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Elderly Passengers Often Not in Control of Drivers

December 15, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Elderly individuals and people with disabilities often have to rely on either the kindness of strangers, state programs, or public transportation to get to places like the grocery store or the doctor’s office.  Unable to obtain a Driver’s License, limited options exist to provide people who can’t drive with the opportunities that so many of us take for granted.

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Unsafe Work Conditions in the Best of Companies

December 14, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A British newspaper investigation is drawing attention to a worldwide problem with working conditions in factories owned and run by Amazon, and unsafe practices the company utilizes regarding their delivery drivers.  Amazon is one of the largest corporations in the United States. Despite the massive profits, the company stands accused of overworking employees.

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Subway Accidents Caused by Various Factors

December 13, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A near miss at the New York Port Authority is drawing attention to the vulnerability of the New York City subway system to terrorist attacks.  In the December 11th, 2017 incident, a 27-year-old man attempted to use a homemade pipe bomb, but faulty construction limited the scope of the devastation.

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Importance of Properly Securing Loads

December 12, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A North Carolina teenager is dead after an accident between a pickup truck and a logging truck on November 28th, 2017.  The high school sophomore was being driven to school by his father when the incident occurred.  The pickup truck struck the back of the larger vehicle, dislodging a log, which went through the windshield of the trailing vehicle.

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Muscle Death From Surgical Malpractice

December 12, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Hernia surgeries are fairly routine as far as surgeries go.  Hernias occur when organs or tissue protrude through holes in muscle tissue.  Hernias can be excruciatingly painful, and even after they are repaired there can be lasting instability or weakness in the affected portion of the body.  Some patients are put on activity and lifting restrictions for the rest of their lives in order to limit the possibility of a recurrence of the hernia.

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Workplace Accidents Posed by Holiday Deadlines

December 11, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The holidays are an exciting time.  People are buying gifts for the people they love, for friends, and for coworkers.  And more and more people are doing their shopping online, using Amazon and other retailers to save themselves the hassle of going to the store themselves.

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Lead Paint Hazard Front and Center in New York City

December 11, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It started with the New York Times.  Over the course of a week, the New York Times ran a series of investigative reports detailing how lead paint remains a problem in many areas of New York City, and how the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) falsely certified that lead paint inspections had been performed in hundreds of apartments that had never been tested.

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Unregulated Supplements Pose Hazards to Users

December 08, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Supplements have been all over the news for the last year, mostly regarding whether or not the substance indicated on the packaging is even in the product you are buying.  The Food and Drug Administration gives manufacturers broad leeway on regulation, and will only step in when consumer fraud is all but proven even without their investigation.  All too often, what you think you are buying is not what you are getting.

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Injuries on Black Friday

December 08, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Thanksgiving marked the start of the holiday season, a time when families and friends come together in joy and harmony.  Delicious meals are served and quality time is spent over turkey and pumpkin pie.  The atmosphere is relaxing, away from work and other responsibilities.  Except these days, Black Friday actually starts on Thanksgiving Day in many cities.

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Public Works Projects Often Suffer Consequences

December 07, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Public Works projects often run into budget problems.  The Big Dig in Boston might be the most notorious example, as the initial estimate of cost and completion date was off by hundreds of millions of dollars and years and years of time.  There are many reasons why these projects consistently overrun initial budgets, from underestimating the difficulty of the terrain to political considerations.

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Diabetes Awareness Month was November: Knowing How To Control is Key

December 06, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

November was Diabetes Awareness Month, an opportunity for Americans to share their stories of coping with their illness.  Most households in the country are affected in some way by this disease, as diabetes has become more and more prevalent in the last twenty years.  Over 30 million Americans have been diagnosed, and millions more have been identified as suffering from pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

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Highway Safety and Determining Who is at Fault

December 06, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Whenever an accident occurs, the normal reaction is to want to know just went wrong.  Determining who was at fault and how the accident could have been prevented fulfills our basic human desire to make things safer.  University researchers have been working for decades on taking all the information learned from various crashes and figuring out models to improve highway safety.

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Fracking and Concerns for Our Health

December 05, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency withheld pertinent information regarding the health risks posed by fracking.  Fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) uses high pressure fluids to break the earth open and provide access to oil or other precious materials.  The technique has been controversial for years, both for its negative impact on the environment and for potential safety concerns regarding the chemicals utilized.

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Liability Comes with Using Subcontractors

December 04, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An incident in Alabama is drawing attention to the question of who is liable for an injury to a subcontractor.  A work release inmate was killed at the Kochs poultry plant in Ashland, Alabama on October 29th, 2017.  The full circumstances of the worker’s death are under investigation.

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Safety Hazards for People With Disabilities

November 24, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The world is a dangerous place.  Commonplace actions like crossing the street or driving home from work put your health and safety at risk.  You never know when another car might blow through a stop sign, or when a driver might be too busy checking his text messages to notice you in the crosswalk.

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Pedestrians Not Safe on Sidewalk

November 22, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrian safety is under-prioritized in most of the country.  Since so many Americans drive, bike, or take mass transit that minimizes the need to use their feet, they do not understand just how vulnerable those who do walk everywhere are.  The assumption is that street safety alone will protect a person on foot, or that looking both ways before crossing streets and facing traffic while walking will keep you safe.  But it does not always work that way.

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Drunk Driving Accidents Happen Any Time, Any Place

November 21, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

If you are on the streets, in a parking lot, or any other place that a drunk driver can reach with their vehicle, then you are at risk.  There is nowhere that is completely safe, because there is nowhere that an intoxicated person will not potentially drive.  When under the effects of alcohol, people make bad decisions, including responding to a call for volunteer firefighters.

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Certain Aircraft Have Crash Implications

November 20, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When news first broke that Roy Halladay, former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, was killed in a plane accident on November 7th, 2017, the sports world stopped to grieve.  Mr. Halladay was long known as one of the true “good guys,” beloved by fans and teammates alike.  To a generation of baseball watchers, Roy Halladay embodied the idea of what a player should be.

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Vitamin Deficiencies Can Cause Long-Term Disability

November 16, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Wernicke’s Encephalopathy, a condition where lesions develop in the central nervous system due to a lack of Thiamine in the body, can cause long-term disability or even death.  A swift diagnosis is of paramount importance when dealing with the disease, as lesions can get worse without rapid Thiamine supplementation to combat the progress of the illness.

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Paying Attention to Food Allergies in Children

November 14, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Multiple news agencies are reporting the story of Elijah Silvera, a 3-year-old boy who died at his nursery school after being fed a grilled cheese sandwich.  The young child suffered from a severe dairy allergy, and the cheese in the sandwich put him into anaphylactic shock.  Investigators are still at work determining whether or not the hospital could have done more to save him, but it is already clear the preschool badly mismanaged the situation.

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