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Construction magnate admits he never inspected 2008 crane collapse

Sixty-nine-year-old New York Crane and Equipment Corp. owner James Lomma, whose machinery figured in a 2008 Upper East Side accident, told the Manhattan Supreme Court on December 4 that he didn’t inspect the ensuing wreckage himself because he was afraid of heights, the New York Post reported.

The accident involved a crane collapse from a height of 34 floors that killed crane operator Donald Leo, Jr., and construction worker Kurtaj Ramadan.

Although Lomma was acquitted of criminal charges in 2012, he now faces charges for being party to the creation of a dangerous work site by knowingly using questionable parts from an untested Chinese dealer.

Leo’s mother, Maria, said she found Lomma’s claims hard to believe, as Lomma owns and flies a twin engine Pilatus jet.

If you have been injured in a construction site accident in New York due to an unsafe work environment or faulty equipment, the negligent party should be held fully accountable for any financial damages you have incurred. Call the offices of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today to learn about your legal options.

Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?

Following a serious accident, the physical and emotional damages may feel like more than you can bear. However, the more purely financial damages of an accident—the cost of medical and rehabilitative care, the cost of pharmaceuticals, and loss of income—will need to be addressed at some point. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you anticipate the full extent of the present and future damages you sustained in your accident. From there, an attorney may help you build a comprehensive legal strategy intended to recover any and all those damages from the party responsible for your injury.

Building collapse at Staten Island car dealership kills one

Forty-three-year-old construction worker Delfino Jesus Velazquez Mendizabal died when a section of the mezzanine level inside the Dana Ford Lincoln dealership collapsed at around 8:15 a.m. on November 28, The New York Times reported.

The dealership where Mendizabal was working was located at 226 West Service Road in Staten Island. The New York Fire Department fire officials said Mendizabal had been working with three other construction workers when the incident happened. The other three were able to escape from the building and were not seriously injured in the construction accident.

The New York City Buildings Department cited Formica Construction, Inc., Mendizabal’s employer, for two violations at the site in 2013.

According to court documents, one of the construction company’s owners, Kenneth Formica, spent 16 weekends in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2007 to criminally negligent homicide and told authorities that he knew that a trench he helped dig was unsafe, which ultimately caused the death of a worker who became buried inside it after it collapsed.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, in New York are dedicated to representing the families of victims who have suffered wrongful death due to employer negligence at construction sites. Call our offices at (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your legal options.

Protecting your rights after a motor vehicle accident

Following a motor vehicle accident, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to attempt to get a statement from everyone involved in the incident. Unfortunately, in far too many instances, insurance companies later use these statements to try and avoid providing payment to individuals who suffered injuries in the accident. To learn more about what you can do to protect your legal rights in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, click here.

Workers’ Rights in New York

New York laws regarding workers’ rights are among the most protective in the country. Workers in New York who have been injured or are having issues with their employers may be able to take legal action. Those who have suffered from work-related accidents due to employer negligence may need financial compensation to help them get back on their feet.

At Hach & Rose, LLP, in New York, our lawyers work tirelessly to ensure that the legal rights of workers are protected. Our lawyers know how overwhelming the legal system can feel for those who must take action against their employers, but we have the experience and resources to guide you smoothly through any legal process. Our legal team has handled a wide variety of workers’ rights cases, always on behalf of the workers. Some of the cases our legal team has taken on in the past include:

We understand that you and your family likely depend on the wages that you bring home. When you are injured at work or experience unsafe work conditions, then this financial stability is threatened. In this situation, it may be possible to pursue legal action against your employer.

The lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP, have years of experience helping New York residents seek compensation for their injuries and other work-related issues. Our lawyers are passionate about helping New York residents through the legal process. Call (212) 779-0057 today to speak with a lawyer in New York about your worker’s rights case.

Protection for workers under New York Labor Law Section 240

New York’s Labor Laws offer numerous protections to workers. One provision, Section 240, also known as “The Scaffold Law,” provides legal protections to workers for injuries and accidents involving falls from elevated platforms. This includes both injuries sustained by a worker who falls from an elevated platform and injuries that occur when an object falls from an elevated platform and subsequently strikes a worker. Learn more about this important protection by clicking here.

Allergan’s Botox trial underway in Vermont

The trial against American multinational pharmaceutical company Allergan, Inc., began during the first week of November at a local court in Burlington, Vermont, and will continue until Friday, November 21, the Burlington Free Press reported.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by a New York couple who claimed that their six-year-old son, who suffers from cerebral palsy, experienced a life-threatening reaction after taking Botox to reduce leg spasms. In their legal complaint, Kevin and Lori Drake argued that Allergan did not properly warn the public of the potential negative side effects of their products, thereby perpetuating negligence and violating the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act.

Botox, which is also known as botolinum toxin and is manufactured by Allergan, paralyzes a muscle when it is injected in that specific part of the body, decreasing muscle activity and therefore preventing wrinkle development. It is used often in cosmetic applications.

The couple said the boy was not suffering from seizures before he underwent the treatment, and now he must be constantly monitored.

If you have been injured by a defective product or failed to receive warning of possible pharmaceutical dangers, you have the legal right to pursue financial compensation from these manufacturers. Call our New York attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, today by dialing (212) 779-0057 to enlist our legal services.

FELA statutes and railroad worker injuries

The Federal Employers Liability Act, commonly referred to as FELA, provides a way for injured railroad workers and their loved ones to recover compensation for on the job accidents by allowing these parties to take legal action against the worker’s employer. Because of FELA statutes, injured railroad workers may be able to secure compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. Learn more about these important protections by clicking here.

SUM policies can help cover gaps in insurance coverage

While New York motorists are required by law to carry at least $25,000 in liability insurance coverage, the sad reality is that the full costs of injuries sustained in car accidents often far exceed this amount. If a driver only has the required minimum amount of liability insurance and causes an accident, those injured in the accident may wonder how they can receive compensation for injuries that are in excess of $25,000. Fortunately, individuals have the option to carry Supplemental Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist coverage that can help make up the difference between the costs of an accident and the insurance coverage of the responsible driver. Learn more about this important type of coverage by clicking here.

Dangers of Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a serious, potentially fatal, bacterial infection that affects the skin and underlying tissues. If the infection is not treated in a timely manner, or if the infection does not respond to antibiotics, it can spread to the bloodstream and/or lymph nodes, putting a victim’s life at risk. Learn more about this dangerous infection and what you can do if your cellulitis injury was caused by the negligence of another person or entity by clicking here.

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