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Legal News Archive: July 2014

Staying Safe in Water During the Summer

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

Water sports are popular recreation for families, particularly as we are right smack in the middle of summer. Using personal watercraft offers the thrills of gliding on lakes and placid rivers with the sun baking your face and water splashing on you. It might as fun as a water-related ride at Disneyland or another amusement park, without having to wait in line.  However, you can face serious injury and death if you are not careful, and if other water enthusiasts are reckless.

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Defective Drugs: What We Don't Know Until It's Too Late

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

The rash of school shootings and other acts of violence that has rocked the United States is a terrible tragedy.  As human beings, we seek to make some sense of things, but it seems the few answers we find just lead to more questions. After Columbine, we thought addressing school bullying was the answer, only to discover that many of the perpetrators don't fit the traditional model of a bullied teen. Politicians constantly fight over how to handle these situations. Some believe that gun control is the answer. Others believe that the culture of American has to change. Despite all this arguing, we seem no closer to an answer than we were at the beginning.

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Automobile Accidents and Reports: Hidden Items You Need To Know

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

A recent investigative report out of Atlanta, Georgia draws attention to a consumer safety issue that has not received much press.  An investigative reporter for Channel 2, Jim Strickland, unveiled that there is a lot more to discovering the safety of a used car than just checking the accident report.

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School Bus Accidents: Not Always a Vehicle Crash

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

There is some degree of danger every time we let our child ride in a vehicle, be it our own car or a friend’s. There is always the chance that an accident can occur, and we do our best to make sure that the rules of the road are being followed. We teach our children to wear seatbelts and not to distract the driver.  We do not let those we consider untrustworthy to drive our children anywhere.

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Injuries and the Elderly: Spinal Cord Injury Concerns

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

The greatness of a society can be measured by how it cares for its most vulnerable populations, including children and those with disabilities. One often neglected population is the elderly, who often need more care and commitment than many people are willing to provide.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents: Despite Slow Speeds, Dangers Come With Golf Carts

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

Motor Vehicle Accidents:  Despite Slow Speeds, Dangers Come With Golf Carts

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All-Terrain Vehicles: Fun to Ride But Still Potentially Dangerous

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

All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, offer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors that entail less physical exertion than hiking. They can take us on dirt roads and trails in forests and deserts that are inaccessible to conventional cars. They cost much less than Jeeps and other four-wheel-drive vehicles, and you can load them in your pick-up trucks.

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Gun Violence at School: Being Aware is Key

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

When many of us were growing up, we did not fear that our lives would be at stake in the hallways and classrooms at public schools. Jealousies over boyfriends and girlfriends occasionally broke into fights, but the worst thing that could happen was a student requiring medical attention. Society has changed over the past 20 years. As parents, we have good reason to fear that our children will not survive another day, even in those smaller towns considered safe.  A mentally ill adult—or bullied or alienated student—might burst on to a campus with a gun to kill students and teachers.

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Recalls and Baby Furniture: Safety First

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

Children are expensive, and babies can be particularly expensive.  Diapers alone run hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars a year, and babies grow so fast that they switch sizes a half dozen or more times before they are 18 months old.  Given this, it’s no surprise that people look to save a few dollars when buying baby clothes and furniture at secondhand stores and yard sales.

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Out of Sight But Never Out of Mind: Daycare Injuries and Risks

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

Dropping your child off at daycare for the first time is a rite of passage for a lot of Americans.  For many families, it’s almost impossible to get by without two paychecks, so both mom and dad work. And, for single parents, daycare is often the only option for childcare while at work.

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One Second Away: When an Injury Means a CT Scan

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

You only have to look away for one second.  You’re doing everything right to childproof your house. You have protectors in every light socket, every cabinet secured, and child gates keeping your kid from any dangerous part of the house. Your cleaning supplies are kept on a high shelf in the laundry room, where there is no way the kids can get to them.  But it can still happen to you. You look away for one second, and your child is bumping his head on a corner or a piece of furniture.

