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POSSESSION OF DRUGS

The statute for a violation of Driving While Under the Influence does not require identifying the amount of narcotic, hallucinogen or habit-producing drug required in order to establish a violation.  A police officer’s observations of the fact of intoxication is admissible.  The police officer’s opinion about cause of intoxication other than from alcohol consumption is not admissible.  This is because there is a general awareness of the signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication which is not the same as a drug impairment.

DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION:  INJURED ON THE JOB

Workplace injuries often have permanent residual effects.  An injured worker may file a Workers’ Compensation Claim Petition.  Helfand & Associates handles Workers’ Compensation Cases.  We are a fully up-to-date office and utilize what is called the OSCAR electronic system implemented by the Division of Workers’ Compensation to handle the Workers’ Compensation filings, court notices and calculations.

When you are injured on the job, a claim can be filed by your Workers’ Compensation Attorney.  This is not a lawsuit against your employer.  Filing of a claim activates a case in the Workers’ Compensation Court.  It enables you to have your attorney answer your questions and help guide you during the process to obtain appropriate medical treatment, payments for temporary disability and an award for the permanent disability that you sustain from the accident.  Medical records must be provided to your attorney by the agent or lawyer for the Insurance Company.  Approximately six months after your last date of medical treatment, you will receive permanency evaluations.  There are doctors who are experts in disability evaluations.  You will be evaluated by doctors selected by your attorney and also by the insurers’ experts.  These doctors do not treat you.  They review your medical record and perform examinations.  They then report on the causation and nature and extent of permanent disability which has affected you.

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