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Legal News Archive: June 2013

Tornadoes: Not Just in Kansas

June 28, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Earlier in May, a devastating tornado touched ground in a small town in Texas, killing eight people and leaving many more without homes.  Shortly after, two major tornadoes hit Oklahoma, leaving even more devastation behind.  Natural disasters occur often and sometimes to the point where those living in the area or surrounding areas fail to pay attention to their own safety.  They “ride out the storm” or “stick it out” only to either wake up in a land of devastation or find themselves without home, car or family.   In the wake of these recent tornados, what are some of the precautions that can be taken next time nature takes its course?

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Summer’s Here: Watch the Road for Kids on Bikes

June 27, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A California town sponsored a Ride of Silence bicycling event, and recently honored a 12-year old who was killed in September 2012 while riding her bike on a busy street.  Hailey Ratliff was killed when a commercial truck driver made a hasty decision to avoid upcoming construction and turned in the path of Hailey who was riding her bike along the side of the road.  While heroic in the community’s efforts to honor Hailey’s spirit, the event is a just a sad reminder of how children fall in the line of fire with bicycle injuries and death all the time.

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Manhattan Attorney Offers Advice for Staying Injury Free While Travelling This Summer

June 26, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Each year, millions of people travel to unknown destinations, family homesteads and big cities for business conferences and vacations. One hopes there will be no mishaps along the way.  You can ensure your trip will be without incident if certain practices take place to prevent injury while on the road and at a foreign location.  On your travels, keep these tips in mind:

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Pink Jeep and Other Tours: Use Caution When You Are A Passenger

June 25, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Jeep tours at several tourist destinations entice visitors from all over the world with their open-air designs and off-road capabilities. But jeeps in general score relatively low when it comes to safety, and the increasingly popular “pink jeeps tours” are no exception. Because of their high center of gravity, jeeps have a tendency to tip over more than other vehicles.

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In the Wake of a Tornado: How to Avoid Future Disasters

June 24, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Tornados hit in an instant—we’ve heard of recent devastation in an Oklahoma school and another one outside of Oklahoma City, and in some Texas neighborhoods.  Many are left homeless, car-less and without family or neighbors.  The aftermath of a tornado or a hurricane like Hurricane Katrina can be horrific, and the areas of disaster remain that way for weeks on end until clean-up crews and residents can take care of what’s left in the piles of debris.  To add further insult to injury, just because the tornado has come and gone doesn’t mean that there aren’t others looming in the coming days.

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Helicopter Tours: Safe or Scary?

June 21, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Helicopter tour companies thrive in the summertime when vacationers from all over crave the view from above after having been on the road for countless hours.  With tourist attractions like Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, and volcanoes and waterfalls, it’s no wonder that helicopter tour companies are sought after by tourists to provide a birds-eye view for all passengers.  Yet, despite their claims that you’ll see something you wouldn't normally encounter, we hear of accidents involving these helicopter tour companies all the time.

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Family Reunions: Protecting Your Family at the Yearly Gathering

June 20, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We’re right in the thick of summertime activity with vacations and upcoming family reunions. That means taking to the road and the air to get to our destinations quickly so we can enjoy as much time as possible with extended family and friends. Other than the joy we experience from being with friends and family, family reunions bring out a different side of ourselves when we encounter adventures that we wouldn’t do in our every day lives.  Here are some of the recreational events that might occur at a family reunion:

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A Pain in the Neck: A Lingering Condition After a Slip and Fall Injury

June 19, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

You think nothing of it as you help a friend or parent with some spring cleaning by taking care of weeds, brush, debris, and old furniture.  You load those items in the car, hold yard sales, make trips to the dump, and store items in the attic for next season.  But, you don’t see the toy that has fallen in your path and you trip over it, causing a major tweak in your neck and back. Ouch! You cannot afford to stop what you’re doing; you only have the weekend to get the job done. You’ll be fine, you tell yourself.  But, the pain lingers… and lingers.  Soon you are visiting a chiropractor with no relief in sight for many weeks. 

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A Trip Abroad: What Does the Future Hold for Your Graduate?

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

In the midst of planning what to do after graduation, many grads are gifted the opportunity to travel to a new destination, which often involves their first time overseas.  Whether it’s backpacking across Europe or travelling by Eurail, there are travel tips that everyone should keep in mind, particularly if this is your young adult's first major trip away from home and in another country.

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Breast Cancer: Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands—Or Leaving It to the Experts

June 17, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Angelina Jolie made worldwide headlines in May when she elected to have a double mastectomy as a preventative measure for her genetic likelihood of developing breast cancer at some point in her life.  Electing to have preventative surgery is life-changing and body-altering, all for the sake of “what if this happens,” and is a bold move on the part of the one making the decision. But, not everyone is so lucky to make the choice for elective surgery, which is often expensive and not always covered by standard insurance.  Therefore, we place our care in the hands in our doctors and specialists to help us make those decisions when they find something amiss.  But, what about if a condition is there, and it’s not discovered in time—or at all? 

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Fireworks: Spectacular and Dangerous

June 14, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The season for fireworks is arriving, and for some it began on Memorial Day. With the spectacular displays, fireworks remain intriguing and exciting, and are still one of the few “free” events that most of us can see from our own backyards or city parks.  While fireworks symbolize independence and freedom for our country, misuse of fireworks can also bring devastation when operator error or malfunctions in the product occur. Some injuries occur from professional firework displays, but most tragedies occur through consumer firework displays, involving homemade and illegal fireworks.

