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Roof and ceiling collapses on construction sites

With an increased number of structures being built in New York every day comes an increase in workers’ injuries. One common accident that can cause a slew of injuries is the collapse of a roof or ceiling that the crew is working on. A worker could fall from a great height off of the building or through the ceiling, causing them injury or even death.

How do roof and ceiling collapses happen?

These types of accidents are usually the result of poor crew management, inadequate safety precautions, poor training, or rushing the job to get in done by the deadline and within the budget. For example, if a ceiling was installed without the proper support, such as a load-bearing wall, it could collapse under excess weight. This weight could come from air ducts, water pipes, or even errant construction equipment such as a falling beam.

What types of injuries could be caused by a roof collapse?

Depending on the height a worker falls from, the injuries will vary in severity. At best, they might suffer bruises and broken bones. At worst, the fall could be fatal. Some common injuries sustained by workers who fell from or through roofs are:

Some typical construction site roof and ceiling collapse accident injuries include:

  • Death
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Impalement
  • Brain injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Joint injuries
  • Bruises and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Tissue damage
  • Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
  • Other internal injuries and organ damage

If you choose to pursue legal action to hold an outside party accountable for your injuries, you could be compensated enough money to cover your medical bills, reduced quality of life, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a New York roof collapse lawyer

If you were injured in a roof or ceiling collapse on a job site, contact Hach & Rose, LLP for help. Our team of experienced New York construction accident lawyers has already won millions of dollars of compensation for other injured New York construction workers, and we want to assist you. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.

Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in nursing homes

According to the National Council on Aging, about 1 in 10 nursing home residents over the age of 60 have experienced some form of abuse in nursing homes. It is essential to be aware of the various types of abuse older adults experience in nursing homes to protect vulnerable residents better.

Of the seven basic types of elder abuse that, unfortunately, are common in American nursing homes, physical, sexual, and emotional or psychological abuse, is the most prevalent. Neglect, abandonment, financial exploitation, and self-neglect are the other four types.

Thousands of elderly Americans are psychologically and physically abused by their caretakers each year, but knowing the signs of these abuses can prevent it and protect your loved ones.

Physical abuse is one common form of mistreatment that the elderly experience at the hands of their trusted caretakers. They might get physically injured either by intentional or unintentional methods; sometimes, a caretaker is negligent in the way they interact with their patients, sometimes leaving them with bruises or broken bones. Other times, a caretaker will intentionally cause harm to the older adult by kicking, punching, or pushing them. Signs of physical abuse can be easy to spot if the resident has cuts, bruises, broken bones, etc.

Sexual abuse of the elderly, as with anyone else, occurs when they are forced or coerced into a sexual interaction without giving consent. Telltale signs of sexual abuse are bruising and bleeding around the inner thighs and genital area, social withdrawal, bloody undergarments, and problems walking or sitting. It should be noted that people with dementia or Alzheimer’s may not be able to communicate that they have been abused.

Psychological or emotional abuse might manifest as name-calling, humiliation, blocking access to resources, forcing isolation, or making threats. An older adult who is being abused in this way might avoid eye contact, appear withdrawn or scared, exhibit mood swings, or isolate themselves from their friends and family.

Contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer

If a nursing home caretaker has abused your loved one, turn to a New York nursing home abuse lawyer for assistance in putting an end to this mistreatment. We believe that when you put your elderly loved one in a residential facility, they should receive the highest quality of care. When caretakers breach this boundary of trust, care, and respect, the employee and the facility should face the consequences. Call our office at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your options today.

Common nursing home infections

A 2004 National Nursing Home Survey found that nearly 1.5 million elderly Americans live in about 16,000 nursing homes. With crowded nursing homes comes an increased potential of harmful infections spreading. Because the elderly generally have diminished immune systems and because surgery can sometimes cause more harm than good, the spread of an infection could be disastrous in a nursing home. This article outlines the most common infections found in nursing homes and the ways to prevent and treat them.

