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Legal News Archive: February 2014

The Proper Car Seat Makes All the Difference

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

We hate to hear that a quick trip to the store results in an injury to a child, but it can happen when another vehicle hits your car.  Were you smart, and are you smart everyday, when travelling with small children? What about the time you think you are gong to make a quick trip and you forget to install the car seat in your car?  A loose child in a car is like a pinball on a machine—one bump leads to two and more as they are ricocheted inside the vehicle when there is sudden and forceful impact.

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Your Personal Injury Case: Being Prepared is Key

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

Personal injury cases are difficult and time-consuming for you, the victim.  You are dealing with insurance claims, hospital bills, family devastation, injury or death aftermath, calls from law firms, and many other activities that occupy your time. You’re overwhelmed at the information coming at you, and the information that you must provide in order to move forward. Despite everything you must do, there are some ways to stay on top of the situation and find an attorney who will work with you to help you settle quickly and effectively.

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Animals at Zoos – Not as Cute as They Appear!

February 26, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

If your family outing this week includes a visit to a zoo or wildlife park, you know how exciting it can be to be up close and personal with those critters. Many spectators enroll in feeding sessions, animal petting opportunities, safari trips and other ways to see and visit with animals we would never see in the suburbs.  We believe that the authorities and park rangers know our risks and dangers, and that they would never put us in harm’s way.  But what about those of us who still want to take chances—on our own?  Doing so may not be the best way to ensure that we will see the animals again.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

Blind Spots and Back Overs: Take Special Precautions in Your Vehicle

February 25, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Many children die each year as a result of accidents caused by blind spot–accidents more commonly referred to as “back over” accidents.  The website www.kidsandcars.org discusses their mission toward making the term “blind spots” be known as “blind zone.” The area that constitutes a blind spot has previously referred to the spot beside a vehicle that prevents the driver from seeing an oncoming car when changing lanes. Blind zone more appropriately defines the space as the several feet of distance where a driver does not see what is behind the car.

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Any Celebration Can Cause an Accident

February 24, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New Year’s Eve is not the only night that proves festive.  The new year itself brings about a whole new round of birthdays, city celebrations, graduations and more. Celebrations can be the scene for many mishaps ranging from drunk driving, to electrocutions, to slips and falls and much more, no matter what the occasion. As we ease into the first quarter of the new year, it is our goal to end the year on a positive note.

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Falls and Fractures Lead Injury Among Seniors

February 21, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Just as we try to protect and prevent injuries among our children on a daily basis, so do we try to take care of our parents when they begin to experiencing difficulty moving around. As careful as we are not taking away their independence, we know that they need a little bit of extra care and watching as their bones become more fragile with age. Broken bones resulting from falls and fractures can lead to major surgeries and life-threatening injury.  What are some of the reasons that seniors fall into the category of falls and fractures, and what can be done to prevent an incident from happening?

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Injuries at Superstores and Grocery Stores

February 20, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

How safe are you as a consumer?  You might think that you do your homework before purchasing a big-ticket item, or that you scrutinize the fine print on any warranties for appliances.  But, how safe are you really when you are in the store itself?  We don’t often think of protecting ourselves in the store once we are there.  After all, the store makes sure that their aisles are free from water and debris, that all products are within a safe reach, and that parking lots are well marked.  Right?  Think again.

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Medical Malpractice: Is Your Doctor Paying Attention?

February 19, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Medical malpractice cases hit the news every day, and one in particular has been standing in the forefront since its occurrence last year.  In this case, the hospital continues its fight in 2014 to prove they did nothing wrong when treating a 26-year-old doctor who was admitted with severe headaches. Her death occurred from blood clots and an aneurysm which the family believes should have been diagnosed, treated and easily overcome. This case is not a singular case. Patients are admitted all the time to hospitals and treatment centers across the country and receive inappropriate, misdiagnosed, or substandard medical care.

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Pedestrian vs. Car: Who is to Blame?

February 18, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pedestrian versus car accidents occur in many parts of the county, and the number is not dwindling. At first glance either party could be to blame for a tragedy that could have otherwise been avoided.  In New York, it is beyond many of us that people take the chances they do when it comes to their own safety.  From texting and using cell phones in the car, to texting and using cell phones when walking, the dangers are even more prevalent in a society where distractions are never-ending.  Both vehicles and pedestrians must pay attention when it comes to ensuring their own self-safety.  But, paying attention is not the only way to keep us safe.  Some other common sense applications include:

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Choosing the Right Babysitter: Avoiding An Accident

February 17, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We have all heard the horror stories about daycare abuse and injuries. As a result, some of us have resorted to having an in-home babysitter instead of putting our kids in the hands of a center who has to watch several children at one time. While using our neighbor or best friend may seem like a viable and trustworthy solution, you may want to think twice.

