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Must Know Info: Municipal Liability and Bus Accidents

In a new Must Know Info article, New York City personal injury attorney Michael Rose outlines the firm’s strategy for municipal bus accident cases and highlights some recent cases the firm has handled.

When a person is injured in a bus accident, it is important their attorney treats the case as though a trial is inevitable. That way, the amount of evidence gathered and experts consulted will be a great benefit to either securing a settlement before trial or provide a strong head start for when the case makes it to the courts.

You can read the article by clicking here.

If you have been hurt in a bus accident, the New York City motor vehicle accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you determine who is liable and how to get the compensation you need. Contact our firm at (212) 779-0057 to learn more.

New Video FAQ: What is nursing home negligence or abuse?

Hach & Rose, LLP, has released a new video FAQ that discusses the difference between nursing home negligence and nursing home abuse.

If you suspect your loved one is falling victim to nursing home negligence or abuse, the New York City nursing home abuse lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help you investigate your claim and hold the negligent nursing home accountable. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to speak with an attorney today.

Must Know Info: Third Party Claims

In a new article, attorney Michael Rose discusses how, in some workplace injury cases, it is possible for the injured person to hold a third party accountable for their injuries.

Filing for workers’ compensation benefits excludes you from suing your employer most of the time. However, if it can be shown that a third party, an entity that is separate from your employer, was negligent, that party can be held liable for your injuries as well. This can make a dramatic difference in the amount of compensation available to an injured worker.

You can read Michael Rose’s article on our Must Know Info page, or click here.

If you have suffered a work-related injury, our New York injury attorneys can help you through the process of receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Call Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 to learn more.

New Video FAQ: What should I do if an elderly loved one is injured in an accident?

Hach & Rose, LLP, has released a new video FAQ about injuries to the elderly. In the video, we discuss what steps to take if an elderly loved one is hurt in an accident.

If your loved one has been injured in an accident, the New York City personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP may be able to help you seek compensation for the medical costs associated with the injury. Call our offices at (212) 779-0057 to learn more about your legal options.

New York appeals court rules in favor of elderly care transportation provider

The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division dismissed a personal injury lawsuit on Tuesday, December 6, against elderly care transportation provider Senior Care Emergency Medical Services and its associated entity, Senior Ride, ruling that the companies did not possess any reason to have knowledge that a driver employed with them would hurt a patient.

Reversing a lower court’s ruling, the appeals court nixed the lawsuit lodged by plaintiff Holly Shiebl, who claimed that a driver for Senior Care physically assaulted her in an elevator at New York Presbyterian Hospital, noting, “The affidavits of both managers from both companies and the personnel file established that, at most, the employee had been disciplined in the past for rudeness and verbal abuse toward clients, and the companies had no notice of any physically violent propensities.”

Senior Care made the argument that they did not actually employ the driver and that the driver was actually employed by Senior Ride; Senior Care also contended that they are a totally different company from Senior Ride.

Please call our New York City personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP by dialing (212) 779-0057 or fill out our online contact form today to speak with a qualified member of our legal team. We handle cases in nursing home abuse as well as other areas of personal injury.

Police chief believes drunken driving accidents can be curbed by ride-sharing services

Cheektowaga, New York Police Chief and the state’s Association of Chiefs of Police leader, David Zack, is of the opinion that ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, can help curb drunken driving in the state.

In a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Zack said, “The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police strongly urge you to prioritize, champion, and pass a bill that would allow ridesharing throughout New York State in the next legislative session.”

Zack noted that 51% of all licensed drivers in the state are in upstate New York, along with 65% of alcohol- and drug-impaired arrests and 59% of all deadly and personal injury accidents.

Zack said the percentages are lower in New York City, which caters to many ride sharing and mass transit options which are not available in the upstate.

If you had been injured in a preventable drunk driving accident in the state of New York, do not hesitate to seek legal help from our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling our offices today at (212) 779-0057. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team today.

Queens Construction Accident Kills Two

Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of a construction accident in Queens where a crane operator and construction worker were killed by a falling steel beam. The accident occurred in the Briarwood neighborhood at the construction site for a new apartment complex. Preliminary investigations revealed a 6,500 pound I-shaped steel beam fell from four stories up, as it was being hoisted by a crane. The beam struck the cab of the crane, killing the operator inside before striking a worker on the ground.  By the time emergency services responded, both men, ages 47 and 43, were dead.

It was windy the day of the accident, which can make crane operations extremely hazardous. Though no official conclusions have been reached, investigators’ preliminary impression is that a failure of the crane’s rigging was the source of tragedy, not wind. The work site had no open violations, the crane operator had no history of violations, and the crane passed an inspection as recently as June.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the accident a tragedy at an unrelated news conference. Rick D. Chandler, the commissioner of the city’s Building Department, expressed similar dismay as he spoke from site of the accident the same afternoon, saying “These two gentlemen won’t be going home tonight, and we’re very, very sorry about that.”

NY woman takes Starbucks to court over spilled coffee at airport

New York resident Jessica Pyne filed a lawsuit against coffeehouse chain Starbucks Corp. in the Harris County 215th District Court on October 12, 2016. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff is alleging that she suffered burns to the lower half of her body when a barista spilled a hot cup of coffee on her in the Starbucks at the George Bush International Airport.

According to Pyne’s lawsuit, she was at a stopover at the Bush Airport on October 13, 2014, when she got off her plane and went to the airport Starbucks to buy a coffee. She then claimed the barista managed to spill a cup of hot coffee on her lower extremities, burning her legs, ankles, and feet. Pyne also claims the Starbucks management did not extend any form of assistance or remuneration to her after the incident.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, who provide legal services to our clients in the state of New York, handle personal injury accident cases involving premises liability and product liability, among others. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057 to learn more about your legal options.

Woman sues Zara, claims dead rodent was sewn into the dress she bought

New York resident Cailey Fiesel during the second week of November filed a lawsuit against Spanish clothing and accessories retailer Zara, claiming that a dead rodent was sewn into the dress that she bought from the store.

According to Fiesel’s lawsuit, Fiesel bought a $40 scoop neck dress from the Zara store in Greenwich in Fairfield County, Connecticut when she found that the dress was filled with a rat’s remains.

New York-based Apparel Production Inc. factory owner Teddy Sadaka, who owns the manufacturing outlet in the United States that distributes the Zara brand, clothes designed by German fashion designer Karl Otto Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, told the New York Post that the rat must have been the work of a disgruntled worker, noting, “I’m thinking it had to be done intentionally. It looks like a prank from a worker being paid a couple of cents and saying, ‘Take that, America!’”

If you have ever experienced being hurt in a personal injury accident, or has been inconvenienced by a defective product that you bought in the state of New York due to the negligent actions of other people or parties involved, do not hesitate to seek legal action against them with the help of our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling our offices today at (212) 779-0057.

Waivers of liability mostly unenforceable in New York

The goal of waivers of liability is to make it impossible for accident injury victims to file a lawsuit if they incur an injury that resulted from the negligent actions of someone else. By signing a waiver of liability, it is possible to lose some of your legal rights by signing your name to the conditions included in the fine print.

However, under New York General Obligations Law 5-326, liability waivers are not enforceable if the person who signed the clause did so in conjunction with some sort of payment. These payments can include paying for a ticket, membership, or some other kind of fee, such as to participate in recreational activities at gymnasiums, amusement parks, swimming pools, or similar places. Also, liability waivers for minors are unenforceable in New York.

Our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP provide legal services in the state of New York, handle personal injury accident cases such as car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and wrongful death cases, among others. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your situation today.

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