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Nursing Home Cameras Could Bring Peace of Mind During COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has hit residents of nursing homes especially hard for a number of reasons. First, because of elderly residents’ compromised health, they are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying due to complications of the virus. And second, nursing home staff has blocked families and friends from visiting their loved ones inside these facilities, in order to help protect them from exposure to the virus.

According to an article from the New York Times, some families want to install cameras inside nursing homes. For many, this would alleviate worries of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment perpetrated by nursing home staff against their loved ones.

Many families of people who are living in long-term care facilities have faced an uphill battle in achieving communication with their loved ones. Nursing homes, which are generally understaffed anyway, have recently been tasked with fending off the coronavirus. The New York Times reported that some families need to call the nursing home five or more times before a staff member even picks up the phone. This leaves families uncertain about the quality of care their elderly parent, sibling, or loved one is receiving.

About 12 states already passed legislation approving camera installation in nursing homes. States like Ohio, Connecticut, and Missouri are in the process of reviewing this type of legislation.

Proponents of in-room cameras argue that they can help prove or disprove allegations of abuse and neglect. At a more basic level, they would give families peace of mind knowing that they can check in on their loved ones at any time to see how they are doing and what the facility is like. Many states who have already approved nursing home cameras give residents the option to turn the camera off whenever they want privacy.

Opponents of the cameras argue that they violate the privacy of a resident’s roommate, who may not want the camera on at all. The president of the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities said that they cannot guarantee that a video stream from inside the nursing home will not be compromised by a hacker.

Contact a New York Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

If you are concerned that your loved one may have been abused or neglected while staying at a nursing home facility, please reach out to the nursing home abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our team of compassionate, diligent attorneys has worked on a number of nursing home abuse cases throughout the years and has secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We want to do the same for you.

The team at Hach & Rose, LLP understands our clients’ concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and how it might affect your case. We are still hard at work taking new cases while we work remotely, so you will not experience any delay in service. Please call us at (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to discuss your legal options.


Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle abuse victim comes forward

by Hillary Nappi

Since its enactment in February 2019, the Child Victims Act has produced an overwhelming response: hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse have now come forward and are ready to have their voices heard. These survivors are of both genders, all races, live in all parts of New York state, and are of all socio-economic backgrounds. What they share is that they were sexually abused and assaulted as children, and at the time that the crimes occurred lacked the context for their abuse and the language and power to speak up for themselves.

These survivors, including our client, now have the opportunity to come forward and seek justice for the illegal, heinous, and immoral acts that were forced upon them. That is the case with the suit against the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle and Camp Cherith in the Adirondacks. Our client finally reached a point in her life where she was able to speak up for herself and report the crimes that were committed against her.

As stated in her complaint, our client was only five years old when she was sexually abused and assaulted by Ron Braaten, a Youth Minister that was employed by the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle. The first attacks occurred on property owned, operated, and controlled by Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle and were provided to Braaten for his exclusive use as a benefit of his employment. Braaten lived in the house with his family. Our client first met Braaten when she was in kindergarten, while assigned to the same class as his daughter. The girls became friends and would often play together in and out of school. However, playdates at the Braaten house were not normal. Braaten would make our client sit on his lap, as he rubbed her stomach over her clothes, which eventually morphed into Braaten sexually abusing our client.

Our client was fearful and uncomfortable every time she was around Braaten but as a Christian member of the Tabernacle, she was taught that Braaten was a “good man.” Braaten and his wife preached morality in the community, pushing the mission of the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, all the while masking his pedophilic tendencies. Morality is something that Braaten lacked and that is evident in the allegations filed in the complaint. After our client was sexually assaulted and abused, Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle continued to support Braaten’s missions in South America and he had continued access to other children. Our brave client came forward and reported her abuse, but Braaten remains outside of the United States.

As word of our Plaintiff’s lawsuit spread, our client has found more support in her community than she thought possible. If you or someone you know was abused by Ron Braaten, contact our law firm.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are committed to achieving the justice that our clients deserve. We will work thoroughly and passionately to represent those who felt they could not protect themselves. If you or a loved one has suffered from any form of sexual assault, it is crucial to act now. Do not hesitate to contact the New York sexual abuse lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP today at (212) 779-0057 or online. Our compassionate, caring, and experienced attorneys will work diligently to uncover whether criminal charges, a civil lawsuit – or both – can be filed against the perpetrator or negligent third party who is responsible for the abuse and its damages to you.


