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Schools Restrict Parental Access to Own Children

December 07, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Finding the right school for your child is always difficult.  A parent must reconcile a great many disparate elements in determining the right fit.  A quality education is the foremost goal for most parents, but having a school with the right cultural sensitivities (and for the right price) is also important.

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Additional Info: School Injuries

Hazing an Ongoing Issue for Youth Sports

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

Hazing is back in the news as four Maryland teenagers face potential life sentences in a case involving sexual assault by football players on younger teammates.  The incident took place in a locker room before practice on Halloween. The incident mirrors those which have occurred across the country for at least dozens of years, though rarely have these situations resulted in criminal charges.

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Additional Info: Negligent Supervision

Decorations Can Be Distracting for Drivers

November 29, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There are many reasons people decorate their homes for Christmas.  For some it is simply an expression of the joy of the season.  For others, the hanging of the lights and decorations is a family tradition that bonds people closer together.  And for some, the goal is to attract attention to their ostentatious displays.

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Winter Play Poses Additional Playground Risks

November 28, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When winter sets in and the days and nights turn chilly, it can be tempting to ride out the colder months indoors, particularly for adults with children who do not want to take the time to dress their youngsters in thermals and coats.  But playing outside is linked to a variety of positive outcomes for children, including improved sensory skills, focus, and attention span.  Finding safe places for children to play outdoors in the winter is a must.

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Additional Info: Playground Accidents

Icy Holidays Pose Risk to Pedestrians and Shoppers

November 27, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Thanksgiving holiday in New York featured bitter cold and blowing winds, both recipes for increased rates of accidents.  One of the major risks from sustained temperatures below freezing is the accumulation of ice on sidewalks and outside businesses.  Heavy winds contribute to the danger, as significant gusts can affect a person’s balance.

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Additional Info: Slip & Fall Accidents

New York Public Transportation Fails in Snow

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

Public transportation is the heart of New York City.  Each day, millions of New Yorker’s rely on the subway and bus system to get to where they are going, whether that be school or work of just for social calls.  One of the city’s most important responsibilities to its people is to keep all of these pieces moving as much as possible.

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Additional Info: Snow & Ice Accidents

Holiday Season Poses Major Risk of DUI Accidents

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

With Thanksgiving upon us, it is time to take stock of dangers that might be faced during the holiday season that stretches from Turkey Day through New Year’s.  The holiday season sees a large spike in traffic accidents, particularly accidents involving drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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Additional Info: Drunk Driving Accidents

Deep Fried Turkey a Delicious Danger

November 22, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For those without access to an oven, or who believe a juicier but crispier bird is obtainable through alternate methods, deep frying a turkey can be a Thanksgiving tradition.  The method is relatively simple.  You clean out the giblets and other extraneous parts, make sure the bird is properly thawed, and then use a deep fryer sufficiently large to house your meal.

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Additional Info: Burn Injuries

Amazon HQ2 Could Stress Construction Industry

November 20, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For months, municipalities around the country competed against each other in hopes of luring the new Amazon second headquarters to their areas.  Significant tax incentives were offered along with a variety of other perks to attract upwards of 25,000 well-paying jobs.  When the dust had settled, New York City was one of the winners, along with Arlington, Virginia. 

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Additional Info: Construction Accidents

HQ2 is Coming, and Congestion With It

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

The November 13 th , 2018 news that New York City and Arlington, Virginia would each host half of HQ2, the new Amazon second headquarters promising 50,000 jobs split between the two communities, led to a mixed reaction. Some New Yorkers greeted the news with excitement, particularly those intending to apply for some of those jobs. Others were less excited, including those in the neighborhood where the new headquarters will be located, who foresee terrible increases in traffic and congestion.
 
HQ2 will have a drastic effect on the New York neighborhood housing it, not only by clogging streets but also likely driving the cost of housing out of the reach of the average New Yorker, as HQ1 has done in much of Seattle. But one of the biggest influences the new headquarters will likely have is the sheer number of additional people in such a limited space.
 
The most immediate danger to the local population is the traffic congestion. As public transportation attempts to scale to accommodate another 25,000 people in the area on any given day, workers will be forced to rely on other methods of getting to and from work, leading to more cars on the road. Pedestrians crossing the street will be at risk from these additional vehicles, particularly if people are rushing to and from work, desperate to keep their high-paying job.
 
