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The Impact of Sexual Assault on Survivors Is More Than Skin-Deep

Sexual assault is something that no one should ever have to experience. While physical trauma will heal, emotional and psychological trauma can linger for the remainder of an assault survivor’s lifetime. According to data from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), “one in five women and one in seventy-one men will be raped at some point in their lives.” What’s even more alarming is that the vast majority of survivors report being assaulted by someone they knew.

Researchers have estimated that the lifetime cost of rape per victim is $122,461. Unfortunately, some of this cost is paid for by the victim. In a study published by the American Journal of Public Health, researchers estimated that victims paid an average of $950 in medical bills for receiving treatment after their assault. This means that survivors do not only have to cope with heavy physical and emotional burdens but heavy financial burdens as well. 

Unfortunately, many survivors never report being sexually assaulted. According to a study from the National Statistic Institute (ISTAT), researchers found that approximately 91.6% of rapes are not reported to the police. However, in a 2019 report from the New York Times (NYT), the New York City Police stated that the number of reported rapes increased by 22.4% within the past year. That equates to roughly 300 more people coming forward to inform police of their assault.

Maureen Curtis, the Director of Criminal Justice Programs for Safe Horizon, believes that the sharp increase in reported rapes may be the result of shifting cultural landscapes. “[Survivors are] feeling more believed,” said Curtis in an interview with the NYT. “There’s more compassion, and there’s less blaming around the person who has been victimized.”

Contact a New York Sexual Abuse Lawyer

If you were the victim of sexual assault or abuse, Hach & Rose, LLP‘s compassionate and understanding team of attorneys will take aggressive action to seek justice on your behalf. We are here to support you, so contact us to schedule a confidential consultation with a member of our team today.


Infant Sleeper Products Linked to Dozens of Deaths

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Although infant sleepers are popular products that are regularly purchased by new parents, a Consumer Reports (CR) investigation has revealed that these products are associated with dozens of infant deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently revealed that certain types of sleepers were linked to at least 73 infant deaths, including non-rocking inclined products, in-bed sleepers, and hammock products that have now been recalled.

While new parents may be drawn to the idea of in-bed infant sleepers, many pediatricians advise against their use. Roy Benaroch, a professor of pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, stated that “padding is a suffocation risk” in a recent report with CR.

According to medical professionals, this is especially true for inclined infant sleepers, and sleepers that are intended for use within an adult bed. This is because the mobile nature of sleeper products can cause an infant to shift onto their stomachs during the night. “An infant’s mouth can get pressed up against the soft surface . . . You don’t want the baby rebreathing their own carbon dioxide, because the baby could asphyxiate,” added Benaroch.

Recently, the CPSC commissioned a study on the safety of infant sleepers in response to the rising number of deaths. Researchers found that “none of the inclined sleep products that were tested and evaluated as part of this study are safe for infant sleep.” As a result, the CPSC proposed regulations that would effectively ban all inclined infant sleeper products. However, these regulations have yet to be carried out.

Pediatricians recommend only using products that have been regulated by safety standards from the federal government. These products include cribs, bassinets, play yards, and bedside sleepers. Pediatricians also urge parents to use a firm, flat mattress, place their infants on their backs, and to refrain from putting any blankets or pillows in the sleeping area.

Contact a New York Defective Product Lawyer Now

If your child died due to a defective or dangerous infant sleeper, you are undoubtedly devastated, in grief, and in search of answers. Why did this happen? Who was responsible for preventing this unnecessary and tragic death? The New York defective products lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP know that nothing can undo the pain and suffering your family has endured, nor can any action bring your child back. We do know that the manufacturer must be held responsible for their negligence, and we’ll be ready to fight for the answers, compensation, and justice that your family is owed.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our understanding product defect lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your rights and legal options. We’re here to support you, so call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out to us online.


Video FAQ: Does my health insurance carrier have a lien against the proceeds of my personal injury lawsuit?

