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August 2017 Archives

To end epidemic, Sessions seeks culture 'hostile to drug use'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to be calling for an overall crackdown on drug use in the United States, viewing it as the best way to reduce deaths from opioid overdoses. Speaking before the annual meeting of the National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children, Sessions said that 2016 saw the highest number of drug overdose deaths so far.

How will divorce or separation affect your taxes?

If you will be finalizing your divorce or legal separation this year, you need to know how changing your marital status will affect your taxes. We can't give legal advice or cover every topic in a blog post, but a few of the major issues include how alimony and child support are treated, contributions to individual retirement accounts, and name changes.

Employers should work to prevent injuries among older workers

By 2024, older workers will make up a full quarter of the labor market, according to government estimates. In 2015, workers 55 and older were involved in 35 percent of all fatal workplace accidents. Are the two facts related?

Road deaths leveling off so far this year, still far too high

The National Safety Council has issued a preliminary estimate of the number of traffic fatalities so far in 2017. The good news is that the number is down 1 percent over last year's number from the same period. The unfortunate news is that the U.S. is still recovering from the highest two-year increase since at least 1964. That leaves us with an 8-percent higher death rate in the first half of this year than the same period in 2015.

Study: Black & Latino drivers more likely to be searched

People of color have long suspected they were under increased scrutiny by police, and a recent Stanford University study confirms that Black and Latino drivers are searched during traffic stops at a higher rate than whites. This was true despite the fact that Latinos are statistically less likely than whites to be pulled over in the first place.

Reducing construction deaths by holding contractors accountable

In just the past ten years, 500 New York construction workers have died on the job. The names of some of the victims appear in the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health's (NYCOSH's) annual report, Deadly Skyline. Among them are Hector, Alex, Igor, Lorenzo, Jeffrey, Paul, Juan, Frank, Fernando, Sharon, Jorge and many others. Their ages range from 21 years old (Alex) to over 60. Most are men, but some are women.

What to do after an accident

Accidents happen every day, at work, school or even while you are just strolling down the sidewalk in Buffalo. Often, they happen because of someone else's negligence. When you suffer an injury because another individual was careless or reckless, like a distracted driver, you should not have to bear the burden of high medical expenses, lost damages and the repairs to your own vehicle. If the other driver had decided it was more important to text while driving, you would not have a broken arm, whiplash and a strained back.

  1. Personal Injury

    A client settled their case against a homeowner for $275,000 for a fractured leg with surgery as a result of a fall from a ladder while assisting the homeowner install a second floor ladder.

  2. Wills, Trusts, Estates

    An estate received $57,500 in a wrongful death case involving a defective medical alert device.

  3. Personal Injury

    A client was injured while pulling a hamper with a defective handle which resulted in cervical herniation which then required surgery. The client settled the claim against the hamper owner for $495,000.

  4. Criminal Law

    A man was accused of aggravated animal cruelty for shooting his dog acquitted of all charges.

  5. Criminal Law

    The defense counsel asserted constitutional rights so that no charges were brought against a store owner for tax evasion.

  6. Business, Corporate and Employment Law

    We successfully collected thousands of dollars for a company on a breach of contract issue.

  7. Personal Injury

    A woman received $83,750 for a right knee injury she sustained due to the negligence of a local restaurant and bar.

  8. Criminal Law

    Our counsel successfully suppressed evidence in State Court from an improper search of a residence.

  9. Personal Injury

    A victim of a rear end accident settled with the defendant for $25,000 and then resolved a SUM claim for an additional $200,000 as a result of cervical disc herniations with a recommendation of surgery.

  10. Criminal Law

    A man was acquitted of Driving While Intoxicated and all other charges. The defense showed that the people failed to prove the operation of the motor vehicle.

  11. Criminal Law

    A Niagara Falls resident was accused of murdering a man shot outside his home and with whom he had previous fight and was acquitted on all charges.

  12. Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability

    A man received a $2.4 million settlement for pain and suffering, and lost wages due to a work-related accident.

  13. Criminal Law

    A man’s charges for Aggravated Harassment were dismissed when the defense counsel moved to dismiss charges for insufficient paperwork.

  14. Personal Injury

    A man obtained a settlement of $1.8 million when he lost his wife due to the administering of the wrong prescription.

  15. Personal Injury

    A woman received $100,000 for a neck injury she sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

  16. Personal Injury

    A woman was awarded $115,000 for head and neck injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

  17. Personal Injury

    A woman received a $250,000 settlement from a slip and fall at a rental property where she injured her back.

  18. Personal Injury

    A woman received $62,000 for a neck injury she sustained due to the negligence of a commercial property owner.

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