

Broken bones can usually be avoided in nursing homes if the caretakers are properly trained and acting with care. But too often, caretakers or facilities fail to adequately evaluate residents for the risk of falling when they enter the facility, or they may fail to provide the correct support or assistance the resident needs.

The most common types of broken bones in the elderly are hip, thigh, pelvis, back or vertebrae, arm, hand, ankle or leg fractures. Any one of these injuries could be debilitating or greatly affect a person’s ability to move independently. A broken hip is the most common injury after a fall, so if your loved one suffers from any other type of broken bone, you should probably dig a little deeper into the cause. It might have been a simple accident, or it might have been the result of negligence.

Negligent caretakers might make any of the following mistakes, which could result in a resident’s injury:

  • Leaving clutter and random objects on the floor of the patient’s room where they might trip or slip on them
  • Misdiagnose or ignore the warning signs of osteoporosis
  • Failing to help a resident out of their chair or bed, forcing the patient to attempt to stand on their own
  • Failing to keep the resident’s feet out of harm’s way of wheelchair wheels
  • Improperly lifting the patient into or out of the bed

If your loved one broke a bone while in a nursing home, it is important to first acquire a copy of the medical report made about the injury, then to call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer

If your loved one broke a bone while in a nursing home due to abuse or neglect, the New York nursing home abuse lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP can help.  We understand that nursing home abuse cases are extremely emotionally stressful, so we’ll handle the technicalities while your family focuses on healing. Call us at (212) 779-0057 for a no-obligation consultation today.


Internal organ damage caused by construction accidents

Members of construction crews put themselves at risk every day that they enter the job site. Their workplace is littered with hazardous materials and heavy machinery, and they often work from great heights on exposed roofs. Though they are at risk for many injuries, damage to their internal organs may be one of the most severe because it often leads to death.

Some of the most vital organs in the body are the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and lungs. If one of these organs suffers trauma, such as from a fall or a high-speed impact with a piece of machinery, the damage might be irreparable. The two types of trauma are blunt force and penetrating trauma. A blunt force injury might be caused by falling off a roof or being accidentally struck by a piece of heavy machinery. Penetrating trauma occurs when something pierces the skin and the organ, such as a piece of glass or a beam.

The most common types of internal organ damage are:

  • Broken ribs that could puncture other organs
  • Abdominal aortic rupture is the enlargement of the aorta or the main blood vessel in the abdomen. If the aneurysm bursts, it could be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.
  • Kidney damage that could eventually lead to renal failure, which is the condition in which the kidneys fail to filter waste from the blood.
  • A ruptured spleen could be caused by blunt trauma to the abdomen. This is when the casing around the spleen bursts and blood pours into the surrounding area. It requires immediate medical attention and could be fatal.

Contact a New York construction accident lawyer

Construction workers are entitled to workers’ compensation in the event of an injury. Still, if someone else’s negligence caused the accident, they could win additional compensation through a third-party injury claim.

If you have been injured at a construction site, the New York construction accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP are here to help. We will investigate and build your case while you focus on getting better. Our team has already won millions of dollars in compensation for other construction workers, and we can help you, too. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your legal options today.


Roof and ceiling collapses on construction sites

With an increased number of structures being built in New York every day comes an increase in workers’ injuries. One common accident that can cause a slew of injuries is the collapse of a roof or ceiling that the crew is working on. A worker could fall from a great height off of the building or through the ceiling, causing them injury or even death.

How do roof and ceiling collapses happen?

These types of accidents are usually the result of poor crew management, inadequate safety precautions, poor training, or rushing the job to get in done by the deadline and within the budget. For example, if a ceiling was installed without the proper support, such as a load-bearing wall, it could collapse under excess weight. This weight could come from air ducts, water pipes, or even errant construction equipment such as a falling beam.

What types of injuries could be caused by a roof collapse?

Depending on the height a worker falls from, the injuries will vary in severity. At best, they might suffer bruises and broken bones. At worst, the fall could be fatal. Some common injuries sustained by workers who fell from or through roofs are:

Some typical construction site roof and ceiling collapse accident injuries include:

  • Death
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Impalement
  • Brain injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Joint injuries
  • Bruises and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Tissue damage
  • Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
  • Other internal injuries and organ damage

If you choose to pursue legal action to hold an outside party accountable for your injuries, you could be compensated enough money to cover your medical bills, reduced quality of life, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a New York roof collapse lawyer

If you were injured in a roof or ceiling collapse on a job site, contact Hach & Rose, LLP for help. Our team of experienced New York construction accident lawyers has already won millions of dollars of compensation for other injured New York construction workers, and we want to assist you. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.


Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in nursing homes

According to the National Council on Aging, about 1 in 10 nursing home residents over the age of 60 have experienced some form of abuse in nursing homes. It is essential to be aware of the various types of abuse older adults experience in nursing homes to protect vulnerable residents better.

Of the seven basic types of elder abuse that, unfortunately, are common in American nursing homes, physical, sexual, and emotional or psychological abuse, is the most prevalent. Neglect, abandonment, financial exploitation, and self-neglect are the other four types.

Thousands of elderly Americans are psychologically and physically abused by their caretakers each year, but knowing the signs of these abuses can prevent it and protect your loved ones.

Physical abuse is one common form of mistreatment that the elderly experience at the hands of their trusted caretakers. They might get physically injured either by intentional or unintentional methods; sometimes, a caretaker is negligent in the way they interact with their patients, sometimes leaving them with bruises or broken bones. Other times, a caretaker will intentionally cause harm to the older adult by kicking, punching, or pushing them. Signs of physical abuse can be easy to spot if the resident has cuts, bruises, broken bones, etc.

Sexual abuse of the elderly, as with anyone else, occurs when they are forced or coerced into a sexual interaction without giving consent. Telltale signs of sexual abuse are bruising and bleeding around the inner thighs and genital area, social withdrawal, bloody undergarments, and problems walking or sitting. It should be noted that people with dementia or Alzheimer’s may not be able to communicate that they have been abused.

Psychological or emotional abuse might manifest as name-calling, humiliation, blocking access to resources, forcing isolation, or making threats. An older adult who is being abused in this way might avoid eye contact, appear withdrawn or scared, exhibit mood swings, or isolate themselves from their friends and family.

Contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer

If a nursing home caretaker has abused your loved one, turn to a New York nursing home abuse lawyer for assistance in putting an end to this mistreatment. We believe that when you put your elderly loved one in a residential facility, they should receive the highest quality of care. When caretakers breach this boundary of trust, care, and respect, the employee and the facility should face the consequences. Call our office at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your options today.


Common nursing home infections

A 2004 National Nursing Home Survey found that nearly 1.5 million elderly Americans live in about 16,000 nursing homes. With crowded nursing homes comes an increased potential of harmful infections spreading. Because the elderly generally have diminished immune systems and because surgery can sometimes cause more harm than good, the spread of an infection could be disastrous in a nursing home. This article outlines the most common infections found in nursing homes and the ways to prevent and treat them.

Often, residents who are moved from one home to another or who were just transferred from a hospital are carriers of diseases unknown to their new nursing home. The most common nursing home infections are:

  • Respiratory infections like pneumonia and influenza
    • Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in nursing home residents, with residents using feeding tubes being at the highest risk of developing it. Elderly patients may manifest symptoms of pneumonia differently than younger patients, so blood tests and x-rays should definitively diagnose it.
  • Soft-tissue and skin infections
    • Infected pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers, and diabetic wound infections are common in nursing home residents, as well as less severe conditions such as skin dryness, redness, and peeling. Pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are unfortunately common in patients who are confined to a bed or wheelchair.
  • Gastroenteritis
    • Norovirus causes dehydration and diarrhea in nursing home patients, which could be fatal if it goes untreated. It can be passed from person to person and through food and water, making it difficult to detect an origin and to prevent it.
  • Urinary tract infections
    • UTIs are incredibly common in nursing home residents with indwelling catheters. The risk of developing a UTI increases each day the catheter remains inserted. Within a month, it is likely that there will be bacteria in the patient’s urine.

Contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer

If your loved one has developed an infection due to neglect in a nursing home, contact an attorney right away. The New York nursing home abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to investigate and help put an immediate end to this neglect and dangerous mistreatment. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to schedule your free consultation today.


Scaffolding accidents on construction sites

Scaffolding is designed to provide construction workers with a safe way to access hard-to-reach parts of the building they’re constructing, painting, or repairing. It’s a common sight in a growing city such as New York, where thousands of construction workers ascend scaffolding each day. But if the scaffolding was erected incorrectly, or a worker was improperly trained, a worker could get hurt.

Regardless of the specifics of the incident that led to the worker’s injury, they are always entitled to worker’s compensation if they can prove that they were injured on the job site while they were working. But if someone else’s negligence was a factor in the accident, the worker may also be able to file a civil suit to win additional compensation.

How do scaffolding accidents happen?

Scaffolding accidents usually occur because:

  • There were inadequate protections in place to prevent falls,
  • Materials were overloaded and added excess weight to the scaffolding,
  • The scaffolding was constructed improperly,
  • Parts of the scaffolding failed because of a manufacturer error
  • Workers were trained inadequately and not provided proper guidelines, and
  • Falling objects struck workers

What injuries are caused by scaffolding accidents?

