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Legal News Archive: September 2013

School Bus Accidents: How To Keep Your Child Safe

September 30, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

School has started and, if you’re like many parents, you grab your coffee and sleepwalk your way to the bus stop to see your child off for the majority of the day.  You make it to the bus stop safely, you wait for the bus while your child performs morning chatter rituals with the other kids at the bus stop, you see the bus, you give hugs and watch your child board, and you think all is safe.  You go home and start your own day, thinking about deadlines that loom ahead, meeting with clients, and what to make for dinner that evening.  Then, you receive a call.  There’s been an school bus accident involving the bus that was carrying your child.  Now what?

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Pedestrian Accidents—Stay Alert in a Parking Lot

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

Pedestrian accidents involve people who are not in a moving vehicle but may encounter a moving vehicle, such as in a hit and run case, or a car that jumps the curb while a person is waiting at a stop sign.  Pedestrian accidents can also occur at a shopping malls, in parking lots, or in your own neighborhood while you’re walking your dog.  Let’s take a look at incidents that occur in parking lots.

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Distractions Not Only Among Automobile Drivers

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

A sad train accident in Spain earlier this summer proved to be the worst rail accident in that country in decades, killing 79 people and injuring many more when it crashed into a wall and spun off the tracks. The driver of the train was on the phone, taking a call from a rail employee and missed the mark on applying the brakes until it was too late.  The brakes were applied seconds before the crash occurred when it slammed into a concrete wall causing several of the cars to catch on fire.  Generally, the brakes should have been applied a few miles before that part of the track, slowing it down to 50 mile per hours, instead of the 95 miles an hour it was travelling at the time of the crash.

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Medical Malpractice: How Do You Know?

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

Medical malpractice or medical negligence is when your health care provider falls below the accepted standard of practice, sometimes resulting in injury or death, and often resulting in error of some type. Hundreds of thousands of people are killed each year due to medical errors by their trusted physicians, and hospital costs are exorbitant for these types of cases.  In some situations, a medical error or malpractice is easy to determine—the error is blatant and the outcome is devastating.  Instances such as removing the wrong limb, or mixing up a chart.  In other cases, the error may not be so forthright—such as prescribing a drug that over time causes ill effects; or providing the wrong diagnosis, which does not surface until much later.

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School Has Started: Teens Taking the Wheel

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

Driving is a right of passage for teens, and driving to school is a particularly exciting rite of passage as the teen no longer has to take the bus or have a parent drive him or her to school on a regular basis.  Your teen passed the driving test and is now anxious and eager to show responsibility on the road by way of driving, and possibly picking up other teens on the way to school or to an errand.  Are all kids ready, and what does your teen need to know?  What about "over" confidence that your teen may be feeling?

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Jet Ski Accidents—Popular in Summer and Three-Day Weekends

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

As the final long weekend came to an end over Labor Day this year, many took to last-minute travel and weekend escapes before the upcoming fall and winter season.  Weather conditions nationwide were still favorable as picnic areas, camping areas and marinas were filled to capacity for those enjoying outdoor recreation.  Water sports continue to be popular and jet skis area among one of the most popular recreation “toys” for adults.  Yet, despite their seemingly safe construction for safety, jet skis are misused all the time. 

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Pedestrian Accidents: Taxis, Texting and More

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

In a tragic and unusual circumstance earlier in August, a British tourist who had recently landed in New York lost her leg when a taxi jumped the curb, hitting and injuring her immediately.  While the case is still under investigation, initial reports stated the taxi had jumped the curb in an effort to avoid hitting a bicyclist messenger who was riding close to the taxi.  What are the frequency of taxi /bike or taxi/pedestrian accidents, and is there any way to avoid them?

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Construction Accidents: More Work Means More Risks

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

Construction accidents are not to be taken lightly, whether in an upward turn of the economy or in a downward turn when business is slower.  Construction workers know they risk injury on the job at any given time and have many factors to take into consideration for their safety.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 5 percent increase in private sector construction fatalities from 2011.  Even though construction workers and companies must adhere to rules and pay special attention to safety guidelines, it’s easy to miss items when deadlines are on the horizon just to finish the job.

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Physician Misconduct: What You Should Know

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

A doctor prescribes a lethal mix of painkillers and psychiatric medications.  A mastectomy is mistakenly performed on the wrong woman. A doctor is cited by a medical board, yet is still permitted to practice medicine. How can these situations happen, and why aren’t issues and problems detected sooner?  National records show that state boards are slow to act on physicians who continue to practice despite concerns over misconduct: in the forms of inappropriate diagnoses, improperly prescribed medications and unnecessary surgeries.

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Watch Yourself and Others Around School Buses

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

School bus accidents become more pronounced this time of year with kids and adults going back to school.  From September to December the roads are filled with buses carrying loads of children and adults to class.  It’s a time of year when everyone needs to pay just a bit more attention on the road:  the school bus drivers who face a multitude of distractions, the children on the buses who need to mind the directions of the bus drivers, and those on the road who encounter school buses on daily commutes.

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Do’s and Don’ts When There is a Fire

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

A recent headline in an Arizona newspaper talked about a man who entered his burning home to save his pets. Firefighters later said he was lucky to be alive, after a lengthy period of trying to find him with thermal cameras; the house was unsafe to enter seconds before the roof collapsed.  The man had run in the house twice to rescue his distressed cats, escaped through a back window and then run down an alley for safety.  He happened to be lucky in his mission, but not everyone is so lucky.