Three Construction Workers Injured in Black River Roof Collapse

Three construction workers were injured Wednesday, June 24, when the roof of Black River Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. collapsed on them.

One worker, 38-year-old Lee Trickey, suffered serious injuries after falling 40 feet off of the roof. Trickey was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment of his critical internal wounds.

Two other workers, John Turpin, 38, and Lucas Conklin, 29, were inside the building when the roof collapsed on them. They suffered only minor injuries. First responders took Turpin to Carthage Area Hospital and Conklin to Samaritan Medical Center.

Officials reported that high winds caused the roof trusses to fall, which caused the structure to collapse, too.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating this accident.

According to OSHA, falls on construction sites are the number one cause of death in this field of work. In 2018, 320 construction workers died of an accidental fall at their construction site. OSHA states that the majority of these falls are preventable if construction crews plan ahead, provide the appropriate equipment, and train everyone to use that equipment.

Some of the most common injuries construction workers suffer after falling from a roof are:

  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Getting in touch with a construction accident attorney can put you on track to winning compensation for your injury. An attorney can secure financial compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a construction site accident in New York, you are likely struggling with pain and facing lost wages, if you’re unable to work. You and your family are likely also battling mounting medical bills and the cost of daily living.

The construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients who have suffered injuries in construction accidents, work-related accidents, and more. In fact, our verdicts are amongst the highest reported in New York. We are ready to fight for you, too.

You should never have to struggle to stay afloat emotionally and financially when you’re harmed due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Our skilled attorneys will work hard to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve, so that you can focus on your recovery and spending time with your family.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken extra steps to protect all of our clients and employees. We now offer virtual consultations and are always available to answer your questions and calls. Please do not hesitate to call us today at (212) 779-0057.


Provision in New York’s Budget Shields Nursing Homes from Being Sued

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,403 nursing home residents in New York since the outbreak hit the U.S. Families of the deceased want to sue the nursing homes for being ill-prepared for the virus, but a hidden provision in New York State’s budget bars families from taking legal action against nursing homes.

According to the New York Times, nursing home industry lobbyists pushed Governor Cuomo’s aides to include specific language in the state’s sprawling budget bill. This measure protects healthcare facilities, like nursing homes, from getting sued due to deaths related to the coronavirus.

Officials Defend Measure

Cuomo’s aides told the New York Times that the goal of this measure is to shield healthcare workers from facing the complicated fallout of a legal battle while in the midst of a global pandemic.

Dani Lever, a spokesperson for Cuomo, said, “This legislation is not intended to shield any bad-acting facilities during this tragic time, but rather to ensure facilities could continue to function in the face of potential shortages and other evolving challenges the pandemic presented.”

New York is one of 15 states that introduced some form of protective legislation for healthcare providers during the pandemic. While the measure does not protect against criminal misconduct or gross negligence, it likely protects nursing home staff from complaints of staff shortages, protective equipment shortages, and overcrowding.

Nursing Homes Hit the Hardest

Part of the reason why nursing home industry representatives lobbied for the inclusion of this measure is because staff and nurses struggled to stop the virus from spreading immediately after the outbreak. Many nursing homes did not have access to testing kits, gowns, or masks.

But, undoubtedly, the virus has hit nursing homes the hardest. Nearly one-third of all coronavirus deaths in the United States have been nursing home residents. Family members are searching for ways to take legal action against the nursing home facilities that failed their parents, grandparents, and siblings. Some families had trouble even getting basic information from their loved one’s nursing home.

Nursing homes in the U.S. are notoriously understaffed and ill-maintained. The coronavirus pandemic has only highlighted these shortcomings. Usually, visiting relatives and state inspectors were the watchdogs of irresponsible, and sometimes even abusive, nursing home employees. But now the virus has made it impossible for families to visit, and even inspectors are in short supply. This lack of oversight spells death for many nursing home residents.

