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11 people injured in early morning Brooklyn van accident

Two vehicles, a “dollar van” and a taxicab, collided with each other Thursday morning, causing eleven people to suffer both minor and major injuries.

The accident, which occurred at 9:15 a.m., took place at the intersection of Lefferts Avenue and Rogers Avenue in East Flatbrush, as reported by a FDNY spokesperson. Five people sustained severe injuries and were immediately taken to four various hospitals – Kings County Hospital, Downstate Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, and New York Methodist Hospital. An additional six people were treated by responders at the scene of the accident for minor injuries.

The cause of the accident was still under investigation hours after it occurred.

Unfortunately, car wrecks such as this one all too often cause devastating harm to unsuspecting people, leaving them suffering physically, emotionally, and financially. However, at Hach & Rose, LLP, our lawyers work diligently to help those who have been unduly victimized by such an accident. Call (212) 779-0057 today to find out how we may be able to help you pursue financial compensation if you’ve been through a car accident caused by someone else’s actions.


Bill seeking higher penalties for abandoning a hit and run scene passes New York Senate

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that allows greater fines and penalties to be meted out to people who will leave the scene of a vehicular accident.

The bill introduced by Ken LaValle increases prison time for a hit and run to a maximum of 15 years in prison by changing the offense to a Class C felony. Fines, too, will also automatically increase.

The current law puts hit and run offenses under a Class A misdemeanor for first-time offenders, meaning they can be charged with up to a maximum of one year imprisonment. On the other hand, if the perpetrator of a vehicular accident chooses to remain at the scene but is found to be impaired by alcohol or narcotics, the offense will automatically be upgraded to a Class E misdemeanor, meaning the suspect can get up to a maximum of four years of imprisonment.

Suffering through the repercussions of a hit and run accident can be difficult, and our legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you through this. Learn more about obtaining compensation after going through such an accident by calling (212) 779-0057.


When the “Last Best Offer” Isn’t the Best

We often hear from clients that they have had personal injury claims in the past where an attorney has told them “this is the best we can do.” Insurance companies and the lawyers that work for them are in the business of making money. This means they want to pay as little money as possible to resolve a personal injury lawsuit. In determining how much money a claim is worth, an insurance company must weigh how much money a plaintiff’s attorney will recommend to their client. A major factor in this evaluation is whether the law firm representing the plaintiff is willing to go to trial. Many firms will accept what they believe to be the “last best offer” from the insurance company prior to proceeding forward with the expenses and risks of a trial. Insurance companies are very aware of which law firms will take the case to trial to obtain the best possible result for their clients and which law firms look to settle claims before trial.

Recently our law firm was asked by an injured construction worker to take over a case after receiving a settlement offer of less than one hundred thousand dollars, which his attorney recommended he accept. After our firm took over the case, it was resolved two years later for two million dollars. Our firm was involved in another similar situation this year where an insurance company was willing to pay one hundred thousand dollars immediately prior to trial. While many attorneys would have recommended this settlement amount to their client, our law firm proceeded to trial, which resulted in a jury verdict in the amount of four hundred thousand dollars. This return of four times the “last best offer” demonstrates to insurance companies that at Hach & Rose, LLP, trials will occur when their “last best offer” is not in the best interest of the client.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, we pride ourselves in obtaining the best possible result for our clients, not the result which is the “last best offer” from an insurance company.


Hit-and-run on Northway injures two

In late February, two people that were pulled over to assess a problem with their car were slightly injured after a car passed by them out on the Northway in Malta, hitting their automobile.

New York State Police Sgt. John Phelps said 26-year-old Ashley Shell and Cody Thivierge of Ballston Lake and Corinth, respectively, had pulled over on the curb between exits 11 and 12 of the Northway at around 6 p.m. when a vehicle sideswiped them. It was not known exactly whether they were in or outside the vehicle, Phelps added.

They were brought to the Saratoga Hospital for immediate treatment of their minor wounds.

Ballston Spa resident Patricia LaRosa, 42, reported to the police that she was the driver who sideswiped the victims’ vehicle, albeit only after reaching her destination. According to Phelps, LaRosa claimed that she was sneezing and, as a result, failed to notice that she already struck a vehicle.

Many people throughout the country sustain both minor and major injuries in accidents caused by distracted drivers like LaRosa. If this has happened to you, call (212) 779-0057 today to discuss pursuing financial restitution for the undue harm you’ve endured. A lawyer from Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to get you the justice and compensation you need.


Subway Severs NY Man’s Legs

In one of a string of recent accidents on New York’s subway system, a middle-aged man who had fallen onto the tracks at the 161 Street-Yankee Stadium subway stop suffered the loss of both of his legs when they were crushed and severed by an oncoming train. Remarkably, emergency rescuers were able to take the man to Lincoln Hospital, and the injuries did not result in fatality.

