Experienced Lackawanna Lawyers

Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP is a litigation law firm servicing clients throughout Lackawanna, NY

The Lackawanna lawyers at Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP provide our clients with aggressive, and effective legal services. Whether you are facing drunk driving, or harassment charges, or you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall, auto accident, or construction accident, our experienced lawyers are here to fight for your rights.

Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP was established in 1998. Our lawyers have extensive legal experience in matters related to personal injury, labor and employment, and criminal defense among other practice areas. Ninety-five percent of our legal practice in Lackawanna is devoted to litigation.

At Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP, our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers, committed to representing our Lackawanna clients in an aggressive and efficient manner.

Using our vast legal experience, the latest technology, persistence, and determination, we will achieve success for you and your family.

In the event that you need legal counsel, make Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP your first call.

Below are some common legal questions we hear from our Lackawanna, NY clients:

What If My Supervisor At Work Is Engaging In Inappropriate Conduct?

Sometimes a client will call because they have a supervisor at work who’s behaving inappropriately. My first question for them is always, “Well, what do you mean by inappropriate?” A lot of times, people are just working for a jerk and, while that’s unfortunate, it’s not unlawful for your boss to be mean, act like a jerk, or behave inappropriately – in the sense that they’re doing something you don’t like. If their conduct rises to the level of sexual harassment, harassment, or inappropriate behavior on the basis of your gender, race, religion, age, or whether you suffer from a disability, those types of things and conduct targeted at that stuff is totally against the law. You should reach out to an attorney right away to stop that conduct and protect your interests.

What If You’re Charged With Driving Under The Influence of Drugs in New York?

With the legalization of marijuana in certain states and the increasing amount of opiates – such as pain meds for back injuries and such – people are now taking, I’m frequently asked whether they can be arrested, just as if they were driving while intoxicated, if they’re under the influence of those types of substances. The answer is, ”Yes, you can be pulled over and, although it’s not considered the same as driving while intoxicated by alcohol per se, it actually is considered driving while your ability to operate a motor vehicle is under the influence of drugs.”

The charge carries a similar penalty as the misdemeanor DWI for driving under the influence of alcohol. You are looking at potential fines as well as potential jail time – and you’re also facing adverse consequences regarding your driver’s license. If an officer pulls you over and finds that you are under the influence of any kind of drugs – whether it be an illicit substance such as marijuana, or legitimately prescribed drugs – to the extent that your ability to drive your motor vehicle as a reasonably prudent driver would do is impaired, you can be charged with a crime.

Can You Still File An Motorcycle Injury Claim If You Weren’t Wearing A Helmet?

Clients sometimes ask whether they can still proceed with a motorcycle claim if they weren’t wearing their helmet. Although we always encourage our clients to wear helmets for their own protection and safety, it is still possible to bring a claim in situations where you’re injured on a motorcycle while you weren’t wearing your helmet.

Depending on the nature or extent of your injuries, and which body parts were injured, your damages may not be affected by whether or not you were wearing a helmet at the time. You shouldn’t limit yourself by deciding against bringing an action because you weren’t wearing a helmet. Instead, reach out to a lawyer, have them conduct an investigation, order your medical records, and get the facts of your case. Then, you can see whether or not failure to wear a helmet really makes a difference. Of course, we always encourage everyone to be safe on the roads and wear their helmets.