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Legal News Archive: August 2013

Wet Weather Means Watch the Road!

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

Any time weather conditions present themselves on the road, it makes for a different journey for drivers everywhere. Summer brings a series of monsoon storms in the southwest, hurricanes on the east coast, and flooding in other parts of the country, often within a matter of minutes.  Drivers are suddenly blinded by the intense rain, and other drivers skid off the road and into other cars.

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Pesticide and Chemical Poisonings: In and Around the Home

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

In a recent case in the Bronx, a daycare center was cited when employees improperly applied a chemical substance to a bathroom toilet seat, failing to take proper application methods, which later caused a young boy to become sick, disabled and requiring medical attention.  The boy, it was found, had serious burn injuries on his body.  The case is still pending as the parents are seeking damages for this injury.

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New York Law Firm on Pharmacist Errors: What You Need to Know

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

It’s not unusual that, after a routine visit, our physician prescribes us medication for a condition or new ailment. When we turn that prescription in at the pharmacy, we assume that all components are communicated correctly–that the pharmacist can read the doctor’s handwriting or printout, and that the pharmacist is trained to administer the correct amount, dosage and medication. But, as we have heard regarding medical errors, wrongful death lawsuits and botched surgeries, even those we hold in the highest regard of trust for our safety, health and well-being, can err on the side of danger. 

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Playground and Park Injuries: Equipment and Distractions

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

What happens when a normal family outing to the park or city playground becomes a trip to the emergency room for the child?  Children are injured all the time from accidents that occur on the playground and in city parks.  Collisions between children, strangulation on play equipment like monkey bars, falling off a swing or moving play equipment, falling on the surface, and many more incidents like this occur frequently.  That’s not the way to spend what could normally have been an otherwise enjoyable day for all.

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Recent Recalls: Portable Fan Heaters and Refrigerators

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

Recent Recalls: Portable Fan Heaters and Refrigerators

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Surviving a Plane Crash: Is It Possible?

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

In July 2013 an Asian aircraft performed a crash landing in San Francisco, burning most of the plane and injuring many.  Surprisingly, there were only four fatalities from the crash of a fully-occupied flight. How did the efforts of the crew and passengers contribute to the lack of multiple fatalities?  Is it possible to survive a plane crash when certain elements for landing and knowledge are out of your control?

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Home Safety Checklist: Is Yours Up To Date?

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

Summertime is rampant with home injuries and accidents.  With fires from lightning strikes, burglaries in our empty homes, visitors falling on stairs, and appliances being overused, our safety becomes compromised if we don’t take the proper precautions to ensure everything is in order. This makes it the perfect time to compile or review a home safety checklist to make sure that your home remains safe in the summer and all year around.

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Are You a Passenger in Danger?

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

We do it all the time  We often put ourselves in harm’s way without even knowing it when we ride as a passenger with someone who has been drinking, or is otherwise impaired or distracted. We cannot always control who is driving, or when, or the conditions of the person driving and often, we may not know the person is impaired—that is, until it’s too late.

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Manhattan Attorney Warns of the Dangers of Children and Matches

August 15, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Fire agencies all over the country make it their goal to protect and serve. Part of that mission and curriculum involves teaching adults and children about the dangers of fires, and how to stay safe so that a small incident doesn’t get out of control  Many fire stations create “fire prevention” characters and modules where they go to schools to teach children about fires, fire prevention and fire products. Why do they do this?  They do this because it’s estimated that hundreds of children have the potential to become pyromaniacs, a serious term for children (and adults) who like to play with matches.

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Lawnmower Accidents Can Result in Tragedy and Amputations

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

Earlier this year, we heard of a child in Florida who was injured when her father accidentally backed over her as she ran out to greet him in the yard. The mother tried to warn the father, and thinking he was going to run into something ahead in his path the father quickly put the mower in reverse not knowing his little girl was behind the mower.  In other incidents, children have slipped off while riding a mower and have slipped under while running behind a mower.

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Joggers and Runners: Risks on the Road

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

Summertime brings out the road warrior in all of us.  From strolling in our neighborhoods with our children, to running and jogging on popular trails or along the sides of streets, to taking an after-dinner walk while the weather and light still permit.  But, taking advantage of the great weather and longer daylight hours can also pose some dangers to runners, walkers and joggers who take to the road more frequently than normal.

