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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.


Hach & Rose is Investigating Potential Lawsuits involving Da Vinci Robotic Surgeries

Hach & Rose is currently evaluating potential lawsuits for patients who had undergone surgical procedures in which the ‘Surgical Robot’ manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. was used. ‘Da Vinci’ or Surgical Robotic technology is employed to facilitate an increasingly broad variety of surgical procedures, and is being used by surgeons to perform hysterectomies, prostate and gall bladder removals, thyroid cancer surgeries and various other surgical procedures. Recent lawsuits allege that the use of this technology, wherein surgeons enter a patient’s body with robotic arms, has caused patients to suffer serious, even fatal injuries. Such injuries include but are not limited to intestinal burns and tears, punctured and cut uteri, bowel injuries, excessive hemorrhaging, and even death. In May of 2013, the manufacturer warned hospitals using the Da Vinci Surgical Robot system that the product may be putting patients at risk for burn injuries. The manufacturer warned that some versions of the system’s ‘Hot Shears’ may be prone to very small cracks creating a possible passageway for an electrical shock which could potentially cause burns and damage to healthy tissue and organs. The cracks are potentially so small that they cannot be visible with the naked eye and the company had received a reported injury due to such cracking in the Hot Shears portion of the robotic device. Marketing of the Robotic Technology claims to provide patients of Surgical Robots with faster recovery periods, less scarring, minimal loss of blood and provides surgeons greater range of motion when performing difficult surgical procedures. According to the Chicago Tribune in February 2012, 250,000 hysterectomies and prostate surgeries were performed with the Robotic device in 2011. If you or a loved one has undergone a ‘Da Vinci’ or ‘Surgical Robotic’ procedure and have suffered severe complications, we invite you to contact our office and speak with one of our highly skilled attorneys for an evaluation of your particular procedure.


Numerous People Injured in Early Morning New York Ferry Crash

Early Wednesday morning, at least 50 people were injured when a ferry, operated by Seastreak, crashed into a dock. At least one of these people, all of whom were traveling from New Jersey to New York Pier 11, was injured critically.

As of midday Wednesday, the exact cause of the accident was still not known; however, the National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the accident and passenger Elizabeth Banta stated that, “there was a large jolt.”

Bystanders and other passengers have said that many people were seen being taken off the ferry with head wounds and bandages. Videos show many people being removed from the scene on stretchers in ambulances to be taken to nearby hospitals. Currently, it appears as if all injured passengers have been removed from the ferry, but emergency teams are still on the scene of the accident.

 


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