New City Law Blog
A recent traffic stop leads to DWI charges
Police in New York recently pulled a man over after allegedly witnessing him commit various traffic violations. This individual ended up being arrested and charged with various offenses, including driving while intoxicated. A DWI charge is not anything to treat lightly because, if convicted, the consequences can be fairly severe.According to reports, on Sunday, Aug. 23, at approximately 11:30 a.m., state police initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 87 in Clarkstown. They say the stop was made after the driver had committed traffic violations, but they failed to state specifically what those violations were. When they confronted the driver - [...]
Did workplace safety violations contribute to your injury?
Every year, numerous New York residents suffer injuries while on the job. For many of them, workplace safety violations are to blame. If you were hurt at work and you believe your injury was the result of a workplace safety violation, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.There are two ways you may go about seeking relief after suffering an injury on the job. First, you may file for workers' compensation benefits. You only have a short window of time to file for these benefits, and there are no guarantees that your request will receive approval. Legal [...]
What accidents are most likely to happen on a construction site?
Construction is a physically demanding and mentally taxing industry. Those who work on job sites across New York know that they can be working with powerful equipment, bad weather, heights, and countless other risky elements on a regular basis.Considering how often workers are exposed to dangerous conditions, it should not be surprising that accidents happen on construction sites. And when they do occur, they can be quite severe. And some accidents are far more common than others.How are workers most likely to get hurt?According to statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the four most common (and deadly) accidents [...]
Ready or not, another DWI crackdown is underway
Summer is winding down, and Labor Day is fast approaching. This means that numerous New York residents are looking to enjoy their last few weeks of summer before school starts and cold weather sets in. This also means that law enforcement will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. Yes, ready or not, another DWI crackdown is already underway.The Stop-DWI Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign started on Aug. 19 and will be in effect through Sept. 7. Law enforcement officers from all over the state will be looking for drivers who are driving under the influence of drugs [...]
Workers’ compensation Q and A
Most New Yorkers who get hurt while on the job know that they may not have to cover their losses on their own, but they may not be sure how to access the benefits available to them. Workers' compensation seems like it should be a pretty straightforward thing to navigate, but the truth is that it is anything but simple. Here are a few common questions people tend to have when wanting to pursue workers' comp benefits.Question number one: What and who does workers' compensation cover? The vast majority of employers in the state of New York are required to [...]
Construction accident leaves 3 injured, 1 dead
Investigators in New York are in the process of looking into an accident that left three construction workers injured and one dead. This event occurred in Manhattan on July 16. It is just another reminder of how quickly a construction accident can happen and how dangerous this line of work is.According to reports, the workers were in the middle of a building facade repair when a portion of the parapet collapsed and fell. Some of the debris struck a rig holding two workers near the 11th floor. The rig then fell and hit the scaffolding below. Both construction employees in [...]
Arrested for DWI over the recent holiday weekend?
The Fourth of July holiday weekend has come and gone, and so have the sobriety checkpoints that came along with it. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign ran from July 3 to July 5 with one sole purpose - keep impaired drivers off the road. It has not yet been reported how many DWI charges were handed out during that time.Sobriety checkpoints being placed all over the state is the norm for all major holidays anymore. It is just one of the things government officials feel they can do to keep New Yorkers safe from their fellow citizens [...]
Airport ground crews encounter an abundance of job hazards
Ground crew workers at airports do not get the most attention among airline employees. That spotlight is reserved for pilots and flight attendants. But such workers maintain crucial roles within an airport and airline's operations, fulfilling a variety of tasks inside a terminal and outside a terminal.Among their duties: checking in passengers for their flights, providing security checks, assisting disabled passengers, loading and unloading passenger bags from aircraft, stocking and cleaning the aircraft as well as helping passengers and crew get off the plane by providing the stairs once the plane lands. And all those tasks provide ample opportunity for [...]
College and high school students are not immune to DWI
College- and high school-aged students sometimes want to grow up too quickly, enjoying some of the privileges that come with adulthood. One of those privileges is drinking alcohol. But after having had a few drinks at a party and getting behind the wheel of your dad's car, are you prepared to face the consequences of a drunk driving charge?An arrest can sneak up on you. The flashing cherry red lights from a law enforcement vehicle may not be quite enough to sober you up. But the aftermath of a drunk driving arrest likely will. You must face your parents, a [...]
Injured kitchen workers may file for workers’ compensation
A recent study was released about a specific hazard kitchen workers in New York face every day. While numerous types of accidents can result in these employees suffering injuries, this study specifically went into detail about exposure to intense heat levels. Just as those who work outdoors may suffer heat-related illnesses or injuries, so can those who work indoors. When such illnesses or injuries occur, workers' compensation claims may be filed to seek relief for any resulting losses.Researchers at City University of New York's Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy examined the effects of excessive heat on public [...]