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Legal News Archive: May 2014

Healthcare Proves One of the Most Dangerous Occupations

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

What do you do for a living?  Do you work in the health care industry?  If so, you might have chosen a career in health care because you saw it as an opportunity to make a living in an industry that is growing as the population continues to age. You feel the special calling to help others, and make the world a better place to live. However, you should not be complacent when it comes to your profession.

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Additional Info: Workplace Accidents

Protect Yourself Before and After a Chemical Explosion

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

An explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on April 17, 2013, killed 14 people, injured more than 250 neighboring residents and emergency responders, and destroyed more than 150 buildings. Twelve of the deceased were volunteer firefighters who responded to the explosion.

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Additional Info: Workplace Accidents

Summer Travel and Injury: Keeping Your Vacationers Safe

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

During the summer months, many travelers take to the roads and air for ideal vacations, family reunions and family getaways. We have our bags packed, our tickets printed, and we are ready for the adventure.  Our minds are already in vacation mode.  What could go wrong?  According to the Centers for Disease Controls—plenty can go wrong. Injuries and accidents ranging from boating accidents to plane crashes to escalator accidents, drownings, and amusement park accidents and more can loom in the future for those who are not careful when planning the vacation of a lifetime.

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Additional Info: Accidents

The Big Business of Identity Theft When it Comes to Medical Care

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

No matter how hard we try to be healthy, most of us eventually have to go to the hospital.  Sometimes those situations are life-threatening, such as after a car or motorcycle accident, and we might not be in any position to provide the necessary medical information to the doctors and emergency personnel who are saving our lives.  They rely on the information already in our charts, information that is sometimes wrong due to the rising danger of medical identity theft.

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Additional Info: Medical Malpractice

New York Attorney on Summer Camp Safety: Sending Your Kids Off

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

New York Attorney on Summer Camp Safety:  Sending Your Kids Off

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

Client-Attorney Relationships: Keys to a Good Start

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

Developing a base relationship with an attorney who has your best interests in mind is a good idea before something critical happens.  Attorneys in identified practice areas can assist us with estate planning, marital disputes and child custody, and personal injury.  Chances are you will need an attorney at one point in your life, whether it be for a personal matter, or a business issue.  The last thing you want is to be under pressure choosing an attorney with whom you are not comfortable.

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Additional Info: Personal Injury Overview

Swimming Pools: A Danger Zone for Children

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

Summer is just around the corner, and preparations are being made to ready our backyards and swimming pools for extra activity, family reunions and eager children.  Sadly, however, some states have already recorded their first fatality of 2014 caused by a swimming pool drowning. The Centers for Disease Controls cites startling statistics when it comes to demographics regarding pool accidents.  In fact, before the summer is over, many children will drown from pools in the backyard of a close friend or relative.  What can you do to keep your child safe during the summer months?

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Additional Info: Swimming Pool Accidents

Dangers in Your Home: Keeping Kids Safe

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

As our kids get older, we know we can’t keep our eyes on them every second of the day. They need to find their independence, and test the boundaries and limits that help them grow. We take general steps to make sure our home is safe, and that certain areas are off limits to little ones.  But, what about chemicals and cleaning products found in the home such as sprays that come in colorful bottles or the laundry detergent pods that resemble candy? Since 2012, more than 16,000 children under age 6 have fallen ill due to eating the laundry pods that fit in a clothes washing machine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Consumer Product Safety Commission have warned of the risk of these pods, and urge all parents to store them high and away where little ones won’t mistake them for something sweet and edible.

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Elevator Accidents and the Aftermath

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

In March of 2014 a 12-year old girl was seriously injured in an elevator-related accident in Soho. She had fallen 25 feet from the first floor to the sub-basement below.   The elevator had been out of service. This youngster is very lucky that the elevator was not operating when she fell into the shaft.  Many others are not so lucky.  Elevators accidents can result in severed limbs, broken bones, head and spinal cord injuries and other devastating and life-changing injuries.

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Motorcycle Accidents: More Frequent in Warmer Weather

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

When the weather around the country heats up, so does the urge to take it to the road and ride across country the way so many motorcyclists like to do.  As a result of more motorcyclists taking to the road, more accidents may occur, as well.  Some drivers just are not prepared for motorcyclists, no matter what the weather conditions. Drivers continue to be distracted, and unaware of motorcycles. 

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Accident Victim Vulnerability: Hospitals Sometimes Add Insult to Injury

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

We are never more vulnerable than right after a car accident.  When we are injured or even unconscious, we are in no position to make critical choices regarding the most cost-effective methods to obtain healthcare.  Most of us assume that, provided we have health insurance, we are covered if anything goes critically wrong.  That may not always be the case, however.

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Additional Info: Car Accidents

Food and Contamination: Be Careful What You Eat

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

In the centuries predating mass-production agriculture, people grew their own food. They grew crops and raised livestock and, as recently as the 1970s, a majority of American homes had stay-at-home mothers who prepared meals for their families. To use a cliché, times have changed. It’s much easier for mom or dad to pick up that evening’s dinner at a deli section at a grocery store or from a fast-food restaurant. Many find it is also much easier to follow the instructions on a package of processed food than it is to prepare meals using a family or favorite recipe.

