After combing through hundreds of inspiring stories of perseverance in the face of adversity, we are honored to announce the winner of the 2019 Hach & Rose, LLP Annual College Scholarship. This year’s winner was “born to a team of lawyers trying to convince [her] parents not to even attempt to sue the hospital.”
A month before she was born, in December of 2000, Eliza Schmitt’s mother visited her doctor for a routine checkup. Her parents wanted to induce labor on January 1st, 2001, and asked the doctor about it. The doctor refused to induce labor for personal reasons rather than what was best for the patient. Eliza explains the doctor’s beliefs as “while medicine can help alleviate the pain of birth… we, as people, don’t have the right to induce labor.” Despite Eliza’s mother having previously struggled with a natural birth and her preference for a C-Section, the doctor pushed them towards having the baby naturally, and told them parents that “She’ll come when she’s ready.”
Parents put their trust in their doctors, which makes what happened next feel even more of a betrayal.
Eliza was born on January 20th, 2001, nearly three weeks after the day her parents would have induced the labor. The birth was a challenging one, and the doctors said something was wrong in the process. Due to the extra time she spent in the womb, Eliza was a large baby. Eliza’s head and left arm were out, but she was stuck in the birth canal and would need to be pulled out. Eliza explains what happened:
“I’ve been told that either they would end up breaking my collarbone or giving me permanent nerve damage– Erb’s Palsy. Either way it was a lose-lose situation, but knowing they had no other options, my parents had to agree. Instead of the slightly better option of breaking my collarbone, something that wouldn’t majorly affect me for the rest of my life, I received permanent nerve damage. I arrived around 12pm, left arm dangling, forever useless.”
After she was born, the doctor refused to take responsibility for what happened. Her family called lawyer after lawyer, and all of them refused to take on the case of clear-cut medical negligence, saying that suing hospitals was a “no-go.” At the same time, the hospital’s legal team advised Eliza’s parents not to sue the hospital. Without any lawyers willing to step up and take on their case, her parents were left unable to do anything to hold the hospital accountable for their daughter’s birth injury.
For the first 10 years of her life, Eliza’s arm “laid uselessly at [her] side” as she grew up in constant pain. In 2011, she was able to undergo an experimental surgery that made some corrections in her shoulder. After eight hours of surgery and six months of physical therapy, she was finally able to lift her shoulder.
Her entire life was changed as a result of the negligence of a single doctor. Despite the difficulties she has faced, Eliza says that her disability has made her a stronger person. “It made me work harder than my peers for things that came easy to them.” She was told that she would never be able to play an instrument, or shoot a basketball, or even do a simple pushup. She overcame all of these challenges and is now able to play both the piano and the saxophone, can through a “poor basketball shot,” and can do a wall pushup. She learned that through hard work, perseverance, and creativity, she can do anything. We completely agree. Congratulations, Ms. Schmitt.
It is our honor to announce the winner of the 2018 Hach & Rose, LLP Annual College Scholarship. While selecting only one of over 450 truly inspirational essays proved to be a near impossible task, the genuine emotion, fortitude, and perseverance radiating from the pages of the winning essay solidified our decision.
Our winner’s father was seriously injured on the job. His injuries required five very significant operations. In the essay, the author mentions the physical limitations the accident had on her father, her family’s financial burdens that followed, and the effect it had on the everyday things she and her younger sister had previously taken for granted. She focuses on how the accident enabled her to rediscover the strength of family, the importance of resilience, the power of integrity, and the freedom of acceptance.
Her father, her “larger than life hero,” attempted to shield both of his daughters from the debilitating impact the accident was actually having on his family’s life. Not until the author was older did she come to terms with the gravity of the unfortunate event. Instead of becoming consumed with anger or self-pity, she watched her father rise to life’s new challenges and she eagerly followed in his footsteps. “His own work ethic is one that keeps the entire family motivated to do our best.” In fact, she had an injury herself which required foot surgery, but this setback only served as a catalyst for her to work harder; she won several titles on her school’s track team and has been recognized by her teammates as an outstanding leader. “[My father] made every possible attempt to attend my races and show his support; the least I could do was give it everything I had, even when it hurt.”
