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Drunk driving charges filed against young mother

Police in New York recently arrested a young woman who was allegedly driving while impaired with her children in the car. She is also accused of rear-ending a vehicle and fleeing the scene. Drunk driving charges are serious enough on their own. The added charges in this case can carry penalties that will affect the accused and her children for years to come if she is convicted.

According to reports, on Wednesday, March 25, the accused -- a 27-year-old female -- was operating her vehicle on Floyd Parkway in Patchogue when, at approximately 2:45 p.m., she struck the back end of a car. She supposedly left the scene and was located a short time later by police. The law enforcement officer who found the accused claims she had two children in her vehicle -- a 3-year-old and a 17-month-old, both of whom were unharmed and placed in the care of relatives.

Did your St. Patty's Day end with drunk driving charges?

St. Patrick's Day looked a little different this year in New York, with festivities canceled due to the current health situation affecting the country. Despite the changes to available activities, police increased patrols looking for drunk drivers and those committing other traffic violations. Anyone who is facing drunk driving charges as a result of this most recent DUI enforcement campaign has the right to fight the charges with the assistance of legal counsel.

On Sunday, March 15, it was reported that police patrols would pick up until March 18. This was to occur in all areas of the state. The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee requested and funded this campaign, based on the number of impaired driving arrests police made in 2019. According to reports, 259 people were arrested for drunk driving around St. Patrick's Day last year.

Workers' compensation and the coronavirus

Millions of New Yorkers leave the comfort of their homes every single day to head off to work. Many of them have jobs where they are exposed to large groups of people, such as those who work in education or retail, while others have careers in health care where they are frequently exposed to people who are ill. Right now, a big concern for all of these individuals is the coronavirus. Several cases have been reported in the state so far, and more are expected. Will those who catch the virus while on the job be able to collect workers' compensation benefits?

The coronavirus is making headlines daily. So many people are worried about it. It is a scary thing, so their fears are understandable. Unfortunately, there is so much still unknown about it. Right now, the biggest concern is figuring out how to protect the general population, particularly those who have jobs that put them at higher risk of contracting the illness.

Do I need a DUI lawyer?

The penalties of a drunk driving charge can add up. Between the costly fines and potential jail time, they can have a long-lasting effect on your financial stability, everyday life and even personal and professional relationships.

And while you can attempt to defend yourself in court, it can be difficult to come out on top if you don’t have the experience necessary for handling a DUI case. That’s why you may benefit from hiring a DUI lawyer.

1 killed, 1 injured in recent construction accident in New York

Authorities are looking into a recent incident at a construction site in New York that left one person dead and another injured. Two men were reportedly hit by falling debris while working on a demolition project. Following a construction accident like this one, it is normal for those involved, or their surviving family members, to question liability, as well as desire compensation for their losses.

According to reports, at approximately 11:45 a.m., on Feb. 20, first responders were called to a construction site located near Sutphin Blvd. The victims were working on the second floor of the building when it collapsed. A safety supervisor not associated with this project claims that the site had been unsafe. The Buildings Department Commissioner says that her team has begun its investigation and plans to hold those responsible for this tragedy fully accountable.

Arrested for DUI after the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone, but for some New Yorkers, the consequences of that day live on. Every year following the game, numerous individuals are stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. DUI charges, whether they come as a first offense or are one of many, can have significant consequences if one is convicted. As such, those who have recently found themselves facing DUI charges may wish to seek assistance fighting those charges as soon as possible.

According to a recent report, police in New York stepped up their game on Super Bowl Sunday and had more officers out on patrol, specifically looking for drunk drivers. Why? It is one of the biggest drinking days of the year, beat out only by New Year's Eve. Last year, 139 people were arrested for driving while impaired following the Super Bowl in New York, and nearly 8,000 people were ticketed for this and other traffic violations.

Workers’ compensation for first responders in New York

As a first responder, you put in grueling hours of hard work to keep others safe. Unfortunately, getting injured is highly likely when you put your life at risk everyday just by doing your job.

But a workplace injury can sometimes be serious enough to significantly impact your life — often for the worse. Luckily, first responders in New York have access to workers’ compensation benefits that may help you manage and recover from any work-related injury.

Mother of well-known actress faces DWI, related charges

The mother of a celebrity actress receives some unflattering media attention herself after being arrested for DWI while on Long Island. According to police, the woman was leaving the mall on a recent evening and rear-ended an SUV. She then allegedly intentionally left the scene of the accident without exchanging information with the driver of the SUV. The driver of the SUV followed her to her home while contracting police in the process.

When police caught up with her, they found her in her driveway with the engine running. An officer at the scene reportedly smelled alcohol and noticed the woman's eyes were bloodshot. The officer also noted that she fell when she got out of her car.

What does workers’ compensation entitle employees to recover?

Sustaining a severe injury while on the job can be devastating in many ways. You could also experience stress by worrying about returning to work. Fortunately, there are benefits available that can help you out in a situation like this. If a serious injury has left you unable to provide for your family, understanding your workers’ compensation rights can help you receive compensation.

Is a legal claim possible when claiming workers' compensation?

Workers in the neighborhoods of New York City, or the Rockland County suburbs for that matter, may get hurt in a car accident or some other accident that is not the responsibility of either the worker or the worker's employer. For instance, if someone is driving for her employer while on the clock and gets hit by a negligent driver, she may have a valid legal claim against the driver. Nevertheless, because she was on the clock and doing work for her employer, she also likely has a viable workers' compensation claim.

The good news is that a person can file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Whether doing so is the best choice depends on individual circumstances, but filing a workers' compensation claim frequently is a good means of making sure that injured workers can promptly receive medical care and some compensation for lost income.

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