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Vision Zero Might Not Be Working, As Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise

October 17, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For the first time since Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his signature “Vision Zero” safety program at the beginning of 2014, traffic-related fatalities in New York City are on the rise. Designed to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2024 through a series of policy changes, the program seemed to be paying off despite a rise in the total number of traffic incidents. But that appears to be changing in 2019, as the city has been rocked by a series of high-profile tragedies — and many are laying the blame at de Blasio’s doorstep.

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The Dangers of Delayed Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

October 16, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

ABC News Radio reported on October 3, 2019, that a 38-year-old woman was dealing with symptoms for five years before a biopsy revealed she had vulvar cancer, which the American Cancer Society estimated approximately 6,000 women will be diagnosed with and about 1,200 women will die from in 2019. 

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Types and Causes of Train Accidents

October 15, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration, 866 people died in railroad-related accidents in 2018. Of these fatal accidents 8 occurred on a train, 267 occurred at a railroad crossing, 562 involved trespassers, and 29 were simply categorized as “other.”

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Red Light Running Kills Two People Each Day, and the Numbers are Going Up

October 14, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An average of two people are killed each day in red-light running crashes across the U.S., and the epidemic shows no signs of slowing down.

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Chain-Reaction Crash in Brooklyn Injures Four, Including One Pedestrian

October 10, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Four people were injured in a crash in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon. According to CBS2 New York, the collision occurred at 54th Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park at around 2:30 p.m. 

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Lead Poisoning and Autism – What is the Connection?

October 10, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Lead can be found in all parts of the environment – soil, water, and air – and even inside our homes. Exposure to lead largely comes from human activities such as burning fossil fuels and the past use of lead paint in homes. 

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Watertown City School District Allots $200,000 for Playground Updates to Prevent Injuries

October 08, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

School district officials in Watertown have set aside $200,000 for the 2019-2020 school year specifically for updates to aging play structures at three local schools. This is the first time that money from the school budget has been allocated specifically for updates and maintenance for school playgrounds. 

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Three Killed in Head On Truck Accident in New York

October 07, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

WWNY-TV reported on October 6, 2019, that three men were killed in a head-on collision between a U-Haul van and a pickup truck in Orleans County. According to state police, the U-Haul van crossed the center line of State Highway 63 in Shelby and struck the oncoming pickup.

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Study Finds Highly-touted Pedestrian-Safety Features on New Vehicles to Be Inconsistent and Ineffective

October 04, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The American Automobile Association (AAA), a privately held nonprofit national member association and service organization with more than 58 million members, announced on October 3, 2019, that new research found that automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection performed inconsistently and were “completely ineffective at night.” 

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Causes of Subway Accidents

October 03, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

People across New York depend on the subway system to get to and from their destinations safely. Unfortunately, serious injury or fatal accidents can and do occur, and happen more frequently than most people realize. 

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Research links CMV to necrotizing enterocolitis in NICU infants

October 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Researchers published the results of a study in The Journal of Pediatrics that further links cytomegalovirus (CMV) with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) or spontaneous intestinal perforation (SIP).

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Syracuse construction worker killed in gas tank explosion in Dickinson

October 01, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

WICZ-TV reported on September 20, 2019, that a Syracuse man was killed in an industrial accident at a Speedway on Front Street in Dickinson. The victim was working for the Syracuse affiliate of Environmental Product and Services of Vermont and was cleaning the inside of an underground tank when an explosion occurred.

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Risk Factors for Erbs Palsy

October 01, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Erb’s palsy was named for Wilhelm Erb, one of the doctors who first diagnosed the condition. It is also known as brachial plexus palsy, and the brachial plexus is a network of nerve fibers in the neck area connected to the spinal cord and all of the nerves in the arm. 

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Staffing Shortages in New York Nursing Homes Raise Concerns Over Care

September 27, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization City Limits reported on August 26, 2019, that an investigation of nursing homes in New York found that nearly three-quarters of the skilled nursing facilities were rated “Below Average” or “Much Below Average” for staffing by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

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NTSB report says passengers struggled with safety harnesses in fatal NYC helicopter crash

September 25, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report stating that passengers struggled with their safety harnesses following a helicopter crash in New York City’s East River last year. 

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Top healthcare watchdog calls on New York State officials to enforce nursing home safety rules

September 24, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

State officials have been put on notice by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the federal government’s top healthcare watchdog. The agency has called on New York state officials to strengthen their enforcement of nursing home safety rules. This action was taken after a report released this month by the OIG found that nursing homes examined across the state failed to comply with a wide range of safety rules. 

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Truck crash kills teen cyclist in Queens

September 23, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 14-year-old cyclist was killed in a truck accident in Queens on Saturday. According to the Daily News, the victim was Mario Valenzuela, of Astoria. Valenzuela was struck while riding his bicycle on Borden Avenue under the Pulaski Bridge in Long Island City at 1:55 p.m. 

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New York City Department of Buildings Moves to Revoke License from Contractor After Fatal Accident

September 20, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The New York Daily News reported on September 14, 2019, that the New York City Department of Buildings had filed for a contractor’s special rigger license to be revoked after he was involved in the death of a construction worker killed by a falling stone at a Manhattan work site. The Buildings Department claimed the contractor “did not take proper precautions” at an East 50th Street façade restoration project where a 51-year-old man was killed.

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Lead Poisoning and the Dangers it Poses to Young Children

September 19, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)states that no safe blood lead level in children has been identified and childhood lead exposure must be prevented before any harm occurs. The two forms or prevention identified by the CDC are primary prevention, or the removal of lead hazards from the environment before a child can be exposed, and secondary prevention such as blood lead testing and follow-up.

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Brooklyn Man Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter After Fatal Motorcycle Accident

September 17, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The New York Post originally reported on May 27, 2019, that a 23-year-old woman had been charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated (DWI), and unlicensed operator after fatally striking a motorcyclist in Brooklyn. On September 3, 2019, the paper published an updated story that the woman’s 24-year-old boyfriend was arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court for 17 counts relating to the same fatal accident.

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