Accidents often have a debilitating impact on victims and their families. Our essay winner’s experience should serve as a reminder that while we may not have control over setbacks in life, we do have control over whether such situations define us or redefine us. Due to her demonstrated strength, spirit and accomplishments – all in the face of adversity – it is our absolute honor to name Margaret Ryan as the winner of the first Hach & Rose Annual Scholarship. We have no doubt that you will excel in Speech Language Pathology at your university and will embrace every day of your bright future. “I take with me all my dad’s advice. I take his dedication, perseverance and integrity.” As we all should, too, Ms. Ryan. Congratulations.
We are proud to announce U.S. News & World Report has included Hach & Rose, LLP in its “Best Law Firms” list for 2018. Law firms named in this list are recognized by both clients and lawyers for professional excellence, integrity, and accomplishments. The methodology includes gathering information from comprehensive surveys given to clients and lawyers, as well as incorporating 7.3 million evaluations of 54,463 individual leading lawyers. The result is an accurate and objective list of leading law firms, nationwide.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we believe the honor of being named to the list of “Best Law Firms” was a natural trajectory as our talented staff followed the vigorous lead of founding partners, Michael Rose and Gregory Hach. Our commitment to every client and belief in their cases emboldens us to always invest our full resources as there is no cost too great to see that every client is given the best chance they deserve.
We strive to provide as painless a process as possible in what most people will consider the most painful time of their lives. Our hope is by being recognized for the values we embrace coupled with our proven results will add an extra layer of comfort for the injured victims who walk through our firm’s doors.
Hach & Rose, LLP is a personal injury law firm specializing in construction/work related accidents, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home and medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, and more. The firm has successfully secured more than $250,000,000 in verdicts and settlements. Call today for a free and confidential consultation.
In a new video FAQ, attorney Michael Rose discusses your rights when it comes to reporting an injury or for filing a lawsuit over an injury that occurred while on the job. People are often concerned that their employer may choose to fire them for filing a lawsuit, but as attorney Rose points out, this should not be a concern. There are protections in place for injured workers in New York, and if you’ve been hurt in an accident, you have the right to take legal action without fear of retaliation from your employer.
If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a construction accident, you have the right to seek compensation from your employer’s workers’ comp policy. If they wrongly deny your claim or choose to offer you less than what you should be paid to cover your medical bills and other expenses, an experienced attorney may be able to help you secure the compensation that you need. Contact us at (212) 779-0057 today to find out how we can help you.
Andrew Torres was injured while working on a construction site. He suffered four broken vertebrae. See his story, and other former clients’ stories, on our testimonials page.
If you are a construction worker who was injured on the job like Andrew was, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
Today, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the indictment of Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove with official misconduct and perjury in the police shooting case of Edson Thevenin. This marks the first time that a New York state district attorney has been charged with failing to investigate a crime and refusing to cooperate with the Attorney General’s office.
An order signed in July of 2015 by Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed the Attorney General as a special prosecutor in cases where unarmed civilians are killed by police officers. The indictment charges that District Attorney Abelove intentionally and covertly rushed the case before the grand jury to avoid involvement from the AG’s office in order to ensure that the officer involved, Sergeant Randall French, would be cleared of wrongdoing.
Attorney Mike Rose of Hach & Rose, LLP is already representing the victim’s family in a civil case against the city of Troy and the officer responsible for the unarmed man’s death. The lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of Cinthia Thevenin and her two sons following the fatal shooting of 37-year-old husband and father, Edson Thevenin in an April 17th encounter with Troy police officer Randall French. The lawsuit alleges that the city of Troy and the officer, Sergeant Randall French violated Thevenin’s civil rights in the incident which left Thevenin dead.
Thevenin was stopped at in the early morning on April 17th by Sergeant French on suspicion of drunk driving. After a short pursuit, the officer’s legs became pinned against his vehicle, which according to the officer, led him to feel in danger, and caused him to open fire on Thevenin’s vehicle. The officer subsequently fired eight shots into the windshield of Thevenin’s car, killing him.
A grand jury cleared the officer of wrongdoing five days after the shooting, but two witnesses at the scene told law enforcement and the district attorney that it did not appear that the officer was in immediate danger when he shot and killed Thevenin. The DA failed to subpoena the two witnesses during the grand jury trial of officer French.
