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$2.5M personal injury lawsuit filed against plastic company

James Donovan filed a $2.5 million personal injury lawsuit last Wednesday, July 27 against French manufacturing company Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and the New Jersey-based company Honeywell International, Inc. Donovan is claiming that their products contaminated the water supply of Hoosick Falls, New York with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), causing him to incur several illnesses.

The lawsuit is the first one filed since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted a measure into law that extends the statute of limitations for cases involving hazardous or toxic substance exposure. Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Unit at New York City-based law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, said the newly enacted law is a good development. In particular, it allows Donovan, who received his diagnosis over three years ago, to file a case. “It avoids a legal argument and allows us to proceed on the merits of the case,” she told the Bennington Banner.

The personal injury lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP are committed to aggressively upholding the legal rights and interests of those hurt in personal injury accidents in New York. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057 to see how we can hold negligent parties responsible for their actions.

Physically and verbally abused teacher awarded $125,000

Teacher Kathy Perez of the Queens-based Catherine and Count Basie Middle School won a $125,000 city settlement for injuries caused by her unruly and violent students. The students repeatedly harassed Perez while administrators at her school did nothing to stop it.

Perez was trampled by a group of teenagers in one instance and was shoved to the floor by a girl in another, causing five herniated discs in her back, two in her neck, and a torn meniscus. Ambulance workers had to haul Perez out on a stretcher after both incidents. The middle school is known for having students with behavioral and low-achievement problems. Perez said her students also treated her with disrespect, often cursing and using vulgar language to address her. However, when she reported the incidents of abuse, her cries for help were not heeded. Perez claims, “Repeated pleas for help went unanswered.”

If you were the victim of workplace injuries or abuses, the experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can provide you with legal representation. Our New York attorneys are prepared to help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible for your accident. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your situation.

Yevgieniy Diamant outlines experience as a client of Hach & Rose, LLP

In a video posted to our testimonials page, Yevgieniy Diamant describes the way he was treated as a client of Hach & Rose, LLP.

He says that his experience with his case was great and that it was handled very professionally. All of his questions to issues that arose were answered clearly and he felt like he understood everything about the way his case was being handled. He would recommend Hach & Rose, LLP, to his friends or anyone who has been injured in an accident.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident, contact the New York City personal injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 to learn more about what you should do in the event of a catastrophic accident.

Using Alternative Dispute Resolutions in Personal Injury Cases

For certain personal injury cases, alternative dispute resolutions can provide a quicker, less stressful, and more economical solution than taking a case to trial. Arbitration, whether you chose binding or unbinding, can settle your case in about 6 months. In some cases, if you do not like the outcome, you can then begin a trial. Mediation is another alternative option and often allows a solution to be reached without negative effects on relationships, which is why many people find it a great choice. With so many cases to be heard in New York courts, trials are often delayed for even the simplest suits, making alternative dispute resolutions and even more attractive option. To find out more about alternative dispute resolutions, click here.

File a claim before it becomes too late

Accident victims only have so long to file a personal injury claim before they will lose their right to pursue compensation from the responsible party. This period of time is known as the statute of limitations. That being said, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New York is generally three years, though some exceptions to this do exist. Importantly, the statute of limitations only comes into effect three years from the date that the victim becomes aware of their injury. This is an important distinction for people who sustain injuries that are not immediately apparent—for instance, construction workers may sustain occupational illnesses that will not cause problems until years after they were exposed to the toxic substance that caused the illness.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident that was caused by the recklessness or carelessness of another person, it will be in your best interests to get the legal process underway as soon after your injury as you are able. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party to purse compensation for all of your unnecessary pain and suffering. To speak with a New York personal injury attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, about the circumstances of your case directly, please call our offices at (212) 779-0057 today.

Common Types of Knee Injuries

Knee injuries can occur for a wide variety of reasons and can vary in severity, with some of the most common injuries including knee sprain, strain, bursitis, meniscus tears, knee joint dislocation, and knee fractures. While some knee injuries are caused by nothing more than a simple accident or overuse, the unfortunate reality is that a great number of individuals suffer knee injuries as the result of negligence or carelessness on the part of another person or entity. Learn more about common knee injuries by clicking here.

Filing a claim against a municipality

If you were injured and are looking to file a lawsuit against a municipality in New York, such as a public hospital, school district, city, fire department, etc., there are certain rules and regulations that govern this legal process. Click here to read more about what you can do to take legal action against these entities.

What are some common mistakes people make after an injury?

In the video below, attorney Gregory Hach of Hach & Rose, LLP, explains that one of the biggest mistakes an individual can make after an injury is not contacting an attorney as soon as possible after the incident. Whether your injury happened in the workplace or outside of it, speaking to a lawyer immediately after is ultimately in your best interest and can save you money in the long run.

Comptroller announces decrease in lawsuits against NYC, NYPD

An analysis by the office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer showed that the number of lawsuits brought against the New York Police Department for misconduct and personal injury have decreased by as much as 12% over the 2015 fiscal year; however, some precincts still have a number of complaints being reported against them.

The Comptroller’s Office’s ClaimStat, which lists claims against the city’s agencies, showed that complaints against four out of five of the agencies which have frequently been sued in recent years – the NYPD, Department of Sanitation, Department of Transportation, and Department of Education – all dipped by one percent.

Unfortunately, the number of claims against the Health and Hospitals Corporation rose by 3.5% from 876 claims in 2014 to 907 claims in 2015.

The injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP want to assure all NYC residents that no injustices resulting in injuries to innocent individuals should be tolerated. We work to represent clients who have been harmed in a number of accidents or incidents, and our legal team does not shy away from intimidating parties such as government agencies. To discuss your case with us today, call (212) 779-0057.

How many of your cases actually wind up in court?

In this video, attorney Michael Rose of Hach & Rose, LLP, discusses the difference between “being in court” and “going to trial.” Learn more about the legal options for personal injury cases and what you can expect when filing a lawsuit by watching the video below.

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