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Client Testimonial: Andrew Torres

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.


Slip and Fall Accidents in Nursing Homes

If you have made the difficult decision to move your loved one or family member into a nursing home or other assisted living community, you should be able to trust that he or she is being well cared for and is receiving the type and amount of attention that he or she needs. Unfortunately, as many as 50 – 75% of nursing home residents experience a fall each year, with many suffering extremely serious injuries as a result. Learn more about slips, trips, and falls in nursing homes by clicking here.


Preventing Construction Site Injuries

Construction sites are notoriously dangerous working environments, with statistics from OSHA revealing that one in every ten construction workers suffers an injury in a given year. Fortunately, there are things that construction workers, their co-workers, and their employers can do to reduce the likelihood of on-the-job injuries. Click here to learn more.


NTSB says gas line with poor welding caused New York explosion

The National Transportation Safety Board recently stated that the cause of a fatal natural gas explosion last year in New York was due to a poorly welded gas line, USA Today reported on June 9.

The accident, which occurred on March 12 of last year, resulted in the deaths of eight people and injuries of 50 others. A sewer leak apparently undermined the gas line, 60% of which was found to not be properly welded. The solvent used to clean the area was alcohol, which is not the most effective substance.

The contractor in charge of the welding, a worker with Consolidated Edison, had credentials that expired a month before working on the project in December 2011.

Another issue that contributed to the explosion was lack of response time. According to reports, people smelled gas the night before the explosion but did not report it in time.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, in New York serve clients who have been injured due to the negligence of another person or party. Call us at (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your case.


Attorney Halina Radchenko named to NYSTLA

nystlaHach & Rose, LLP, is proud to announce that Halina Radchenko has been named to the 2018 class of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.


OSHA fines Formica $121,000 for worker death

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administrationfined Staten Island contractor Formica Construction $121,000 on May 28 in relation to a fatal demolition accident that occurred in November of last year, the New York Daily News reported.

On November 28, Delfino Velazquez was crushed by a mezzanine floor due to the contractor’s violation of several safety rules, including the failure to arrange a pre-demolition engineering survey of the area to measure the stability of the building. Other violations included failing to train workers to recognize risky situations and tearing down load-bearing walls before an upper floor.

This is Formica’s second time to be involved in allegations of safety violations in the workplace, with Formica owner Kenneth Formica previously pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide after another worker, 39-year-old Lorenzo Pavia, was buried alive in a trench that suddenly collapsed in 2007. Formica spent 16 weeks in prison.

Velazquez’s daughter, Monica, said at a recent union-led press conference at City Hall that Formica should never have been able to resume business after the first worker death.

If you or someone close to your heart has been hurt in a construction accident in New York, whether as a worker on a construction site or a passerby, you can count on the legal help of our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057.


Nobel Prize Winner Dies in Taxi Accident

John Nash, the inspiration for the 2001 Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife were victims of a fatal taxi accident on May 23, according to the New York Times. The famed mathematician is best known for his battle with schizophrenia and work with game theory, winning him the 1994 Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Nash, 86, and wife Alicia Nash, 82, were traveling home to Princeton, New Jersey when the accident occurred.

Reports indicate that the taxi driver, Tark Girgis, lost control of the vehicle while attempting to pass another driver at around 4:30 p.m. The taxi hit a guardrail and immediately sent Nash and his wife from the vehicle. It is presumed that neither of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt.

Girgis was immediately sent to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life-threatening conditions. He willingly submitted to drug and alcohol tests by police after the accident.

Nash is survived by his two sons, John Stier and Johnny Nash. The thoughts and well-wishes of Hach & Rose, LLP, go out to the friends, family, and all affected by this tragic loss.


Amtrak faces personal injury claims from train accident victims

The National Railroad Passenger Corp., doing business as Amtrak, is facing many personal injury lawsuits that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars after the derailment of its train at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, philly.com reported on May 14.

The accident occurred not far from the Delaware River at around 9:30 p.m.; eight people were killed and many others seriously injured.

Because of the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act of 1997 which restricted government compensation to victims and families of victims to $200 million per crash, the compensation payments will likely fall short of what is necessary.

