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When is drunk driving a felony case?

As this blog has mentioned before, drunk driving in this state will almost always be treated as at least a criminal misdemeanor, even for a first-time offense. Under New York law, even misdemeanors can land a person in jail and can result in other significant penalties.

However, New York authorities crack down even harder when a person has a prior history of drunk driving. By way of example, someone who picks up a second drunk driving allegation may face a felony charge. This charge can land her in prison for up to 4 years if she receives the maximum sentence following a conviction.

Workers' compensation for injuries

Work site managers, foremen, and regulatory agencies all strive to make construction sites, warehouses and other industrial zones as safe as possible. But accidents do happen in these busy and vibrant environments.

When a worker suffers an injury, he or she must report it immediately, file a claim with the insurance company. Then the insurance company specifies the rehab program that injured worker must complete.

Deadly crane accident should concern New Yorkers

A recent deadly crane accident should serve as a warning to New York construction workers and their employers about how important it is to stay safe around these devices.

In another major city in the country, a crane that was assisting with the construction of a major corporate building suddenly collapsed, falling down to the intersection below.

What is an ignition interlock device?

You probably know about the typical consequences of an impaired driving conviction: a license suspension, a fine, even possible jail time. But what you might not know is that anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New York state must install an ignition interlock device (IID) in any vehicle they drive during their sentence.

Falls take a heavy toll on construction workers

According to an analysis of statistics available through a government agency and other sources, construction workers in the Manhattan area, including Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties, as well as the Bronx, are at a high risk of getting hurt because of a fall.

This analysis concluded that falling to a lower level is, in terms of cost, the leading cause of injuries connected to construction workers' accidents. Falls to a lower level, such as from a ladder, scaffolding and the like, cost $2.5 billion each year, making up over 25 percent of the total cost of work-related injuries in the construction industry.

Study: professional drivers, pilots, in dangerous lines of work

Many people who live in Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, and the suburban counties of Rockland, Orange, and Westchester work in jobs that are known to be potentially dangerous and even deadly. In fact, many may work in professions that, at least as of 2017, ranked as the deadliest in the country.

For example, given New York's proximity to the coast, many residents may be employed in the fishing industry. According to statistics, the fishing industry experiences almost 100 deaths per 100,000 full-time employees, making it the deadliest profession in the country. The second most dangerous job is logging, with over 84 deaths per 100,000 employees.

If I got hurt, what benefits does workers' compensation offer?

A worker in New York, whether they live in New City, Westchester County or in some of the neighborhoods like the Bronx or Manhattan, will likely a lot to deal with should she get hurt or sick because of her job. In addition to the emotional stress of the situation and the physical pain, the worker will also likely, and very quickly, begin to wonder how exactly she will be able to make ends meet with mounting medical bills and no paycheck.

Fortunately, New York's workers' compensation program offers benefits on a no-fault basis that can provide injured workers some relief. To give an overview of these benefits, an employer or the employer's insurance company, is expected to cover an injured worker's necessary medical care, so long as that care is related to the on-the-job illness or injury. By way of example, if an employee hurts his back at work, then the employer must pay for things like the x-ray, pain medication and even surgery if that is required.

Can I refuse a sobriety test?

The first time you see flashing lights in the rearview can be intimidating. You had a couple drinks and are afraid the police could charge you with driving while intoxicated (DWI). What are your options?

One thought that may cross your mind is to refuse a sobriety test. Is this option legal in New York?

Employers must take steps to prevent amputations

One of the most serious injuries a worker in New City or other parts of Rockland County or Orange County faces is the possibility of having a part of his body amputated. While the loss of a whole arm or leg is the most serious type of amputation, a worker can also easily lose a finger or a foot while doing his job. In any event, all amputations are serious affairs and will require some permanent changes in a person's lifestyle.

Machinery in particular has the potential for causing an accidental amputation. Particularly common at New York construction sites and industrial facilities, workers frequently have to use machines that cut, turn or bend both rapidly and powerfully. In just a split second, these machines can amputate a worker's limb.

It's my first DWI. Do I need to hire a lawyer?

You’re out with friends or co-workers for happy hour. You get in the car and begin to drive home. Police lights flash and you pull over. A light in your face. License, proof of insurance and registration. A roadside evaluation and a Breathalyzer test. You are Mirandized and put in the back of the squad car. Mug shots, fingerprints, jump suit, drunk tank.

You’re charged with driving while intoxicated. Do you call a lawyer?

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