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Securing Compensation for Dog Bite Victims

More than 4 million dog bite injuries occur annually in the United States, often leaving victims with significant pain and suffering, as well as overwhelming bills related to necessary medical care. While nothing can erase the pain resulting from a dog bite injury, victims may be able to secure much-needed financial compensation by filing a lawsuit against the dog owner, and in some cases, the landlord or property owner of the property where the dog lives. To learn more about dog bite injury liability, or to take legal action if you’ve been injured by someone else’s dog, contact Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.

Metro-North train derails in the Bronx, kills four people

Earl Weener, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator, said that the Metro-North Railroad commuter train crashed on Sunday, December 1 because it was traveling at a speed of 82 mph on a 30 mph curve.

The train’s speed at the time of the incident was retrieved from the train’s data recorders. The train derailed and crashed in the Bronx, resulting in the death of four people. The curve on the tracks required that all trains reduce their speed from the typical traveling speed of 70 mph to 30 mph.

Weener was unable to clarify whether the derailment was the result of human error or mechanical failure.

People injured in serious accidents could sustain life-altering injuries and be subject to paying expensive hospital bills. If you have been the victim in an accident near New York City, contact Hach & Rose, LLP. Call (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney.


Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx kills four, injures 67

A Metro-North passenger train that was headed for Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal on Sunday, December 1 suddenly derailed in the Bronx borough of New York City, causing seven of its eight train cars to come off the tracks. As a result of the derailment, four people died and 67 others were injured.

The train, which came from Poughkeepsie and had 150 passengers onboard, was just 10 miles north of its destination when the accident happened.

According to New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff, three of the passengers who died were thrown from the train as it “came off the track and was twisting and turning.” One train car came to a full stop near the Harlem River. The cause of the train accident remains unknown, and results of investigations by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board are pending.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority reported that this was the second time a train came off its tracks along that route. The first accident occurred in July this year and caused a great deal of damage to 1,500 feet of the track.

Our team at Hach & Rose, LLP, knows that many people in New York City and the surrounding areas are greatly affected by this tragedy, and send both our thoughts and condolences to anyone suffering in its aftermath.

UPSC and Backcountry Access recall Avalanche airbags

A nationwide product recall of Avalanche airbags due to dangers of them causing injuries or deaths was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Backcountry Access on Tuesday, November 26. According to the CPSC, the recall includes Avalanche airbag model floats 18, 22, 30, 32, 36, and Throttle.

The recall was made due to the airbags’ trigger assembly failure, which can lead to instances of the airbags not deploying, making it dangerous for people stuck in an avalanche as they are in risk of injury or even death.

For more information regarding the recall, consumers can get in touch with company officials at (800) 670-8735 between 8 a.m. and 5 pm. Monday through Friday or online at backcountryaccess.com.

Product manufacturers can be held accountable if their products, which should be safe for public use, have inflicted injuries or illnesses on consumers. Call our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, if you live in New York City and have suffered an injury due to a defective product. We can be reached at (212) 779-0057.

Train Accident leaves 4 Dead, 67 injured, in Metro-North Train Derailment on the Hudson Line in the Bronx

With a total of 67 people were injured, 11 critically, the metro-north train accident ranks as one of the worst train accidents in the US in the past decade. The derailment occurred around 7:20 a.m. under the Henry Hudson Bridge on the Hudson Line near the Spuyten Duyvil station. Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, who represents the area is quoted by the New York Times as saying the train accident on the Hudson Line was “certainly the worst one on this line.”

Hach & Rose, LLP, has helped many individuals and families deal with the aftermath of injuries and deaths related to railroad accidents. Attorney Mark Sokoloff has over 25 years helping those who have been injured in train accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in this accident, please contact us to discuss your legal options.

Recent NYC pedestrian accidents claim three lives

Car accidents in Queens and East Harlem caused fatal injuries to three people on Monday, November 11.

A yellow Chevrolet Camaro that was heading west on Queens Boulevard near Broadway, crashed into a phone booth, a lamp post, and two parked cars around 7:30 a.m. before it went over the curb and hit two pedestrians.

Fifty-nine-year-old Man Chit Cheng died at the scene of the accident while 41-year-old Mu Wang Lin was pronounced dead at the Elmhurst Hospital. Both were Queens residents.

Meanwhile in East Harlem, a taxi heading west on East 102nd Street crashed into a southbound box truck. The truck then went over the curb and struck 65-year-old Manhattan resident Olga Rivera. Rivera was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The police are conducting investigations into the accidents.

The New York City attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP extend our sincere condolences to those affected by these tragic accidents.

