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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?

The different types of work comp disability benefits

As this blog has discussed before, workers' compensation pays for two basic things after a New York employee gets hurt on the job. First, the program will cover the employee's medical bills and some other out-of-pocket expenses as well.

Second, workers' compensation will also cover a portion of an injured worker's lost wages if he must be off work in order to recover from his injury. How much a person will get in compensation, and for how long, depends on a number of case-specific factors, but there are four basic classifications of work loss benefits.

License suspensions for drunk driving are serious

As people in New City, New York, and the surrounding communities probably know just from experience, drunk driving charges can lead to serious consequences.

Even for a first-time offense with no special circumstances, they can theoretically land a person in jail, and a conviction will require mean a person has to devote time, and money, to probation and related requirements, such as alcohol counseling.

There is no time to waste with a workers’ comp claim

In a perfect world nobody would be injured at work. The world is not perfect, though, and people suffer injuries of all types while carrying out their daily work. If you have suffered an injury big or small while working, then there is no time to waste when in filing for workers’ compensation.

While it is true that according to the law you have a window in which to file for workers’ compensation, it is much more expedient and easier to be approved if you take the following steps immediately – the same day as your accident, if possible.

Final holiday DUI crackdown numbers are in for New York

The Christmas and New Year's holiday are times when many people in New York City and the surrounding communities and counties like to get together and have fun with friends and relatives. Of course, for many people, this includes enjoying a few drinks.

It is no surprise, therefore, that state law enforcement officers, including the New York State Police, like to pay extra attention to DWI enforcement during these times of the year, as it seems more likely that they will be able to apprehend an alleged drunk driver returning home from a family gathering or from an office party or other occasion.

What is OSHA's role in a workplace accident?

Some people in the New City, New York, area or one of the other suburbs may have heard about the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. Still, they may not fully understand what this agency does and what its role in workplace safety is.

Many if not most employers in the area are subject to federal safety regulations designed to keep American workers safe and healthy as they do what they need to do to put bread on the table. OSHA is responsible for enforcing these regulations.

Breathalyzer test results are not infallible

You met some friends for a quick beer after work, but the police pulled you over after leaving due to a taillight being out. The officer smelled alcohol on your breath, and after a breathalyzer was given, you tested over the limit. But were you really over the limit? Should you fight the result?

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