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Medical malpractice lawsuit filed against University of Vermont Medical Center

A 44-year-old New York resident, Martin LaPoint, lost his life in February of this year while in the emergency room at the University of Vermont Medical Center. The family has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit with the Burlington Federal Court.

According to The Burlington Free Press, the family claims that UVM Medical Center’s staff misdiagnosed LaPoint, who visited the hospital a number of times in February to seek treatment for two extruding spinal discs.

The lawsuit alleges that LaPoint died of a pulmonary embolism, or blood clots in his lungs, after hospital staff wrongly used a compression device to ease a possible blood clot in LaPoint’s legs.

 


Scaffolding collapses at Carroll Gardens construction site

According to an article of New York CBS local, scaffolding fell to the ground last Tuesday, August 16 at around 8:24 p.m. The accident occurred at a construction site located at 581 Clinton Street in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn.

According to the New York Fire Department, the scaffolding collapsed outside of a structure that was undergoing construction. They have yet to say if the weather caused the collapse or if other factors played into the occurrence of the incident. The Department of Buildings has not yet given a statement about the incident and injuries have not been reported as of the time of posting.

If you are injured in the state of New York, get in touch with the attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. We handle personal injury cases, including constriction accidents and other work-related accidents. Find out more by calling our offices today at (212) 779-0057 to consult with one of the qualified members of our legal team today.


Emory University graduate dies in New York pedestrian accident

The New York Police Department has reported that one man lost his life after he was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing the 12th Avenue crosswalk between W 45th and 46th Street on the 12th Avenue portion of West Side Highway in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City on Sunday, July 31 at around 2:17 a.m.

The victim was identified as 22-year-old Jack Koval, who was a graduate of Atlanta, Georgia-based Emory University and who was working as an analyst in New York City-based investment banking and private equity investment firm Centerview Partners, according to an obituary in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Emergency medical responders found Koval lying unconscious on the street after the accident. Police said the driver who hit Koval was found to be sober by a breathalyzer test.

Attorneys with Hach & Rose, LLP want to remind people to be careful around busy roads as accidents involving pedestrians can be much more tragic. Our thoughts go out to the victim and his loved ones.


New York legislation supports residents against water pollutants

Many residents in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, New York, drank the water there and gave it to their children to drink without having knowledge that it contained traces of the man-made chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

A resident, Michelle Baker, who had been giving her baby the water all the infant’s life because she had been drinking water from the tap when she was pregnant, said, “Never in a million years did we think our water was contaminated, or our water would cause cancer or thyroid disease or a host of other diseases.”

The chemical originated in the fighting foam and nonstick pans of Hoosick Falls’ French multinational manufacturing company Saint-Gobain S.A. and Petersburgh’s Taconic Plastics; the pollutants eventually made their way into the residents’ water. These two sites were classified as Superfund sites; it means the state has designated for the cleanup of the area to finish as quickly as possible.

In line with this, New York Governor Andrew Mark Cuomo on Thursday, July 21 has signed into law a bill that makes it possible for residents to file a claim against the pollutant company up to three years after the site was designated a Superfund destination. Previously, a suit can be filed only within three years from the occurrence of an injury caused by exposure to a contaminant.

To alleviate the financial pressure on you and your family brought about by expensive medical bills for physical injuries incurred during a personal injury accident in New York that was caused by the negligent actions of other people, contact the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP today by calling (212) 779-0057.


$2.5M personal injury lawsuit filed against plastic company

James Donovan filed a $2.5 million personal injury lawsuit last Wednesday, July 27 against French manufacturing company Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and the New Jersey-based company Honeywell International, Inc. Donovan is claiming that their products contaminated the water supply of Hoosick Falls, New York with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), causing him to incur several illnesses.

The lawsuit is the first one filed since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted a measure into law that extends the statute of limitations for cases involving hazardous or toxic substance exposure. Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Unit at New York City-based law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, said the newly enacted law is a good development. In particular, it allows Donovan, who received his diagnosis over three years ago, to file a case. “It avoids a legal argument and allows us to proceed on the merits of the case,” she told the Bennington Banner.

The personal injury lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP are committed to aggressively upholding the legal rights and interests of those hurt in personal injury accidents in New York. Call our offices today at (212) 779-0057 to see how we can hold negligent parties responsible for their actions.


