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Unlicensed Limo Driver Had History of Similar Accidents

October 16, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Initial reports following the limousine accident that left twenty dead indicated the driver lacked the proper credential to pilot the vehicle in question.  New York State law requires a commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement to operate limousines, and though the driver had a standard driver’s license, he lacked the necessary commercial license or endorsement.

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Additional Info: Taxi Accidents

Drowning Not Only Risk from Pools

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

A New Jersey man died on September 30th, 2018, from a rare brain eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri.  He had recently returned from a vacation to Waco, Texas, and may have contracted the deadly parasite from the wave pool at the facility where he stayed.  Investigators are collecting water samples to determine whether or not other bathers may be at risk, and the owner has promised to participate in all requested investigations.

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Limo Accident Draws Attention to Poor Regulation

October 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A limousine accident that left 20 dead is drawing attention to the lack of regulation for after-market modifications to certain vehicles.  The limousine, which was originally a Ford Excursion before it was sawed in half and retrofitted into a limo, blew through a stop sign in the major accident that claimed the lives of three sisters and their friends and family.

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Existing Hazards Amplified by Halloween

October 11, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Properties pose a variety of accident risks year-round, including tripping hazards, wet floors, misaligned steps, and improperly wired outlets.  These hazards result in thousands of injuries every year, but certain seasons amplify these risks.  Among those, Christmas and Halloween pose significantly increased risk.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

Maintaining Proper Shelf Clearance Key for Forklift Safety

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

A September 6th, 2018 accident at Chef’s Warehouse Food Distribution Center in New York left one worker dead.  The accident occurred when the worker was piloting a forklift around the warehouse.  Proper safety considerations are very important when dealing with a forklift, as the various parts of the machine pose critical danger to both the operator and other workers in the area.

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New Law Cracking Down on Bus Driver DUIs

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

The extent to which bus drivers in New York State drive under the influence is sadly unknowable, as only incidents that result in an accident or dangerous enough driving to be pulled over by the police can be charted.  Though parents may have suspicions, forcing the district to follow through on those suspicions can be hard.

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Carbon Monoxide and Dioxide Risks Come From a Variety of Sources

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

A Dave & Buster’s customer was hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide at a Staten Island location of the restaurant chain on September 2nd, 2018.  The source of the exposure was a soda vending machine with a punctured line.  Carbon dioxide is used in the carbonation process for dispensing soda.

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School Assault Not Prosecuted

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

Relying on the criminal courts for justice can be a tricky proposition, as evidenced by the fallout of a judge dismissing charges against a Teacher’s Assistant for excessive discipline of a special needs student on June 20th, 2018.  According to eyewitnesses, the Teacher’s Assistant slammed the student’s arm on a desk and then threatened additional physical assault.

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Additional Info: School Injuries

NYCHA Continues To Ignore Children's Safety Issues

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

Dogged for months by reports of failure to monitor housing units for lead paint and other hazards, the New York City Housing Authority now stands accused of ignoring safety hazards in Harlem playgrounds after two children were injured by rusty equipment at the end of August, 2018.

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School Insurance Does Not Guarantee Financial Safety

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

With school back in session, more and more institutions are recommending school insurance, from preschool all the way up to college.  The premise of school insurance is simple; if your child is injured on school property, or on a school field trip or at a school athletic event, the insurance company pays the medical bills or provides a lump sum payment towards them.

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New York City Fails to Properly Check Background of Bus Drivers

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

After having been caught skipping or falsifying potentially hundreds of required background checks, the City of New York has announced the intention of not only clearing this backlog but also requiring additional checks on drivers.  Bus drivers will now follow the same vetting procedure as other Department of Education staff, including requirements for fingerprinting.

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Additional Info: Bus Accidents

Contractors Must Ensure Tool Safety

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

An August 10th, 2018 construction death has been described as a freak accident, but details of the incident indicate it could have been preventable.  The death occurred when a worker utilizing a saw fell, bringing the saw down with him.  The saw cut into his neck, killing him.

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Daycare Knife Accident Underscores Importance of Proper Vetting

September 25, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An early morning attack at a daycare facility in Queens on September 21st is drawing attention to the importance of evaluating the mental health of employees who have easy access to children.  The incident, which left three infants and three adults (including the alleged assailant) hospitalized, demonstrates the importance of proper staffing of daycare and maternity centers.

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Retaining Walls Necessary for Safety

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

A retaining wall serves one purpose, but it is a very important purpose.  Retaining walls are engineered and built to hold back thousands of pounds of earth, stone, or other materials.  These safety structures are used in a variety of circumstances, whether at roadside or in homes or around commercials structures.

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Dog Walking Services May Put People at Risk

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

Dogs on walks have always posed some risk to pedestrians, as it is impossible to predict when an animal might become aggressive.  Though there are steps a person can take to mitigate the risk, such as never approaching an unfamiliar dog, being careful around dogs that are sleeping, and not startling a dog with loud noises, there is often little a person can do to avoid an animal that is being walked down the street.

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Technology to Curb Distracted Driving

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

As distracted driving continues to cause thousands of accidents a year, technology companies are looking to curb a dangerous behavior they helped to create. Where twenty years ago distracted driving was a rarity, as cellphones and other devices have become ubiquitous, so too have the accidents caused by them. Now, cellphone manufacturers and other technology providers are starting to recognize their responsibility to society. 

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Negligence in Sports Injuries Can Be Difficult to Identify

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

Millions of American children take part in sports, whether it be pickup games at the park, Little League, or school teams.  Sports can be a great opportunity for a young person to learn social skills as well as get exercise.  Children who participate in sports develop self-discipline as well as learning to follow rules.

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Additional Info: School Injuries

World Suicide Prevention Day Drawing Attention to Increased Risk Factors

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

Each year, World Suicide Prevention Day occurs on September 10th, with the intention of drawing attention to what people can do to lower the risks of people they know taking their own lives.  The risk factors for suicide are well-established, with depression being one of the most common and causative.  Recognizing symptoms of depression in loved ones can literally save a life.

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Swing Sets Pose a Risk to Students

September 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Most playground equipment poses some risk to childhood safety.  A child can fall over the side of the slide, or be thrown by the merry-go-round, or fall off the monkey bars.  But swing sets pose a particularly elevated risk of injury, due to a variety of factors, most of which can be mitigated with proper supervision.

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Communication Key to Concussion Treatment

September 11, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Past research has indicated that only approximately half of all childhood concussions are reported to doctors.  The reason for this low reporting rate lies in a variety of factors, including parents being unwilling or unable to afford the medical care associated with a concussion.  In those instances, the parent might opt to have the child “sleep it off.”

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