Contact a New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

If your loved one was injured or killed by the coronavirus and the lack of care from their nursing home staff, the lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP want to help. Our team is committed to finding solutions to your legal troubles and doing all the legwork so you can focus on healing. As New Yorkers ourselves, we take it personally when the elderly residents of our city are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic.

Contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we have taken extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff. We offer online consultations and are always available to answer your calls. Reach out today at (212) 779-0057.


How New York Nursing Homes Are Being Affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit New York especially hard – and its elderly residents even harder. And a new discovery announced by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer sheds light on just how badly nursing homes have failed their residents.

In New York City alone, not including the rest of New York State, 21,673 people have died from the coronavirus, according to the New York Times. And according to the NYT, 5,637 nursing home residents have contracted the disease, 5,403 of whom have died. Nursing home deaths account for one-fifth of coronavirus deaths in NYC.

The report from City Comptroller Stringer states that, on average, there is only one ombudsman for every 8,650 long-term care (nursing home) residents. That number should be one guardian for every 2,000 patients, according to national guidelines.

And according to Stringer’s report, there are more than 20,000 patients in 80 long-term care facilities across the city that do not have an assigned ombudsman. This includes all five boroughs: the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

Ombudsman Care Not Funded

The job of the ombudsman is to pay regular welfare checks to nursing homes, to check for neglect or abuse of the residents. But with so few social workers supplied for so many facilities, it is easy to see how neglect or mistreatment can go unnoticed.

A federal program exists to protect nursing home residents, especially during this time of global crisis. Stringer found that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Cuomo invested very little money into this program. De Blasio didn’t invest a single dollar when prompted in 2017. Cuomo invested $600,000 for the entirety of New York City, which comes out to be about $7 per nursing home resident.

The low quality of care and lack of oversight in nursing homes has been a cause for concern for decades. But if your loved one lives in a nursing home and has suffered at the hands of their caretakers, they may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.

Contact a New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered since the onset of the coronavirus because of a lack of care and duty at a nursing home, the lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP want to help. We sympathize with the elderly New Yorkers who have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic. The New York nursing home abuse lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP represent nursing home residents and families across the state, so contact our office to schedule your no-obligation consultation today.

Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken extra steps to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff. We offer online consultations and are always here to answer your questions and calls. Call us today at (212) 779-0057.


Coronavirus increases construction workers’ risk of injury

Construction workers have one of the most – if not the most – dangerous jobs in America. The onset of the coronavirus has only compounded the risks of their workplace. 

New York City introduced new guidelines to protect construction workers from the virus while on the job site, according to the New York Times. These guidelines include practicing social distancing, staying home if you feel sick, installing handwashing stations throughout the site, and wearing face masks. Some advocacy groups are pushing for a 24-hour workday at construction sites, which would discourage a rush of workers in a concentrated area. As of right now, New York only allows construction from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

But social distancing on a construction site is difficult and sometimes impossible. Many tasks require two or more workers to complete it together. Often, elevators to other floors of a construction site will carry many workers at once. If only one or two workers were allowed in the elevator at a time, it would slow construction too much.

The added stress of worrying that they might contract the virus at their workplace means that construction workers may rush through their jobs to get home quicker. This leads to shoddy construction and distracted thinking – which might result in a fall or a careless mistake that leads to an injury.

Construction workers who are forced to abide by coronavirus guidelines are burdened with undue stress. Unfortunately, many of them do not have the option to take a leave of absence or find another job.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

Construction workers should be guaranteed a safe work environment like all other workers. If you sustained an injury on the job due to someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, want to help you. Our team has helped countless clients who experienced the same problems as you, and we can help you, too.

Our dedicated construction accident lawyers have won millions of dollars in settlements for clients who suffered work-related incidents. We also represent clients who file OSHA complaints, suffer slip and fall accidents, and more.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken extra precautions to protect our clients and employees. We are proud to offer online consultations and are always available to answer your questions and calls. Call us today at (347) 318-9604.

 


Brooklyn Construction Site Collapse Leaves Two Hospitalized

A construction site in Brooklyn collapsed last Thursday evening, sending two victims to the local hospital, according to an article from PIX11 News.

The incident occurred just after 8 p.m. Thursday night at 375 Flushing Ave. The New York Fire Department confirmed that the accident was under control that same evening. There is no word pertaining to the condition of the victims or whether they were construction workers or bystanders.

