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May 2017 Archives

When can I file a private suit for employment discrimination?

Workplace discrimination can be a distressing thing to experience, and it is important for employees to be aware of their legal rights when it occurs. Discrimination protections exist at both the state and the federal level, and knowing how to navigate the system is critical to seeking justice and fair compensation.

Making use of police crash reports in personal injury litigation

Previously, we began looking at a recent National Safety Council report on the deficiencies in gathering of crash data during law enforcement investigations. As we noted, the report made several recommendations for states to improve their investigation procedures. These include taking an investigatory approach to data gathering, updating forms more frequently to ensure emerging crash factors are recorded, gathering information recorded electronically, and using electronic crash reporting.

Report: states need to be more thorough in gathering information about crashes

In any personal injury case, gathering as much and as accurate information as possible about the accident is important for a couple reasons. For one thing, it allows accident victims to get a sense of what specific factors or causes are behind the accident and to determine who may be responsible for causing or contributing to the accident. Thorough and accurate information about a crash also helps accident victims determine the extent to which each party contributed to the accident for purposes of comparative liability.

What is comparative negligence, and how does it work in New York?

Motor vehicle accidents can be complex, and it isn’t always easy to determine who is liable for a crash. In some cases, liability may be easily attributable to the actions of only one party. In other cases, liability may be distributed among multiple parties, including the individual who initiates a personal injury lawsuit.

Employees: know and protect your leave rights under federal, state law, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at some of the basic protections available to workers in terms of family and medical leave at both the state and the federal level. As we noted, the state of New York is progressive in this area, guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for most employees. Additional protections may apply at the local level.

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