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Legal News Archive: April 2013

Workplace Hazards: From Blisters to Toxic Chemical Exposure

April 29, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In a rare case of on-the-job hazardous conditions and work clothing requirements, a machinist in an industrial plant blamed his ailments on a severe blister caused by wearing steel-toed boots required for his job. Because he was required to wear the boots he filed worker’s compensation for this injury. The injury led to the amputation of his leg, further exacerbated by complications stemming from previous health conditions he had experienced. 

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Playset Accidents: In Public Playgrounds, Schoolyards and at Home - A Harsh Reminder for Parents

April 29, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The evenings are becoming longer, and adults and children are beginning to take advantage of the extra hours during the day to relax and play.  Unfortunately for some, however, the joys of summer and spring have come to an abrupt end.  In a recent tragic case in Utah, a four-year-old girl was found strangled when she became caught in the ropes of her backyard swing set.  Only a few moments earlier, neighbors and her father witnessed her happily playing.  This story sadly shows how quickly a turn for the worse can occur in an everyday environment.

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Swimming Pools: Staying Safe in Spring and Summer

April 23, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With spring and summer just around the corner, many of us are readying our swimming pools for the season. In addition to the barbeques, family reunions and time off from school for the kids comes the added pleasure of pool activities.  Sadly, however, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 10 people per day die as a result of drowning accidents.  Males and children ages 1 to 4 are most at risk, particularly in home swimming pools, and drowning is a leading cause of death among children in that same age group.

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Hearing Loss Sustained on the Job: When Your Jobsite is Hazardous

April 22, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

If you work in an industry that deals with excessively loud machinery, you know how sensitive your ears become after a long day at work.  Naturally, you take precautions like wearing the required earplugs and ear wear mandated by regulations within your industry, and do your best to protect yourself.  But what if prolonged, debilitating symptoms occur well after the workday is over?

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Medical Malpractice - Nursing Errors Are Devastating To All Involved

April 18, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A few months ago, the BBC reported the suicide of a nurse who inadvertently dispatched a radio station’s prank phone call to the hospital room of the Duchess of Cambridge who was staying there following a bout of morning sickness in her recent pregnancy.  In another case in Seattle, a 50-year-old nurse with a flawless 24-year nursing history committed suicide when she accidentally provided a deadly overdose of calcium to a baby in a neonatal unit.  The stress and public scrutiny toward both of these nurses led them to believe that they should never have made the mistakes in the first place, and left them wondering whether or not nursing was the best choice of profession.

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Daycare Injuries and Accidents: New York Attorney Offers Advice - What To Look For When You Suspect Abuse at Your Child’s Daycare Center

April 16, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The routine for many working parents includes taking their children to daycare, whether a personal daycare provider, or a preschool or other organization.  Mom and Dad know it’s a positive move for their children to socialize and interact with others, while serving as a way to keep the kids occupied (and sometimes educated) as the parents make a living.  But, as recently as January 29 of this year, we hear stories about abuse in daycare centers, abuse and injuries that rear their ugly head in many forms: unwarranted or unusual punishment, satanic or cult-influenced ritual abuse, neglect and, sadly, sexual abuse.

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Avoiding a Vacation Car Accident in Heavy Traffic

April 16, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Upcoming warmer weather in some parts of the country stir thoughts of vacation and travel.  For some, the drive takes them from coast to coast; for others, to a neighboring town or upstate New York.  Whatever the distance and time span, safe driving to prevent a car accident is the end goal.

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Medical Malpractice: What Can You Do To Guard Yourself Against a Medical Error?

April 11, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

 A medical malpractice lawsuit can be devastating to the victim in many ways.  Results of a lawsuit could include loss of wages, extended medical and rehabilitation center bills, pain and suffering to one’s lifestyle, and life-changing events to family members who have to adjust to the new way of life.  In a Spokane, WA a woman was awarded $813,000 in a recent malpractice lawsuit.  A misdiagnosis by her physician led to the amputation of her foot, which the doctor thought was terminal cancer.  She was actually suffering from pneumonia.

