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FELA statutes and railroad worker injuries

The Federal Employers Liability Act, commonly referred to as FELA, provides a way for injured railroad workers and their loved ones to recover compensation for on the job accidents by allowing these parties to take legal action against the worker’s employer. Because of FELA statutes, injured railroad workers may be able to secure compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. Learn more about these important protections by clicking here.


SUM policies can help cover gaps in insurance coverage

While New York motorists are required by law to carry at least $25,000 in liability insurance coverage, the sad reality is that the full costs of injuries sustained in car accidents often far exceed this amount. If a driver only has the required minimum amount of liability insurance and causes an accident, those injured in the accident may wonder how they can receive compensation for injuries that are in excess of $25,000. Fortunately, individuals have the option to carry Supplemental Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist coverage that can help make up the difference between the costs of an accident and the insurance coverage of the responsible driver. Learn more about this important type of coverage by clicking here.


Dangers of Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a serious, potentially fatal, bacterial infection that affects the skin and underlying tissues. If the infection is not treated in a timely manner, or if the infection does not respond to antibiotics, it can spread to the bloodstream and/or lymph nodes, putting a victim’s life at risk. Learn more about this dangerous infection and what you can do if your cellulitis injury was caused by the negligence of another person or entity by clicking here.


NY med mal premiums drop for seventh straight year

An annual premium survey issued by Medical Liability Monitor in October showed that medical malpractice premiums have dropped for three bellwether specialties in New York for the seventh straight year.

Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers, a medical malpractice carrier for obstetrician/gynecologists in the New York counties of Nassau and Suffolk located east of Queens, said rates went down to $214,999 in 2014 from $227,899–a drop of almost 6%.

Malpractice premiums for overall medical fields decreased on average of 1.5% for obstetrician/gynecologists, internists, and general surgeons, which is a little lower than the 1.9% drop in 2013. Specialty rates, on the other hand, declined 1.6% for internists, 1.3% for general surgeons, and 1.7% for obstetricians/gynecologists.

A person greatly values his or her health, so if that health comes into risk due to an error committed by physicians or health care practitioners, it is understandable that the person would want to press legal action and demand to be compensated for his troubles. If this situation happens to you in New York, employ the legal services of our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today.


Joan Rivers Family Takes Legal Action Against Medical Malpractice

In the wake of Joan River’s death in September, River’s family hired a team of lawyers to investigate the possibility of medical malpractice, according to an NBC report. River’s went in for a routine surgery on her vocal chords and died from hypoxia, meaning her brain was cut off from sufficient oxygen. Officially, River’s death was declared as resulting from a ‘therapeutic complication,’ meaning that the comedian’s death occurred due to a foreseeable risk of the surgery.

River’s family plans to take legal action to investigate the possibility that her death was caused by medical malpractice, rather than a known risk. Many families struggle with the same kind of issue when their loved ones pass away after receiving medical treatment. If you have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, there are legal actions you can take to seek compensation.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, in New York, our lawyers are dedicated to working for the legal rights and interests of those affected by personal injury accidents. Our lawyers are committed to helping families like yours seek the compensation they need. Call (212) 779-0057 today to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your legal options.


What kinds of substances can cause harm to employees?

Occupational illnesses and injuries can occur as the result of dangerous substances in the work environment. While employers are supposed to keep employees safe by maintaining a clean working environment, sometimes toxic substances can harm employees. Some of the most common types of toxic substances in the work place include:

  • Asbestos
  • Methylene chloride
  • Acetone
  • Hydrogen peroxide

These substances can cause severe illnesses and injuries to those who come in contact with them. If you have been injured on the job due to exposure to toxic chemicals, whether or not the particular chemical is on this list, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation to help pay for medical expenses. Discuss your legal options and rights with one of our personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.


Cement subcontractor in fatal accident has history of violations

Park Side Construction, the subcontractor overseeing the cement work at the 37th Street hotel construction project where 27-year-old worker Rodalfo Vasquez-Galian was killed, was revealed to have a history of safety violations, DNAinfoNewYork reported on September 24.

According to federal Department of Labor records, Park Side Construction was given $11,900 in fines in May 27 for lacking safety equipment at a different construction project at 81 Fleet Place.

Vasquez-Galian, of 418 Liberty Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey, died at the scene of the construction site as he was securing the foundation for the 22-floor hotel at 326 West 37th Street in Midtown, New York when a concrete block fell from the building and crushed him.

The city Department of Buildings ordered the construction be postponed because an approach pit – an area that workers use to have space beneath the foundation – was not dug.

Construction is a constant in New York City, and injuries often happen at building sites. If you have been injured on or near a construction site, the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, may represent you in the pursuit of financial compensation. Call our offices at (212) 779-0057 today to learn more.


Concrete slab kills Manhattan construction worker

Fire officials reported that 27-year-old Rodalfo Vasquez-Galian, a construction worker from Jersey City, was declared dead at a Midtown Manhattan construction site after a thousand-pound concrete slab fell on top of him, The New York Times article stated on September 23.

Officials said Vasquez-Galian had been securing the foundations of a building next to the construction zone, which compromised the foundation of the neighboring building. This imbalance caused a concrete slab to fall and pin him at the site. Another construction worker was able to escape the path of the falling rock.

Due to concerns that the building at 320 West 37th Street may collapse entirely, over 100 people were evacuated. The construction site will eventually turn into a hotel owned by Sam Chang’s McSam Hotel Group. The company did not respond to inquiry by the time of the article.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, are deeply sorry for this loss and extend their sincere condolences to the Vasquez-Galian family.


Construction Worker Fatally Struck in NYC

Rodolfo Vasquez-Galian, a construction worker, was killed on September 23rd while working on a construction site on West 37th Street in Manhattan, according to an NBC4 report. Vasquez-Galian was struck by a falling concrete slab and killed immediately. The construction workers were in the process of excavating soil from a foundation wall when a piece of concrete supporting another foundation wall dislodged and hit Vasquez-Galian.

Neighbors in surrounding apartment and office buildings were asked to evacuate while the scene was assessed. The construction site is one of many in the city as new hotels and apartments continue to be built. Neighbors said that all they hear in anymore is the sound of construction, and they are concerned about the amount of construction going on around them.

The lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, send their deepest condolences to the Vasqez-Galian family. Unfortunately, construction site injuries and deaths are all too common in New York. Our lawyers are prepared to represent those injured while working on construction sites.


Disc bulges and herniations due to neck injuries

Any injury to the neck has the potential to cause devastating pain and suffering for victims, but many individuals who suffer an injury to the neck will also subsequently suffer bulges or herniations of the discs in the spine. This can cause a variety of additional disruptions for accident victims, as well as considerable pain and suffering. Learn more about the causes of these injuries, as well as the treatment and legal options available to victims, by clicking here.


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