Depending on the nature of the accident, injuries can vary from very minor to very severe. Falling from scaffolding could be fatal, as 35% of all construction site fatalities are attributed to falls. A worker might suffer lacerations, broken bones, paralysis, internal organ injury and bleeding, or a traumatic brain injury. The workers who are most at risk of injury by scaffolding are the ones who build and dismantle the scaffolding, before and after finished construction. This is because they are responsible for installing scaffolding when specific safety measures cannot be in place, such as ladders, guardrails, and planks.

How can scaffolding accidents be prevented?

To prevent scaffolding accidents, it is imperative to consult with an engineer to ensure that the scaffold can support its weight and four times that number. The construction crew needs to be properly trained on how to navigate the scaffolding and how to take advantage of safeguards such as guardrails. The crew should also be provided with safety equipment such as hard hats, harnesses, a vertical lifeline, and a vertical lifeline anchor.

Contact a New York scaffolding accident attorney

If you were injured in a scaffolding accident on a construction site, you could be owed financial compensation. The team of construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP is ready to assist you. We’ll investigate and build your case to win compensation to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to schedule your free consultation today.


Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in New York City

 

As one of the most populous cities in the world, New York’s streets are clogged with pedestrians and motorists day and night. Because the two are constantly in close proximity, accidents happen frequently, and often with devastating results. Among the possible causes of pedestrian accidents in New York City, some of the most common include:

  • Speeding — Drivers often strike child pedestrians when they are going too fast through residential areas.
  • Failure to Maintain Vehicle — Drivers may cause crashes because they did not properly maintain their vehicles, causing sudden mechanical issues.
  • Defective Highways — Governmental entities could be responsible for some accidents caused by dangerous highways.
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Lights — Drivers often strike pedestrians when they do not acknowledge traffic lights or signs.
  • Distracted Driving — Drivers may not see pedestrians when they are distracted by cell phones, climate controls, or in-vehicle navigation systems.
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) — Drivers who cause accidents because they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol will often face criminal charges, but such cases are completely separate from civil actions.
  • Improper or Illegal Turns — Drivers who perform certain unauthorized turns can inadvertently strike child pedestrians.
  • Inclement Weather — Any kind of unfavorable weather makes pedestrians more difficult to see, especially children.
  • Reckless Driving — A person commits the offense of reckless driving if they drive a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
  • Driver Fatigue — Drivers who are struggling to stay awake can be more likely to cause pedestrian accidents.
  • Defective Parts — Some vehicles malfunction because certain parts fail, and manufacturers can be liable for defective parts.
  • Other Traffic Violations — A number of other New York traffic law violations can also cause pedestrian accidents.

Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in New York

If you were severely injured while walking as a pedestrian in New York City, Hach & Rose, LLP can help you get justice. We will seek the maximum compensation possible from the negligent motorist who caused you harm. Time is limited to take legal action, so contact us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation right away. 

 


How is a slip and fall accident different from a trip and fall?

If you were hurt in a slip, trip, or fall accident in New York City, you could be owed significant compensation if someone else’s negligence caused you to get hurt.

First, it is important to learn the definitions of both a trip and a slip. A slip and fall accident occurs when a person loses traction with the ground, causing their foot to slide out from underneath them. Usually, they fall backward and might sustain injuries to their back, neck, back of the head, or hip. Wet, icy, or slippery surfaces put people at risk of slipping. Additionally, a person could slip on any number of objects scattered on the ground like beads or salt.

In contrast, when a person trips, it is because an object on the floor blocked their path. You might trip over uneven floorings such as broken tile or a cracked sidewalk, hazards that were concealed by poor lighting, or random objects left on the floor. When the plaintiff trips, they usually fall forward. This forward motion could result in injuries to the head and face, elbows, knees, or arms.

Depending on what injuries you suffered, you could be eligible to seek compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain, suffering and emotional trauma
  • Other losses

Slip and fall accidents tend to result in more severe injuries because the head, neck, and spine are at greater risk of injury, and treatment could include lengthy physical rehabilitation.

Regardless of the nature of your case, you and your lawyer will need to prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your accident. Sometimes, the defendant will try to avoid compensating you by suggesting that you were partially responsible for your own injury. If the jury determines that you were somewhat responsible for your injury, you will only receive a portion of the total amount.

Contact a New York Slip and Fall Attorney

If you were injured because you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you might be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can help determine how much compensation you could win from your case. Call our office today for a free consultation to discuss your case at (212) 779-0057.


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