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Considering retirement and worried about SS benefits?

When you begin planning for retirement, be sure to consider whether to claim benefits before normal retirement age. If you retire early, at age 62, you will receive less than the full retirement benefit that you get if you wait till your normal retirement age to apply. When would that be? It depends on your date of birth. Check with Social Security Administration on the amount of benefits payable for you whether it is for early, or normal retirement. You may decide it is better to wait.

Drunk driving oversight, enforcement: How is New York doing?

Any discussion of drunk driving in New York can commence with this reasoned premise: There are a lot of drunk drivers on state roadways.

Empirical evidence -- primarily DWI arrests and convictions, along with crash-related findings that point to the actions of an inebriated motorist -- supports that assertion. So, too, does simple extrapolation: It flatly stands to reason that New York has a comparatively high number of motorists who occasionally drive while under the influence of alcohol; after all, the state commands one of the largest populations in the country.

How are state enforcement officials doing in their efforts to combat drunk driving in New York? Are there measurable yardsticks for gauging performance and, if so, how does New York stack up compared with other states across the country?

When everything goes wrong on a slippery national roadway

Many of our New York readers might be interested to note the details of the below-described accident because, although it didn't happen in the state, it certainly could have.

Any chain-collision motor vehicle accident precipitated by dangerous wintry conditions that involves scores of cars and trucks and also, sadly, yields a death and many injuries, is of instant relevance in cold-weather states like New York.

What happened last Friday morning on a portion of Interstate 94 in Michigan is a cautionary tale for drivers everywhere who must toil with the capricious and rapidly changing weather conditions that centrally play out during the winter driving season.

Sobriety checkpoints seek to deter DWI crashes in New York

It is, tragically, a routine occurrence for a deadly vehicle accident to feature prominently as a media story in New York City and elsewhere across the state.

A number of factors exist to make that so. As a state, New York has a comparatively high population. Moreover, many of its urban environs are particularly dense and complicated. Any New York City resident can attest to the fact that driving around the city can occasionally be a bit confusing and tension-ridden.

Crosswalks, bridges, intersections, motorcycles, buses, commercial trucks, students, delivery vans … all these and more can be ready catalysts for accidents and resulting injuries.

Is state regulation of big-rig safety uniform across the country?

If you’re a commercial trucker operating a big rig that is hauling a load across the country, it is not inconceivable that you could be stopped for a random safety inspection in more than one state.

Say that such an outcome ensues, for example, in both New York and Pennsylvania. Evidence indicates that, while authorities in one of those states might give your vehicle a cursory look and wave you back onto the road, authorities in the other might cite you for multiple violations.

That evidence is not in short supply. It is culled from various sources in a media analysis of large truck accidents and safety enforcement that cites a massive “patchwork system” of big-truck regulation that results in widely varying outcomes for inspected vehicles.

Medical errors and patient injury: pursuing meaningful recoveries

As lay persons duly appreciative of the fact that medicine is a complex and ever-evolving science, most New Yorkers and other people across the country know that salutary patient outcomes are never guaranteed or written in stone.

Put another way: Although many people who lack medical backgrounds -- and that certainly encompasses most of us -- put doctors and some other medical professionals on a pedestal owing to their years of arduous training and singular skills, we know they’re not infallible.

That is, we know that not every patient is cured. We know that troubling medical illnesses and diseases sometimes worsen and that patients grow increasingly ill or die.

And we know that the treatment regimens prescribed by doctors simply do not work sometimes, and that physicians make mistakes.

NYC LATINO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Mi Paralegal principal, Elizabeth Ríos, asistido a la reciente Foro Cívico de Latinos de la Ciudad de Nueva York en nombre de nuestra oficina, The Klein Law Group. Liz informa que conoció a algunos viejos amigos, e hizo algunos nuevos. Fue un honor para nosotros ser parte de este gran programa, apadrinado por el Instituto de Murphy de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

NYC LATINO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FORUM

Mi Paralegal principal, Elizabeth Ríos, asistido a la reciente Foro Cívico de Latinos de la Ciudad de Nueva York en nombre de nuestra oficina, The Klein Law Group. Liz informa que conoció a algunos viejos amigos, e hizo algunos nuevos. Fue un honor para nosotros ser parte de este gran programa, apadrinado por el Instituto de Murphy de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

JUSTICIA PARA UN TRABAJADOR DESHABILITADO

Arturo González (nombre alterado por la privacidad) recibirá más de $ 3,500,000.00 en beneficios de compensación de trabajadores y beneficios por lesiones personales. Deseo que Arturo nunca había sido herido, y que todos los empleadores de Nueva York hagan todo lo posible para mantener a sus lugares de trabajo seguros, pero al menos Arturo será compensado por sus lesiones y su sufrimiento, y puede comenzar una nueva vida.

JUSTICE FOR DISABLED CONSTRUCTION WORKER

Arturo Gonzalez (for the sake of privacy, not his real name) will receive more than $3,500,000.00 in workers' compensation and personal injury benefits.  I wish that Arturo had never been injured, and that employers throughout New York made every effort to keep their workplaces safe, but at least Arturo will be compensated for his injuries and his suffering, as he learns to make a new life.