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The cost of a drunk driving conviction are astronomical

This blog has discussed on previous occasions how even those accused of drunk driving for the first time face the possibility of imprisonment and will almost certainly have to deal with a license suspension. Additionally, even one DWI or DWAI can have a negative impact on a New Yorker's career, especially if he or she is a licensed professional or drives regularly as part of her job.

What might get overlooked, though, is the huge financial cost of a drunk driving conviction. All in all, a person can expect to pay thousands of dollars, if not tens of thousands of dollars, over the course of several years after their conviction.

Collapse of building attracts national attention

The construction of a Hard Rock hotel in another state recently came to a devastating and tragic standstill as the framework of the building suddenly gave way and collapsed, leaving the building partially imploded.

The accident left at least three people dead, including at least one construction worker. Several others, including workers, were injured, many of them quite seriously. One worker, who broke his leg, said that he had to be rescued after getting buried under a pile of debris.

How construction workers can push back against retaliation

Construction workers often worry they may frustrate their employers if they file a workers’ compensation claim. Due to the pressure and intensity of their jobs, construction workers can be at higher risk of facing severe injury and are often expected to be back on the job before they’re ready. Unfortunately, some employers may not be understanding of a worker’s conditions and may mistreat them upon their return. Moreover, it's illegal in most states for construction managers to deal with their crews this way. That's because many construction workers have certain rights regarding their recovery.

However, some employers may not always comply with federal and state laws regarding workers’ compensation. If a construction worker is currently facing retaliation, they may want to take action.

Forklift operator critically injured at construction site

A man from another state suffered a critical injury at a museum that is well-known nationwide.

The accident involved a forklift. According to reports, a construction worker was trying to transport some heavy equipment on a forklift as part of the museum's renovation project. Perhaps because of the weight, the forklift flipped over and trapped the worker between the forklift and a hole in the floor.

Who pays for your workers’ compensation claim?

If you’re like many people, you care about how your employer perceives you. You want them to see you as a professional and reliable employee. Sustaining an injury on the job may leave you conflicted about what to do. You know that you need medical care due to your work-related injury, but you also don’t want to cost your employer and become viewed as a liability.

The worst thing that you can do is delay filing your workers’ compensation claim. Waiting or delaying filing a claim could lead to a fine and/or misdemeanor charge from the New York Workers’ Compensation Board to your employer.

Drugged driving can still lead to a DWAI

Many people probably know that those who are under the influence of marijuana or other drugs can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as those who have consumed too much alcohol. For this reason, New York criminalizes drugged driving in a manner similar to the way it handles drunk driving.

Specifically, a person caught with drugs in his or her system or some combination of drugs and alcohol in their system while driving could face charges of DWAI-Drug. In order to be convicted, the state will have to prove that the person accused was under the influence of a drug to the point where his driving was affected.

Massive workers’ compensation scam in New York

Workers’ compensation is an important safety net for employees. If they are injured while performing their job or at their workplace, they are fairly compensated. Unfortunately, not all employers take their responsibility to provide this benefit seriously.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office found that two New York men cheated their employees out of proper protection by falsifying information. This saved them millions of dollars in insurance premiums. Tragically, the work they sent their employees to do hurt more than twelve people and even killed one. The pair then delayed the process to get compensation for the injured.

NYPD detective facing scrutiny for DWI arrests

A New York City detective is accused of making dozens of bogus DWI arrests in the Bronx to earn extra overtime pay. Detective Darryl Schwartz has already been sued three times and faces a fourth suit, according to the New York Daily News.

The newspaper reports the city settled one of the lawsuits for $85,000 and personnel records show Schwartz has a history of misconduct dating back over a decade without facing any discipline from the NYPD.

Some statistics about workplace deaths

According to information published online recently by a national magazine, loggers and those in commercial fishing continue to have the most dangerous occupations, at least with respect to fatalities. Roofers and garbage collectors also statistically have jobs which are especially risky.

It may also come as little surprise to those in the New City area and other parts of New York City's surrounding communities that incidents related to transportation, such as car accidents and accidents involving other motor vehicles, are the most common cause of workplace fatalities.

Benefits may be available after knee and leg injuries

Many people in the New York area rely on their legs and knees in order to make a living. Construction workers, those who work in industry and others who have to do lifting need their knees and legs to stay healthy.

For that matter, even those with jobs that require a lot of moving around, like work in the medical profession, law enforcement or even education, have to rely on their legs and knees.

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