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Save Your Life with Recall Notices

February 14, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Are you keeping up with the news on recent recalls published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission? This organization provides updated news on recalls involving home products and appliances, children’s clothing, baby products, and much more.  Subscribing to a service such as this could mean all the difference between purchasing a recalled product that is still on the shelf or in your home, and seeing the other side from a potential injury or fatality.

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School Injuries: Not Limited to the Playground

February 13, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In a sad turn of events, we hear more often than not of shootings taking place in and around schools all over the country.  Long gone are the days where we worry about our child falling off a piece of playground equipment; now we worry that the injury that day could end up so much worse than we ever imagined.  Aside from sitting next to our child every second of the way on the school bus to and from school, we know what we must place a certain amount of trust in the instructors and protectors of our children. Government rules and regulations come into the forefront with the debate and  controversy surrounding school related violence.  What can you do in the mean time to ensure your children are protected?

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Snowmobile Accidents and Fatalities: Can They Be Prevented?

February 12, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With winter snow still on the ground in many areas around the country, winter activities like skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling remain in full force. Those who enjoy outdoor winter sports revel in riding their snowmobiles in seemingly perfect conditions. Properly packed snow makes for ideal skiing and snowboarding. Most of the time the runs and rides are incident free, but what about the vehicles that fail to yield, or the ones that lose control, injuring or causing death to the sports enthusiast?

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Shocking News About Downed Power Lines

February 11, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In an unusual turn of events, a man lost his arm by electrocution when he poked a dead bear that was in his path. He poked the bear with a metal pole.  What he did not know was that the bear had been lying on a downed power line. The man lived, luckily, but others are not so lucky when it comes to downed power lines. Had he received more voltage, he surely would have died by electrocution. Downed power lines are deadly, no matter how safe they appear.  A downed power line does not mean a dead power line.  Here’s what you need to know before you go poking around where you should not:

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Sports Events and Fan Violence: Brawls that Turn Deadly

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

America is known for sports fans through their dedication, team spirit and family legacy.  We cheer and support everything from our kids’ games to the professional tournaments like the Final Four and the Super Bowl.  Some of us know how to channel that energy in healthy ways and keep our spirits in tact.  But, what about the fan who goes overboard turning the venue into an all-out brawl because of team rivalry? How far do we go when we show our allegiance to our favorite sport?

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Workplace Accidents Declining but not Cause for Complacency

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

Workplace accidents, both fatal and nonfatal, are declining throughout the United States, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor which was released in 2013. However, employers and employees alike should not lull themselves into complacency as a result of this decline in workplace accidents. Workplace accidents can maim, severely injure and even kill employees, not to mention a reduction in productivity and increase costs for employers. Workplace accidents occur in many job categories, from a corporate office to high-risk jobs such as construction and other areas of public works.

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Wrongful Diagnosis: When a Case of Flu Takes a Turn for the Worse

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

This year already, more and more people are finding themselves sick with colds, flus, viruses, bronchitis and pneumonia.  Doctors have become so routine in their treatment methods that they barely check the patient before prescribing the standard Z-Pak, sending the patient off to have the prescription filled.  But what happens when the illness turns septic, or severe enough to have warranted hospitalization in the long run? 

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Chemical Spills in the Home and Workplace

February 05, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

What is so unique about a chemical or toxic spill? This type of incident happens all the time, even though we might not hear about it in the news. At home, you think you have your home repair or maintenance under control when working with pesticides or other chemicals.  You wear safety goggles and all the right clothing, and you read the instructions for proper usage.  But, what you don’t plan for is when the container tips over because you did not see it behind you, or you inadvertently spray an area of your skin or clothing.  Now what?

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Drowning Leads Cause of Death Among Children

February 04, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Next to birth defects that are potentially fatal, drowning leads the list as the number one cause of death among children under the age of five, and includes mishaps such as swimming pool incidents and bathtub incidents.  Turning your head away for just one second could mean all the difference between a healthy baby and one who end up with brain damage—or worse.

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The Roads are Slick: Knowing What To Do Can Prevent Accidents

February 03, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We hear of accidents and injuries again and again when it comes to any type of severe weather conditions. We remind ourselves how to travel in snow and ice—conditions that are tangible. However, we do not often think of how slick the roads can become during these storms.  After all, we cannot avoid the road, and we are busy paying attention to avoid other distractions. How does driving on slick roads differ from other types of road conditions, and what can you to do keep yourself safe? 

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