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Recent Zithromax Warning and Other Defective Drugs

April 11, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Adverse side effects from taking a drug that has been labeled defective are a leading cause of death among adults.  A drug can be deemed defective when the negative side effects outweigh the positive outcome.  The list of defective drugs is long when it comes to products manufactured and prescribed which later proved to cause severe ailments or death in those who take the drug. Often, the defective drugs are not recalled before several serious side effects among its users have already occurred. 

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What are the obligations of health clubs to use an automated external defibrillator [AED] when a member suffers a heart attack while working out?

April 08, 2013 | George M. Heymann Former Judge NYC Civil Court Housing Part

What are the obligations of health clubs to use an automated external defibrillator [AED] when a member suffers a heart attack while working out?

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Aircraft Emergencies: What Happens When You’re Stuck in the Air

April 08, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In most parts of the country, emergency aid is just a phone call away.  We know that EMTs and fire departments will be dispatched to a scene quickly and efficiently.  But what happens when we are on an aircraft and an emergency outside of the norm occurs?  In-flight emergencies can range from someone requiring a sudden appendectomy or emergency surgery, to luggage falling on someone’s head, to a hot beverage being spilled on a child’s arm, to a heart attack or seizure.  If you are the victim of any type of in-flight emergency, being in a closed cabin doesn’t provide much relief when all you want is for the plane to land so you can be back in the comfort of your own home.  When landing the plane is not immediately possible, how are these situations handled and what type of aid is accessible?

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Natural Disasters Mean Deserted Animals: Know the Dog Before You Take in a Stray

April 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Natural disasters have a way of affecting all in their path, including the pets and animals left behind when an owner can no longer care for them due to loss of home or resulting depleted finances.  From runaway pets to those we find wandering the streets after being separated from their owners, the shelters fill quickly with those in need of a home. For some of us who are in a position to care for a new friend, we find it hard to resist taking one in.  But, as cute as they may seem on the outside, dogs and cats are still animals and must be considered as such before we become too friendly.

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Alcohol-Related Car Accidents: What Happens When You Are A Victim?

April 05, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Alcohol and other drug abuses have no limits. From the infrequent “social drinker” to the person who cannot get through the day without their drug of choice, we see it sadly affect those as young as nine years old, to working moms and dads, to those who have abused substances all their lives. Alcohol is the drug of choice for many abusers, and when it comes to drinking and driving there is no boundary for those involved.

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The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: Car vs. Pedestrian Accidents Fault Distracted Drivers

April 04, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The scene from a recent news story is tragic:  a van plows into a group of pedestrians waiting at the light to cross the street. One person is even dragged by the van, and dies as a result of multiple injuries. The others sustain serious injuries.  The cause:  The driver was distracted reaching for a carton of milk; the van jumped the curb into the group of people, injuring those innocents who suspected nothing of the sort. 

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New York Law Firm Warns about Recent Recalls of Children’s Furniture and Toys

April 04, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Keeping our families and children safe is our number one priority, whether it’s ensuring that we socialize with the right people, driving the safest car, or purchasing items that we know will serve our family for years to come.  Product defects and recalls come into play when choosing the best and safest items for our families, and we want to be sure we avoid any products on a recall list.  Manufacturers work hard to correct any malfunctions before the defect affects the masses.  Sometimes, however, an injury occurs or a child dies and lives are changed forever. 

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New York Attorneys Offer Work Injury Advice

April 02, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Another day at work in the restaurant or office is as routine as brushing your teeth.  But, what about a day where the routine is anything but normal due to a work-related injury?  Accidents at work happen all the time and not just in the big cases we read about in the news.  Work-related accidents can cover everything from slipping and falling on oil or another object on the floor, to burns taking a main dish out of the oven in the kitchen, to malfunctions of equipment and carelessness among other workers.  All injuries have the potential of leading to injury, or even death.

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Daycare Injuries: Is Your Child’s Daycare Licensed?

April 01, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In a recent case in Ocala, Florida a daycare was cited for negligence when a one-year-old child climbed onto a chair, fell, landed on his head and later died from severe head injuries.  The daycare was a private daycare in the home of a woman who had been denied licensure because the person living with her had a criminal record and did not pass the background investigation. She ignored the denial and proceeded with operating the daycare, which ultimately ended in this tragedy.  Other instances of unlicensed daycare include those who have had a license suspended, those who are operating under a license that has not been renewed, and those who are operating despite a license that has been revoked.

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