Kingston Personal Injury Attorney
Accident Attorney in Kingston, NY – Charles Rock has earned the status of Diplomat in the American Association for Justice, National College of Advocacy. Mr. Rock believes in trial by jury because no one can speak for the conscience of the community and deliver justice better than the community itself, through its jurors. Mr. Rock dedicates his workday to advocating for those who’ve suffered serious personal injury and losses through the negligent actions and bad choices made by others. Our most precious possession is our health – when someone takes any of that away, the law provides the only remedy mortals can bestow, money commensurate with the harm.
Charles Rock, son of a physician who specialized in otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) became a lawyer believing that all doctors practiced their profession like his father, that is, with care, compassion and total dedication to their work. But within a short time of working for one of New York City’s most powerful medical malpractice defense firms, Bower & Gardner, he quickly realized that few people receive that level of care and compassion. He saw firsthand that when doctors fail to conform to the minimum standards of their profession then the consequences are overwhelming, destroying the livelihood, health, and happiness that the patient once had, causing tremendous suffering for the entire family. Even more disturbing was seeing firsthand how some, but not all, doctors and their insurance companies will go to great lengths to prevent the truth from emerging. Those lessons gave Mr. Rock the sense to look further and never leave a stone unturned when it comes to discovering the underlying facts and motivations behind his adversaries’ actions.
Our accident attorney now only represents those injured by the negligence of others, whether it is by preventable medical errors, automobile collisions, worksite injuries, premises liability or others. He accepts accident cases after closely and carefully scrutinizing the merits. The Law Offices of Charles N. Rock, PLLC pursues only meritorious claims with substantial injury and works vigorously for their clients. The Law Offices of Charles N. Rock, PLLC believes that by doing so we improve the quality of life and safety in our community.
Accident attorney Charls Rock practices also in toxic tort litigation, particularly representing children adversely affected by lead poisoning. This silent toxin causes far reaching consequences with lifelong disabilities, harming the brain of the young developing child, an injury which prevents that child from fulfilling his or her God given potential.
Mr. Rock and the attorneys of The Law Offices of Charles N. Rock, PLLC litigate cases in:
Accident Attorney Charles Rock is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), New York State Trial Lawyers Association, The New York State Bar Association, the Dutchess County Bar Association, Ulster County Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association. He is the Chairman and founder of the Chiropractic Malpractice Litigation Group of the AAJ, a group that helps other trial attorneys understand the issues unique to this injury and he assists attorneys around the country in the pursuit of justice for victims of chiropractic harm.
Mr. Rock is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States District Courts for the Northern District, Southern District and Eastern District of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and all the Courts of the State of New York.
SAMPLE ACCIDENT CASES PROSECUTED BY MR. ROCK
Wrong Site Surgery – A Vietnam Veteran working as a barge captain on the Hudson River developed an occasional bleed when he coughed (hemoptosis). His diagnosis was a benign tumor (carcinoid) in his left lung. His surgery was scheduled as the first operation after a long holiday weekend, with the operating room fully booked for that day. When the doctors had to re-do his pre-operative testing because it had been misplaced, the surgeon and staff rushed to stay on time. In his hurry, the surgeon was grossly carelessness and removed the wrong lung. Then, in an attempt to hide his malpractice, the surgeon then lied to the plaintiff, telling him that there was a more serious tumor on the side that he operated. The surgeon perpetuated his deceit when he altered his office records to try to justify his “medical judgment”. Mr. Rock was able to prove that the records were altered by forensic document examinations which showed the after added portion as clear as day. He also proved that the malpractice was extreme. He was able to convince the State to investigate the doctor’s conduct which a resulted in the doctor’s license being taken away.
Defective Seatback Design – Wrongful Death – 19 year old soon-to-be father was killed when ejected from the front passenger seat of a Japanese car in which the seatback failed on impact. The young man “submarined” under the seatbelt as the seatback collapsed in a high speed impact, sending him through the back window. The investigation proved that the welding was insufficient to support a foreseeable impact. A settlement was entered into that will support the newborn child throughout college with additional lump sum payments.
Undiagnosed Bone Infection leading to above the knee amputation: This volunteer fireman fractured his leg in the course of field training. His fractured tibia/fibula was repaired by open reduction surgery with hardware implantation. When the skin did not heal the plastic surgeon and orthopedic surgeon kept cleaning the wound and placing skin grafts until one day a visiting nurse noted the foul smell from the wound and notice something moving under the skin. On removing the dressing, maggots exited the wound and a workup finally revealed the osteomyelitis that could no longer be stopped and the plaintiff’s leg was amputated above the knee in order to contain the spread of the infection.
Construction Worker becomes paralyzed after an on the job injury to his lower spine leaving him completely functionless from the waist down. The hospital failed to have the emergency room attending physician evaluate the plaintiff and instead left the plaintiff’s care to a first year resident (doctor in training) who did not understand or appreciate the severity of the symptoms and the limited time within which to treat the emergency situation.
Failure to Diagnose signs of critical cardiovascular disease leading to the wrongful death of a 62 year old woman who presented to her doctor of 18 years, with 2 days of severe chest pain. The doctor diagnosed acid reflux disease without doing a proper cardiac workup. The plaintiff died in her sleep that evening from a heart attack. In a vain create an illusion that her misdiagnosis was justified the doctor altered her records to imply that the patient was a heavy alcohol drinker who was non-compliant with doctor’s recommendations. During depositions the alterations to the original records was proven bringing the case to a swift conclusion. The family of the decedent was outraged that this doctor would try to sully the excellent reputation of this woman in an attempt to justify malpractice.
Lead poisoning of an 18 month old child caused attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities. When Anthony was asked by the defense attorney, “Why did you put the paint chips in your mouth, Anthony?” 6 year old at the time answered, “’cause it tastes like cotton candy.” His high blood lead levels persisted for years after the initial diagnosis. The landlord was cited on three separate occasions for failure to abate the hazardous condition.
Stroke from a Chiropractor leaving a 32 year old woman suffers a stroke from a high velocity cervical (neck) adjustment by a chiropractor leading to loss of her ability to perform at the high level she always had until the stroke.
The amounts awarded are not mentioned on this website out of respect for the confidentiality and privacy of the parties.
Areas of Practice
- Construction Law
- Personal Injury — Plaintiff
- Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
- Products Liability Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Toxic Torts