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Paralyzed rider leads Trek to recall 1 million bicycles

Popular Wisconsin-based bicycle company Trek announced a recall of nearly 1 million bikes in the United States and Canada due to an improperly installed quick release lever on the front tire, according to CNN Money.

The lever in question has so far caused three separate bike accidents, resulting in the paralysis of one rider. Trek says that the issue stems from the release lever’s tendency to rotate over 180 degrees, potentially getting caught in the disc brakes and hurling riders over the handlebars.

The recall includes any Trek model manufactured between the years 2000 and 2015 equipped with front disc brakes and the defective lever. Trek claims not to have known about the faulty lever until the company received word of the injured rider, and the company is offering to provide owners with a free installation of a new lever, as well as a $20 gift card for merchandise.

It is the responsibility of bike manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe for consumer use. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bike accident caused by a defective product, a New York product liability lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help. Call us today at (212) 779-0057.


How does a statute of limitations affect my claim?

If you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of a third party, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your suffering and related expenses by filing a personal injury claim. In order for your claim to be legitimate, you will have to file it within a certain period of time. This window is called the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies depending on the state and the crime committed, but usually floats between one and six years. Although there are instances in which the circumstances surrounding the statute of limitations will vary, in general:

  • The statute of limitations begins on the day the accident occurs or when the crime is committed.
  • You can not file a personal injury claim after the statute of limitations has run its course, nor can you be prosecuted for a crime.

As such, after an accident, it is advisable to seek professional legal assistance as quickly as possible. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our New York personal injury lawyers are experienced in a broad range of practice areas and are dedicated to fighting for rightful compensation for our clients. To learn more about how a lawyer can help you, please call us today at (212) 779-0057.


Michael A. Rose and David R. Cheverie honored by Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America

Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of AmericaThe entire team at Hach & Rose, LLP, is proud to announce that attorneys Michael A. Rose and David R. Cheverie have been inducted as lifetime Charter Members of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.


Jimmy Mack’s children get $10M settlement in Wal-Mart truck accident

The children of 62-year-old comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair received $10 million from Wal-Mart in an out-of-court settlement after a semi-truck driving for the company crashed into a limousine bus holding McNair, Tracy Morgan, and others, Reuters reported on March 20.

The truck accident occurred along the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7 of last year as the group of comedians were returning from a show in Delaware. The truck driver, 39-year-old Kevin Roper, was found to have been awake for 24 hours prior to the accident. Moreover, Roper was driving 65 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. Roper pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him–vehicular homicide and assault by automobile.

Our car accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, in New York may provide aggressive representation against those responsible for your injuries or the death of a family member. Call our offices at (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your specific case and learn more about your options for pursuing legal action.


Wind-torn plank from condo construction site killed pedestrian

On the afternoon of March 17th, real estate agent Tina Nguyen was suddenly killed when gusty winds ripped a piece of plywood off of a nearby security fence surrounding a construction site. The 4 foot by 8 foot board sailed across 12th street, striking Nguyen so hard that she was thrown against a wall and hit her head on a section of pipe. She was later pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital, according to the New York Post.

Although winds were blowing up to 40mph that day, there is a question of whether or not the screws holding the board in place were secure.

The site, set to be a luxury condominium complex called The Greenwich Lane, is operated by a construction firm called Turner Construction. It is currently under investigation to determine whether the property was code-compliant at the time. For this incident, they may be hit with two violations by the Department of Buildings. These are not the first violations Turner and the property owners have faced for creating an unsafe street-level environment for pedestrians.

Nguyen was engaged to be married and was buried in her wedding dress on Sunday, when over 200 friends and family members gathered to celebrate her life.

Turner Construction released a statement to the New York Daily News that the company is “deeply saddened” by Nguyen’s death.

It is the responsibility of construction companies and property owners to ensure that their sites are code-compliant and do not pose an unnecessary danger to pedestrians and workers. If you or someone you love has been injured by construction firm negligence, a personal injury attorney with Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you file a claim to pursue justice. Call our New York City offices at (212) 779-0057 to speak with an attorney today.


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.


60 Minutes’ correspondent Bob Simon dies in Manhattan car accident

Seventy-three-year-old CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon died in a two-vehicle accident on February 11 in Manhattan, the Guardian reported.

According to preliminary investigations, the driver of the vehicle Simon was a passenger in crashed into another car. Simon and the other vehicle’s driver were transported to a nearby hospital; however, Simon was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Simon had the opportunity to cover major international war conflicts since the late 1960s, including the Vietnam war and the events that happened in the revolt that featured African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr,. as showcased in the recent Oscar-nominated movie Selma, CBS said.

He won awards for journalism that included a fourth Peabody and an Emmy for a 2012 story on central Africa that featured the world’s only all-black symphony. A story about an orchestra in Paraguay that made their instruments out of garbage won Simon his 27th Emmy, a feat which CBS said made Simon the most awarded journalist for field reporting.


Attorney Gregory Hach inducted as Life Member of Trial Masters

GregHachAttorney Gregory Hach of Hach & Rose, LLP, has recently been awarded membership into Trial Masters, an exclusive group of attorneys recognized for their significant trial experience. In particular, attorneys must have tried to verdict at least 35 cases in court over the course of their careers. This experience denotes a unique tenacity in a lawyer who is willing to take their clients’ cases to court time and again. Less than half of 1% of all U.S. attorneys are members of Trial Masters, and the entire legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, is proud of Gregory Hach for achieving this great distinction.


What is a statute of limitations?

A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time you have to file a claim or be prosecuted for a crime. If you have sustained physical or material damages in an accident due to the negligence of another party, you will likely be strapped with steep medical or repair expenses. It is possible, however, that you will be eligible for compensation that will cover the entirety of these expenses as long as you file your claim within a reasonable amount of time.

If you fail to meet the statute of limitations, you will be legally ineligible for any financial compensation for your injuries. To avoid this issue, it is important to file a personal injury claim as soon as possible after the accident.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you understand the statute of limitations for your specific case. To learn how you may pursue financial compensation, call our New York City offices today at (212) 779-0057.


If I am offered a settlement early on, should I accept it?

While it may be tempting to accept a settlement early on in the process to speed matters along, it may not be in your best interest to do so. In fact, these kinds of offers are often only extended when it is fairly obvious that the victim is not at fault in the incident. With that in mind, you should seriously consider consulting with a personal injury attorney before making any decision regarding the settlement you have been offered, especially since that settlement may be considerably less than you anticipated.

If you have been offered a settlement for the injuries you sustained in a construction accident, the New York construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you make an informed decision about your future. To discuss the particulars of the settlement you have been offered, please call our New York offices at (212) 779-0057 today.


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