The construction industry is a very dangerous industry for trade workers who often put their life and safety on the line when they go to work and risk construction accidents. In large cities such as New York City where new high rises are constructed on a weekly basis, developers, business ventures, owners, general contractors and sub contractors often place the bottom line ahead of worker safety. Most recently on September 1, 2016, we saw what can happen when owners and general contractors put money above safety. Two workers were severely injured when an “I” beam fell from the floor above where they were working and struck them. One workers leg was severely fractured and another worker fell through the floor onto the floor below suffering significant personal injuries. Click here to see the story.
A construction accident is often times a catastrophic accident for the victim and their family. The heavy machinery and dangerous conditions can be complicated by the failure of the contractor and subcontractors to follow safety protocol. The laws in this area are complex and increases the importance of speaking to an attorney experienced in these matters.
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When this happens to you or a loved one, you need someone who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. Please call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620, where an attorney with a proven track record of holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence can speak with you about your case.
Cory Morris named Premier DUI Attorney
Cory Morris was named a “Premier DUI Attorney” by the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys! This is a product of the work ethic and dedication of one of the best young attorneys in the criminal field. We are proud to have an of counsel relationship with him. Click here to read the article.
If you are looking for a DUI or DWI attorney, call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 to arrange a meeting with Cory Morris today.
The Hauppauge Traffic Court, which is located in the H. Lee Dennison Building, in Hauppauge New York is currently being sued by the Federal Government. This lawsuit, which commenced in 2015 in U.S. District Court alleges that the traffic court is acting unconstitutionally by jailing motorists, and refusing to engage in plea-bargaining for motorists who seek sworn depositions in their respective cases. Attorneys claim that the traffic court is eliminating all appropriate checks and balances by selecting both the judicial hearing officers and prosecutors for the local traffic court. Traffic Court in Hauppauge, New York has locally gained a reputation as a chaotic court system which will keep attorneys and motorists waiting for inordinate amounts of time.
Traffic courts and traffic policies on Long Island have been subject to public protest as of late. Particularly the school speed zone camera program which was shut down after great public outcry. The red-light camera program which does not allow the accused to defend their case in court but rather mandates a fine automatically upon issuance has also sparked vehement opposition. These developments cause many motorists to see traffic law as a backdoor tax rather than as part of a comprehensive public safety policy. Traffic violations are violations, not crimes and so certain constitutional rights pertaining to the fourth, fifth, and sixth amendments do not technically apply and sometimes are practically ignored altogether by the courts. Formal rules of evidence during trials are also frequently ignored or enforced by the courts in a half-hearted and informal manner. In the United States, driving is a privilege, not a right though for many in modern society. Their well-being and ability to earn an income depends upon it.
Hiring an experienced attorney that understands how to negotiate your case can determine whether you keep your driving privileges in Suffolk County. Call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620, to speak with an experienced traffic attorney.
NOTICE OF CLAIM REQUIREMENT
Before one can bring a lawsuit to collect damages against a city, town, or a public agency in the state of New York, a notice of claim requirement must be satisfied. A claimant has ninety days during which to file and comply with the notice of claim requirement or they will be barred from bringing the action. This is not the same as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations against municipalities is one year and ninety days as opposed to the normal statute of limitations for personal injury matters in New York which is three years.
One of the main purposes of the notice of claim requirement is to give the government a thirty-day time window upon receipt of the notice of claim to request a “50-H” hearing. This hearing is somewhat like a deposition and it is an advantage that non-government entities do not receive. It gives the government an extra opportunity to acquire information and testimony it may use to defeat a claim. The government may also request a medical examination during this thirty-day time period. Every municipality has the power to designate who must be served with the notice of claim and if the notice of claim requirement is not satisfied, the claim itself will be barred forever. It is important to determine who it should be served on before attempting to serve a notice of claim.
It is advisable to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney before attempting to comply with the notice of claim requirement. The barring of the action for failure to comply with the notice of claim requirement is a strict penalty and not worth the risk of attempting this task pro se.
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Retaining an attorney that understands the process of suing a municipality can make all the difference in your case. When you or a loved one are injured by the negligence of a municipality, you need a personal injury attorney who understands the process. Call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.