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Legal News Archive: June 2014

Traumatic Brain Injury: Keeping a Good Head on Your Shoulders

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

Most people who ride ATVs are aware of many of the dangers that accompany such a hobby.  Even so, there is one possibility that we do not always take into account.  It is normal to expect broken arms and legs, and even a small chance of death, but many people are unprepared for the possibility of traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

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When the Aftermath of Drug Use is Worse Than the Disease

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

Being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes is a terrifying experience, especially once your friends and families start sharing stories of people they knew who lost limbs or went blind because of the disease.  There are also the degenerative nerve conditions which often accompany the affliction.

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Are You Being Railroaded in Your Personal Injury Case?

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

A recent article by CBS local in the Dallas Fort Worth area draws attention to a lawsuit that has already been waiting years for resolution.  The families who filed are still desperately hoping that the court system provides them the justice they deserve.  In 2012 in Midland, Texas, a flatbed truck carrying over a dozen people was struck by a Union Pacific freight train, resulting in four deaths and sixteen injuries.  The survivors have been seeking closure ever since that terrible day, but have been stymied by the system at every turn. 

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When Medical Delay Means Death

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

When your diagnosis is terminal, you can’t wait an extra week or few days to receive the treatment you require.  Veterans all over America, and their families, have learned this devastating lesson as the Veterans Administration has continually pushed back necessary treatments for even the terminally ill.

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Watch Where You Walk

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

Walking is a healthy exercise that can begin at an early age. It requires a minimum investment: comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Parents can start children in the habit of daily walking at an early age, especially if they reside near schools, parks or shopping centers. Regular walking can help prevent childhood obesity. And, as an adult, one can walk to reduce weight and the risk of developing diabetes.

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Negligence and the Fine Art of Deflection

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

A tragic situation in Boston has left a young woman in critical condition.  Lizzy Scotland, 22, plunged two stories after damage to an elevator door left an opening large enough for a person to fall through.  The family has asked for prayers and privacy, desperately hoping their loved one will recover.   This type of accident could happen to anyone at any time, and there are few precautions a person can take to prevent it.  We can be vigilant about our surroundings, but living in fear isn’t an answer either.  All we can do is trust that the people in charge of keeping public spaces safe are doing their jobs.

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Automobile Accidents and The Great American Road Trip

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

In April 2014, three people were killed when the vehicle they were driving was struck by a pickup truck going 100 miles an hour just a short way from Flagstaff, Arizona.  The Hirayama family was on spring break and wanted to see more of the country. The family of four had traveled to see the Grand Canyon when they were killed by a vehicle fleeing police pursuit.

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Moderation in All Things, Even Celebration

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

After years of hard work, most people are ready to celebrate, and few celebrations are as exciting and well-deserved for young people than those that come after graduating high school or college.  With four years of hitting the books, people want to let loose for a little while and have fun, and graduation night is the perfect opportunity to burn off some of that pent up energy.

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Ferry Travel: Staying Safe on the Water

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

Many cities and towns use ferries for every day transportation. Ferries allow us to move across rivers and other waterways. If you followed the news during the spring of 2014, you might have been captivated, or scared, about reports of deadly ferry accidents overseas.

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Dancing in the Dark: When Premises Liability Becomes an Issue

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

The innocent revelers who were nearly killed in a terrible nightclub fire are finally finding some small degree of closure after a Washington judge has accepted a guilty plea from the man who started the blaze.  Musab Mohammed Masmari doused a staircase with gasoline, then lit it on fire, on New Year’s Eve in 2013.  Mass panic ensued as the clubbers hurried from the burning building.

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Hot Air Balloon Rides Not Always Safe

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

Hot-air balloon rides offer an exhilarating experience. Passengers can feel turbulence as the burners and air currents carry the balloons aloft. Balloons can climb more than 1,000 feet as passengers absorb stunning views of valleys, cityscapes, farmlands and mountains. For instance, a passenger in Yuba City, Calif., can see Mt. Shasta, the highest peak in Northern California, more than 100 miles away; such a view is rare from the ground in Yuba City.

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Recovering From a Workplace Accident

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

A terrifying accident in Portsmouth in recent months drew much needed attention to occupational safety.  A worker was pinned between a backhoe and another piece of heavy equipment while working to repave a parking lot outside a diner, resulting in his leg being horribly mangled.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the cause of the accident.

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Seek Attention: Even a Prescribed Drug Can Cause Permanent Damage

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

The National Football League has grown to be the biggest sports league in America, firmly overtaking baseball, basketball, and hockey.  Kids everywhere grow up playing the sport, and the Super Bowl is usually the most watched television of the year.  Millions of Americans skip church and other activities to watch nearly ten hours of football every Sunday, with three more hours on Monday and some Thursdays.

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Man's Best Friend Can Inflict Deadly Bites

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

It’s a cliché that dogs are man’s best friend. They serve as companions, and can protect us. However, dogs can bite—and at times unexpectedly—and those bites can be deadly.

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Car Accidents: When No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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

In Arizona, sixty-one year old Dennis Binkley will never know why the woman driving the other car swerved and struck the vehicle in which he was riding head-on.  When the driver of the Chevy Silverado suddenly crossed the middle line and struck the Captiva he was riding in, Dennis Binkley was killed almost instantly.  This tragic accident was all the more tragic because it was preventable.  The other driver swerved to avoid an animal in the road. 

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A Negative Nanny: When a Product is Recalled

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

Navigating the infant aisles at any major department store is a daunting task.  There are so many items to consider, and new and soon-to-be parents are already so overwhelmed with everything else going on in their lives that making choices about what toys and cribs and clothes to surround their child with can seem an insurmountable problem.  All a parent can rely on is the word of mouth of other parents, the honesty of the manufacturers, and that federal law is being correctly enforced.

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Pedestrian Safety: Cutting the Programs that Work

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

Good news came out of Columbia University in May, when a study from the Mailman School of Health revealed that New York City’s Safe Routes to School program was extremely successful, reducing accidents and saving the city, its medical system, and the people of New York hundreds of millions of dollars.  Of course this news came too late to save the program, which was cancelled last year.

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Train Accidents: Not to Be Taken Lightly

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

Train accidents can injure and kill people in addition to slowing travel and commerce. They become potentially more dangerous if they set off chemical explosions. Residents of Lynchburg, VA, learned about this firsthand in April 2014 when a freight train derailment destroyed three oil tankers, spewed black smoke into the sky and poured thousands of gallons of crude oil into the James River. The accident did not cause any fatalities or injuries. However, the city manager declared an emergency and temporarily evacuated an area of downtown. The oil spill also prompted officials downriver in Richmond, VA, to prepare to seek an alternative source for its water supply.

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A Single Spark Can Cause So Much Damage

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

Baseball is commonly considered the great American pastime, but don’t tell that to the millions of people who go camping every year.  Camping is an activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, young or old, alone or in groups with family or friends.  Americans have been getting back to nature for centuries, and many famous Americans, from Thoreau to Cody Lundin, have become national icons by sharing their adventures in the wilderness.

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A Public Health Crisis Could Be Coming

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

A mysterious rash of birth defects in Washington State has health officials asking the public for help in identifying the common cause.  More than 30 children have been diagnosed with anencephaly, a rare birth defect that results in a child being born missing part of the skull or part of the brain.  This strange occurrence, first noted by a Washington state nurse, has left the medical community baffled.

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