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Legal News Archive: December 2013

New Years Eve Wrong Way Drivers: Public Be Aware

December 31, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Crashes involving wrong-way drivers occur more often than not, and it has said that as many as three-quarters of these accidents involve people who have been drinking and driving.  This New Year's Eve, be aware of those under the influence of any type of alcohol or drug behind the wheel; a sure combination that is potentially deadlyfor all involved.

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Additional Info: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Train Derailments: In the Holiday News

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

A train derailment in the Bronx recently left many wondering how something so tragic could happen on a commute that had occurred many times before.  With speeds in excess of 82 miles per hour in a zone that dictated 30 miles per hour on an area of the track where a curve rounded, what went wrong?

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A New Car for Christmas: How To Keep Your Teen Safe

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

Many teenagers have a new set of wheels on their holiday lists this year, and there’s nothing greater than wanting the best for your high school teen.  But before you new driver does any actual driving, he or she should some basic rules of the road.  Keeping these defensive driving rules in mind may mean the difference between no driving and driving for many more years to come.

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Additional Info: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Holiday and New Year’s Eve Parties: Watch for Drunk Drivers

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

They're out there. Drunk drivers, that is.  And, especially around the holidays from the beginning of December until after the New Year. While many hosts now offer cab service for intoxicated guests or an invitation to stay overnight, there are still a few who should not be out on the road and still are.  It's the season where everyone gears up for festivities that will ring in the new year.  That list includes excessive eating, drinking and unfortunately driving—not a good combination. 

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Dieting in the New Year: Recalls to Watch

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

From October to January, many struggle with maintaining or losing weight during this festive holiday season.  Overeating and drinking are out of control and we jump on any bandwagon in January to combat the extra pounds we’ve accumulated during holiday indulgences.  With weight-loss choices ranging from organized meetings to magic energy bars and diet pills, we pick the one that will take of the weight quickly, but not necessarily safely.

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Building a Personal Injury Case

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

In general terms, personal injury is the practice of law that allows an injured person to seek compensation for injury that has been done to them by another party, whether it be carelessness or intentional.  Personal injury involves harm that occurs as a result of an accident, like a car accident , a slip and fall accident or a medical malpractice issue. Because no case is exactly the same, building a case can be a lengthy process.  Here are some basics that you can review for yourself to get a preliminary idea of whether you have a case that needs further attention. (We encourage you to always seek legal advice for additional explanations and concerns.)

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Violence Threats at Your Place of Employment

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

The holiday season brings about added stress to many employees, fearing a job layoff or that they won’t receive that promised Christmas bonus.  Many are laid off during the holidays as companies themselves struggle to find a balance for meeting the bottom line by year-end.  Added expenses and extravagant shopping racks up the credit card bills and people find themselves in a position of not being able to pay regular bills like mortgage, electricity and phone.  Struggling to make sense often means that people do whatever comes to mind to solve the problem, even is it means resorting to violence or killing.

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Stranded: What to Do When It Happens to You

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

While winter weather may mean the start of the holiday season, along with the joy of gift giving and family gatherings comes travel on roadways. We do what we can to be with our families even if it means travelling in storms, snow and ice.  Sometimes a snowstorm comes with warnings and we are prepared by adding chains to our tires, or stocking up on emergency supplies that we leave in our car. Other times, the wind and and ran is so harsh that it forces us to stop roadway travel while on the road no matter where we are.

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Skydiving and Other Risk-Related Sports: Accident and Injuries

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

In late November, two skydivers in Arizona were killed when they collided mid-air about 200 to 300 feet above the ground.  Another was seriously injured with life-threatening injuries.  In all instances, the canopies were open just as they should have been.  Could these collisions have been prevented? The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating these cases, as they do with any collision or accident that occurs in the air, and it may take some time before answers are revealed.

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Brain Injury and Head Trauma

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

Accidents of all kinds account for an enoumous number of brain injuries and head trauma annually.  Head injuries in any form are dangerous and potentially fatal, and fully devastating for all involved. Recovering from a brain injury could be next to impossible, as traumatic brain injuries still cause researchers and doctors to remain puzzled about certain operations involving the brain. 

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Accident Reports: What You Need To Know

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

Writing an accident report when you have been involved in an accident is often not the first thing on your mind.  You have police investigators to deal with, witnesses who you want to enlist, and coping with your own possible injuries and trauma.  But, accidents reports are very important, particularly if you plan to meet with an attorney who will help you with your personal injury case.  It’s best to have some items in hand when you do meet with an attorney, and keeping yourself organized will assist with any investigation. 

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Asbestos and Lead Paint: Not Always a Thing of the Past

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

With the cost of homes slowly on the rise, many of us are still looking for that perfect home at a reasonable price that might involve some do it your self home projects.  We take these homes on to save money and time, and the extra expense of contractors who may charge and arm and a leg to remodel our home into what we have in mind that will make it  a better place to live.  Most home repairs can be done effectively with a little guidance, instruction and taking the proper precautions so as not to cause an accidents.  Others are bigger tasks that may involve replacing than repairing ceilings and roofs, or scraping paint to repanel the walls.  What harm could there be?

