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NYC pays out $138M in settlements due to pothole damage

The city of New York has paid out around $138 million in settlements resulting from defective roadways all around the city – mostly due to potholes – over the last six years, a report from CBS2 showed.

The report also stated that the pothole problem has given rise to over 12,000 claims for damage to vehicles and almost 6,000 personal injury lawsuits pending against the city. The worst roadways for potholes were cited to be the Brooklyn-Queens expressway, the Grand Central Parkway, and the Belt Parkway.

The money shelled out by the city to pay for settlements due to damage could effectively be used to repave 814 miles of city streets, give out an additional 115,000 child care vouchers, or provide 300,000 additional slots in the city’s summer youth program.

If you have been injured in an accident in New York that was caused by the negligent actions of others, our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can help you with your case. Call us today at (212) 779-0057 or (866) LAWS-USA and we may help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible.

Zone of Danger Rules in NY

New York has special provisions known as “Zone of Danger” rules, under which individuals can pursue compensation if they witness the death or serious injury of an immediate family member. In order to be eligible for this type of claim, a person must be able to show that he or she was aware of the injury or death of an immediate family member AND the person must have also been at risk of suffering harm because of the same incident. You can learn more about New York’s Zone of Danger rule by clicking here.

NYC playground accidents continue to rise

A new report from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer showed that there has been an increase in playground-related personal injury claims in the Upper West Side over the past 10 years, StrausMedia reported on March 9.

According to Stringer, annual claims have risen by 53% over the last 10 fiscal years – from a low of 45 in 2005 to a high of 69 in 2014 – most of which ended in settlements that altogether costed the city $20.6 million.

The report says the Parks Department has yet to show initiative when it comes to making sure that local playgrounds are safe; for the first four months of the current fiscal year, the rate of “acceptable” play equipment dropped to 91% from 93% in 2014.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, in New York handle personal injury accident cases such as car accidents, construction accidents, or premises and product liability suits. Call us at (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your circumstances and learn about how to take action.

Allergan’s Botox trial underway in Vermont

The trial against American multinational pharmaceutical company Allergan, Inc., began during the first week of November at a local court in Burlington, Vermont, and will continue until Friday, November 21, the Burlington Free Press reported.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by a New York couple who claimed that their six-year-old son, who suffers from cerebral palsy, experienced a life-threatening reaction after taking Botox to reduce leg spasms. In their legal complaint, Kevin and Lori Drake argued that Allergan did not properly warn the public of the potential negative side effects of their products, thereby perpetuating negligence and violating the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act.

Botox, which is also known as botolinum toxin and is manufactured by Allergan, paralyzes a muscle when it is injected in that specific part of the body, decreasing muscle activity and therefore preventing wrinkle development. It is used often in cosmetic applications.

The couple said the boy was not suffering from seizures before he underwent the treatment, and now he must be constantly monitored.

If you have been injured by a defective product or failed to receive warning of possible pharmaceutical dangers, you have the legal right to pursue financial compensation from these manufacturers. Call our New York attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, today by dialing (212) 779-0057 to enlist our legal services.

Dangers of Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a serious, potentially fatal, bacterial infection that affects the skin and underlying tissues. If the infection is not treated in a timely manner, or if the infection does not respond to antibiotics, it can spread to the bloodstream and/or lymph nodes, putting a victim’s life at risk. Learn more about this dangerous infection and what you can do if your cellulitis injury was caused by the negligence of another person or entity by clicking here.

Disc bulges and herniations due to neck injuries

Any injury to the neck has the potential to cause devastating pain and suffering for victims, but many individuals who suffer an injury to the neck will also subsequently suffer bulges or herniations of the discs in the spine. This can cause a variety of additional disruptions for accident victims, as well as considerable pain and suffering. Learn more about the causes of these injuries, as well as the treatment and legal options available to victims, by clicking here.

Technology identifies personal injury claims across NYC

New York City comptroller Scott Stringer developed a program designed to identify problems regarding the city’s services in order to target areas where safety may be compromised, The New York Times reported on July 9.

The initiative is called Claimstat, which is a database that records thousands of personal injury or general negligence claims made against the city by people seeking financial compensation for accidents they believe the city is responsible for. It was patterned after the New York Police Department’s CompStat program, a tool that city police use to map out and track criminal activity, Stringer said in a report. When claims patterns are discovered, unsafe areas can be effectively targeted for maintenance.

Despite safety measures, accidents unfortunately do still occur all over New York. If you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else, the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you review your legal options and may help you hold the responsible party financially accountable. Call our New York offices at (212) 779-0057 to learn more today.

Injuries due to security personnel negligence

If you’ve been harmed because of inadequate or negligent security in a residential building, you may be facing a number of serious physical, emotional, and financial losses due to this terrible incident. While nothing can undo the suffering you’ve already experienced, the good news is that you may be eligible to take action against the responsible security company or landlord. To learn more about your rights in this situation, click here.

Aspiring model sues Manhattan salon for “physical and emotional trauma”

Brazilian aspiring model Myrella Ikeda filed a $3-million personal injury lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court against the J Sisters salon, located in Manhattan, New York, after a visit in 2011 left her physically and emotionally traumatized, news.com.au reported on May 21.

Ikeda also accused Antonio Luis Rosa, the hairdresser in question, of being under the influence of drugs while styling her hair. The lawsuit states that co-owner Jonice Padilha called her afterwards to apologize and said that Rosa had taken drugs. Ikeda’s report indicates that her hair and scalp were burned when she left the salon. Later, damaged hair fell out. She was allegedly traumatized from this incident and discouraged from continuing to pursue her career.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP in New York are dedicated to representing personal injury cases, whether they are related to vehicle accidents, premises or product liability, or wrongful death cases. Discuss how we may provide you excellent legal consultation by calling 866-LAWS-USA.

Frenzy of law suits filed by New York man for two undecillion dollars

Sixty-two-year-old New York resident Anthony Purisima is suing a multitude of establishments and the local government of New York for a host of lawsuits which include personal injury and civil rights violations, the New York Post reported on May 16.

Purisima has filed a 22-page complaint against Boston, Massachusetts-based bakery and café chain Au Bon Pain, hospitals Carepoint Health and Hoboken University Medical Center, a Kmart store (outlet 7749), the St. Luke’s Emergency Department, New York City Transit Authority, New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and La Guardia Airport Administration, among others for two undecillion dollars, referring to the lawsuit’s status as “priceless,” according to the plaintiff.

The lawsuit resulted from Purisima getting bitten by a dog on an MTA bus and tourists allegedly photographing him without his permission in the hospital he stayed at.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP in New York handle personal injury cases with expertise and commitment. Call us today at 866-LAWS-USA if you have inquiries regarding your case.

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