Traffic accidents, both those involving only vehicles and accidents involving pedestrians, are already too common in New York City. Wherever more people and cars are concentrated, the risk goes up. Though urban planners will certainly attempt to address these issues, making major changes to the traffic grid of New York City is daunting.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, determining the cause of the accident is important. Whether caused by distracted driving, driving under the influence, or poor urban planning, recognizing the cause is one key to preventing similar accidents from happening in the future. Please, consult with an experienced attorney
regarding your case.

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Additional Info: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Earlier Black Friday Poses Danger to Drivers

November 15, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Just a few years ago, many of the largest retailers changed their Black Friday strategy, opting to open their doors at 5 or 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving itself.  This escalation in the shopping season arms race was both good and bad for shoppers.  On the one hand, it provided more hours of shopping, and more opportunities to be at each store when it opened, as a person could finish at one of the early opening stores in time to be waiting in line for a midnight opening elsewhere.  But it also lengthened an already lengthy shopping day.

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Additional Info: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Businesses Must Be Aware of Black Friday Risks

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

Different businesses handle Thanksgiving weekend retail in different ways.  Some businesses are opening their doors on the evening of the holiday itself, trying to lure in customers before budgets have been busted by midnight openings elsewhere.  Others wait until midnight on Black Friday, and still others simply maintain their regular hours.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

Decoration Considerations for a Safe Holiday

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

As the calendar turns towards December, more and more Americans will start thinking about their holiday decorations.  For many families, decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend is a tradition, allowing the two major days to blend into one seamless holiday season.  The fact that kids are out of school for the long weekend and many parents are off work makes it easier to find time to pull things out of storage and get to work.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

Mass Carbon Monoxide Exposure Affects Dozens at Music Venue

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

Dozens of people were exposed to carbon monoxide at a popular music venue on August 16th, 2018, in Manhattan.  A beverage dispenser at the facility was dispensing carbon monoxide into the environment.  It is unclear how long the issue might have existed before it discovered and addressed, but clearly at the very least hundreds of people were exposed.  At least a dozen of the people exposed were sufficiently ill to seek emergency medical care.

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A Necessary Crackdown

November 07, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New York State troopers cracked down in various jurisdictions on Thursday, October 25th, 2018, hoping to curtail a dangerous increase in distracted driving across the state.  Hundreds of citations were issued to drivers for various infractions, including driving dangerously due to interacting with an electronic device.

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Additional Info: Distracted Driving

Recovery Facilities Failing to Provide Proper Patient Oversight

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

A report in USA Today is drawing attention to dangerous practices in alcohol and drug recovery facilities across the country.  As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage America, more and more for-profit facilities have sprung up to address the needs of people looking to detox and quit their dangerous addictions for good.

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Additional Info: Negligent Supervision

Infection Containment Key For Medical Facilities

November 05, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Seven children have died after being exposed to adenovirus at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for medically fragile children.  The source of the virus is still being investigated as health officials and the facility scramble to prevent even more deaths.  The facility has also been ordered not to admit new patients until the investigation is complete and the outbreak is contained.

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Additional Info: Infection: Sepsis

New York Has High Rate of House Fire Deaths

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

Aggregating data is often a great way to find where problems exist.  While individual incidences do not always attract much attention, when the numbers are compiled what might appear at first as a small problem is revealed to be a large one.  This is the case with house fire deaths in the state of New York.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

Flammable Halloween Costumes Still a Risk

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

For decades consumer advocates have sounded the alarms regarding flammable Halloween costumes, yet the risk to children remains much the same as it was twenty or thirty years ago.  Many children’s costumes are still fashioned from cheap flammable materials, including plastics that can melt to the child’s skin if ignited.

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Trick or Treat Pedestrian Accidents a Long-Time Problem

October 22, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Trick-or-treating is an old tradition, dating to at least the 1920s in the United States of America, and going back at least 400 years in the United Kingdom.  Children dressing up and going house to house to collect candy or other sweets has survived the many cultural shakeups that have occurred from the Great Depression through today.

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