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Legal News Archive: April 2014

Drunk and Disorderly: When Driving is Not in the Equation

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

When we think of intoxicated behavior, many of us think of drunk driving or driving under the influence of other drugs and substances. But, drunken behavior does not occur only behind the wheel.  Many people have been injured or died as a result of drunk and disorderly behavior from people in restaurants, stores, and drinking establishments, even when the victim was not a direct part of the action.

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Additional Info: Accidents

Recalled Vehicles in the News: What You Need to Know

April 23, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A recent recall by General Motors has prompted many consumers to revisit websites and manufacturing details that provide more information about their own cars.  In the GM recall, it was said that the ignition switch column could become overloaded with weight from keys or a jolt of movement that could cause the mechanism to disengage. The specific cars affected by the recall went from a short list to a more comprehensive one which includes the following: Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice, Pontiac G5 Saturn Sky, and Saturn Ion.

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Additional Info: Ignition Switch Recall

Avoiding Climbing Accidents and Other Injuries from Extreme Sports

April 22, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With the weather becoming more favorable in many places around the country, residents have spring fever and are anxious to start moving around after a long winter incubation period in their homes. The flowers and sun beckon us to take our routine outdoor activities, and possibly try something new. Although many people cycle, walk, run and swim as their normal exercise, others take part in extreme sports such as rappelling, climbing, skydiving and parasailing. Is this the time you try a new sport, or will you stick with what you know?

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Crisis Simulation Exercise: Helping to Avoid a Disaster

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

Beginning in April and May, many high schools across the country enlist the assistance of local health authorities and agencies to perform a simulated crisis event on their high school campuses.  In preparation for prom nights, festive graduation nights and other activities that cause teens to joyride and party, the intent of these simulations is to show in real-life time what might happen if an accident occured. In most cases, the students are not warned that the event will take place, except for the few who are taking part as victims and actors of the scene. Such scenes could include a fatal car accident, a sniper shooting, or schoolyard bullying and beating.  Other students, unaware of the crisis exercise, are told to congregate in a football field, which has become the scene of the accident.  Seeing their friends “involved” is a sight many teens will never forget as real emergency responders arrive at the scene, students are transported via gurney and pronounced “dead” at the scene. Others cry in disbelief and struggle to regain composure.

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Additional Info: School Injuries

Good News for Backover Accident Prevention: A Feature in New Cars

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

By the year 2018, automakers will be required to install backup cameras in most new vehicles. This news comes from a many-years-long campaign to reduce backover accidents, accidents that injure and kill as many as 210 children and seniors each year.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized this ruling requirement for cars, particularly SUVs and minivans.  Even better news is that the feature will not break the bank . Costing only $140 per vehicle, and even less for those vehicles that already have in-dash displays, the results could be significant in reducing over 50 percent of deaths caused by backovers each year.

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Additional Info: Backover Accidents and Injuries

Are You Living With a Recalled Item?

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

Take a look around your home and in your yard.  Do you know the status of everything you have purchased as far as its dependability, probability for breakdown, or potential placement on the recall list? Chances are unless you subscribe to regular newsfeeds from an organization like the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), you’re not on the up-and-up when it comes to safety in your home from the products you use.  Too frequently do we find out about a recalled item before it’s too late, and some of those consumer products involved could actually cause injury or death.

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Decaying Bridges Put Motorists at Risk

April 16, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The folk duo Simon & Garfunkel released “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” in 1970. However, structural engineers and policy makers state the problem lies not with the water, but with the deteriorating quality of the bridges across the nation. In short, as a driver, you put your life potentially at risk when you drive over an aging, decaying bridge.

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A Hit-and-Run Accident is Often An Unsolved Mystery

April 15, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Hit-and-run accidents result in anger, confusion, revenge and often serious injury or death of the victim.  Because a hit and run is exactly what it says it is—an accident where someone is hit and the car takes off—it remains to be seen in many cases who was driving the vehicle. In some cases, the place of the hit-and-run is a place where other accidents have occurred, such as dangerous streets or intersections; others are isolated incidents that occur randomly in any given street in a number of towns across the country.  Many hit-and-run accidents happen in evening or early morning hours when people are driving home form bars, or taking an early shift to work, and visibility is impaired or non-existent. How likely is a hit-and-run to happen to you, and what can you do to prevent one from happening in the first place?

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Additional Info: Pedestrian Accidents

Highway Accidents: Staying Safe During Travel Time

April 14, 2014 | Fin

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Americans drive on highways and freeways on a regular basis for their commutes to work or for travel for business or pleasure. While some times of the day may prove to be better times for travel, not all of us have the advantage of taking to the roads at the optimum times. Distinct situations and circumstances come about from highway travel that we will not encounter when travelling on rural roads or city streets. What are some distinct situations that occur mostly on highways and freeways, and how can those situations be avoided?