The personal injury lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, are dedicated to representing those who have been injured in a train accident or another incident through no fault of their own. Victims should not be held responsible for medical care costs and other damages. Learn more about pursuing financial compensation by calling our offices in New York at (212) 779-0057 today.


Hundreds injured, 6 dead after Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia

NBC 10 in Philadelphia has reported that the death toll has risen to six after the Amtrak derailment last night.  The Amtrak train, heading to NYC from Washington D.C., derailed shortly after 9pm EST.  Each of the seven cars left the tracks completely during the devastating accident.

The accident is reported to have claimed the lives of six individuals and injured over 140 people.  The Temple University Hospital took in 54 patients, 25 of which remain hospitalized.  Temple’s chief medical officer Dr. Herbert Cushing reports that an additional 8 patients remain in critical condition.

Mark Sokoloff of Hach & Rose, LLP, who has over 25 years experience dealing with railroad related deaths and injuries, commented on the accident:

“This is a tragic accident and my heart goes out to the victims and their families.  Along with many others, I have spent my career as an advocate for railroad safety and have represented hundreds of railroad employees and passengers.  As is all too often the case, accidents like this could have been prevented if safety precautions were followed.  Please read the following overview of the how PTC – Positive Train Control may have prevented this accident”

Positive Train Control, enacted by Congress in 2008 as part of The Rail Safety Improvement Act, was mandated to be implemented by Major Passenger and Freight Carriers like CSX, Amtrak, North Burlington Central, and Consolidated Rail, to name a few, by December 31, 2015. A Positive Train Control computer system on Amtrak may have prevented the North East Regional Train 188 tragedy. Congress must act now to re- enforce, as well as implement, The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008  (RSIA08., P.L.110-432) for Passenger Commuter Trains like  the L.I.R.R, Metro-North, N.J Transit and Amtrak.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), an average of 200 derailments and 205 train collisions, resulting in 422 injuries and 12 fatalities, occurred annually from 1998 to 2009, excluding the accidents at railway crossings, like the Valhalla N.Y accident. The majority of train related fatalities are due to interactions with vehicular traffic at road grade crossings and in 2009 alone there were 247 fatalities.

PTC is designed to prevent “train to train collisions, over speed derailments, incursions into established zones by vehicles, and movement through a switch left in the wrong position.” Railroads across the country are mandated to design a PTC system “best suited” for the Carrier’s need to prevent Railway derailment as a result of a fouled  track or excessive speed.

The Amtrak Train 188 occurred close to Frankford Avenue and Wheatsheaf lane approaching a known dangerous curve in the tracks.

Amtrak trains travel within The North East Corridor at speeds exceeding 100 miles an hour. If this derailment was caused by excessive speed, a positive train control system would have reduced the train speed in this urban and residential area automatically, and would have likely prevented this tragedy.

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Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy shared this photo that showed a firefighter inside the train.

The question that is posed by the North East Regional Train 188 Disaster is how close is Amtrak in their PTC design to prevent future speed related derailment before the 12/31/2015 deadline?

The firm of Hach & Rose, LLP, urges all Amtrak employees and their families to take advantage of the Amtrak Employee Assistance program. The firm is offering free FELA and benefit consultations through our website www.unionlawfirm.com or by calling (212) 779-0057.

If you or a family member was involved in this tragic accident, whether as a passenger or a worker, please contact Hach & Rose, LLP, to learn more about your rights and the legal action that may be available to you. To speak with one of our attorneys today, please call 866-LAWS-USA.


Manhattan construction accident kills one

A crane accident in Manhattan resulted in the death of a construction worker on April 24, according to a Newsweek report.

The construction site is located at E. 44th Street between Second and Third Avenues. A representative of the fire department told reporters that the accident was not a collapse of the construction site itself–rather, a mechanical malfunction of equipment. The fire department affirmed that the victim was male but could not release a name or age.

The New York Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident. Police authorities are working to inform the deceased’s next of kin.

Crain’s New York Business reporter Andrew J. Hawkins witnessed the tragic accident and described the scene. The worker was covered with a sheet pulled over his head, which he said police did in order to respect the deceased’s body by preventing photographers from recording the scene.


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