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Signage for Wet Floors Important

August 14, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Wet floors pose a significant risk to consumers visiting supermarkets and other stores, and also pose dangers in office buildings and other public places.  When the floor is wet and slippery, a person is much more likely to fall, and difficulty regaining balance on the way down can also increase the likelihood of significant injury.

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Expert Witnesses Not Necessary in Certain Elevator Injury Cases

August 13, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When most people think of elevator accidents, the worst-case scenario often comes to mind, with the elevator plunging multiple stories.  These types of accidents usually result in significant injury or death.  But there are other, smaller elevator accidents that still injure many people every year.

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Holding Salons Accountable for Chemical Burns

August 10, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A Virginia woman has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a JC Penney salon, alleging serious chemical burns to her scalp during a hair bleaching.  These types of chemical burns are surprisingly common when getting hair dyed or bleached.

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Police Crack Down on Overloaded Trucks

August 09, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Local reports from Massachusetts, Ohio, and other parts of the country indicate that police have begun to crack down on overloaded pickup trucks, issuing citations and forcing drivers to reload their vehicles before continuing on their journey.  Though a significant inconvenience for those pulled over, these actions were necessary to combat the increased accident risk associated with these vehicles.

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Rollover Accidents Carry Highest Risk of Fatality

August 08, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Rollover accidents are comparatively rare, with only approximately 1 out of every 50 accidents involving trucks, cars, and SUVs resulting in a rollover.  But when rollover accidents do occur, the risk of significant injury or death are extremely high.  Rollover accidents make up over one-third of traffic fatalities, despite being only two percent of accidents.

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Rear-End Collisions Pose Variety of Injuries

August 06, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Rear-end collisions occur when the front of a trailing vehicle strikes the back end of the vehicle in front of it.  Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of automobile accidents.  In most cases, these accidents occur because the trailing vehicle is not allowing proper time and space to brake.  But in some cases, such as chain reaction accidents on highways, there is little the trailing vehicle can do to avoid a collision.

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Head On Collisions Pose Elevated Risk of Fatality

August 04, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Vehicle accidents can occur from a variety of angles.  The most common types include rear end collisions, t-bone accidents, sideswipe accidents, and head-on collisions.  Of these, head-on collisions pose the highest risk of accident and death.

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Uneven Floors Pose Significant Tripping Hazard

August 03, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When a person visits a home, rental property, or place of business, it is not reasonable to expect them to watch the floor at all times.  There are a number of reasons a person might not be capable of looking down at the floor in front of them, including shopping, carrying bags, or simply being distracted by other things. 

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Scoliosis Surgery Poses Paralyis Risk

August 02, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, and the cause of most cases of scoliosis is indeterminable.  Though certain developmental disabilities (such as cerebral palsy) are associated with a higher risk of developing scoliosis, most cases do not present with any other pathology.  Most cases of scoliosis are fairly mild, but significant cases pose significant health risks, including malformation of the lung cavity.

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Nursing Homes Often Understaffed

August 01, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Federal guidelines for nursing home staffing fail to mandate minimum levels necessary for safety, leading to a rash of falls and other injuries due to failure to answer call lights or monitor at-risk patients.  Across the country, people who need care in nursing homes are falling or suffering significant injury due to substandard care.

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Owners Ignore Warning Behaviors of Dogs

July 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Dog bites can cause significant injury and even death.  When a dog bites a person, there is a risk of damage to muscle and bone, and also a risk of infection.  But the most significant risk comes from nerve damage.  A particularly vicious dog bite can sever a nerve entirely, permanently damaging the limb and even carrying a risk of amputation.

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Boilers Present Explosion Risk

July 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A boiler explosion in a Texas hospital on June 26th, 2018 left one dead and fifteen injured.  The explosion destroyed large portions of the facility and forced residents of nearby long-term care facilities and nursing homes to be moved.  A natural gas explosion occurred elsewhere nearby earlier in the day, but Atmos Energy Mid-Tex is denying any relationship between the two incidents as police and local officials continue to investigate.

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Vacation Boating Rides Enticing but Dangerous

July 30, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An accident in Missouri on July 19th, 2018, left 17 dead, including nine members of one family.  The duck boat capsized in a heavy storm, leaving rescue officials scrambling to save as many lives as they could.  Sadly, the weather interfered with rescue efforts, and despite the best efforts of officials those seventeen people perished.

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Batteries in Electric Cars Pose Risk of Recurrent Ignition

July 30, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Battery packs of electric cars manufactured by Tesla have demonstrated significant risks of ignition and re-ignition.  The most recent incident occurred in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 18th, when a battery pack ignited after a high speed collision, causing a fire that killed two young men and left another injured.

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Multiple Bicycle Accidents at Same Intersection

July 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An incident in Connecticut is drawing attention to the fact that some intersections are the site of recurrent bicycle-car accidents.  A six year old boy on a bicycle was struck and killed by a car in Bristol, Connecticut on July 24th, 2018 while at an intersection where a bike path meets a road.  This is the third fatal accident involving a child on a bicycle at that intersection.

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Motorcycle DUI Puts Everyone At Risk

July 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Whenever a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, he puts people at risk.  Most of the time, people associate the dangers of driving under the influence with people piloting automobiles.  But motorcycle drivers can be just as dangerous as car drivers when they have a drink and still choose to operate a vehicle.

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Postpartum Risks from Retained Products of Conception

July 23, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Retained Products of Conception (RPOC) are remnants of the placenta and other tissue which can remain in the uterus postpartum.  Doctors should carefully monitor for signs of RPOC, as this condition leaves the mother particularly vulnerable to developing sepsis.  One of the most common, and dangerous, signs of RPOC is sustained vaginal bleeding.  When this occurs, bacteria have an easier path and infection is more likely to occur.

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Long Term Effects of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

July 21, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Carbon monoxide exposure is a hidden menace that can occur in a variety of situations, mostly involving enclosed spaces and machinery or appliances.  Running a vehicle in a garage or using poorly ventilated stoves or water heaters runs the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Fires, including house fires, apartment fires, and even in some cases campfires, also pose a risk.

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Delayed Diagnosis or Treatment of Osteomyelitis

July 19, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone, frequently caused by Staphylococcus aureus but also associated with other bacteria.  Osteomyelitis can occur in any individual, but is most commonly associated with patients who have undergone certain treatments or suffered certain diseases.  Osteomyelitis is more common after a joint replacement or after a wound becomes infected.

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Spike in Child Pool Deaths

July 18, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A ten percent spike in toddler drowning deaths shows 420 deaths in 2015 to 462 deaths in 2016.Though toddlers and children can drown in any body of water, no matter how small, the vast majority of these deaths are linked to swimming pools.

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