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One dead in Saratoga motor vehicle accident

A grave vehicular accident in Saratoga Springs, New York on Sunday night, August 25, resulted in the death of one person. The accident, which involved two motorcycles and a sport utility vehicle, happened at around 10:30 p.m. on Route 9 South at the intersection of the East/West Road of the State Park.

The driver one of the motorcycles was declared dead after being taken to Saratoga Hospital.

The Saratoga Springs Police Department, who had to conduct accident reconstruction, which lead to the Route 9 traffic being reduced to a single lane at least until after 2:30 a.m. on Monday, August 26, were conducting investigations into the circumstances leading to the crash.

Hach & Rose is Investigating Potential Lawsuits involving Da Vinci Robotic Surgeries

Hach & Rose is currently evaluating potential lawsuits for patients who had undergone surgical procedures in which the ‘Surgical Robot’ manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. was used. ‘Da Vinci’ or Surgical Robotic technology is employed to facilitate an increasingly broad variety of surgical procedures, and is being used by surgeons to perform hysterectomies, prostate and gall bladder removals, thyroid cancer surgeries and various other surgical procedures. Recent lawsuits allege that the use of this technology, wherein surgeons enter a patient’s body with robotic arms, has caused patients to suffer serious, even fatal injuries. Such injuries include but are not limited to intestinal burns and tears, punctured and cut uteri, bowel injuries, excessive hemorrhaging, and even death. In May of 2013, the manufacturer warned hospitals using the Da Vinci Surgical Robot system that the product may be putting patients at risk for burn injuries. The manufacturer warned that some versions of the system’s ‘Hot Shears’ may be prone to very small cracks creating a possible passageway for an electrical shock which could potentially cause burns and damage to healthy tissue and organs. The cracks are potentially so small that they cannot be visible with the naked eye and the company had received a reported injury due to such cracking in the Hot Shears portion of the robotic device. Marketing of the Robotic Technology claims to provide patients of Surgical Robots with faster recovery periods, less scarring, minimal loss of blood and provides surgeons greater range of motion when performing difficult surgical procedures. According to the Chicago Tribune in February 2012, 250,000 hysterectomies and prostate surgeries were performed with the Robotic device in 2011. If you or a loved one has undergone a ‘Da Vinci’ or ‘Surgical Robotic’ procedure and have suffered severe complications, we invite you to contact our office and speak with one of our highly skilled attorneys for an evaluation of your particular procedure.

Two casualties in Norwich two-vehicle crash

New York State Police stationed at Norwich reported a two-vehicle crash that resulted in the deaths of two people and caused seven others to be wounded. According to police, the accident occurred when a 2000 Ford Focus crossed the center line and slammed into a 2002 Dodge Caravan around 1:42 a.m. on Sunday, August 4.

Both drivers died from injuries they incurred in the accident. The driver of the Ford Focus, 15-year-old Brandy L. Smith, died at the scene of the crash, while the driver of the Dodge, Oxford resident David C. Clark, died from his injuries at the Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Injured were Smith’s passenger and six Dodge Caravan riders. They were transported to various local hospitals for medical treatment.


British producer pays FedEx man $2.9M to settle personal injury claim

British Broadway producer Cameron Anthony MacKintosh paid a $2.9-million settlement after losing a lawsuit brought against him by a 54-year-old FedEx delivery man, who claimed MacKintosh’s slippery office floors caused his bodily injuries, according to a July 29 report in the New York Daily News.

MacKintosh, who produced critically-acclaimed plays such as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Mary Poppins, apparently wasn’t satisfied with the cleanliness of his 1650 Broadway office so he employed the services of long-time employee Esme David to clean his W. 51st Street office. However, when the unidentified 19-year FedEx employee came to deliver a package around 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2008, he slipped, causing multiple serious injuries.

The billionaire MacKintosh, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1996, was not present in the office when the accident happened and wasn’t questioned under oath in relation to the lawsuit.

If you too have been injured in a slip and fall accident that could have been prevented if another party had acted more carefully, call the lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057. We help victims of such accidents in New York seek financial compensation for their losses.

First Toyota’s “bellwether” sudden acceleration trial commences

The first “bellwether case,” filed against Toyota by the family of Noriko Uno, who died in August 2009, began on Monday, July 22, with the selection of jurors. The family is suing  Toyota for product liability and negligence and seeks general and punitive damages.