Federal agency says improvements to unsafe tank cars can take years

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reported that accident-prone tank cars that are used to transport crude oil and ethanol by rail could still go about their daily routes for another 15 years under federal rules that make it possible for companies to phase in upgrades to their decades-old fleets. Accidents involving older cars have happened in Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, Canada, Oregon, and Illinois, with the biggest in Lac-Megantic, Quebec wherein 47 people lost their lives after a runaway oil train derailed in 2013.

Transportation Department Press Secretary Clark Pettig said that the new rules couldn’t move forward because the schedule to retrofit older cars was instituted by Congress in a transportation bill passed in 2015. A meeting had been planned in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 13 that would entail how government and industry officials plan to make the NTSB informed regarding progress on the issue.

In an interview with The Associated Press, NTSB member Robert Sumwalt there had already been 28 railroad accidents during the past 10 years, which equates to three accidents annually. To avoid further accidents, United States Senator Ronald Lee “Ron” Wyden (Democrat of Oregon) introduced a bill that seeks to provide tax credits to companies that would upgrade their cars during the next several years, noting, “Communities near train tracks, like Mosier, Oregon, must be confident that companies are using the safest tank cars possible.”

If your health or personal safety has been compromised due to the use or patronage of defective pharmaceutical products, defective children’s products, defective construction equipment, or other products that should have been deemed safe before they were put in the market for public consumption, our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can legally help you when you call our New York offices today at (212) 779-0057.


Malone woman dies in two-vehicle collision

Fifty-four-year-old Malone, New York resident Betty Case has lost her life while two other individuals were rushed to the hospital after a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday, July 6 at around 5:08 p.m. along State Route 37 near the intersection with Bare Hill Road.

According to preliminary investigations made by the New York State Police, a 2015 Ford Fiesta was headed east on State Route 37 at approximately one-half mile west of Bare Hill Road, when for an unknown reason swerved into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a 2016 Ford Escape. Case was a passenger in the Ford Fiesta. The drivers of both vehicles were brought to the same hospital that Case was taken to by Malone EMS and then airlifted to the University of Vermont Health Network at Fletcher Allen in Burlington.

Franklin County Coroner Brian Langdon said Case “succumbed to her injuries” after she was brought to Alice Hyde Medical Center by Bangor Emergency Medical Services.

The thoughts of everyone at Hach & Rose, LLP go out to the victims and their families.


Must Know Info: Car Accidents in Astoria

Even after a young girl was killed by a car during the fair last year, car accidents continue to be a problem in Astoria. Attorney Halina Radchenko describes her experience with car accidents in the neighborhood she calls home.

Many families with young children live in Astoria. Despite its low speed limit and other precautions meant to reduce car accidents, collisions are not uncommon. Radchenko outlines some of her thoughts concerning these accidents here.

Visit our Must Know Info page for this and more important information.


Traffic accident deaths in NYC see 11% decrease through end of May

Crash data from the New York Police Department showed that deaths related to traffic accidents in New York City have decreased by 11% through the end of May, compared with data from the same period last year.

New York has finished the installation of 140 speed enforcement cameras that were approved in September 2015. More cameras were guiding the highways during the first five months of 2016, which may have contributed to the decrease in traffic fatalities. 2016 will likely be considered the safest year on record in terms of automobile accidents in New York City if the decline in traffic deaths continues for the whole year. Even so, the city is still behind on its Vision Zero goal of eliminating vehicle accident fatalities by 2024.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP provide legal services to our clients in New York City and handle personal injury accident cases. To consult with us about your case or receive more information about the legal services that we offer, call our offices today at (212) 779-0057.


Client Testimonial from Barry Duke

Barry Duke, a former injury client of Hach & Rose, LLP was featured in a video testimonial posted here.

Mr. Duke was struck by a car while refilling a parking meter during a work shift at Whole Foods. At the insistence of his wife, he hired an attorney. Upon choosing Hach & Rose, LLP, the thing that impressed Mr. Duke the most was the hands-on service he received. Michael Rose personally appeared at his home to discuss the particulars of the case. This was at a time when Mr. Duke wasn’t sure if he would ever walk again.

Now that the case is over, Mr. Duke says that he and his family are safe.

If you’ve sustained an injury in an accident, the New York personal injury lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help you through the process of filing suit against the responsible party. Call us today at (212) 779-0057 to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.


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