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Construction Accidents, Municipalities, and Notices of Claim

The construction and repair of roads, buildings, and bridges will always be needed as they make up the very infrastructure of modern society. At times, though, working on such projects can be hazardous to those on the job site due to the negligence of others. When, in New York, a construction worker is injured due to the negligence of a municipality, there is a requirement that the injured worker file a notice of claim within ninety (90) days of the accident in order to proceed with a possible suit.

An example of the notice of claim requirement is embodied, in relevant part, in General Municipal Law § 50-e: A notice of claim is required to be filed “within ninety days after the claim arises . . . and shall set forth . . . (2) the nature of the claim; (3) the time when, the place where and the manner in which the claim arose; and (4) the items of damage or injuries claimed to have been sustained so far as then practicable . . . .”

Quite often there are circumstances where construction workers are injured on municipal property during the construction of municipal buildings, schools, and roadways. In many circumstances when workers are not aware of the notice of claim requirement and fail to contact an attorney within ninety (90) days of the accident, their claims are not preserved and their ability to file a lawsuit can be relinquished forever. Failure to file a notice of claim can prevent a person from recovering lost wages, benefits, past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering damages.

If you are hurt in a construction accident and it may be due to the negligence of a municipality, it is important to file a notice of claim within ninety (90) days of the accident.

Our firm has achieved jury verdicts and settlements for injured individuals in the amounts of $13 million, $8 million, and $6 million, in addition to many others.

If you need legal help following a construction accident, contact the New York personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today.


Motorcycles and No Fault Insurance

Traveling in New York can be a daily struggle for individuals attempting to commute to work, school, social gatherings, and other events. Thus, many people turn to motorcycles for transportation. Riding a motorcycle is commonly considered the fastest and easiest method of traveling through traffic, moving around buses and trucks, and avoiding other obstacles on the road. Unfortunately, however, motorcyclists are often injured as a result of the fast pace that these bikes can travel and the lack of protection they provide to riders.

Auto insurance typically covers the damages resulting from motorcycle accidents. However, sometimes long and costly lawsuits are brought to court to determine the party at fault in these incidents. In an attempt to reduce the number of these court battles, many states, including New York, have adopted “no-fault” insurance systems. Under no-fault auto insurance programs, it does not matter who caused the accident. Instead, this law requires the insurance companies of the parties involved to pay up to $50,000 for the various damages one faces as a result of the accident, such as lost wages and medical expenses.

It is important to note, however, that no-fault auto insurance specifically excludes drivers and passengers who commute via motorcycle.

Our firm has much experience representing clients involved in personal injury claims arising from motorcycle accidents in New York. In a case where the passenger of a motorcycle was hit by the door of a limousine, we successfully reached a settlement for $1.7 million. In another case where the passenger of a motorcycle was struck by an oncoming vehicle, a New York jury determined that $8 million dollars was to be paid to the injured passenger.

If you need legal help following a motorcycle accident, contact the New York personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today.


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