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Legal News Archive: October 2014

Halloween Amusements: The Scariest Time of the Year

October 31, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Every year it seems like Halloween becomes more and more popular, reaching the point where stores devote as much space to Halloween costumes and decorations as they do for Christmas. Costume stores open in many communities for just a few months each year, as Americans spend millions on materials that will give them just the right look.  And, just like with Christmas, the tendency is to want to stretch the holiday as long as we can. There are haunted houses and trick-or-treating events in malls and on town squares, and there are pumpkin patches.

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School Injuries: Bullying in the Classroom and Beyond

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

Bullying comes in many shapes and forms, some of which have sadly become an accepted part of American culture.  Most of society has turned against the more dangerous forms of bullying at elementary schools and high schools, but colleges still seem to view the harsh treatment of others as part of a rite of passage, and many high school athletics have the same view.

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Distracted Driving: Zombies Among Us

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

The Walking Dead has become one of the most popular shows on television, and games like Plants vs. Zombies and Call of Duty feature zombies in prominent roles.  There are dozens of theories for the rising popularity of the undead, but there is no clear answer just where the current fascination with the undead comes from.  Zombies are everywhere in modern America, waiting for the perfect opportunity to devour a person's brains.

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Airbag Recalls: When You Are Told To Stay Calm

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

Car manufacturers sometimes start by downplaying a situation:  Stay calm, there’s nothing to worry about.  The first sign that something is really wrong is when we are told that the situation is under control, or that it was only an isolated incident. It was only a few airbags that malfunctioned, they insist, justifying it as a “margin for error” in the process. Who cares if the margin for error costs someone their life?

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Pedestrian Accidents: No Walk in the Park

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

Parks are supposed to be open to everyone.  Children play in them.  Couples walk through them holding hands.  People have parties and barbeques and other get-togethers at them.  A great park is an important part of any community, and no park is more famous than Central Park.  Because of its size and beauty, it is the standard against which other parks are compared.

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Drunk Driving: One of Your Own

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

It can be hard to learn a lesson just from watching the downfall of others.  We always assume that we are somehow different, and that those same terrible things can’t happen to us.  We have a better idea of just how tired or drunk we are, and we would never drive if we thought we would put others at risk.

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School Bus Accidents: Seeing a Pattern

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

Sometimes we see patterns that just don’t exist.  After all, the human mind likes to make sense of chaos, and we try to make sense of the terrible events that occur around us.  It is important that we don’t just assume that correlation equals causation.  But sometimes there really are signs of systemic problems, and it is important that we don’t ignore them.

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Defective Drugs: An Aspirin A Day

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

You rarely hear or read about it, but it seriously affects the health and welfare of thousands and thousands of Americans.  It can have almost no symptoms, and yet lurk in your system just waiting for the worst possible time for a clot to break free.  It can cause stroke or even death.  And for too long, the only treatments for deep vein thrombosis have carried very high risks.

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Concussions: A Real Breakthrough

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

CBS in Los Angeles has reported an exciting breakthrough in the treatment of concussions and other brain injuries.  James Lechleiter, a professor, has proposed a pill that, when given soon after the injury, can prevent the worst symptoms of concussions.  This is the first potential true breakthrough in the treatment of this devastating condition.

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Subway Accidents: Insanity Is...

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

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that insanity was “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  If this is true, then some of those in charge of the subway system in bigger cities should be investigated.

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MSRA: Dangerous Learning

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

The whole point of a school is to be a center of learning.  We send our children from kindergarten to high school with the expectation that they will receive an education.  Learning is viewed as the key to getting a good job and making good money.  A quality education is the basis for a successful society.

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Farm Equipment Accidents: Unsafe Conditions Despite Demands

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

Reports of a bumper crop should be great news for everybody, but farmers and other agricultural concerns aren’t too pleased.  More corn means lower prices, as the law of supply and demand leads to undercutting in the marketplace.  Difficulties storing the large harvest for later use only make this worse, as the sellers are all afraid they won’t be able to unload all of their product.

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Chemical Burns: The Acid Test

October 13, 2014 | Fin

The modern age has gifted us with hundreds of different chemicals, each with different purposes and safety instructions.  Many of these chemicals are incredibly useful, which is why we are willing to risk using them despite their inherent dangers.  Thankfully, manufacturers provide us with detailed information through MSDS sheets.  Unfortunately, very few in the general public are aware of their existence or know how to find the important information on them.

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Electrocution: The Electric Company

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

A tragic tale out of Tampa, Florida reminds us all of the danger that surrounds almost every building in America.  A 22-year-old young man heard a loud boom, looked outside to find the fence was on fire, and rushed out to try to keep the fire from spreading while his grandmother called for help.  There was no way he could know there was a downed power line in the neighbor’s yard, and that standing water would carry the current to where he was standing.  He was pronounced dead as soon as he reached the hospital.

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Brain Injury: The Seen vs. The Unseen

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

We have all seen the physical devastation wrought by terrible accidents.  We have all seen people with horrible scars, people in wheelchairs, people racked by pain on an hourly basis.  We are all very familiar with these awful outcomes.  But all of these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what can happen when a person suffers an injury, particularly a head injury.

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Trip and Fall Accident: It Happens to Everyone

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

You’re afraid to tell anyone.  Everyone will just assume you were clumsy, or old, or not paying attention.  So you don’t mention it, coming up with some flimsy excuse for how you hurt your hand or your back.  You don’t want people to think badly of you.  You let your embarrassment win out over your good sense.

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Truck Accidents: Bigger in Texas

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

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the scale of their attempts to make sure that the trucks that drive I-10, I-45, I-20, I-35, US 59 and the other major roadways are safe.  The plan is called “Operation Roadcheck,” and it’s been going on for twenty-seven years now.  But just because the truckers know that it’s coming doesn’t mean the authorities aren’t still catching more than their fair share of problems.

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