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Scaffolding poses serious dangers to construction workers

According to some estimates, as many as 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths occur every year because of accidents involving scaffolding on construction sites. While these structures are incredibly helpful and important on construction sites, they also contribute to serious injuries when important pieces slip or when objects fall from scaffolds, striking workers or even passersby below. Learn more about scaffolding accidents by clicking here.


New York local gets charged with fatal hit-and-run

Forty-one-year-old Schenectady, New York resident, Adimu Goodwin, received charges relating to a hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of one individual and injured another on State Street on Friday, August 14.

The Schenectady Police Department reported that the police filed manslaughter charges, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle against Goodwin.

According to preliminary investigations, Goodwin crashed into 29-year-old Jerry Faine and 61-year-old Donald Shaffer as they were walking across State Street that Friday night. Faine died in the hit-and-run accident, while Shaffer recieved medical attention for his wounds and is now said to be under stable condition at an Albany hospital.


Driver charged in fatal Long Island pile up

A man was found at fault for a chain-reaction accident that injured several other drivers and killed one man. Kendall Owens was impaired while driving due to the use of the drug PCP. He was found responsible for the crash on William Floyd Parkway that involved four vehicles.

Richard Garcia, the deceased victim of the crash, was immediately taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center and pronounced dead.  All other injuries were minor and the patients released from the hospital.

Owens admitted to his use of PCP directly to the media while walking from the precinct where he was being held. He referred to the drug as “the worst drug in the world.”

Car accidents that are caused by drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs can leave devastating consequences for all involved, including injuries, expensive medical bills, potential lost wages, and even death. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP if you were injured in an accident caused by a dangerous driver. For more information about how we can help you, call (212) 779-0057 today.


Crane accidents pose significant risk on construction sites

Construction is known to be one of the most dangerous industries in the United States in terms of worker injury and death, but within the construction field itself, accidents involving cranes account for as many as 1/3 of the total accidents that occur. There are a number of factors that can increase both the likelihood and the severity of a crane accident, and unfortunately, many of these factors cannot be mitigated simply because of a trained or experienced crane operator. Learn more about crane accidents by clicking here.


How do you determine the value of an injury?

In this week’s video, attorney Michael Rose from Hach & Rose, LLP, explains how lawyers assess the severity of an injury. Specifically, he discusses how value is adjusted based on the potential long-term consequences of various injuries.


Hit and run driver found and arrested for fatal Staten Island crash

Hasim Smith was arrested in relation to a single car accident that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Alize Jorge, according to the New York Daily News on July 27. A mangled Mitsubishi was found with Jorge in the trunk after the driver fled the scene. Smith later went to a local hospital complaining of chest pains and was arrested.

Police officials claim that Smith ran a red light and wrapped the vehicle around a light pole before fleeing the accident. Smith claims he was swerving to avoid another vehicle when he struck the light pole. There is no indication of alcohol influencing the accident.

His driving history has been riddled with reckless driving habits, including nine suspensions that resulted in the revocation of his license in October 2013. Smith previously was charged for two separate instances of hit and run.

A friend of Jorge’s was also present at the time of the crash. Porsha Richardson was ejected from the vehicle upon impact and taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Mayor de Blasio is using the incident to spotlight the Vision Zero initiative and crack down on reckless driving. The NYPD reports 127 individuals as victims of auto accidents in the past year.


How do you feel when a case has been successfully completed?

In the following video, attorney Michael Rose from Hach & Rose, LLP, discusses the unparalleled sense of satisfaction that comes from being able to help an injured individual secure the financial compensation they need to be able to finally feel comfortable after an injury and to make their family whole.


Bedsores and Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can manifest itself in a number of different ways, but one of the most dangerous and, unfortunately, most common is the presence of bedsores on patients. Bedsores are pressure-wounds that occur when a bed-ridden or chair-bound patient is incorrectly cared for and forced to spend too much time immobilized in the same position. You can read more about this dangerous form of nursing home neglect by clicking here.


NYC pays out $138M in settlements due to pothole damage

The city of New York has paid out around $138 million in settlements resulting from defective roadways all around the city – mostly due to potholes – over the last six years, a report from CBS2 showed.

The report also stated that the pothole problem has given rise to over 12,000 claims for damage to vehicles and almost 6,000 personal injury lawsuits pending against the city. The worst roadways for potholes were cited to be the Brooklyn-Queens expressway, the Grand Central Parkway, and the Belt Parkway.

The money shelled out by the city to pay for settlements due to damage could effectively be used to repave 814 miles of city streets, give out an additional 115,000 child care vouchers, or provide 300,000 additional slots in the city’s summer youth program.

If you have been injured in an accident in New York that was caused by the negligent actions of others, our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can help you with your case. Call us today at (212) 779-0057 or (866) LAWS-USA and we may help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible.


The Importance of Hiring Experienced Lawyers

In this video, Michael Rose of Hach & Rose, LLP, discusses how having an experienced lawyer can help increase the value of a client’s case. With so many unique laws in New York, it is vital to have an attorney that can help fight against big companies as well as have a thorough understanding of the laws that pertain to particular cases.


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