Drunk Driving Ejection Accident in Copiague, Long Island

seat belts for safetyDrunk Driving Accident Copiague-Don’t forget Seat belts

Early Tuesday morning in Copiague, a Babylon man lost control of his pickup truck. He was driving drunk and crashed into a pole. As a result of the impact, he and his two passengers were ejected from the vehicle. According to the Patch, Elmer Santos-Cardoza, age 24, was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck on Sunrise Highway, east of Great Neck Road. The other two passengers were Melvin Mansonarez, age 20 and Jose Sanataria, age 20, also of Babylon.

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Facts about Ejection Accidents

Statistics indicate that one in every five occupants thrown from a car dies from fatal injuries (University of Michigan study) In fact, ejected occupants have a fatal injury rate that is 40 times the rate for occupants not ejected from their cars.Typically, wearing seat belts prevent ejection. Being thrown from a car gives no advantage for surviving. Also, statistics don’t support the idea that wearing safety belts increases fatality risks from vehicle fires or submersion under water accidents.

To avoid accidents, don’t drink and drive, and always wear your seat belt. If you are a victim of an accident that is not your fault and your injuries are serious, a lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation to offset medical expenses.

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What to Do When You Have Been Hurt at Work

Author:Pyrros & Serres LLP: Astoria, Queens, NY Workers Compensation Attorneys

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Under the laws of New York, if you have been hurt on the job, you have a right to seek benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation system.

But there are specific steps you want to take if you have suffered an injury on the job:

  • First, report any injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. You may also want to notify the Human Resources officer or department.
  • Seek medical care as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your workers’ compensation claim has been approved. The longer you wait to seek medical treatment, the greater the chance that your employer will either argue that the injury was not work-related, or that it was not severe enough to keep you from working.
  • When you go to the doctor, make certain you ask the doctor to document in writing the circumstances that led to your illness or injury. Also, be sure to tell the doctor of anything that seems out of the ordinary, even if it appears to be minor.
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New York Workers Compensation Claims Attorneys

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people across the borough of Queens and throughout the greater New York City area. We have an established reputation for providing outstanding legal services and obtaining positive results. Many of our new cases come to us as referrals from clients and colleagues.


Is It Legal to Monitor Your Employees’ Phone Calls?

monitor your employees phone callsAs an employer, you may wonder where to draw the lines as far as monitoring employees’ phone calls at work. Certainly for quality control purposes, it makes sense to monitor calls with customers or clients. But how do laws limit what you can do?

If the call is made while in California and all parties are in California at the time, then CA state law requires you to inform parties when conversations are being recorded. Let’s say as a NY employer, you send a team of sales people to attend a conference in California. You would need to inform them that you’re monitoring calls based on CA state law.

According to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, federal law under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act allows companies to monitor business-related calls without informing about monitoring. ReadMore

What about personal calls? Read More

At Stephen Hans & Associates, our attorneys routinely consult with business owners to help put company policies in place so they are in compliance with state and federal laws. Relying on trusted legal guidance is simply part of doing business in today’s world.

Author: Stephen D.Hans & Associates-Employment Defense Law firm located in LIC Queens, New York


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“Married” for 20 Years—Husband Had Secretly Obtained Divorce to Protect Property

A New York woman made a stunning discovery in November, 2015, when a tax bill arrived at the home she and her husband had shared for most of their 20 year marriage. The lawyer she hired to investigate the apparent mistake discovered that the woman’s husband had filed and obtained a divorce from her, just four months after their wedding, in an apparent attempt to protect his assets. Nonetheless, he lived with her for the next 20 years, raised a child with her, made her his health-care proxy and granted her power of attorney.

Christina Carta Villi, a professor of Italian literature when she met her future husband Gabriel Villi in 1994, an attorney and travel agent. The couple “bought” a condo on West 55th and raised a son. What Carta Villi did not know, though, was that just four months after their wedding, Gabriel filed for a divorce Read More

Contact an Experienced New York Divorce and Family Law Attorney

At the law office of Chris Palermo, Esq., we bring more than 13 years of experience to men and women in divorce and family law matters, representing clients across Long Island. To learn more about our practice, see our divorce and family law page.

Author: Christopher Palermo- Divorce & Family Law Attorney with offices on Long Island:Hauppauge, Huntington, Babylon, & Garden City,New York




The Best Way To Protect Your Invention

Author: P.B.Tufariello

Start Keeping A Diary Or A Laboratory Notebook!

To be clear, this method is not necessarily foolproof; there are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to protecting your intellectual property. However, in my experience, those who were wise enough to keep a diary or a laboratory notebook during the process of creating something new have a tremendous advantage over those who don’t.

Documentation Offers Solid Protection: Read More

I get so excited when I have a client who comes in with a notebook, such as a laboratory notebook or diary filled with notes and entries from the very first day the client begins working on a project through the day he or she comes to visit with me. I get excited because the client gets it!

The companies I used to work with, mandated that we used these notebooks, because it’s very difficult to tamper with them. Their binding is sewn in place and the numbering of their pages makes it very difficult if not impossible to rip pages out, or to add pages in. The very first thing that I’d do every day I worked at the laboratory was open my notebook to the next available clean page and with a pen, enter the date on the upper right hand corner. More:

  • Paper lab notebooks have long been accepted as evidence of invention in interference proceedings at the Patent Office.
  • Lab notebook entries are the foundation for providing the patent attorney with the information necessary to create an adequate patent application specification that satisfies the legal standards listed in the patent law found at 35 U.S.C. §112.