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Additional Info: E. Coli Injury

Sharing Information With Caution: Cyber Bullying and Consequences

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

Recently the links between cyber bullying and suicide have caused many agencies to publish reports and cautionary advice about what to do to protect your adolescent in the face of the pressures they encounter on a daily basis.  Megan Meier killed herself after being bullied on MySpace in 2006, and is one of the earliest reports of a teen suicide linked to online bullying. More recently, in 2013, teenager Rebecca Sedgwick jumped to her death from atop a concrete plant in an effort to escape the aggressive online bullying from two Florida classmates. Are these cases rare? How often does cyber bullying occur, and what can we do to prevent these tragedies from happening?

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Additional Info: School Injuries

Emergency Evacuation and Public Works Responsibilities: Are You Ready?

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

In many cities and municipalities, the Public Works departments work hard to ensure that roads, sidewalks and public passageways are maintained and available for commuters. Their responsibility is to take care of government constructed areas used for recreation, employment, health and safety.  They take care of problems like ill-fitting manhole covers, chipped and sinking sidewalks on public property, removal of fallen trees obstructing roadways, and repair of water and sewer problems that could cause health hazards. In the wake of a disaster, Public Works departments work extra hard to ensure that problems are prioritized and handled quickly.  Sometimes, however, their response is not quick enough and accidents happen due to failure to respond or lack of access to certain areas.  You may need to take your own precautions to ensure safety for you and your family.

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Additional Info: Other Accidents

Distracted Driving-Keep Your Eyes on the Road

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

The late 1960s rock band The Doors sang, “Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.” Legend has it that the band’s late lead singer, Jim Morrison, came up with the lines after riding with his girlfriend to a cottage they owned outside Los Angeles. She was driving erratically. More than 40 years have elapsed since The Doors released that song, and the lines could now serve in a public safety campaign against the dangers of what authorities call “distracted driving.”

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Amber Alerts and Ways to Stay Safe

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

With so much technology in the world keeping us updated and tuned in with work events and on-the-fly news, we’re more vested that ever in the information that comes our way.  From traffic updates during our travels, to breaking news nationwide and internationally, to text alerts as part of an emergency crisis dissemination plan, to Amber Alerts that come as standard feature on our phones, we know how important it is to stay engaged in order to avoid causing further accidents. The more knowledge we have, the better. The old adage is true: knowledge really is power.

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Additional Info: Car Accidents

Ship Trappings and Sinking Ferries

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

Several vessels, including three cruise ships, were trapped off the coast of Texas last month from oil spills that prevented those routes to be used for travel.  In South Korea, a ferry carrying 425 high school students sunk, killing more than 200 with 90 or more still missing.  U.S. News and World Reports even sites the top worst eight cruise line accidents ranging in scope from engine fires, to pirate takeovers, to neovirus outbreaks, to running aground, to taking off from ports without heat, water or fuel.  Let’s face it, cruises and vessels like ferries offer an opportunity to see the world by water, even if it just on a daily commute. While cruising or ferry trips are not for everyone, those who do take part revel in the distinction enjoy opportunity others can only read about.  But, as we know from recent events, even the best of travel intentions can become disastrous.

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Additional Info: Ferry Accidents

Are There Dangers with Piercings or Tattoos?

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

Since the beginning of time, people have expressed their individuality through artistic piercings and tattoos. The more intriguing the better, as each addition gives more of a glimpse of the person wearing the embellishment.  There’s no concern for injury here, right?  Well, you may want to think again if you are considering a piercing or tattoo for the first time – or even if you want to be aware of what may happen if you continue adding to your collection.

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Turning the Tap Dry on Binge Drinking on Campus

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

In March 2014, newspapers nationwide carried accounts of the tragic death of an 18-year-old student at Arizona State University who was apparently intoxicated, lost her balance and plunged from the tenth floor balcony of an apartment complex. The woman earlier attended an off-campus party that a banned fraternity had sponsored. The authorities told the press that the party encouraged binge drinking because those who attended paid $30 for unlimited drinking. However, the fraternity admitted men for free if they brought three women to the party. (The legal age for drinking in Arizona is 21.)  Sadly, a surveillance video captured the woman unsteady on her feet as she walked through the apartment lobby, rode in an elevator and walked through a hallway to a friend’s apartment. Aware of her inebriated state, her friends took her inside to lie down, and left to attend another party in the apartment complex. After they left, the woman walked onto the balcony, straddled the railing, lost her balance and fell to her death.

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Bike Riding Healthy, Yet Potentially Dangerous

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

Riding a bicycle is an exuberant activity that all ages can enjoy. Schoolchildren ride bikes to get to and from school and visit friends. College students tool around campus to get to and from class and to their dorms or apartments. Families enjoy riding bikes together on warm, spring days. Riding a bike provides a practical activity for adults who want to improve their health and reduce their carbon footprints.

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