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Legal News Archive: January 2014

With the Olympics on the Horizon, Accidents May Occur

January 31, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Rigorous training started months and years ago for many of the athletes we’ll see in the Winter Olympics games in Sochi this February.  From Lindsay Vonn’s recurring knee injuries, to the tragic accident involving professional speed skier, Michael Schumacher, we know that no matter how skilled an athlete may be, or how long the training may have taken place, an accident in any of these sports could be life threatening.  Most of us are not Olympic quality material, nor do we desire to be.  We are content enjoying winter sports for what they are, and doing our best to remain injury free.  We still test our limits and our talents, however, and too many of us will wind up in the emergency room from a skiing or other accident this year. 

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Despite Guidelines, Playground Accidents Still Occur - Warns New York Attorney

January 30, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Rules and regulations established by the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding playgrounds and playground equipment have done much to prevent accidents on playgrounds across the country.  However, no matter the guidelines we still see children injured in parks, school yards, and at home on a regular basis.  Accidents occur all the time from falling off a swing, to catching skin on a piece of jutting metal, to falling on asphalt at home.  It’s no surprise that children and playground injuries quite often go hand in hand.  Is there a way to prevent these injuries from occurring?

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New Year’s Resolutions Could Mean Injuries at the Gym

January 29, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The holidays are finally over for many of us across the country, and we’re ready to start back into work and life with new routines, energized spirits and a renewed outlook for health and fitness. For some, this means adopting new habits such as losing weight, and ditching unhealthy habits like overeating.  A gym membership may have been on your own personal wish list this year, or you may have decided to treat yourself to a membership once and for all.  A visit to the gym can be life changing—in more ways than one.

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Distractions Outside of the Car Can Prove Deadly

January 28, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We often think of distractions on the road that occur in the car when we are driving.  After all, a distraction is anything that takes our attention away from where we need to be at the time.  Driving distractions include cell phones, texting, children in the backseat, GPS devices and other forms of communication come your way while in the car.  But, distractions on the road also come in the forms of road signs, movie marquees, other accidents, amusements on the roadway, and other roadway sights and events that demand our attention.

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Accidents at Theaters and Public Venues

January 27, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The 2013 December news about a ceiling cave-in at a holiday show in London brings many to the awareness that accidents like this could occur in a flash and without any type of warning.  While parts of the building were in need of repair, there are many old buildings in London, other parts of the world and the United Stated.  That means, there could be a chance of this type of incident no matter where you are. 

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The Exclusion of a Juror Based Upon Sexual Orientation Is Not Allowed

January 23, 2014 | Leonard L. Finz, Former NYS Supreme Court Justice

Trial by jury was established by King John of England when the monarch affixed his royal seal to the Magna Carta in the year 1215. In part, the historic document advanced the proposition that a subject of the Crown involved in a court dispute would be judged by a jury of “his peers”. This lofty principle was later adopted by our new nation following the American Revolution. Thus, being “tried by a jury of one’s peers” is so time-honored as to be etched into the fabric of American jurisprudence even to this day.

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New York Attorney on Winter Fairs and Carnivals

January 10, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The spring and fall are not the only times that carnivals pop up around the country.  Jingle bells and making spirits bright mean festive times for all and those festivities continue long after visits from gift-giving heroes and new year celebrations. Every parent continues to look for ways to keep kids occupied no matter what time of year.  But, despite the fun and frivolity, there are still some accidents that can occur and staying safe at these venues will mean happier times for all through the new year and many years to come.

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Medical Errors in the Forefront

January 08, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Medical errors and misdiagnoses are never on anyone’s mind when one is admitted to the hospital, or visits a doctor for an annual or routine exam.  Yet, medical errors, sadly, happen more often than we want to realize.  While sometimes a disease surfaces more predominately in later months and still before it is too late, we tend to have faith and trust that our family physician knows our history and is performing the best course of action to put us on the path to wellness.  Unfortunately, there are many factors in our disfavor when it comes to the medical community and how we are treated.

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Winter Time Yard and Pool Accidents

January 07, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Typically, when we think of wintertime accidents, we think of slips, falls, and traffic accidents that are caused by temperamental weather conditions.  We don’t often think about what happens within the vicinity of our own homes. The winter season brings about a whole new slew of accidents and injuries that extend beyond the normal icy road and slippery sidewalk scenarios.

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Use Caution on Certain Parts of the Road

January 06, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We all know how much care we need to take when driving on the freeways, highways and roads in our communities.  We know that the infrastructure is created such that it offers the best flow of traffic in the most efficient way to get us from our starting point to our final destination.  We pay attention to the speed limit, we use our turn signals and we abide by most rules of the road.  But, what we might not often encounter on a daily basis are certain parts of the roadways that bring about other challenges in routine driving habits: areas such as bridges and tunnels, exit and entry ramps, and roundabouts.

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