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Is a New Car on Your Grad’s Wish List? New York Attorney Offers Advice for Staying Safe

June 13, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

High school and college graduations are milestones for young adults in more ways than one.  For some, it’s the adventure of a new job or trip abroad.  For others, it’s a right of passage that includes a new car or new apartment.  If it’s a new car that your grad has his or her sights on, you’ll want to be sure you do your thorough research before you bite the bullet and sign on the dotted line.  How do you choose what your young adult wants versus the best deal versus which one is the safest?

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Shopping Cart and On-Premises Injuries: Is Your Store Safe?

June 12, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In Wisconsin, a women is suing a large box department store for compensation for injuries incurred after a 50-pound appliance fell on her shoulder while she was reaching for an item.  She claims there were no signs on the shelves warning her about the hazards of retrieving an item from a shelf beyond her reach.  In another case, a shopping cart tips over with a child inside and the family sues the store for malfunction of the cart.  In other common instances, someone is hit in the parking lot while a car backs out of a parking space.  Do you take shopping at your favorite department or grocery store for granted?

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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits: Do You Have a Case?

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

Too often we hear in the news about cases for medical malpractice suits filed by an injured party against the entity or person they believe caused the injury, particularly in the case of hospitals and caregivers.  We trust in our physicians, and we know that they are doing the best they can to advocate for our care and for our health.  We believe that the physician who has seen us through childhood, adulthood and our elder years knows our personal and medical history like the back of his or her own hand.  We can’t think that anything can go wrong.  But wrong we are when an incident of medical malpractice rears its head.

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Occupational Hazards: Burn Injuries at Work

June 10, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Have you suffered from a work-related burn injury, or know someone who has?  Burn injuries account for 20-25% of burns serious enough to require hospital care, and claim the lives of 5% involved in this type of injury.  Nonfatal burn injuries are still serious, and are caused by exposure to flammable substances or proximity to hot objects.  Regardless of the intensity of the burn, recovering from a burn injury that occurred on the job or at home is a long process. Burns occur most often on the head, face or hands since those are the parts of the body that are most exposed. Many who are victims are disfigured for life, and often suffer constant pain due to medications, grafting and intensive, ongoing operations, therapy and treatments.  What are some ways that work-related burn injuries occur, and how can they be prevented?

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In the Wake of a Tornado: How to Avoid Future Disasters

June 07, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Tornados hit in an instant—we’ve heard of recent devastation at an Oklahoma school and another one outside of Oklahoma City, and in some Texas neighborhoods.  Many are left homeless, car-less and without family.  The aftermath of a tornado or a hurricane like Hurricane Katrina can be horrific, and the areas of disaster remain that way for weeks on end until clean-up crews and residents can take care of what’s left in the piles of debris.  And to add further insult to injury, just because the tornado has come and gone doesn’t mean that there aren’t others looming in the coming days.

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Summertime Injuries: New York Attorney Advises on Cause and Prevention

June 06, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

School is over and families nationwide are preparing for road trips, extended summer vacations, and activities to keep their children occupied during the summer months before school starts again in the fall.  Schedules change, babysitters and day camps are utilized, and the summer spirit is one of freedom and exploration. Amidst the change in schedule and increase in road population also come a host of injuries, more prevalent in the summer than in other months.  What are some of the major summer injuries, and what can be done to prevent them before it is too late?

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When a Caregiver Causes Injury or Death

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

The release of Jackie Hance’s memoir, “I’ll See You Again” has brought a tragic accident back into the forefront relaying the story of the accident that claimed the lives of Hance’s three young girls. While meant to embrace the legacy that their short-lived lives promised, the girls were killed in an accident when Hance’s sister-in-law drove the wrong way on a divided highway in New York.  We’re reminded again about driving under the impairment of drugs and alcohol, and we’re left wondering what happens when our children are in the care of another person.

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Defective Drugs: Are They In Your Cabinet?

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

The United States Food and Drug Administration issues warnings when they uncover cases of defective drugs, and urge manufacturers to stop production and distribution of these drugs.  But, what about some of the drugs that we still have in our homes whose side effects are not severe enough to pull off the shelves, yet are still serious enough to cause concern?  A recall occurs when the side effects are severe enough to prove fatal in multiple cases.  Yet, some of the manufacturers stand firm and continue to make their drugs available for consumers.

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Aircraft Emergencies: When Something Goes Wrong

June 03, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Britain’s busiest airport, Heathrow, was closed for a brief time on May 24 when a British Airways flight made an emergency landing due to engine panels that unlatched during takeoff.  In the spring, another pilot led his plane to an emergency landing after learning of possible faulty landing gear.  In 1998, an Aloha Airlines flight experienced decompression mid-flight and had to make an emergency landing. And, few of us can forget the emergency landing a few years back when a pilot was forced to land on the Hudson River.  Travelers commute by aircraft by the hundreds of thousands each year, and we put our lives in the hands of pilots and technicians who ensure that the craft is safe for flying.  But what happens when something is missed or overlooked, such as the case of engine panels that came unlatched during the British Airways flight?

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