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House Fires–When It Happens To You

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

House fires claim the lives of many annually, and the causes are multiple ranging from faulty electrical cords, to kitchen fires gone wild, to children playing with matches, to barbecue grill accidents, and many more. No matter how much we know about fires and how much we know about fire safety, there does not seem to be a consistent decrease in the causes or victims who are involved.  Luckily, first responders are often on the scene, but sometimes conditions exist that even they are unable to tackle.

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Farm Accidents: What Makes Them Unique

August 09, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Living on a farm presents its own set of challenges.  Ask anyone who grew upon a farm, or makes their living tending to a farm or ranch, and they’ll give you lists of accidents that can only happen in an environment like theirs.  Farming accidents are a breed of their own. They present situations with special equipment used to maintain the farms, and scenarios that those of us in the suburbs find unfamiliar. The equipment on a farm requires special usage and operation. The animals on a farm are very different from our domesticated dogs and cats.  Weather in rural areas can present problems like standing water (electrocution) or power outages. Toxicity and usage of chemicals and pesticides can also be potentially harmful or fatal over time. And, due to their remote locations, help is not always easily accessible with the nearest hospital being many miles away in some cases.

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Driving Near a Golf Course? Watch for Errant Balls

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

Golfers are afforded some of the most beautiful landscape and property on which to play golf when they engage in their daily or weekly round.  Many of these beautiful courses are situated near busy streets, where passers-by can also indulge in the beauty even if they are not golfers themselves.  In a car, are you protected from any flying balls that may come in your direction?  Whose fault its it when something like this occurs?

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Back to School: Reminders for Kids, Parents and Drivers

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

It is hard to believe that we’re just a little bit beyond the middle of summer and school supplies are already on the shelves of our favorite department stores and retailers.  Little ones are excited to start new ventures, and older students are waiting for the day when they can scratch “graduate” off the to-do list.  The start of school means more drivers and pedestrians on the roads, however, and some gentle reminders are appropriate to keep everyone in check.

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The Heat Is On: Apartment Deaths In Extreme Weather

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

When the temperatures and humidity rise well beyond the norm in many parts of the country over the summer, people become more conservative with overrunning their air-conditioning.  In some apartments and housing buildings, the climate is controlled by a maintenance department so that everyone does not adjust it “on” and “off” all day long.  Sometimes the air conditioning or power goes out due to an electrical storm or a faulty box, and the city or municipality is not quick enough to restore that energy back to the apartment or home. When the conditions become extreme, particularly among those who are unable to care for themselves fully, or those who disregard or do not know about the conditions outside, the heat can become a deadly factor.  Sadly, the extreme costs of cooling a residence leads many people to use the air-conditioning sparingly, or not at all.  Some states have utilized a “meter box” where someone pays an amount for power. The box then tracks how much power is used, and therefore how much is left in the account.  Many residents find that half way through the month they are already at a credit low.  When the account reaches zero, everything shuts off.  While the program is not ideal, it does prevent someone from having his or her power shut completely off.

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Road Distractions: It’s Not Just the Drivers Who Are Distracted

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

How many times do we see someone crossing the street—whether in a crosswalk or not—and using a cell phone at the same time?  We see people talking or texting and paying no attention at all to the oncoming traffic or traffic that is stopped.  We see it in grocery stores, shopping malls, and downtown.  People are distracted by the very devices that keep them connected to the world. Unfortunately, the connection with the world could result in an injury or death, leaving them permanently disconnected to those who love them.

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Boating Accidents During Summer Recreation

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

A man and his daughter were injured in a boating accident in an Arizona lake in July when the boat suddenly lurched forward and started moving, after having come to a dead stop minutes earlier. The child became entangled in a rope on board, and the father lost his hand while trying to assist his daughter. While this type of accident doesn’t involve the presence of another boat or recreational vehicle, it does leave a case for possible product malfunction and liability.

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Bridge Collapses: When There Is No Warning

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

Many commuters cross bridges daily, whether it be over small rivers or larger bodies of water.  We drive on the bridge and think nothing of the security and construction it provides to make sure we arrive at the other side safety.  But, not all bridges are so safe.  Luckily, there were no fatalities in a major interstate bridge collapse that occurred in Washington earlier this summer. For commuters who had driven over that bridge many times a day, the fact that a collapse occurred so quickly still leaves many in disbelief as to the circumstances. At that time, many cars fell in the Skagit River and many others had to be rescued, but surprisingly no one died.  A bridge collapse can leave many wondering how there could be no warning; they remain frightened about travelling over the bridge again. That interstate, in particular, is Washington state’s busiest freeway.  The bridge had a weight restriction and the collapse may have been caused by an oversized load from a semi-truck crossing the bridge.

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