New York’s “Citi Bike” Bike-Share Program

By: Greg Hach

City officials encourage New Yorkers to use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. In May of 2013, NYC launched “Citi Bike” – the largest public bike sharing program in the United States. While the Citi Bike program provides many social, economic, and environmental benefits to our city, we must keep in mind the potential dangers the program has created. A large portion of Citi Bike users are tourists who have very little experience riding bikes on New York roadways. Their unfamiliarity with New York’s traffic patterns, rules of the road, and bicycle etiquette increases the risk of accidents for others on the road. Even experienced Citi Bike users face a heightened risk just by the fact that the Citi Bike program has placed over 4,000 more bicycles on the crowded streets of New York.

If you were injured by a Citi Bike user or while riding a Citi Bike, call the experienced bike-accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 for a free consultation.

Injured in a Bicycle-Related Accident? Read This.

by: Greg Hach

Cycling is one of the most popular forms of transportation, recreation, and exercise in New York City. There are thousands of riders who rely on their bicycles to get them from place to place on a daily basis. Unfortunately, cyclists are often the victims of motor vehicle accidents, especially on the busy and congested roads of New York City.

According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, the risk of serious injury for New York cyclists dropped by 73 percent between 2000 and 2011. Nevertheless, the number of yearly bike accidents still continues to rise, with some victims suffering traumatic and permanent injuries. The majority of bicycle accident cases in New York involve contact with a motor vehicle that failed to yield to a cyclist, oftentimes forcing the cyclist off the road or into a collision.

Despite all precautions, many riders are severely injured each year by careless or impatient drivers. If you are involved in a bicycle accident and have medical bills or other crash related expenses, you need to understand the complex New York No-Fault rules as applied to cyclists.

New York law allows recovery for medical expenses that are not covered by a collateral source (health insurance or no-fault), as well as lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, property damage, and other non-economic damages. Claims for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses encompass both past and future damages. You can also recover for the property damage to your bike.

In addition to negligent drivers, cyclists are also exposed to other dangerous conditions like potholes, careless pedestrians, and inclement weather. Even the most experienced rider is susceptible to the negligence of others and the dangers posed by poorly maintained roads.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, have the resources and experience to handle any type of accident involving a bicycle. If you have been injured on a bicycle, consult an experienced attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve. Please call the office of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 for a free consultation.

Hach & Rose, LLP, Secured a $2,500,000 Settlement for a Union Worker in a Slip and Fall Accident

The plaintiff was a union-employed sheet-metal worker assigned to a building construction project in midtown Manhattan. While walking on the building’s roof, the plaintiff slipped and fell on a piece of plywood. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his knees and shoulders.

The plaintiff retained Hach & Rose, LLP, as counsel to represent him in a lawsuit against the building’s owners and the project’s general contractors. Hach & Rose, LLP, argued that the defendants violated the New York State Labor Law, specifically Labor Law Sections 200 and 241(6).

New York State Labor Law Section 200 places a general duty on property owners, employers, and contractors to protect the health and safety of employees while working in constructions sites. Furthermore, Section 241(6) extends the general duty and provides that all areas in which construction, excavation, or demolition work is being performed shall provide reasonable and adequate protections to workers in that construction site.

Hach & Rose, LLP, claimed that the plywood was used as a walkway for construction workers in order to avoid stepping on river rocks that were on the roof. The board was not secured and was worn by exposure to weather and constant wear and tear during the course of the project. “Under such circumstances, the defendants violated the general safety provisions of Labor Law § 200 and failed to properly safeguard the construction site as required by Labor Law § 241(6)” said Michael A. Rose, Senior Partner at Hach & Rose, LLP.

Defense counsels argued that the New York State Labor Law Sections contended by the plaintiff did not apply and that the plaintiff knew about the presence and condition of the boards on the roof and could have walked around them.

A pretrial settlement was negotiated by the parties and the defendant’s insurance agreed to pay $2,500,000 to compensate the plaintiff for his injuries and damages.

Tunnel worker injuries and filing legal claims

Unfortunately, the men and women who work for Laborers’ Local 147, also known as the New York City Sandhogs, are all too often put in serious danger due in part to the nature of their job, but also largely because of the negligence of contractors and construction site owners. In fact, such negligence can cause these tunnel workers to sustain often severe and lasting injuries, for which they often deserve compensation.

New York Labor Law allows for injured tunnel workers to bring claims against these parties when they are at fault for the injuries the workers sustain. Examples of acts of negligence that warrant such legal claims include failure to provide adequate and necessary safety equipment, equipment that is not well-maintained or malfunctions, failing to provide proper supervision or training, violating safety regulations, and more.

Should a tunnel worker sustain injuries due to these or other acts of negligence, they may be able to file a legal claim. However, as many of these claims are typically filed against municipalities, taking legal action as quickly as possible is necessary. This is due to the requirement that a claimant must file a Notice of Claim no later than 90 days after the injury occurs.

Learn more about tunnel workers and filing legal claims after an accident here.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our lawyers fight for injured tunnel workers and other construction workers in New York to get the compensation they need. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your situation and legal options.

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