In this video FAQ, Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Michael Rose explains the complicated nature of health insurance carriers and personal injury lawsuit liens. Sometimes, health insurance companies are entitled to a lien against your personal injury lawsuit proceeds. Because of New York’s anti-subrogation rule, private insurance companies do not have the ability to collect lawsuit proceeds, under most circumstances though there are a few exceptions.

Recovering the money you deserve after a personal injury is complicated and requires an experienced lawyer. If you have been injured in New York and you are unsatisfied with your current legal representation’s understanding of complex issues such as health insurance liens, call our team at (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your case.


Video FAQ: Do I have to pay back medical liens at the conclusion of my personal injury lawsuit?

In this new video FAQ, Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Michael Rose explains under what circumstances if any, medical liens must be paid back after a personal injury lawsuit. Liens can be used by healthcare facilities to stake a claim in future compensation from injury lawsuits. However, the circumstances of your lawsuit can alter which liens must be paid back.

If you’ve been injured in New York, you deserve an experienced lawyer that will fight for you to be properly compensated. Call the Hach & Rose, LLP team at (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your claim.


Video FAQ: How much time should my case take?

In this video, Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Michael Rose discusses the factors that can influence the timeliness of simple and complex cases, including court administration and the competency of lawyers. If your legal representation is not operating efficiently, you deserve better. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Michael Rose and his team at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your case and your claim today.


Rockville Centre, NY – Drunk Driver Charged Following Pedestrian Accident near Sunrise Highway

The Bronx, NY – Pedestrian Accident Lead to Fatality on Major Deegan Expressway

Rockville Centre, NY (March 24, 2019) – Drunk driving accidents typically tend to be quite severe due to the fact that they happen at high speeds and also take place when a party is unable to properly control their vehicle. Being involved in one of these accidents can be incredibly traumatic. (more…)


New Video FAQ: What should I do if I’m involved in a slip and fall?

In a new video FAQ, Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Halina Radchenko discusses what you should do if you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident caused by another person’s negligence. Contact us at (212) 779-0057 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys today.


Riverdale, NY – Pedestrian Struck in Serious Bus Accident Received Injuries

Springville, NY – One Killed and One Injured After Vehicle Slams into Four People

Riverdale, NY (January 5, 2019) – Around 3:20 p.m. only days ago, a pedestrian received various injuries in a serious bus accident and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police responded to the scene of the accident, which took place at the corner of the intersection at Broadway and Moshulu Avenue. The pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The exact injuries are not known at this time. Police do not have an update on the condition of the pedestrian and whether or not they have recovered.

NYPD is investigating the accident at this time to determine how it took place.

New York Pedestrian Accidents

Riverdale, NY – Pedestrian Struck in Serious Bus Accident Received Injuries

Many types of accidents take place across New York every day, including those involving pedestrians. Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable parties on our roads and, as a pedestrian, if you have been injured you have the right to bring an injury claim against a party who caused you harm. Our experienced New York accident attorneys are here to support you and answer all of your questions during this difficult time in your life.

If you have been injured as a result of a negligent party who was not watching out for your well-bring, you might be entitled to compensation that will help you cover a variety of losses under the law. You need the experienced advice of an attorney who has handled many of these cases, as we have at Hach & Rose. Call an attorney that you can trust at 212-779-0057 to find out what we can do in your time of need.

Note: Secondary sources were used to create this piece and, because of this, the information included has not been independently verified. If you notice a factual issue with our posting, please bring it to our attention and we will correct or remove it as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: Our intent in these posts it to bring attention to the dangers members in our community face and to encourage caution. Accidents do happen and we hope these posts help those affected. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal or medical advice, and we urge you to contact a trained legal professional for more information regarding your specific situation.


New Video FAQ – What should I do if my infant or toddler shows signs of Erb’s palsy?

In a new video FAQ, Hach & Rose, LLP attorney Anthony Hirschberger discusses what you should do if your infant or toddler is showing the signs of Erb’s Palsy. Watch the video above to learn more.


Video FAQ: What is Unique About Representing People Who Suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Have you wondered about the impact a traumatic brain injury can have on someone’s life? If so, watch the video here, and learn about your legal options from Hach & Rose, LLP now.


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