Often, residents who are moved from one home to another or who were just transferred from a hospital are carriers of diseases unknown to their new nursing home. The most common nursing home infections are:

  • Respiratory infections like pneumonia and influenza
    • Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in nursing home residents, with residents using feeding tubes being at the highest risk of developing it. Elderly patients may manifest symptoms of pneumonia differently than younger patients, so blood tests and x-rays should definitively diagnose it.
  • Soft-tissue and skin infections
    • Infected pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers, and diabetic wound infections are common in nursing home residents, as well as less severe conditions such as skin dryness, redness, and peeling. Pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are unfortunately common in patients who are confined to a bed or wheelchair.
  • Gastroenteritis
    • Norovirus causes dehydration and diarrhea in nursing home patients, which could be fatal if it goes untreated. It can be passed from person to person and through food and water, making it difficult to detect an origin and to prevent it.
  • Urinary tract infections
    • UTIs are incredibly common in nursing home residents with indwelling catheters. The risk of developing a UTI increases each day the catheter remains inserted. Within a month, it is likely that there will be bacteria in the patient’s urine.

Contact a New York nursing home abuse lawyer

If your loved one has developed an infection due to neglect in a nursing home, contact an attorney right away. The New York nursing home abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are ready to investigate and help put an immediate end to this neglect and dangerous mistreatment. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to schedule your free consultation today.

Scaffolding accidents on construction sites

Scaffolding is designed to provide construction workers with a safe way to access hard-to-reach parts of the building they’re constructing, painting, or repairing. It’s a common sight in a growing city such as New York, where thousands of construction workers ascend scaffolding each day. But if the scaffolding was erected incorrectly, or a worker was improperly trained, a worker could get hurt.

Regardless of the specifics of the incident that led to the worker’s injury, they are always entitled to worker’s compensation if they can prove that they were injured on the job site while they were working. But if someone else’s negligence was a factor in the accident, the worker may also be able to file a civil suit to win additional compensation.

How do scaffolding accidents happen?

Scaffolding accidents usually occur because:

  • There were inadequate protections in place to prevent falls,
  • Materials were overloaded and added excess weight to the scaffolding,
  • The scaffolding was constructed improperly,
  • Parts of the scaffolding failed because of a manufacturer error
  • Workers were trained inadequately and not provided proper guidelines, and
  • Falling objects struck workers

What injuries are caused by scaffolding accidents?

Depending on the nature of the accident, injuries can vary from very minor to very severe. Falling from scaffolding could be fatal, as 35% of all construction site fatalities are attributed to falls. A worker might suffer lacerations, broken bones, paralysis, internal organ injury and bleeding, or a traumatic brain injury. The workers who are most at risk of injury by scaffolding are the ones who build and dismantle the scaffolding, before and after finished construction. This is because they are responsible for installing scaffolding when specific safety measures cannot be in place, such as ladders, guardrails, and planks.

How can scaffolding accidents be prevented?

To prevent scaffolding accidents, it is imperative to consult with an engineer to ensure that the scaffold can support its weight and four times that number. The construction crew needs to be properly trained on how to navigate the scaffolding and how to take advantage of safeguards such as guardrails. The crew should also be provided with safety equipment such as hard hats, harnesses, a vertical lifeline, and a vertical lifeline anchor.

Contact a New York scaffolding accident attorney

If you were injured in a scaffolding accident on a construction site, you could be owed financial compensation. The team of construction accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP is ready to assist you. We’ll investigate and build your case to win compensation to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to schedule your free consultation today.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in New York City


As one of the most populous cities in the world, New York’s streets are clogged with pedestrians and motorists day and night. Because the two are constantly in close proximity, accidents happen frequently, and often with devastating results. Among the possible causes of pedestrian accidents in New York City, some of the most common include:

  • Speeding — Drivers often strike child pedestrians when they are going too fast through residential areas.
  • Failure to Maintain Vehicle — Drivers may cause crashes because they did not properly maintain their vehicles, causing sudden mechanical issues.
  • Defective Highways — Governmental entities could be responsible for some accidents caused by dangerous highways.
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Lights — Drivers often strike pedestrians when they do not acknowledge traffic lights or signs.
  • Distracted Driving — Drivers may not see pedestrians when they are distracted by cell phones, climate controls, or in-vehicle navigation systems.
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) — Drivers who cause accidents because they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol will often face criminal charges, but such cases are completely separate from civil actions.
  • Improper or Illegal Turns — Drivers who perform certain unauthorized turns can inadvertently strike child pedestrians.
  • Inclement Weather — Any kind of unfavorable weather makes pedestrians more difficult to see, especially children.
  • Reckless Driving — A person commits the offense of reckless driving if they drive a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
  • Driver Fatigue — Drivers who are struggling to stay awake can be more likely to cause pedestrian accidents.
  • Defective Parts — Some vehicles malfunction because certain parts fail, and manufacturers can be liable for defective parts.
  • Other Traffic Violations — A number of other New York traffic law violations can also cause pedestrian accidents.

