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May 2018 Archives

Tesla car crash greeted with CEO's critical comments

Ever since Tesla debuted its Autopilot program, the company has been running into issues. Residents of New York who are concerned about the safety of Tesla's semi-autonomous vehicles may have heard about the crash that recently took place in Utah. The driver of Tesla Model S collided with a firetruck even though Autopilot was on, the reason being that the driver was looking down at her phone.

Drug charges: Defense strategy choice needs careful consideration

Any person facing criminal charges in New York will likely explore defense options. When it comes to drug charges for possession, several defense strategies are available for those who do not plead guilty. A defendant might claim that officers violated his or her Fourth Amendment rights during the search and seizure procedure if the seized drugs were not in plain sight but obtained without consent. Denying ownership of the drugs might be a viable defense if there were others present at the time when police found the drugs.

Construction workers' accidents: 70-year-old falls from scaffold

The owners of construction companies in New York are responsible for the safety of employees. However, if they fail to enforce compliance with the safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction workers' accidents are sure to happen. In one such a case, a worker recently fell from a scaffold in Onondaga County.

Misdiagnosing AMD

According to a study conducted by university researchers, 25 percent of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, cases are misdiagnosed by eye care professionals. AMD is the primary cause of irreversible vision loss for people in America who are at least 50 years old. This finding indicates that there could be significant issues older adults in New York will have to face.

More safety training might lessen construction workers' accidents

The New York City Buildings Commissioner recently announced new requirements for the number of hours construction workers must spend in safety training. He says most construction workers' accidents are preventable, and the fact that so many injuries and deaths continue to occur underscores the need for additional safety training. Reportedly, changes will become effective in stages over more than two years.

New York father faces drunk driving charges under Leandra's Law

New York State has a Child Passenger Protection Act that is also called Leandra's Law. This law was named for a girl who was killed in a crash when she was 11 years old. The driver of the car in which Leandra was a passenger was impaired, and he later pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges. A driver in Farmingville is facing similar charges after he was arrested on a recent Sunday.

Drunk driving charges filed against former FDNY Union leader

Being accused of impaired driving in New York can be detrimental to anyone's career, regardless of whether a conviction is ultimately secured. This was underscored by the arrest of the Executive Director of the New York City Fire Pension Fund who was reportedly relieved from his position immediately upon his arrest. Drunk driving charges or driving while impaired by narcotics or prescription medication can result in job loss even before the accused person appears in court.

Should one fight a traffic ticket?

Getting a traffic ticket in New York can ruin one's day and cost a significant amount of money in fines and result in an increase in insurance premiums. One may be wondering whether fighting the ticket is a good idea. In some cases, taking time off work to go to a hearing can cost one more money than the ticket itself, making it disadvantageous to fight. However, if one's traffic ticket is costing thousands of dollars, defending oneself may be the best option.

Workplace safety: An ergonomic program can prevent back injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes specific safety regulations for particular industries in New York and across the country. However, it also provides guidelines under a general duty clause to prevent injuries that can happen in any work environment. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says one such a general workplace safety risk is back injury, which makes up almost 20 percent of all reported occupational illnesses and injuries.

Surgical sponges left inside patient for years

New York residents may have read media stories about surgical sponges being left inside patients who underwent surgery, but they may not know how serious the long-term consequences of this kind of medical mistake can be. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine told the story of a 42-year-old Japanese woman who suffered abdominal bloating and discomfort for years that was eventually found to have been caused by two surgical sponges that had been left inside her during childbirth.

Do I need an attorney for my workers' compensation claim?

You may be known as a "do-it-yourself" kind of person. But, when it comes to work injuries, trying to go at it alone can be a risky move with irreversible consequences if you aren't careful. At the end of the day, an insurance company is there to represent their client. Talking to a New York attorney before speaking with a claim's representative could be the only way to prevent your claim from going down the drain.

Drug charges follow discovery of stash worth over $1.2 million

Facing criminal charges in New York can have severe consequences, and those in such situations typically seek legal counsel as soon as possible. This was likely also the first step taken by a 42-year-old Oswego City man after his arrest on drug charges. The Oswego County Drug Task Force, which comprises members of several law enforcement agencies, reported the arrest on a recent Monday.

Five tips on keeping workers safe

Business owners in New York probably know how hard it is to maintain a safe work environment when everyone must work at a fast pace in order to meet deadlines. However, any effort toward creating a safety culture will come with rewards, including a decrease in worker injuries and improved productivity. Below are five tips that employers, site managers and safety coaches alike can consider as they strive to improve worker safety.

Advancing technology is rapidly improving workplace safety

It is often said that many employers in New York prioritize profits over the safety of employees. This could be because many business owners might feel that placing the focus on workplace safety can jeopardize profits by distracting attention from production. However, rapid technological changes have started to provide safety options that can be practical without compromising productivity.

Workplace safety involves much more than obvious hazards

Some New York workplaces are minefields of dangers despite compliance with safety regulations. Safety management entails more than the elimination of known hazards. All employees must be responsible for workplace safety, and monthly safety reviews should involve all workers, including new employees. Caution signs play an essential part in injury prevention considering that so many workers suffer fractured bones or spinal cord and brain injuries because somebody neglected to put out a 'wet floor' sign.

Drunk driving charges: Misdemeanors vs. felonies

No driver wants to lose his or her driving privileges, especially if it follows only a few drinks shared over lunch or an evening with friends -- which might have included one too many. Some New York drivers are unsure about when drunk driving charges will be misdemeanors and when will they be felony charges. There are certain circumstances under which a DUI charge will automatically be a felony.

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