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Queens Construction Crane Collapse: UPDATE

More details have emerged following yesterday’s tragic construction crane collapse in Long Island City, Queens. According to authorities, the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the site of a new residential unit behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign in Queens.

While the exact cause of the accident has not yet been definitively determined, sources on the site claim that a cable may have snapped while moving a stack of wood on the scene, leading to the complete collapse of the crane.

Three construction workers were trapped underneath the crane following the collapse, and had to be extricated from underneath the equipment. The final injury count totaled seven workers, who were all transported to local hospitals with serious injuries.

Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims, and we wish all individuals involved a speedy recovery.


Crane Collapse Reported in Queens

A crane collapse occurred in Queens today, with a call coming in to the New York Fire Department just before 2:30 p.m.

It is unclear how many people have been injured, if any, or how severe any injuries are, although some outlets are reporting that there have been some injuries.

We will continue to follow this story as more information is released.


Numerous People Injured in Early Morning New York Ferry Crash

Early Wednesday morning, at least 50 people were injured when a ferry, operated by Seastreak, crashed into a dock. At least one of these people, all of whom were traveling from New Jersey to New York Pier 11, was injured critically.

As of midday Wednesday, the exact cause of the accident was still not known; however, the National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the accident and passenger Elizabeth Banta stated that, “there was a large jolt.”

Bystanders and other passengers have said that many people were seen being taken off the ferry with head wounds and bandages. Videos show many people being removed from the scene on stretchers in ambulances to be taken to nearby hospitals. Currently, it appears as if all injured passengers have been removed from the ferry, but emergency teams are still on the scene of the accident.

 


Michael A. Rose Featured in New York Magazine

Michael A. Rose, partner at Hach & Rose, LLP, was recently featured in New York Magazine in an ad highlighting some of the top-rated attorneys in the New York area. Michael Rose has been able to secure several multimillion dollar verdicts for his clients, including one case last year that resulted in a $13 million award for a man injured in a construction accident.

When asked to comment, Michael Rose stated, “We think this is a great reflection on the hard work our firm has done representing those who have been injured or killed in accidents.”

You can read more about this honor here.

The New York personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, are dedicated to helping accident victims in their pursuit of compensation and justice. If you or someone you love has been injured because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, contact them today at (212) 779-0057.


Michael Rose to Present at NYSBA CLE Event

Michael A. Rose, partner at Hach & Rose, LLP, will once again be presenting at a New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event, which will take place next month on December 7 at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel. This CLE event, “Construction Site Accidents: The Law and the Trial 2012,” is part of the NYSBA’s Practical Skills series.

Mr. Rose will be one of several speakers at the event, and will be discussing a number of matters concerning construction site accidents including, (1) Social networking sites and formal and informal discovery, (2) What elements must be satisfied before a plaintiff is granted a summary judgement under Labor Law § 241(6), and (3) Issues surrounding OSHA investigations of construction site accidents. Michael Rose has participated in a number of NYSBA’s CLE events in the past and is pleased to have the opportunity to present again next month.

 


Man sues NY-area Catholic church after heavy statue crushes, amputates leg

A 43 year-old man has filed a lawsuit against St. Patrick’s Church in Newburgh, located 60 miles north of New York City, after its 600 pound crucifix fell on top of his right leg, forcing doctors to amputate it.

According to Fox News, the man was cleaning the cross with permission from the church after he says he prayed before it for his wife’s recovery from ovarian cancer. Upon her recovery, he offered to pick up garbage and clean the crucifix.

The man says that he was using a cross beam for balance when the crucifix snapped from its base and fell on top of him. His lawyer says the 600 pound structure was held to the base by a single screw. His client is seeking $3 million.

If you or someone you love was hurt one someone’s unsafe property, contact the premises liability lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP today at 866-LAWS-USA to learn how you can get the compensation you deserve.


