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What is ‘RSD’ (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (commonly referred to as ‘RSD’) is a condition characterized by a group of symptoms such as a ‘burning-type’ of pain, tenderness and possibly inflammation of the affected area, hot and cold sensations, discoloration, and shiny skin. RSD is often diagnosed as and used almost synonymously with ‘complex regional pain syndrome,’ ‘Subdeck’s atrophy,’ and ‘causalgia,’ making it even more confusing to legal and medical practitioners alike. Although RSD is a poorly understood condition and is frequently misdiagnosed, it is a condition that causes significant pain and discomfort. Often, it can completely disable the victim. Although there are many events that can lead one to develop RSD, (such as heart disease, degenerative cervical arthritis, stroke, shingles and breast cancer, and the list goes on) we at Hach & Rose, LLP have become quite familiar with injuries related to traumatically-induced and surgically-induced RSD.

RSD is not a condition that affects a tremendous portion of the population, but it is important to mention this condition due to the high frequency with which it is misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Hiring an attorney who does not understand the symptoms and debilitating nature of RSD will make it impossible to obtain the compensation justified when a client is diagnosed or even misdiagnosed with the condition. Hach & Rose, LLP, has a track record of multimillion dollar results for victims of RSD, a small sampling of such results include an award of over $6,000,000 – the highest verdict ever obtained for a victim of RSD in Orange County, New York. Others include a $3.2M settlement for a client suffering from RSD after falling on a construction site and a $3.5M settlement for a union construction worker injured when a piece of sheetrock fell, striking the client on the head which lead to the onset of RSD. Of course it is always most important for you to obtain the treatment you require and to educate yourself as to the details of your diagnosis.

There are many places to obtain information on RSD via the internet; a few places to start are:

  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association: www.rsds.org which provides information about the disease and regular updates as to treatment options and other information about their organization dedicated solely to those afflicted with RSD.
  • To gain further knowledge of the condition, go to www.arthritis.com, and search for ‘RSD’ on that site. It will provide everything from what to expect from the disease to treatment options.
  • Further searches via the internet will help you understand the disease, its causes, treatment options, as well as support group information. Be cautious of misleading groups set up by law firms in order to obtain clients via the internet. If an attorney or someone else recommends an attorney via the internet, be careful. This is unfortunately a common practice among unscrupulous attorneys looking for possible clients. They will sometimes use a ‘go between’ that will contact you under the auspices of helping you, but their only intention is to get you to sign up with their attorney.

Our firm has become increasingly adept at and is recognized as a leader in representing clients who have been diagnosed with and are suffering from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. If you or someone you know is suffering from RSD and is in need of representation, the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, are standing by and are prepared to pursue your case with the utmost skill, professionalism, and expertise. Although you do not need to be a member of a union in order for our firm to handle your injury claim, it should give you comfort to know that Hach & Rose, LLP, is the ‘go to’ law firm for unions and union members injured in a wide array of circumstances. We specialize in handling construction site accidents, yet our firm regularly obtains million and multimillion dollar results for motor vehicle accidents, premises cases, mesothelioma victims, train, plane and motorcycle accidents, and prescription drug injuries.

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Please feel free to call one of our attorneys today should you require the services of a Hach & Rose, LLP, attorney. The call is free; the consultation is free; and the information is free. All calls are kept confidential and we never charge a fee unless you receive compensation for your injury. Call (212)779-0057 or (866)LAWS-USA or you can email us at info@hachroselaw.com.


Bus Driver Claims He Fainted, Causing Bus to Hit another Vehicle in New York City

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that a New York City bus driver claimed that he “blacked out” while driving, which caused him to hit another vehicle, injuring three people.

Of the 18 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident, several passengers say that they realized what was happening and tried to help. Guy Praisler, a passenger on the bus, says that he ran to the front of the bus to try to “lean [the bus driver] back and steer a bit.” Other passengers say that they did not realize what was happening; they just noticed that the bus ride became “unstable” and “jerky.”

The bus ran into a parked vehicle on Madison Avenue near 80th street. Two people were taken to the hospital but authorities say that they had non-life-threatening injuries.

If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident caused by another party, contact the NYC personal injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.


New York Jets Coach Responsible for Three-Car Crash

On January 14, the coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan, ran into a black Mazda, which in turn spun into a red Toyota, causing a three-car accident. This accident took place in Pennsylvania at the intersection of West 3rd and Wyandotte Street.

Ryan denied speeding, but did not similarly deny his responsibility for causing the accident. According to reports and witnesses, Ryan’s car was seen driving up the hill at a high speed, causing him to collide with the driver of the Mazda. Fortunately, none of the drivers of the vehicles were harmed in the accident. Additionally, according to the police report, Ryan only received a warning for running the red light.

Car accidents such as this are a major cause of injuries and deaths throughout the U.S. each year. If you have been injured in such an accident, call a New York City car accident lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, today at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a legal professional about your options and rights.


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.


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