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Additional Info: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Protect Yourself From Landslides—Before and After

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

Rescue workers in late March 2014 worked nonstop unearthing bodies swallowed by a landslide in Snohomish County, Washington that killed a number of people. The county’s emergency management director told reporters that officials invested millions of dollars after a smaller landslide wrecked the area in 2006. He also told reporters that residents knew the area was prone to landslides. A University of Washington geology professor told “The NewsHour” on PBS that logging occurred in the region years ago and could have been a factor in the landslide.

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Farmwork: One of the Most Dangerous Occupations

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

Have you thought about moving to the country and owning or working on a farm? Does the idea of escaping the high stress and crime of city life appeal to you? What about the possibility of expanses of wheat or cornfields instead of drab office buildings?  Maybe you prefer riding a tractor instead of being stuck in an office eight hours or longer a day and caught in bumper-to-bumper Manhattan traffic to and from work? Ready to listen to cattle, horses, roosters and other farm animals instead of jackhammers, honking cars and sirens? As appealing as the country life may be, you may want to think again.

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Additional Info: Farm Equipment Accidents

Medical Records and Other Tools to Help Your Personal Injury Case

April 09, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A personal injury case comes about when someone has been injured or killed as a result of someone else’s negligence. In the medical community, this is referred to as “failure to provide reasonable care.”  When there has been failure to provide reasonable care, doctors find themselves in the middle of a lawsuit. In a personal injury case, you will have the burden to prove that your injury (or injury or death of someone) was an accident that could have been prevented.  Personal injury cases range from dog bites, to construction accidents, plane crashes, slips and falls, and many more, and each case is completely different from one person to the next. When you decide to meet with an attorney to discuss your case, here are some items you will want to know or have on hand so you are well-prepared when the time comes.

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Additional Info: Personal Injury Overview

Plane Mysteries and Accidents: A Flight Gone Bad

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

Still fresh in the news is the tragedy of Malaysian Flight 370. While authorities have now concluded that the fateful flight ended in the Indian Ocean, a search is still underway to find parts of the plane and to find out exactly what happened. Speculation surrounding the incident originally ranged from terrorism, to hijacking, to a common flight error, to running out of gas, to many more stories and theories that may never surface.

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Risks to Bystanders: Police Chases and Stand-Offs

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

Even if you are not directly involved in a police chase or a standoff, those who are “innocent bystanders” can also find themselves in the line of fire for potential accident or injury.  While public officials do their best to restrain the public from moving closer to an actual or potential crime scene, there are always some who will want to be a part of the action by putting themselves in harm’s way.  People often think that nothing will happen if they are not the ones being chased, or the ones having a conflict with the police force; they think nothing of moving in closer to get a better view of what is happening.  But doing so may not be so smart.

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Additional Info: Pedestrian Accidents

Hazing: A Common and Hazardous College Tradition

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

Fraternities are a long-standing tradition at college campuses in America. They offer freshmen opportunities of a ready social life in an unfamiliar and large campus, help to forge lifelong friendships and leadership skills, and can lead to job and career opportunities. However, fraternities also have a dark side that is associated at times with drinking and other excessive activities. Fraternity members have engaged in activities that result in  disciplinary actions including expulsion.

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Additional Info: School Injuries

Amusement Park Rides: Risky and Deadly

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

Many of us have fond memories from our youth of visiting amusement parks and carnival rides at county fairs. Roller coasters and other rides provided quick, exuberant thrills in which passengers yelled and shrieked as they clung to their seats. High school graduates over the years reminisce about visiting Disneyland for grad night, during which they boarded thrill-seeking rides such as Space Mountain and the Matterhorn. Apart from being scared to wit’s end, the worst that generally happened was water splattering their clothes. As adults, we take our children and grandchildren to theme parks and carnival midways so they can experience the fast-paced rides. Is it always fun and thrilling?

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Chemical Burns and Salon Injuries

April 02, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When we treat ourselves to a spa day or a spa experience, we do not often think we are in the hands of those who could cause harm. After all, those who are in the profession of making others look better will surely handle our needs with care and concern, right?  In fact, customers at salons and spas have been affected by chemicals, burned from tanning beds, suffered skin abrasions from rough massages, endured skin cuts and punctures from tools used at manicures and pedicures, and more.  We put ourselves in the hands of professionals who are expert with these tools and mixtures because doing so ourselves does not give us the results that we want. Do we take it too much for granted that they know what they are doing when, if fact, they may not have had proper training?

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Additional Info: Toxic Exposure

Natural Gas Dangers: Your Home Could be at Risk

April 01, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Many homes and business use natural gas for its economic advantages.  However, while natural gas burns a lot cleaner than coal, it comes with potentially deadly risks. Because it is odorless, utility companies supply the gas with a rotten egg smell to alert customers to a leak.

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