Toyota, however, has stated that Uno’s Camry was not malfunctioning, but rather blamed the crash on stuck accelerators, floor mats that trapped the gas pedal, and drivers’ lack of oversight, saying that “a brake override system would not have prevented this accident”.

Uno was killed when her car unexpectedly sped up to 100 miles per hour and crashed into a median, a telephone pole, and a tree.

If you too have been injured by a defective Toyota or other vehicle in New York, call the lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057. We are dedicated to helping victims of other people’s negligence get the compensation they need, and may be able to help you.

Combining Cases for Multiple Accident Victims

Unfortunately, there are circumstances where an unlucky person is involved in two accidents due to no fault of their own. Naturally, the initial thought is that one claim can hurt the other because the people defending each lawsuit will blame the defendant in the other lawsuit for the injury. We have found that combining the two cases into one case is often the best strategy. For example, we represented a client who was twice injured on different construction sites, both times injuring his spine. By combining the cases, the defendants were not able to blame an unrelated case for our client’s injuries and instead had to point the finger at each other for the cause of the disability. That case settled for $2,600,000. In another case our client was involved in two automobile accidents injuring his back both times. By utilizing the same strategy we were able to secure a settlement for $800,000 on his behalf.

To learn more about your rights if you’ve been injured in an accident, contact the experienced legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.

Balcony collapse in Long Shore injures four

A five-foot second-floor balcony at an apartment building on 271 Shore Road in Long Beach, New York collapsed on a first-floor balcony at around 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, injuring five people in the process. Long Beach Fire Commissioner Scott Kemins said the collapse was due to a mixture of structural failure and the weight on the balcony.

The situation was already taken care of by 11 p.m., allowing for the residents’ return back into the building. The five people injured were sent to nearby hospitals to receive medical treatment for their minor injuries.

Unfortunately, the negligence of property owners all too often causes unsuspecting people to be injured in accidents such as this. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our lawyers work to help people in New York who have been victimized by a reckless property owner. Call (212) 779-0057 to discuss your legal options for pursuing compensation if you’ve been harmed in such an accident.

Building Collapse Injures At Least Nine

An explosion at the Pike St. apartment building near Henry St. in Chinatown has left at least nine individuals seriously injured, three of whom are currently in critical condition in a nearby hospital. The explosion, which occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013, ripped through the building’s first floor, causing the ceiling to collapse.

The legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP, has substantial experience helping individual in cases like these as they pursue the financial support they need to recover from these types of devastating experiences. If you or a loved one has been injured in a building collapse, please contact us today at (212) 779-0057 to learn more about how we can help.

Motorcycle rider and passenger die in Thruway collision with car

A traffic accident claimed the life of a motorcyclist and his passenger after they were struck by another vehicle on the New York State Thruway Sunday, June 2, at around 1:10 a.m.

Police officials said 23-year-old Valley Stream resident Rafaelito de Jesus, who was driving a Suzuki motorcycle and had with him 25-year-old Mineola resident Melissa Rupa, was heading north on the Thruway when another vehicle hit them near Exit 16 in Woodbury.

Both de Jesus and Rupa were declared dead on the scene of the accident by responding medical emergency professionals.

Meanwhile, the unharmed and unidentified perpetrator has been charged with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.

Police are conducting further investigations to determine the cause of the crash.

Liability Insurance and Underinsured Motorist Protection

All motor vehicle owners are required to carry liability insurance in the event that their car is involved in an accident causing injuries. The minimum amount of insurance coverage required in New York is $25,000. Unfortunately, this amount of money often is the amount recovered by those seriously injured in an automobile accident.

The person who causes an accident, also known as the “tortfeasor,” is often incapable of paying judgments beyond the amount of their insurance coverage. Once the “tortfeasor’s” coverage is exhausted, the injured party then has the right to make a claim against their own household automobile policy. This is known as an underinsured motorist claim. The claim can amount to the difference between the tortfeasor’s coverage amount and the amount of coverage on the injured party’s household automobile policy. For example, if a tortfeasor has a $25,000 automobile policy and the injured party has $500,000 in underinsured motorist protection, the injured party can claim the difference of $475,000.

CHECK YOUR AUTO INSURANCE DECLARATION PAGE!!! Your underinsured motorist protection is important protection for you and people in your household in the event you are injured in an automobile accident.

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