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Dog Bites: A Warning to Runners and Walkers

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

An average of 4.9 million people annually are bitten by dogs, according to the Center for Disease Controls.  Some of them cause people to visit the emergency room, and many of the victims are small children.  But, adults too, can encounter dogs in the neighborhood, especially dogs that are not specifically provoked, but are compelled to attack to protect their territory.  Runners and joggers beware:  you could be particularly at risk for a number of reasons.

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Train Pedestrian Accidents: More Common Than You Think

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

Nationwide, train vs. pedestrian accidents have increased 26 percent during the first part of 2013 with deaths close to 200 in number.  Considering all the warnings and remote areas where trains run, it may seem surprising to some that the number of deaths and injuries is so high.  After all, can’t we see a train coming for miles and have ample time to get out of harm’s way?  Not so.  Here are some reasons why.

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School Time for Kids: Injuries All Year

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

With school having started and the fall season coming ahead, we might think that children’s injuries will settle down now that summer time is over.  But children’s injuries occur all year round due to their active lives in the forms of: bicycle accidents, trampoline accidents, sledding accidents, and pool accidents, to name a few.  And, let’s not forget playground accident and injuries that are most common when school starts up again in the fall.

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Bomb Threats and Scares: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

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

A sad reality in today’s world is that we have to think of events like bomb scares and terrorist threats disrupting mainstream society: events that range from the Boston Marathon bombing, to threats that target places we frequent.  Bomb threats are scary and cause many of us to avoid those places we enjoy. What can be done if you receive a bomb threat over the phone, or are involved in the evacuation of a building where a bomb threat occurred?

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Avoiding Car Accidents: Tips from New York Law Firm

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

Motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States.  Often it’s easy to see why so many accidents occur as distractions on the road are even greater than ever.  We know the rules, we enroll in classes, we try to drive defensively and, most of the time, we’re stay in pretty good shape unharmed.  Avoiding a car accident takes very little effort when you keep some basic rules in mind. 

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Animal Attacks: Dogs Not Always the Culprit

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

In a recent episode highlighting a list of the top 10 animal attacks on humans, featured on the Discovery Channel, the countdown showed video accounts of animal attacks at zoos and safaris.  It was not difficult to realize that caged animals are still wild, no matter the environment or safe handling involved.  From a lion turning on his owner, to a chimpanzee gone wild at a zoo, to a circus elephant on the rampage, wild animals are to be taken very seriously at all times. You never know when an attack will be triggered. In 2009, a woman was severely disfigured when a pet chimpanzee owned by her neighbor went berserk and attacked the woman, leaving her with injuries on her face that broke ground in medical surgery and face transplants.  How can a family “pet” take such a turn of personality?

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A Celebratory Boat Ride Turns Deadly

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

Earlier this summer we heard the story of a young couple and their friends taking part in a pre-wedding celebration on a power boat just miles from Manhattan. The speedboat ran into some construction barges, throwing passengers off the boat killing the bride-to-be and the best man.  The driver of the boat was cited for excessive speed and reckless manslaughter.  This leaves behind a sad ending to a life story that was just beginning.  Boat accidents happen all the time, often at the expense of innocent passengers who are unfamiliar with water etiquette and safety.  What can you do to protect yourself on a private boat or excursion?

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Labor Day Accidents—Were You Involved?

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

Labor Day brings about a three-day recreational weekend for many, and this year proved to be no exception.  Picnics, barbecues and celebrations commemorated the last long weekend of the summer before school starts.  Final travel efforts were made for family road trips and reunions.  With heightened travel, heavier traffic, and sparking up of the grill at campgrounds and picnic areas, three-day weekends pose problems of their own if safety is ignored.  With all the festivities you may have encountered, there are some situations that landed others in the emergency room.

This past weekend, and any future long weekend, warrants taking special considerations in mind.  We know that travel will be heavier on weekends like Labor Day and it makes sense to plan your travel routes so that you avoid the heavier traffic times of day or the routes that are most congested. Friday afternoons and Monday mornings are heavy traffic times, particular for those who cut the workday short on a Friday to arrive at a destination sooner than later.  On Mondays of a long weekend, everyone waits until the last minute to take to the road.  This means much more traffic than normal, at break-neck speeds in many cases.  If you can, travel one day earlier and start toward home one day before the rest of the country.  Remember that everyone wants to arrive at their destination just as much as you do, and practicing patience is always the best policy.

Picnics and parties mean drinking and other recreation like boating, ATV'ing, water skiing and more.  Did you have alcohol at your celebration?  Chances are there were some adult beverages on hand.  A rule of thumb for all future celebrations is to never get behind the wheel of any vehicle if you have been drinking, and never get on board a vehicle operated by someone who has been drinking or appears intoxicated. If you are unsure whether or not the operator has been drinking, stay off the vehicle altogether.

As safe as the surroundings may be in a picnic area or campground, grilling and burn accidents account for many accidents around holidays like Labor Day.  Improper tending of a grill or using a charcoal grill in windy or extreme fire conditions could mean a fire out of control that reaches your property or even worse, comes in contact with you.  Staying safe around the grill means not wearing long sleeves, having a fire extinguisher handy and making sure little ones are out of the way so they don't accidentally touch the grill or put themselves in the way of the grill master who may not be paying attention to anything except the burgers.

Americans love three-day weekends and we hope that your Labor Day holiday was without incident.  If you were injured due to a car accident or neglect of another party during the Labor Day holiday, enlisting a law firm who can help you with your personal injury case will ensure you find closure and make for better holiday celebrations to come.

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