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Lawnmower Accidents: Questions Unanswered

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

A tragic accident near Bradley University has left a student dead and more questions than answers.  The young man, working on a lawn crew, was found in critical condition next to the riding lawnmower he used to do his job. He was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. The coroner determined Bradley was killed in a lawnmower accident, likely crushed by the lawnmower he was using.

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Grad Night: When Teen Antics Become a Game of Death

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

The tragic drowning of a young man in Georgia has reminded parents of how dangerous “Grad Night” can be.  Eighteen-year-old Chance Werner had just graduated high school hours earlier when he and his friends decided to play a game they called "the shopping cart game."  The kids took turns being pushed to the edge of a dock in a shopping cart, hoping to be rocketed through the air and enjoy some cheap thrills.  The cart was tied to a pole to provide the necessary torque, but in this case, Chance tied the cart rope to his belt loop.

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Paying the Price for Defective Drugs

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

The commercials are on every football game, giving a name to a long-time struggle for many men. Low-T was unheard of for decades, but now is coming closer and closer to being a household term, just as happened with ED after Viagra became heavily advertised.  For many red-blooded American males, the only option they see for dealing with diminished testosterone is to go on a supplement or take one of the medications they see advertised every Saturday and Sunday.

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Airplane Accidents: Danger at 10,000 Feet

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

Regardless of the sport, practically everyone starts out as an amateur. That is why we pay good money for experts to teach us tricks of the sport trade, and keep us safe when we are just starting out. Usually if the expert does not do a good job, we’re simply out some time and money. But, when the new activity is dangerous, death or dismemberment can occur when we place our lives in the hands of these trusted professionals.

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Tractor Trailer Accidents-Fatigue and Fatality

July 09, 2014 | Leonard L. Finz, Former NYS Supreme Court Justice

Several weeks ago, Tracy Morgan, a celebrity performer, having appeared on the stage of an Atlantic City casino hotel, was returning to New York City with a fellow performer when the limo he was in was violently struck by a tractor trailer. The impact was so severe, killing the passenger and sending Morgan to the hospital where he is still fighting for his life. The cause? The driver of the heavy rig allegedly fell asleep at the wheel.

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Medical Malpractice: Inappropriate Care for Veterans and Beyond

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

The ongoing tragedy of Veteran’s Administration mismanagement is just the latest in a long line of controversy surrounding our veterans. Not only have there been dozens of confirmed fatalities linked to the VA hospitals, but new reports indicate that the administrators systematically changed files to hide the fact that their own mistakes had led to the death of so many heroes.

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A Potential Breakthrough for MRSA Relief

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

There is new hope for people suffering from a particularly dangerous strain of Staph infection.  Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus, or MRSA, has become the scourge of hospitals around the country, and is now becoming more and more common in other environments. Restaurants are testing positive for it on their tables and silverware, and the people you brush against on the New York subway or city street might have it on their skin: not something we want to think about.

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Fireworks: No Holiday From Safety

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

We’ve all heard the stories.  A seventeen year old lights a firework and begins to count to six or ten, knowing that’s how long the fuse is supposed to be.  But something goes terribly wrong:  the fuse is shorter than it should be, and it blows up in his hand.  Each year, dozens of individuals are horribly injured in situations just like this.

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Truck Accidents: Asleep at the Wheel

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

It took far too long, but authorities are now paying attention to the crash that took the life of one comedian and left comedian and actor Tracy Morgan critically injured.  The truck driver who caused the crash had not slept for over 24 hours, according to a newly filed criminal complaint.

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Amusements and Bouncy Houses: A Bad Bounce Makes for a Bad Day

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

As parents, we all want our kids to be able to cut loose and have a good time, especially at parties.  We remember our own childhoods, and we frequently assume that since we didn’t get hurt, the toys we played with are safe for our own children.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

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When Those Who Provide Care Don’t Care

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

It can be a heavy emotional burden when we are finally forced to put a family member into a nursing home.  Oftentimes we make this tough choice because we are no longer able to provide the necessary care.  Accepting our own limitations can be exceptionally hard, but it is something we must do in order to ensure the health and safety of our loved ones.

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