This is one of a number of different accidents and fatalities which have occurred in New York’s subways in 2013. A rash of accidents and injuries occurred earlier in the year, particularly in February, where three fatalities occurred within a single week. The incidents have been enough to cause Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to suggest possible improvements to subway safety in order to reduce the likelihood of such tragedies.

If you have suffered an injury in New York’s subways or any other public locations, contact Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today.


Union Pacific Ordered to Compensate and Reinstate Fired Worker

Union Pacific has been ordered to pay $350,000 to, and reinstate, a worker who was allegedly fired after reporting a work-related injury. After reporting his injury in December of 2010, the employee was charged by Union Pacific with misuse of a company vehicle, a charge which eventually resulted in his firing. However, regulators are treating the employee as a whistleblower.

According to regulators, the injured worker had worked for Union Pacific for more than 30 years and was a “top performer” who received awards for his performance. The awarded $350,000 is intended to help cover the costs resulting from the employee’s injuries and lost wages.

Injuries resulting from railroad accidents can be devastating, taking a serious toll on a worker’s physical and financial well-being. If you’ve been injured in a railroad accident that you believe falls under FELA guidelines, contact the legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057 and learn more about what our experienced legal team can do to help you.


If Injured On a Construction Site: Why Hach & Rose should Be Your Labor Law Attorneys

The New York State Labor Law generally refers to §200, §240, and §241 of the Consolidated Laws of New York. These provisions hold contractors, leaseholders, owners, and agents liable in the event an employee is injured on the job. Section 200 codifies general negligence principles, 241 analyzes violations of the Industrial Code, and 240 is a strict liability statute applying to gravity-related injuries such as a worker falling from a height (ie. a scaffold or ladder), or an object falling and striking a worker, known as falling object cases. Although these guidelines seem fairly straightforward, these three sections of the law are subject to a great deal of interpretation by the Courts.

Partner Gregory Hach routinely lectures at labor unions speaking on topics such as workplace safety. Partner Michael Rose teaches lawyers at the bar association of New York how to handle these cases. Because success or failure of a case can hinge on a small detail, choosing the right attorney is vital. Results obtained by Hach & Rose, LLP, include $13M for a painter/operating engineer who fell from a ladder; $2.1M for a laborer struck by a Bobcat; $3.475 for a carpenter who fell from a temporary roof; $2.5M for an engineer who fell because of a poorly constructed permanent ladder; $1.625M for a carpenter who tripped and fell on a piece of debris; $2.5M for a sheet metal worker, $3.5M for a mason tender, and $3.525M for a construction supervisor.

If you have been injured in any manner in your workplace, give Hach & Rose, LLP, a call at (212) 779-0057 or visit them on the web at www.unionlawfirm.com.


New York Man Accused of Nursing Home Abuse

A certified nurse aide at the Park Ridge Living Center in Greece, NY has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person, a felony crime. The charges stem from an assault which occurred on November 5, 2012, when the aide, Groven Glenn, became angry with an 83-year-old resident, throwing a chicken bone at her and slamming the wheelchair in which she was seated into a doorframe, resulting in physical injury to the victim.

If convicted of the charges, Glenn faces up to 4 years in prison for his actions. The state’s evidence is based on surveillance video footage, and Glenn has himself partially acknowledged his wrongdoing during interrogation.

If your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse in any form, we want to help you pursue justice. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP, today at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about what we can do for you.


New York appeals court declares workers’ compensation ruling final

In a 4-1 decision, the New York Court of Appeals decided last week that a workers’ compensation ruling in a personal injury case is binding, saying “findings of fact that are necessary for an administrative agency to reach are entitled to such effect.” This means that the plaintiff will not be allowed to litigate an issue in a personal injury lawsuit that had already been decided on in a previous workers’ compensation case proceeding.

The decision stemmed from a personal injury lawsuit filed by Jose Verdugo, which sought compensation from damages sustained in a 2003 construction site accident after no longer qualifying as a disabled person in a 2006 workers’ compensation hearing.

When you’ve sustained harm as a result of a construction accident, whether caused by your employer’s negligence or not, call an accident attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, today. By calling (212) 779-0057, you can discuss how you may be able to pursue compensation against the party responsible for your losses.


New York City Bus Accident Leaves 11 People Injured

With over 8.2 million people living in New York City, traffic accidents are a daily occurrence across the city. Last week was no exception. Eleven people were sent to the hospital after a bus, a sports utility vehicle, and limousine crashed into each other.

The for-hire limousine, also known as a livery cab, attempted a U-turn at Broadway and 135th street the morning of Feb. 13 when it struck the SUV in the Harlem section of Manhattan.

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the driver of the SUV then lost control of the vehicle and struck a parked bus head on. Witnesses claimed a couple people in front of the bus “went flying.”

Fortunately, the 11 people hurt in the accident were all taken to local hospitals but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. Of the 11 injured, five were serious injuries and the other six were only minor.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by another party’s negligence, we want to help. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057 and learn more about what we can do.

 


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