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Holiday Home Injuries: Fires and Ice and Falls, Oh My!

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

The holidays are officially in full swing, and it’s an exciting time for everyone.  Our homes are decorated, our lights are up, our driveways are scraped, and the kids can hardly contain themselves with anticipation of receiving some favorite gifts from a special holiday visitor.  Along with all the festivities also come an array of accidents that occur specifically in and around the home during the holiday and cold-weather season.  Here are some likely injuries that can occur when you are doing tasks that you normally would not do the rest of the year:

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How a 30 Billion Dollar a Year Indian Casino Industry Has Left Its Native American Members in Poverty -A Brewing Scandal of Volcanic Proportions

December 10, 2013 | Leonard L. Finz, Former NYS Supreme Court Justice

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) became law in 1988.  It had the meritorious purpose of benefiting Native American tribes by allowing gaming ranging from bingo to Las Vegas-type gambling on their reservations.  But despite its good intentions, the law unfortunately has proven to be a failure.

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‘Tis the Season for Slips and Falls

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

Slips and falls account for numerous injuries and accidents annually. A slip and fall case can be minor, such as falling off a short curb and twisting an ankle, or more severe such as a fall that results in a head injury from hitting the head on pavement.  Slips and falls are not to be taken lightly and can occur for a multitude of reasons.  This type of accident can lead to serious injury that could hospitalize someone for weeks, particular if the victim is elderly where recovery time is much longer. Can you ever predict an area where a slip and fall could occur, and what can you do when it happens to you?

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Sandy Hook Elementary: One Year Later

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

Few tragedies affect us like ones involving children, and it’s likely none of us will ever forget the tragedy in Newtown in December 2012 when a gunman opened-fire in an elementary school killing his mother, 20 first graders and 6 teachers in this horrifying shooting spree.  Hearing about an injured child is heartbreaking, particularly where multiple children are involved.  Several questions remain unanswered, and many may never be answered. Families of both the victims and the killer are devastated, and may never heal from this type of loss. While developments have recently surfaced in the news about new findings in this case, many continue to wonder why

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Electric Shock: When It Happens At Home

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

Many of us have taken to do-it-yourself home repair.  With the cost of living and home maintenance high in so many parts of the country, we do what we can to cut costs here and there even if it means engaging in a tasks for which we have no training, or have never done before.  We read a manual and think we can easily fix a major plumbing project. We buy a part and know that we can take care of that leaky roof.  Or, we download a “home electrician” book and think we are experts at what lies ahead.  But, we are not experts in all things, and some of those home repair tasks are better left to the professionals.  Still, for the sake of time and investment, we tackle the task.  Here are some things to keep in mind when taking on an electrical job in your home.

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Common Home Accidents: From Cuts to Brain Injury

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

Americans love their homes; they do what they can to make it a safe place for friends and family by creating a stable and heartwarming environment for all who visit and live there.  We make sure our home is maintained so as not to cause accidents, and we do our best to make it a place where injury is avoided.  But, as we all know, the home can also be a scene of accidents ranging from light abrasions to head  injuries.  What are some of the most common household accidents and injuries?

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Traffic and Motor Vehicle Accidents: When a Morning Commute Becomes Deadly

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

Winter weather brings about all sorts of mishaps for those travelling to and from work, home and school.  With unexpected road conditions ranging from mild snow or rain storms, to construction zones, to full fledged ice storm or blackouts, it makes sense to continue to pay attention to the weather and traffic conditions no matter where you live.  Those living on the east coast have already experienced winter storms dumping a foot or more inches of snow in parts of the country. Many residents are forced to adjust their normal schedules to make their way around, particularly when it comes to commuting to work.

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Driving in the Snow: Common Sense Could Save Your Life

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

While many of us travel to work on a subway or bus, others take to driving their own vehicles to work on a daily basis, often in conditions that make the commute less pleasant.  Rainy and snowy weather are difficult enough; when icy conditions are added to the mix, treacherous conditions abound even more.  Knowing how to drive in unpleasant weather could be a lifesaver when you are confronted with having to do so.  Here are some things to keep in mind when the snow starts to fall.

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Holidays and Pets: What To Watch

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

The holidays bring about unexpected activity for pets and their owners, especicially for those who travel with dogs or visit homes with dogs.  Extra activity can make pets anxious.  In the past, we've talked about what you can do if you, your child or someone you know has been bitten by a dog.  There are steps to take, and actions to avoid when encountering dogs who may feel threatened.  Generally, we think a dog bite occurs to someone who is passing by a dog on the sidewalk, or petting a dog in someone’s home.  What we don’t often think about are dog bites that occur when we’re on a bike, scooter or horse.

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