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Legal News Archive: December 2014

Premises Liability: The Most Dangerous Time of the Year

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

Holiday and New Years celebrations are among the most wonderful times of the year.  There are countless things to do to enjoy the holiday season.  There are lights to look at m holiday choirs to hear, and countless traditional performances to see in towns all across the country.  There are always dozens of ways to keep yourself busy and have a great time.

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Drunk Driving Accidents: What Drivers and Pedestrians Have in Common

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

It isn’t only drivers who need to be nervous on New Year’s Eve.  Actually, it isn’t even New Year’s Eve people should be worried about.  Data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration details that it is actually New Year’s Day itself that is the most dangerous day to drive, mostly because the majority of drunk driving takes place after the ball drops.

There is no way to completely protect yourself either.  You can call a cab to get you home, but the cab must still share the road with plenty of other drunk drivers.  In larger cities public transportation is a possibility, but there are serious dangers involved in boarding a train or a subway after a night of partying.  Even walking home is no good, as you still have to cross streets and hope a drunk driver doesn’t hit you.

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ATV Accidents: Rolling Over the Problem

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

When people imagine an ATV accident, many picture a high speed collision with a tree or other obstacle.  Some people will imagine falling off the vehicle while riding through the dunes or after hitting a bump in the forest.  While these type of incidents do occur, one of the most common causes of serious injury and death in ATV accidents is unanticipated by many riders.

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Construction Accidents: Good News Bad News

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

Housing is back!  This wonderful development is all over the news, and the uptick in construction jobs is a boon for many struggling communities.  Before the Great Recession, housing was responsible for a large percentage of jobs in many towns across the country, and when housing cratered it took those jobs with it.  Many areas of the country were economically devastated by the housing crash.

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Farm Equipment Accidents: Country Boy

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

Farms remain the center of family life for many Americans all across the country.  From California to upstate New York, from Texas to Wisconsin, farmers are the backbone of the country.  This style of living, though nowhere near as common as it was fifty or a hundred years ago, is still beloved by many people. Because of the strong family focus that is often at the center of these farms, it isn’t uncommon for everyone to be at work in the fields.  Even children can be put to work, and the children who are too young can still be carried out to the field to watch mom, dad, brother and sister work.

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Workplace Accidents: Down To Earth

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

It’s always good to reach for the stars.  Since the earliest days of recorded history, man has dreamed of reaching beyond Earth.  When that dream was finally achieved in the mid-20th Century, and especially when a man first walked on the moon, it seemed possible that one day we would all get to experience the wonder of outer space.

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Medical Malpractice: Pill Pushers

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

We put our absolute faith in doctors.  We trust them to save our lives, to save the lives of those we love.  We trust them to help us monitor our health and assist in making good choices for ourselves and our families.  We put more faith in doctors than we do in almost anybody else.  Unfortunately, not all doctors are worthy of that trust.

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Amusement Park Accidents: Free Falling

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

Twelve-year-old Brigitte Gallagher only wanted the illusion of flying when she climbed on the bungee ride at the North Carolina State Fair on October 17th.  She got a lot more than she bargained for when the ride malfunctioned and she fell to the ground, badly breaking her foot.  The illusion of flying wasn’t worth the reality of falling.

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Workplace Accidents: Measuring Unsafety

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

It sounds like a freak accident.  At a construction site in New Jersey, a tape measure came loose from a worker’s belt and fell fifty stories, striking another worker on the head.  Gary Anderson was rushed to the hospital but it was too late.  He was pronounced dead on November 3rd less than an hour after the accident.

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Toxic Exposure: Birth Defects and Fracking

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

Businesses always assume new technology comes without side effects.  No one paid much attention to radiation until Marie Curie suffered terribly from its effects.  Companies ignored the dangers of lead in computer monitors until landfills and water supplies were poisoned.  As far as the companies who created them were concerned, pesticides and fertilizers couldn’t possibly have negative effects.

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Drunk Driving Accidents: Far Too Common

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

Americans have mostly warmed up to the importance of bike safety.  After years and years of terrible accidents, most parents insist their children wear proper safety equipment when riding a bike.  Though at one time we were young and rode our bikes without head protection, we don’t let our kids.  The rules of the road are drilled into children’s heads from a very young age.

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Workplace Accidents: Folding Under Pressure

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

Once could be an accident.  Perhaps even a second mishap could be considered just incredibly bad luck.  But when incident piles on incident, it becomes difficult to believe that all the incidents are just accidents. 

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Mass Transit Accidents: Brotherly Love

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

Mass transit is all but unavoidable in big cities.  There just isn’t a more affordable and efficient way to get around.  Even if you own a car, parking can be expensive, and with traffic snarls there’s no guarantee you’ll get there any more quickly.  For the vast majority of urban dwellers, mass transit is really the only option.

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Medical Malpractice Birth Injury: First World Problems

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

Overall, Americans have it pretty good.  We live in one of the richest countries in the world, and we have options available to us on a daily basis that people in the developing world can barely even imagine.  We have fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats at the grocery store and thousands of hours of television programming on cable or through internet streaming.

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Workplace Accidents: A Slap on the Wrist

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

Seven thousand dollars.  Just seven thousand dollars.  After Ringling Brothers Circus put dozens of people at risk during a May 4th performance, OSHA fined them only seven thousand dollars.  While rigging up the equipment for their “Human Chandelier,” Ringling Brothers allowed too much weight to be suspended from one of the carabiners.  Not surprisingly, the carabiner failed under the excessive weight, leading to multiple injuries when the whole group of performers came tumbling down.

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Failure to Diagnose Coronary Artery Disease: Early Warning System

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

These days, pretty much everything has an early warning system.  Early warning systems were originally developed in case of natural disasters, such as earthquakes or tsunamis, to warm the public and allow people to seek shelter or safety before the brunt of the disaster struck.  But now there are early warning systems for bank fraud, teenagers at risk for dropping out of high school, and almost anything else you could think of.  People like early warning systems.  They help us feel safe.

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Medical Malpractice: Almost Unbelievable

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

Even if it’s true, it’s still almost unbelievable.

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