Attorney General Schneiderman issued this statement regarding District Attorney Abelove’s actions: “As we allege, District Attorney Abelove’s actions violated the law and undermined a criminal investigation. The Governor’s Executive Order was designed to restore public confidence in our criminal justice system – yet the actions we detail today only served to further erode that confidence. My office will continue to work collaboratively with law enforcement agencies across the state, including district attorneys, to ensure fair, comprehensive, and independent investigations of every case within our jurisdiction, so that families like the Thevenins get the answers they deserve.”
We are proud and humbled to announce that Hach & Rose, LLP has moved to a new, larger space at 112 Madison Avenue, 10th floor. Over fifteen years ago, we started our law firm with little more than a vision and a tiny low-rent office. Our vision was to become one of the best personal injury law firms in New York; defining “best” in terms of providing the best possible representation to each and every client who trusted us with their case. There were three of us in the beginning – Greg, Mike and Filomena (Filomena was our first employee who now runs the office). Even with limited resources and only a handful of cases, we never lost sight of our vision.
Fifteen years later, we have proudly seen our vision come to fruition through the thousands of people who have trusted us to represent them, and the achievement of obtaining over $250 million in verdicts and settlements on their behalf. This success has allowed us to grow into a powerful law firm – with unlimited resources, new state of the art office space, and a talented staff of attorneys and support personnel – to fight the largest insurance companies and corporations.
The larger we grow, the more compelled we are to stay true to our original vision to provide the best possible service to our clients. Large or small, we commit to preparing each and every case for trial which enables us to maximize recovery for our clients. This is not a small or subtle commitment to our clients. It is the difference between accepting a “low-ball” offer from an insurance company of $50,000 or doing the hard work to obtain a verdict or settlement for over $500,000.
Recent examples include: a jury verdict of over 12.8 million dollars for a woman injured by defective construction, a jury verdict of 1.4 million for an injured railroad worker, and a jury verdict of $225,000 for a person injured in an automobile accident. These jury verdicts let insurance companies and those who defend the negligent know that if the settlement offer is not ideal for our client, we will take the case to trial.
We deeply appreciate the support of each and every client who has trusted us with their case over the past 15 years. We understand that without them, we would not exist. We look forward to serving people by investing our best efforts to obtain the best possible outcome on their behalf.
Very truly yours,
The team at Hach & Rose, LLP are proud to be featured in New York magazine’s “New York’s Leading Lawyers, 2017”. For the past fifteen years, the firm has distinguished itself as one of the most accomplished and preeminent personal injury law firms. The article sums up the firm’s goals and accomplishments: “Founded on the simple principles of always placing the client’s needs first and aggressively pursuing the highest recovery possible, the firm sets itself apart. They have accomplished in excess of $250 million in jury verdicts and settlements with the proven ability to effectively advocate on behalf of their clients.”
In addition, partners Michael Rose and Greg Hach were asked about their commitment to their clients. Senior Partner Michael Rose told the magazine: ““regardless of the case value, if we commit to taking on a case the efforts are always the same.”
Senior Partner Greg Hach added: “Each of our cases is prepared with the assumption it will ultimately resolve in the courtroom. Defendants understand this and that places us in the best position to achieve remarkable recoveries,” notes Managing Partner Gregory Hach. “Some of our most notable results have been achieved after a client, frustrated by the legal process, hired our firm to fight for them. One client that had been pressured by a previous attorney to settle for less than $100,000 recovered over $2 million after retaining Hach & Rose. An injured construction worker told us that his attorney recommended a $60,000 settlement. We obtained a $2 million settlement.” Such successes are bittersweet explains Hach, “it’s satisfying to know the client achieving the greater recovery will have a better life, but for every client this describes, there are countless others taking the lower settlement amount. That is tough to swallow.”
The entire New York magazine feature can be read here. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident in New York, the entire team at Hach & Rose, LLP are prepared to help you fight for what you rightfully deserve. Contact us at (212) 779-0057 today.
In a new video FAQ, attorney David Cheverie discusses how you can tell if you have a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim. Watch the video above or contact us to discuss your case.
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