Contact a Pedestrian Accident Attorney in New York

If you were severely injured while walking as a pedestrian in New York City, Hach & Rose, LLP can help you get justice. We will seek the maximum compensation possible from the negligent motorist who caused you harm. Time is limited to take legal action, so contact us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation right away. 


How is a slip and fall accident different from a trip and fall?

If you were hurt in a slip, trip, or fall accident in New York City, you could be owed significant compensation if someone else’s negligence caused you to get hurt.

First, it is important to learn the definitions of both a trip and a slip. A slip and fall accident occurs when a person loses traction with the ground, causing their foot to slide out from underneath them. Usually, they fall backward and might sustain injuries to their back, neck, back of the head, or hip. Wet, icy, or slippery surfaces put people at risk of slipping. Additionally, a person could slip on any number of objects scattered on the ground like beads or salt.

In contrast, when a person trips, it is because an object on the floor blocked their path. You might trip over uneven floorings such as broken tile or a cracked sidewalk, hazards that were concealed by poor lighting, or random objects left on the floor. When the plaintiff trips, they usually fall forward. This forward motion could result in injuries to the head and face, elbows, knees, or arms.

Depending on what injuries you suffered, you could be eligible to seek compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain, suffering and emotional trauma
  • Other losses

Slip and fall accidents tend to result in more severe injuries because the head, neck, and spine are at greater risk of injury, and treatment could include lengthy physical rehabilitation.

Regardless of the nature of your case, you and your lawyer will need to prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your accident. Sometimes, the defendant will try to avoid compensating you by suggesting that you were partially responsible for your own injury. If the jury determines that you were somewhat responsible for your injury, you will only receive a portion of the total amount.

Contact a New York Slip and Fall Attorney

If you were injured because you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you might be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can help determine how much compensation you could win from your case. Call our office today for a free consultation to discuss your case at (212) 779-0057.

Types of Paralysis

There are 33 vertebrae in the human vertebral column, and paralysis often stems from spinal cord injuries to particular regions. In general, injuries to the cervical vertebrae (C1-C7) are far more likely to cause paralysis than injuries to other spinal cord regions.

High-cervical nerve (C1-C4) injuries often cause paralysis in the arms, hands, or legs, but they can also cause difficulty breathing or controlling bowel or bladder movements. Low-cervical nerve (C5-C7) injuries could affect a person’s ability to control their arms and hands.

Thoracic vertebrae (T1-T12) injuries to the vertebrae in the upper back (T1-T5) can result in people possibly being confined to wheelchairs. Still, most injuries to the middle of the back (T6-T12) allow people to retain the use of hands and arms and possibly walk again with braces. Lumbar Vertebrae (L1-L5) injuries may also result in wheelchairs in a limited number of cases, but most victims can walk again with braces.

Paralysis is often the result of a complete spinal cord injury, which is a complete severance of the spinal cord. Complete spinal cord injuries include:

  • paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and the lower half of the body)
  • tetraplegia or quadriplegia (paralysis of all limbs)
  • triplegia (paralysis of one arm and both legs)
  • hemiplegia (paralysis of one arm and one leg on the same side of the body)
  • monoplegia (paralysis of one arm or one leg)

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation estimates that high tetraplegia (C1-C4) injuries carry average costs of $1,064,716 for the first year and $184,891 each subsequent year, low tetraplegia (C5-C8) injuries carry average costs of $769,351 for the first year and $113,423 each subsequent year, and paraplegia injuries carry average costs of $518,904 for the first year and $68,739 each subsequent year.

Contact a New York Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

Did you or a loved one become paralyzed due to someone else’s negligence in New York? If so, you have the right to hold the responsible party accountable for the impact your injuries will have on your life. Your ability to work and support yourself, as well as the ability to enjoy life as you once did, might be permanently affected by this accident, and you deserve justice and fair compensation.

The New York spinal cord injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP will be committed to doing everything we can to get you justice. You can have us answer all of your legal questions when you call (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

Burn Injuries Caused by Fires

A severe burn suffered in a fire can be a particularly devastating type of injury. They can be extremely painful and can have a lasting impact on the victim. Burns often require extensive treatment, rehabilitation, and could leave the victim with restricted movement as well as scarring and disfigurement in severe cases.