Construction in NYC Continues

Unfortunately, construction in New York is allowed to continue despite coronavirus concerns. This creates problems for at-risk members of construction crews and for the hospitals that may be forced to handle injuries from construction accidents such as this one. Much of the New York City healthcare system is currently overrun with coronavirus cases and does not have the resources to treat other injuries such as construction accidents.

Construction Accident Risks

However, construction workers are usually at the greatest risk of suffering a workplace injury because of the nature of their work. Some of the most commonly reported accidents at construction sites are:

  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Roof collapses
  • Falling from great heights such as scaffolding
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Electric shock

These accidents often result in injuries such as:

  • Blindness
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries and muscle strain
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Illness from chemical exposure

But if a worker suffers an accident on the job, they are entitled to file for workers’ compensation. They may also be able to take further legal action if their injury was caused by the negligence or reckless actions of a third party. Attorneys may win compensation that can help pay for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering.

The attorneys at New York law firm Hach & Rose, LLP have a long history of representing clients who were injured at construction sites. They have handled cases related to falling hazards, roof collapses, crane accidents, construction defects, and more.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

If you’ve suffered a construction site injury in New York, you’re likely struggling with pain, countless doctor appointments, and lost wages from missed work, while also trying to manage the growing number of bills related to medical expenses and the cost of daily living. The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have helped numerous clients in the same situation, and we can help you, too.

Our experienced construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients who have suffered from construction accidents, work-related incidents, OSHA complaints, and more. Our verdicts, in fact, are amongst the highest reported in the state of New York.

You shouldn’t have to struggle to stay afloat when you’ve suffered an injury caused by a negligent party. Our skilled attorneys will work effectively and efficiently to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve, so that you can focus on the important job of healing.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to protect all of our clients and employees. We offer online consultations and are always available to answer your questions and calls. Call us today at (212) 779-0057.


Fire extinguisher explodes, killing a construction worker and injuring another in Chelsea

A construction worker was killed, and another was injured in a freak accident, last Wednesday, when a fire extinguisher exploded in Chelsea, Manhattan. According to ABC 7 News, the accident occurred just before 9 a.m. on the fourth floor of 341 Ninth Avenue.

The construction workers were working on the site when the fire extinguisher exploded. The first worker died from his injuries at the scene while the other worker was rushed to Greenwich Village’s Lenox Healthplex in serious condition.

In addition, two police officers who may have been responding to the construction site accident were injured when their police cruiser collided with a civilian’s vehicle at Ninth Avenue and 25th Street. The two police officers were taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, while the other woman involved in the crash was transported to Lenox Healthplex.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Fire extinguishers do not explode frequently, but unfortunately, they can malfunction and cause a number of problems if they are not serviced regularly. According to Quick Response Fire Supply, a fire extinguisher exploded in 2014 when a worker was operating a forklift to dump the contents from a dumpster. The fire extinguisher was improperly disposed of and malfunctioned when the worker picked it up, causing it to explode and killing the worker.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that fire extinguishers be serviced and evaluated each time they are used. This prevents extinguisher components from malfunctioning or breaking the next time someone uses it. A number of environmental factors can contribute to the damage on a fire extinguisher, including extreme temperatures, ultraviolet ray exposure, humidity and excess moisture, and vibration, such as from construction sites. In addition, the NFPA rendered a number of fire extinguishers obsolete in 2018.

Some of the types of fire extinguishers considered obsolete include:

  • Soda acid
  • Chemical foam (excluding film-forming agents)
  • Carbon tetrachloride, methyl bromide, and chlorobromomethane (CBM)
  • Cartridge-operated water
  • Cartridge-operated loaded stream
  • Copper or brass shell (excluding pump tanks) joined by soft solder or rivets

The NFPA called for the removal of these and other obsolete fire extinguishers to preserve the safety of their users.

Contact a New York Construction Accident Attorney

If you were injured on a construction site in New York and need legal representation, the workers’ rights attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to assist you. We have years of experience handling cases relating to OSHA complaints, work injury claims, and occupational illness. Our lawyers have won millions of dollars in compensation for victims of these accidents and are ready to do the same for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you decide to take legal action to claim compensation, or if you have questions about your injury.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to protect our clients and employees. We offer online consultations and are available to answer your messages and calls, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call (212) 779-0057 today.