It’s about the inventors, authors, and creators of inventions, new products, and new services. So let me outline the key benefits of keeping a diary or laboratory notebook.

Keeping A Written Log Establishes Your Timeline In Court

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What About Your Rights as an Employer to Monitor an Employee’s Social Media Accounts?


While in some states employers are able to establish company policies that limit what employees can post about employers, New York’s laws protect the employee’s privacy rights.

First of all, New York State law prohibits you from asking employees for the username or password to their social media accounts. It also prohibits accessing these accounts through other electronic means, which protects employees’ privacy regarding these accounts. The New York State Privacy Protection and Internet Safety Act determines when and how online personal and private information can be destroyed and establishes responsibilities and enforcement.

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has general policies in place advising employers not to establish rules that prevent employees from discussing wages or working conditions with each other. However, if an employee is critical of the company and complaints are not in relation to group activities among employees, then the employee is probably liable. Situations vary depending on the facts involved.

If you’re concerned that an employee is posting opinions on Facebook or some other social media outlet that is damaging your company’s reputation or resulting in lost income, consult with one of our attorneys at Stephen Hans & Associates

How to Avoid Winter Injuries at Work

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Author:Pyrros & Serres LLP

Winter weather, with snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain, generally increases the risk of injury for workers, especially those who spend most or all of their time outside. There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of workplace injury in wintry weather.

Watch Your Step:Winter Injuries at Work

Slip and fall accidents escalate dramatically in the winter months. It’s imperative that you take a different approach to walking up and down steps or down a sidewalk, particularly when there’s snow or ice. The first thing to do is to slow down. It’s better to get there unharmed than to get there fast. Make certain that the footwear you have on has good traction, and that the soles are not worn or smooth. You’ll get better traction if you step down with your feet flatter to the ground, rather than on your heel.

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people across the borough of Queens and throughout the greater New York City area. We have an established reputation for providing outstanding legal services and obtaining positive results. Many of our new cases come to us as referrals from clients and colleagues.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our workers comp practice area overview page.

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Fine Brothers Abandon Trademark

The Fine Brothers Expressly Abandon Their Trademark Applications For The Terms “PARENTS REACT” And “REACT”

Author: Betty Tufariello

The Fine Brothers React To Public Reaction

The Fine Brothers had formed a partnership called Fine Brothers Films and Fine Brothers Properties Inc. in an attempt to monetize ‘open source’ youtube video. The public outrage was fierce and immediate.

Q. Hey did you hear what’s happening on YOUTUBE?

Q. What the the Fine Brothers tried to do. They are trying to prevent everyone from making REACT videos. Word on the street is that they are losing about 10 subscribers a second.

A. What do you mean they filed a Tradmark application to protect REACT? People will not be able to post and make react videos? They can’t do that. They can’t take the genre away from the rest of the YouTubers. [pause] Hey does that Mean that Shane Dawson can’t make REACT videos? Oh man, I love Shane Dawson. They can’t do that.  I am going to take my name off the subscriber list. Read More

If you want to know if the Fine Brothers expressly abandoned the applications for the registrations of PARENTS REACT and REACT as trademarks, Read More

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This intellectual property law and patent firm is based on Long Island and provides legal counsel and courtroom representation to individual inventors and businesses of all sizes with copyright, trademark and patent concerns.

Kids and Trampoline Accidents

Trampoline Accidents

trampoline accidentsWe love our kids to be active in sports because they enjoy it and the exercise is good for them. Jumping on trampolines is fun, and trampoline parks are a type of recreation that has grown in popularity nationwide during the past few years.

According to ABC News, in 2009 only a handful of trampoline parks existed but by 2014, there were 345 parks across the country.

Granted, not all injuries occur in trampoline parks. Schools have trampolines and some people have trampolines in their back yards. Even so, close to 100,000 trampoline-related injuries happen annually. Between 2000 and 2009, there were 22 trampoline-related deaths. Read More


Safety Guidelines

  • Guidelines for safety at trampoline parks include:
  • No more than one person on a trampoline at the same time
  • Separate kids by size and keep small and large jumpers in different trampoline courts
  • Never allow children 6 years old or younger onto a trampoline
  • See that the park has monitors to watch the trampolines
  • Follow the park’s rules

Accident victims should seek legal counsel to find out about recourse whenever their injuries or a loved one’s are serious.

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The Complications in Soros’ Million Dollar Divorce

Complications in Million Dollar Divorce

Complications in Million Dollar Divorce

Million Dollar Divorce

The son of the world’s second wealthiest hedge fund manager, George Soros, filed for divorce in 2014 after 22 years of marriage. A property division trial resulted from a dispute over substantial amounts of money.

According to Page Six , Soros’ son, Robert, deposited $21 million into his personal accounts while his wife, Melissa, struggled with breast cancer. Melissa testified that he deposited $21 million in jointly filed tax refunds. She explained that during her extensive rounds of chemo treatments for breast cancer, she also experienced pneumonia, broke her ankle and had problems with insomnia…Read More

New York Property Division laws dictate equitable division, which means each spouse owns the income he or she earns during the marriage and has rights to property that is in his or her name alone. Judges determine assets division, which may or may not be exactly equal. (Findlaw)

The jointly filed return and arriving at a fair and equitable property division are what complicate this matter.

If you’re struggling with property division disagreements, consult with attorney Chris Palermo. Chris is an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer who has helped numerous clients overcome the challenges involved with divorce.

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