Burn injuries caused by fires are usually thermal burns, and burn injuries are typically classified by degrees. The three most common degrees include:

  • First-Degree Burns — A superficial burn involving damage to only the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin. First-degree burns cause mild pain and often heal on their own in a matter of days, with sunburn being the most common example of a first-degree burn.
  • Second-Degree Burns — A superficial partial-thickness burn that involves damage to both the epidermis and the dermis, the layer of skin below the epidermis. A second-degree burn can cause blisters and possible scarring. Skin grafting could be required in some instances, and recovery often lasts several weeks.
  • Third-Degree Burns — A deep partial-thickness burn in which damage extends into the sweat glands and underlying tissues. Skin grafting is always required for third-degree burns, but specific injuries could require surgery.

Three additional degrees of burn injuries are less common and often fatal. These other degrees include fourth-degree burns that extend into the fat, fifth-degree burns that extend into the muscle or sixth-degree burns that extend into the bone.

If you’ve suffered a burn injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be owed compensation from the responsible party. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you could secure compensation for the harm you’ve suffered, including lost wages, medical bills, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and more. It is crucial to hire an experienced burn injury attorney like the ones at Hach & Rose, LLP to get the qualified legal counsel you’ll need to pursue your claim.

Contact a New York Burn Injury Lawyer

The injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP represent burn injury clients on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us a thing. Contact our attorneys at (212) 779-0057 or fill out a contact form to get the full and fair compensation you’re owed.


Escalator Injuries: How Do They Happen?

If an escalator is defective, poorly maintained, or otherwise unsafe for use, innocent people could be severely hurt or killed. Some of the most common types of injuries that occur on escalators include:

  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  •  Cuts or lacerations
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Internal organ injuries

Other types of elevator or escalator accident injuries could include possible entanglement injuries such as choking hazards caused by clothing or body parts being caught in machinery. Some people may also suffer electrocution injuries in some cases.

Escalator accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Escalators are commonly found at: 

  •  Shopping malls
  • Amusement Parks
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Office Buildings
  • Movie Theaters

An important thing that you can do after an elevator or escalator accident is to take pictures of everything at your accident scene. If there is a clear issue with the safety of an escalator or elevator, try to get as many photographs as you can of the hazard from lots of different angles and distances. 

You need to be very careful if you are contacted by an insurance company for the negligent property owner in your case soon after your accident. Remember that all insurers are only concerned with trying to limit what they pay you to keep their costs low, so any agent who is telling you that you do not need to worry about hiring a lawyer because you will be taken care of is only trying to lull you into a false sense of security.

To determine liability for an escalator accident, your attorney will have to go through many different kinds of evidence relating to the case, including any security video, work records for the escalator or elevator, and inspection reports. Evidence could also include correspondence between a property owner and elevator or escalator company, service reports, and maintenance logs. 

This requires an experienced injury attorney who knows what to look for to build a strong case on your behalf. If you suffered severe injuries in an escalator accident in New York, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your rights and legal options right away.

What you need to know about toxic mold

Mold is a relatively common occurrence in homes and buildings, especially in dark, damp areas such as basements and bathrooms. Generally, the presence of mold is harmless, if unsightly. But certain types of mold, if present in large enough amounts, can pose a health risk to people living or working in that building. This could give rise to a premises liability or workers’ compensation case.

What type of mold is harmful?

Chances are, you’ve spotted at least a tiny bit of mold in your own bathroom. This won’t cause you any harm. But two well-known types of mold can potentially be dangerous if they are present in high concentrations.

The first is Stachybotrys chartarum, or black mold. Black mold usually grows after a building has been flooded because it needs constant hydration to flourish, according to the CDC. Black mold can be toxigenic, meaning it releases toxins from its spores. For someone with preexisting health conditions, these toxins could take a severe toll.

The second type of harmful mold is aspergillus, which is less dangerous than black mold but more common. Like black mold, aspergillus grows in buildings that have been flooded and can cause health complications for people who already have asthma or allergies.

What are the symptoms of mold poisoning?

If you have been exposed to a high concentration of toxic mold for a prolonged period, the chances are that you have developed a mold-related illness. According to Healthline, these symptoms usually mirror those of a cold or flu and could be fatal for people with asthma or lung problems.

Common symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red skin and eyes

If you have allergies or asthma, you may experience:

  • Chest colds
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Exhaustion
  • Persistent coughing at night
  • Headaches

Contact a New York toxic mold lawyer

If you contracted illness because toxic mold existed in your home or workplace, be sure to speak with an attorney right away. The legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP could help you determine if you have a valid personal injury claim and could help you get the justice you’re owed. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your legal options today.

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