New York Construction Continues Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Despite the city being on virtual lockdown, construction jobs are still allowed to continue in New York City thanks to a loophole in the rules.

According to an article from Curbed, there are currently 4,936 construction sites active in the city. This is compared to 800 from last month, when the city was in the midst of its lockdown.

Looser Essential Building Guidelines

Originally, the city only allowed the continued construction of essential buildings, such as hospitals, infrastructure, and housing. In March, about 35,000 construction projects were put on pause to comply with this ordinance.

But since then, the city has expanded the original ordinance to allow the construction of any projects that already had ground broken prior to the coronavirus outbreak and can operate with limited in-person interactions. This would include banks, restaurants, and hotels. Additionally, “sole workers” can complete jobs in rental properties such as apartment buildings, as long as they are the only worker on the job.

These looser guidelines allow construction crews to work together on projects, potentially exposing them to the virus and putting those around them at greater risk. According to Curbed, one New York construction worker said, “To make the hotel essential, they might as well open every job, because that hotel is far from essential,” he said. “That hotel is deemed essential while we are deemed expendable.”

Frustration Over Construction Risks

Some New Yorkers are expressing confusion and frustration over what constitutes an “essential” building. According to the Department of Buildings, any structure with space allotted for medical purposes is allowed to continue construction at this time. This includes a mega Target in Elmhurst that will eventually contain an “ambulatory diagnostic treatment or healthcare facilities” in office space upstairs.

Patricia Chou, from Queens Neighborhoods United, opposes the construction of the shopping center because it unnecessarily puts construction workers at risk. “Our primary concerns are that they are endangering workers at the site and exploiting loopholes to complete this project,” Chou said. The construction project, which is on 82nd Street and Baxter Street, impedes access to Elmhurst Hospital’s emergency entrances as well.

Contact a New York Workers Rights Lawyer

If you are being taken advantage of by your construction company in New York and need legal representation, the workers’ rights attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to assist you. We have years of experience handling cases relating to OSHA complaints, work injury claims, and occupational illness. Our lawyers have won millions of dollars in compensation for victims of these accidents and are ready to do the same for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you decide to take legal action to claim compensation.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to protect our clients and employees. We offer online consultations and are available to answer your messages and calls, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call (212) 779-0057 today.


Queens Driver Runs a Stop Sign, Kills Another Driver

A 21-year-old driver died in Queens last month after a car blew through a stop sign and T-boned him, according to the New York Daily News.

Video surveillance of the intersection clearly shows the offending driver speeding past the stop sign in a residential neighborhood around 1:30 a.m. before slamming into a passing car. The driver of the passing car, 21-year-old Satesh Permaul, died from severe head injuries after being rushed to Jamaica Hospital.

The accident occurred at the intersection of 107th Ave. and 109th Ave. in South Ozone Park, Queens. Police apprehended the driver who caused the accident and discovered that he was driving without a license. They also found that he and the driver who was killed knew each other from high school. The apprehended driver, Christopher Garcia, 20, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, according to the Daily News.

Speeding More Common During COVID-19

Because New York is currently struggling to combat the effects of COVID-19, the victim’s family could not visit him in the hospital following the accident. According to the Daily News, the staff at Jamaica Hospital informed them that they would need to wait until Monday for a call to invite them to come see the body.

Permaul was working as a mechanic fixing school buses in the New York area. He and his family emigrated from Guyana about ten years ago to build a life in New York.

Unfortunately, accidents such as these are becoming more common as the coronavirus empties New York streets, tempting drivers to speed and drive recklessly. Injuries incurred in a car accident could leave you unable to work for months, or even years. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Herniated discs
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Whiplash
  • Bruises
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident in New York and need legal representation, the car accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to assist you. We have years of experience handling cases relating to drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding, and pedestrian accidents. Our lawyers have won millions of dollars in compensation for victims of these accidents and are ready to do the same for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you decide to take legal action to claim compensation.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken steps to protect our clients and employees. We offer online consultations and are available to answer your messages and calls, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Call (212) 779-0057 today.


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