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Legal News Archive: February 2015

Airplane Accidents: When Information is Unavailable

February 27, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When a US Airways jetliner crashed in Philadelphia on March 13th, 2013, the early reports indicated that a blown tire and gusting winds had caused the jet to skid off the runway.  There was no reason for the nearly 150 passengers to ask any more questions.  They thought they knew what had caused the accident that could have cost them their lives.

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Subway Accidents: Not Always Answers

February 26, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When one person is dead and eighty are injured, there should be answers.  When an electrical malfunction in a subway train puts hundreds at risk, there should be answers.  When public funds pay for the installation and maintenance of public transportation, there should be answers.  And yet, there still aren’t answers.

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Premises Liability: The Information Is Out There

February 25, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It has never been easier to be a landlord. Before the advent of the internet, landlords were on an island when it came to making sure they were doing what was right for their tenants.  There was a lot of guesswork involved, and that guesswork could have tragic implications when an accident occurred because the landlord had no idea how to make the premises safe.  Thankfully, there are now thousands of websites a landlord can visit to make sure they are keeping things as safe as possible.

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Finz & Finz, P.C. Wins Important Motion against Nassau County on Road Design Defect Case

February 24, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Finz & Finz, P.C. commenced an action against the County of Nassau on behalf of a client who suffers from brain damage as a result of a single-car accident, alleging that the accident occurred as a result of the County’s negligence in failing to conduct a study of the traffic conditions at the accident location.  As a result, the County negligently placed a traffic warning sign, which was intended to warn drivers that the road ahead curved, behind foliage, which impeded the plaintiff’s ability to see the sign.  As the plaintiff did not have time to properly navigate the curve, he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree.

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Birth Injury: Braxton Hicks and Premature Births

February 24, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Braxton Hicks.  Every expectant mother has heard those words.  Braxton Hicks contractions are the warm-up to the real thing, esentially, practicing for the big day.  As the due date approaches, women become accustomed to feeling the tightening of Braxton Hicks contractions.  At least, that’s what the expectant mother thinks she is feeling.

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Workplace Accidents: Long-Term Financial Outcomes

February 23, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Though the study was conducted halfway around the world, it’s implications are equally true for people in America as for people in Europe.  The Economic Consequences of Accidents at Work was authored by Gabriele Mazzolini of the School of Economics and Finance of Public Education in Milan and was published in January, 2015.

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Accidents: Negligence and Dangerous Incentives

February 20, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When you incentivize speed over safety, all you do is guarantee that tragedy comes quickly.

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Birth Injury: A Web of Success

February 19, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Having a child born prematurely brings with it a host of potential health issues.  Some of these are very well known.  Children who are premature often have difficulties breathing, especially if they are more than six weeks early.  Premature babies also can have difficulty feeding and gaining weight.

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Medical Malpractice: Across the Board Medical Errors

February 17, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety has released its most recent findings, and they aren’t very good.  The Center tracks public health outcomes for the state of Massachusetts, and was created in response to the death of a 39-year-old mother of two due to medical error.  The center was founded over a decade ago, and though things have become better over time, there is still a long way to go.

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Bicycle Accidents: Known But Not Acted Upon

February 13, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The story plays out the same way again and again.  No one pays much attention to bicycle safety until a cyclist is struck by a car and either badly injured or killed.  The local media finally brings attention to the dangers of being a bicyclist surrounded by massive automobiles, and city councils or state governments move to change laws to make things safer.  But by the time the new law comes up for a vote, everyone has forgotten about the terrible tragedy, and nothing ever changes.

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Nursing Errors: Medication and Computer Errors

February 12, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Computers don’t make mistakes, or so we're told.  One of the advantages of computerizing medical records, prescribing systems, and other systems is to eliminate the chance of human error.  People make mistakes, but computers can only do what they are programmed to do.

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MRSA: Wrestling with Infection

February 10, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

MRSA is everywhere.  Once mostly contained to hospitals and other medical facilities, the drug resistant strain of Staphylococcus has now spread to schools and supermarkets.  It can be spread by surfaces or from person-to-person.  The person-to-person form of transmission has just been illustrated in a particularly terrifying case out of Minnesota.

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Drunk Driving: Unsafe Motorways and Waterways

February 09, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

By now everyone is aware of the danger posed by drunk drivers.  We have all heard the terrible stories of death and dismemberment on the streets and highways of this country.  But drunk drivers don’t just present a danger on the roads.  They present dangers on rivers, lakes, and even on the ocean, as well.

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Dog Bites: Meddling

February 06, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

You don’t want to cause trouble.  Maybe you’re out for your morning jog, or walking to the store, or even just out getting the morning paper or afternoon mail.  You notice a dog is wandering the neighborhood, and you just assume that one of the neighbors’ dogs is running loose.  You don’t want your neighbors to be angry at you, so you ignore it.  It’s not a big deal, you tell yourself.  Even when the dog starts acting strangely, barking or growling, you push the thought from your head and go back inside.

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Train Accidents: Not Supposed to Be There

February 05, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There was no compassion.  There was no attempt at empathy.  There was only a blanket statement that he wasn’t supposed to be there, that he wasn’t following the rules, as if those were the important things to talk about when a man was killed.

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Snow & Ice Accidents: On the Right Track

February 04, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Cities and towns across the nation are finally getting it right. After years and years of children getting injured in sledding accidents in municipal parks and on other public property, city councils and other organizations are finally paying attention and putting an end to this dangerous activity.  No longer will children be allowed to put themselves and others at risk for the sake of a few thrills.

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Nursing Home Abuse: Guardian of What?

February 03, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Never ask questions.  That seems to be the belief of many nursing homes across the country.  Nursing homes have always had a vast arsenal of weapons to keep families from registering their complaints, first and foremost the threat of kicking the elderly individual out on the streets.  But now nursing homes have discovered a new weapon they can wield against caring families.

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Workplace Accidents: Cutting Corners Overseas

February 02, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Ryan Maseth wanted nothing more than to serve his country and make his family proud when he was stationed in Iraq in 2007.  In January of 2008 he was still trying to do his duty to country and family when he entered the showers of his barracks.  He had no way to know that shoddy construction and wiring had rendered the shower a death trap.

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