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Legal News Archive: August 2014

Sports Arena Injuries: When You Are the Victim

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

The Bryan Stow verdict in Los Angeles was a huge victory for common sense. For years, businesses of all type have tried to maintain that they hold no responsibility for what happens in their parking lots.  These are usually minor issues, such as shopping carts dinging cars and fender-bender accidents because of improper design of the traffic flow.  But sometimes these issues are major, such as when a business fails to do anything to keep people safe from assault.

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Mesothelioma and Where You Live: What You Might Not Know

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

Finding the right place to rent can be very stressful.  There are so many variables in one’s search, including square footage, floor plan, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and of course, the simple question of whether it is affordable. We do our best to research the places that appeal to us, and to make a good choice.

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Diabetes and Unnecessary Medications for Elderly

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

Elderly Americans are among the most heavily-medicated demographic in the world.  Many of these medicines are necessary, contributing both to longer life and sustained quality of life. There is no denying the miracles of modern medicine, and how much worse off we would all be without it.  But, whenever there's profit to be made, there will be motivation for some physicians and drug companies to market medications that are not necessary.  At best, these medicines are placebos.  At worst, some of these medications even make things much worse.

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Schools and Illness: One More Worry for Parents

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

We live in an age of parental uncertainty, especially when it comes to the safety of our children at schools.  We worry about gangs and teenage pregnancy, about bullying and school shootings, and then about the more simple worries like broken hearts and bad decisions.  In Sacramento, California, a new and terrifying worry has emerged.

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Boat Accidents: Taking Time To Stay Safe

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

Safety is a major goal for all of us, and we all seek it in different ways.  Oftentimes, safety only comes from following rules.  This is especially the case whenever large groups of people have gathered and need to disperse.  There is a reason it is wrong to yell “fire” in a crowded theater.  When a large amount of people try to leave the same place at the same time, bad things can happen.

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Facial Reconstruction: The New Frontier

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

The Department of Defense spends hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons of war each year.  These dollars are spent protecting the United States of America, and now includes spending money on procedures that also help people instead of destroying them.

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GM Recall: A Little Too Late

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

After years of stonewalling and neglect, General Motors (GM) has finally announced terms of the settlement with victims of their faulty ignition switch. Kenneth R. Feinberg, the man in charge of resolving compensation claims, announced the details in a press conference on the last day of June, years and years after the issue first came to light.

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Dog Bites: Some Relief for Victims

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

People are drawn to causes where they feel they are making an active difference.  There are always fundraisers for important issues like cancer and diabetes, because the search for a cure is a powerful idea.  These are very noble pursuits, but one danger that sends thousands of people to the emergency room each year has been under-addressed.  Dog bites, to which most people give little thought, are one of the most common causes of serious injury in this country.

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Bridge Accidents: No Bridge to Safety

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

When we read or hear the words “bridge disaster,” most of us probably picture the same thing—a large bridge like the Golden Gate cracking in the middle and cars sliding off into the water below.  This is what happened after the terrible earthquake in San Francisco, and what continues to happen all over the world in the wake of natural disasters. These types of tragedies are, thankfully, very rare.  But these aren’t the only types of bridge disasters there are.

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Explosions: In the Wrong Place at the Worst Time

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

In cities and towns across America, mobile businesses have a huge impact on day-to-day life.  In smaller towns, roadside vendors and temporary kiosks on the town square for holidays and other events contribute meaningful tax dollars to a tight budget.  In larger cities, food trucks and food stands provide many of the same conveniences of fast food restaurants without the high overhead costs, resulting in cheaper prices and easier accessibility for consumers.

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Daycare Injury: When It's Difficult to Know

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

It’s hard to pick a daycare, but we do our best.   We tour the place ahead of time, and we ask all the important questions.  Unfortunately, this isn't enough.  A tour of the facility can be staged to hide any problems.  All the light sockets can be safety plugged and all the toxic substances can be locked up just as long as you are there.  All the staff can be friendly and smiling, and it can look like the kids are having a great time.  The snacks might be healthy and the schedule educational, but there’s no way to be certain that the most important rule of all is followed.  There’s no way to be sure that the caregivers are watching the children at all times.

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Recalled Devices: Medtronic In the News

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

At some point, it becomes very difficult to continue to give companies the benefit of the doubt.  Medtronic is fast becoming one of those companies.  Last year, Medtronic had six Class I recall events, where they were required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recall medical equipment that had a possibility to inflict gross injury or death.  That’s more than Johnson & Johnson, despite Johnson & Johnson being a much larger company.

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ATV Accidents: A Word to the Wise

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

Two more riders operating all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) died on back-to-back days in Wisconsin in July, and the local authorities are trying their best to educate local riders about the dangers of the hobby.  ATV accidents remain far too common in this country, resulting in hundreds of deaths and hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits.  Millions of dollars are spent on medical bills, and millions more are lost in wages when people miss work for long periods of time following serious injury.

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Pennsylvania Truck Accidents: The Forest and The Trees

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

Truck driving is a difficult job.  Not only are the hours incredibly long, there’s always pressure from upper management to get the job done faster than is sometimes safe.  Drivers are tempted to drive for too many hours straight, or to drive too fast.  But even those drivers who follow every rule of the road are still at high risk of death or serious injury for a variety of reasons, including the heavy weight the truck is hauling and difficulty controlling such a massive vehicle on some roadways.

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School Injuries: Leading with Our Heads

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

Leigh Starks knows a thing or two about football.  Over the years he has acted as agent for multiple generations of stars, including Troy Aikman, Ricky Williams and Ben Roethlisberger.  So when Leigh Starks writes something about football, we should pay attention to it.

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Summer Time Injuries at Your Favorite Park

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

It could have been worse.  That’s what we all keep telling ourselves.  It could have been much worse.  It could have been nearly any other ride at the park, and people might have died.  But just because it could have been worse doesn’t mean that it’s okay to display such a level of negligence, especially at a place that attracts so many young adults and children.

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New York Truck Accidents: Toxic Regulations

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

Reasonable people can disagree as to how involved the government should be in our day-to-day lives.  There are levels of involvement with which ech of us is comfortable.  What is inarguable is that if the government is going to bother intervening, they should make sure to offer equal protection to all people.  That is supposed to be guaranteed by the Constitution. 

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