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Gas Leak causes Massive Explosion in East Harlem

At least two people have been reported dead, and sixteen others injured, after a massive explosion and subsequent fire this morning in East Harlem. Around 9:13 am, the utility company Con Ed received a call reporting a gas leak. The company dispatched service trucks to the scene, but before they arrived, an explosion occurred that resulted in the collapse of two buildings. Over 100 firefighters arrived on the scene to help put out the ensuing fire.

So far, 4 of the injured individuals have been taken to Harlem Hospital, and a hospital worker reported that one of these individuals is a child currently listed in critical condition. The area in which the explosion occurred contains mostly residential buildings and small businesses, and residents and workers in the area reported hearing an extremely loud explosion, followed by plumes of black smoke pouring from the affected buildings. Metro North commuter rail service has been shut down temporarily, as debris from the explosion landed on the tracks.

We plan to follow this story closely, and will provide more information when updates become available.


School bus flips in Brooklyn after colliding with a taxi

On Monday, March 10 a school bus in Brooklyn flipped after being struck by a taxi.

The New York Police Department reported that 9 people, including 6 students, sustained injuries from the collision. The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. near the intersection of Halsey Street and Marcy Avenue.

Fortunately, passengers of the school bus only sustained minor injuries. The driver of the taxi is reportedly in critical condition however.

If you have been injured in a car accident because of another driver’s carelessness, you shouldn’t be responsible for expenses related to your injuries. The skilled attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, help injury victims in New York City collect compensation and justice after such accidents. To speak with a member of our legal team, call (212) 779-0057.


Carbon monoxide leak at New York mall causes one death, several hospitalizations

A carbon monoxide leak on Saturday, February 22 resulted in one fatality and the hospitalization of 26 Huntington Station shoppers.

Steven Nelson, 55, was found unconscious in the basement of Legal Sea Foods. Legal Sea Foods is one of the properties within the Huntington Station premises. He was transported to Huntington Hospital where he passed away.

As of Sunday, February 23, a sign was posted on the door of Legal Sea Foods, notifying people that the area is unsafe.

Huntington Station spokesman, A.J. Carter said the carbon monoxide poisoning could have been caused by a leak in the flue pipe of the restaurant’s water heater. Experts say that the presence of a carbon monoxide detector could have likely saved Nelson’s life.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, extend our condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.


Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

Far too many motorcyclists operate under the assumption that if they were injured in a motorcycle accident, they were at least partly responsible for their injuries due to assuming the risk of riding a motorcycle in the first place. As such, many feel that they do not deserve compensation for their injuries. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident because of the recklessness or negligence of another party, you may deserve to be compensated by the party responsible for your unnecessary suffering.

The team at Hach & Rose, LLP, recently helped a motorcycle injury victim secure over $8 million for her losses, and we are ready to put this experience to work for you. To learn more about what our team can do to help you if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us today at (212) 779-0057.


Attorneys at Hach & Rose LLP settle $1.2 million case for construction worker

In a case that attorneys David Cheverie and Michael Rose from Hach & Rose, LLP, recently settled, a construction worker was awarded $1.2 million for a back injury that he sustained while on the job.

According to the case, the original injury was sustained when the man slipped and fell at a work site. He returned to work soon after, and it wasn’t until a few months had passed before the full extent of his injury was shown, as he became completely unable to work due to injuring his back again while trying to pick up a board.

To find out more about the specifics of the case, including how the lawyers utilized expert witnesses to the worker’s benefit, click here.

Our lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, fight hard to get our clients the compensation and justice they need after being injured due to someone else’s negligence. Call (212) 779-0057 to speak with us today.


Toyota negotiates sudden acceleration settlements

Toyota Motors Corp. is currently settling numerous lawsuits over a defect that caused unexpected acceleration.

Toyota spokeswoman, Carly Schaffner mentioned that Toyota has been in the process of correcting the car defect since the initial sudden acceleration complaints.

Toyota made announcements in December of 2013 to settle all lawsuits relating to sudden acceleration lawsuits after a considerable loss in court. Analysts said that the financial loss relating to an Oklahoma lawsuit prompted Toyota’s decision to settle the remaining cases rather than contest them.

If you have been injured because of a defective vehicle, you could be eligible to receive compensation from the manufacturer. The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, represent victims in New York City. Call (212) 779-0057 to speak with a member of our legal team.


Fatal pedestrian accidents kill two people in Queens

On Saturday, January 18, two separate pedestrian accidents claimed the lives of two people in New York City.

Angela Hurtado, 68, an Elmhurst resident was struck by an SUV on Grand Avenue around 10:50 a.m. She died from her injuries. The driver of the SUV, Abel Tinoco, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

Earlier that morning, an unidentified homeless man was hit and killed by a Ford Expedition along the Cross Island Parkway in Queens. The driver of the Ford Expedition was not charged in the accident.

The attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, extend our condolences to those affected by these unfortunate incidents.


Treating Burn Injuries

While any injury has the potential to cause serious pain and lasting damage, few are as painful and potentially-devastating as burn injuries. Burn injuries can come from a number of sources, including heat, electricity, and chemicals, but all have the potential to expose victims to unthinkable amounts of pain and suffering, in addition to long-term dangers such as deep infection and scarring.

While nothing can fully erase the effects of a burn injury once it has happened, there are several treatment options that can help provide burn victims with the relief and protection they need. These include topical treatments, meant to promote healing, ease pain, and fight infection, pharmacological treatments, meant to help manage pain and fight infection, and finally, surgical treatment options, usually used to treat the worst burn injuries.

If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury because of another party’s carelessness or recklessness, you shouldn’t be forced to shoulder the consequences of this injury on your own. Let the New York legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, put their experience and understanding of the law to work for you as you fight for compensation from the party responsible for your needless suffering. Call us today at (212) 779-0057 to learn more about what we can do to help.


The different classification systems for traumatic brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury is an injury that affects the brain. Like other types of injuries, traumatic brain injuries can range greatly in severity, with mild injuries causing temporary side effects and the most severe causing permanent damage or brain death.

Because of the varying severity these injuries can have, different classification systems for these injuries have been developed. The three main classification systems are as follows:

  • Loss of consciousness – a system that classifies injuries based on the amount of time a person is unconscious.  
  • Post-traumatic amnesia – a system that classifies injuries based on the amount or severity of amnesia a person experiences
  • Glascow coma scale – a comprehensive system that gives victims a score from 3-15 (3 being the most severe) based on their responses to questions testing the verbal, motor, and optical functions.

To learn about traumatic brain injuries and their classifications more in-depth, check out this must know article.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our lawyers strive to help people in New York who have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to learn more about traumatic brain injuries.


Metro-North railway derailment causes about $9M in damage

On Tuesday, January 14 officials confirmed that the December 1 derailment of the Metro-North commuter train amounted to nearly $9 million in damages. The train derailed in the Bronx, killed four people, and caused serious injury to 60 people.

In a two-page report released by the National Transportation Safety Board, Metro-North ascertained that the amount covers repairs on the damaged locomotive, coaches, and track.

Marjorie Anders, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, clarified that the specified amount did not include any costs from personal injury lawsuits.

The report did not indicate whether the cause of the accident was human error or whether mechanical defects caused the derailment.

The attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, extend our sincere condolences to those affected by the train derailment.

 

 


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