Hurricane Sandy Damages

Hurricane Sandy, which recently struck the Eastern seaboard and left residents in many states without power, may eventually become the most damaging hurricane in the history of the United States. Even before the storm struck, many were estimating that property damages alone would exceed $30 billion, and some are now claiming that the costs could be even higher. While these economic damages in no way compare with the loss of life that a storm can cause, the financial toll that they can take can have a devastating effect on the lives of affected individuals and families.

Fortunately, many of those who suffered property damage in Hurricane Sandy were insured for these types of damages, and will be able to file a claim for compensation for their losses. However, in some cases, it can be difficult to actually get these claims fulfilled. Often, insurance companies will seek out ways to deny their customers’ claims. For instance, a homeowner whose policy only covered flood damage may be denied compensation on the basis that they mainly suffered wind damage. Homeowners struggling to recover from this terrible situation shouldn’t have to worry about this issue, as well. Contact a qualified attorney today at (212) 779-0057 to learn more about your rights and options in this situation.


Hach & Rose, LLP help construction accident victim win large verdict

In 2007, construction worker Victor Munoz was working at a Times Square hotel when he suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of falling from a ladder at the site.

Mr. Munoz was near the hotel loading dock, painting a beam, when the ladder became unsteady, causing him to lose his balance. He fell and landed on the concrete below, striking his head on the pavement. Sadly, this devastating work-related accident caused Mr. Munoz to suffer permanent brain damage, resulting in a loss of hearing on his right side and the inability to keep his balance.

The New York personal injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, represented Victor and his wife, Elvia, in a lawsuit against the Hilton Hotel Corporation. The jury in the case determined that the hotel property owners were negligent in their safety procedures, and therefore awarded $13,020,857 to Mr. and Mrs. Munoz. The award includes compensation for medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.

For more information regarding this case, please click here.


Bus driver’s manslaughter trial begins

The criminal trial of a bus driver who was behind the wheel when it crashed, killing 15 of its 32 passengers, started in New York last week. The driver has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

According to Reuters, the accident occurred in March 2011 in Chinatown. Passengers on the bus were being driven back to New York from a casino in Connecticut when the fatal accident occurred. The bus driver says he lost control when a semi-trailer cut him off.

However, prosecutors cite the National Transportation Safety Board’s ruling that he was fatigued and has a bad driving record. They say there are no signs of him trying to stop when it slid hundreds of feet, hit a guardrail, and rolled over.


Construction Accidents, Municipalities, and Notices of Claim

The construction and repair of roads, buildings, and bridges will always be needed as they make up the very infrastructure of modern society. At times, though, working on such projects can be hazardous to those on the job site due to the negligence of others. When, in New York, a construction worker is injured due to the negligence of a municipality, there is a requirement that the injured worker file a notice of claim within ninety (90) days of the accident in order to proceed with a possible suit.

An example of the notice of claim requirement is embodied, in relevant part, in General Municipal Law § 50-e: A notice of claim is required to be filed “within ninety days after the claim arises . . . and shall set forth . . . (2) the nature of the claim; (3) the time when, the place where and the manner in which the claim arose; and (4) the items of damage or injuries claimed to have been sustained so far as then practicable . . . .”

Quite often there are circumstances where construction workers are injured on municipal property during the construction of municipal buildings, schools, and roadways. In many circumstances when workers are not aware of the notice of claim requirement and fail to contact an attorney within ninety (90) days of the accident, their claims are not preserved and their ability to file a lawsuit can be relinquished forever. Failure to file a notice of claim can prevent a person from recovering lost wages, benefits, past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering damages.

If you are hurt in a construction accident and it may be due to the negligence of a municipality, it is important to file a notice of claim within ninety (90) days of the accident.

Our firm has achieved jury verdicts and settlements for injured individuals in the amounts of $13 million, $8 million, and $6 million, in addition to many others.

If you need legal help following a construction accident, contact the New York personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today.


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