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Legal News Archive: April 2015

Cruise Ship Accidents: Always the Video

April 29, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Cruise ships are inherently dangerous places.  Out on the ocean, the boat is the only protection a person has against the elements, and sometimes even the boat offers scant safety.  In high winds or on a slippery deck, it is frighteningly easy for a person to go overboard.  The safety rails are there to save you, provided you can grab one as you go careening past.

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Accidents: The Mental Toll

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

Whenever we see a terrible accident on the news or read about it in the paper, our thoughts go out to those who were badly injured.  We tend to dwell on the physical aspects of these tragedies, because we can imagine what it would be like to suffer a terrible injury.  But by thinking only of the physical toll these accidents take, we neglect the mental and emotional trauma that accident victims suffer.

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Workplace Accidents: Being a Team Player

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

The pressure is always on to be a team player.  If there’s something wrong at the workplace, just tell your direct supervisor and then move on.  Nothing is gained by making waves.  There’s certainly no need to take the case to OSHA, or to the Fire Marshall, or to the press.

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Snow and Ice Accidents: Snow Crumble

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

Daily inspection doesn’t make old machinery any newer.  The best technicians in the world can only do so much to keep decaying equipment functioning.  And yet many businesses continue to use old technology, even in situations where malfunction could cost people their lives.

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Head Trauma and Injury: Not Hitting That Hard

April 21, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

You didn’t hit your head that hard.  At least that’s what you keep telling yourself.

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Accidents: Medical Coma

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

Car accidents continue to kill and injure thousands of Americans every year.  To a certain extent, we think we are prepared for the outcomes of a car accident; best case scenario, there are no injuries, and maybe our insurance cost goes up a little.  If we’re less lucky, we sustain a short-term or even a long-term injury that must be treated with medical care and possibly physical therapy.  Worst case, we are killed.

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Bus Accidents: Look Out Below

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

We think we know how a bus accident will happen.  Either the bus will be struck by a truck or car, or the bus will lose traction on the road and flip over.  We have seen so many movies and have such active imaginations, we think we can guess how such an accident will occur.  Sometimes, our imaginations aren’t active enough.

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Pedestrian Accidents: Prevention With Crosswalks

April 16, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Always use the crosswalk.  That is what we are taught from a young age, as if a crosswalk is a magical thing that can protect us from all harm.  As pedestrians, all we can do is follow the rules of the road and pray.  All too often, that isn’t enough.

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Finz & Finz, P.C. Wins Motion in Products Liability Case against CNH

April 15, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Finz & Finz, P.C. commenced a wrongful death action against a tractor mechanic, a farm neighbor and CNH, the manufacturer of a farm tractor that was modified by bypassing the safety start switch. The switch was intended to prevent the tractor from starting in gear and moving unless the clutch pedal was depressed.  The Finz firm alleged that as a result of the bypassed safety start switch, the farm neighbor, who mounted the tractor and started it, did not appreciate the fact that the tractor was in gear when it was started. This caused the tractor to lurch forward, striking and killing our client, the decedent, who was standing next to the tractor at the time it was started.

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Union Porter Wins $14,768,000 Verdict After Hand Crushed In Building Compactor Scene of Injury Altered

April 15, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On April 15, 2015 at 5PM, a unanimous Manhattan jury awarded Jose Humareda $14,768,000 after a six-week trial before Justice Lynn Kotler. Mr. Humareda was represented by Stuart L. Finz of the preeminent national law firm Finz & Finz, P.C.

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Distracted Driving: Leading Causes

April 14, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Of the most common causes of car accidents, three are more personally preventable than the rest.  Though we have some control over whether we drive in bad weather, sometimes we have no choice but to brave a bad road.  And though mechanical failure is sometimes preventable with good maintenance, sometimes cars just break down.  But three common causes of car accidents stand out as things the driver just shouldn’t do.  These three are:

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School Bus Accidents: Hard to Imagine

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

It’s hard to imagine an image more terrifying to parents.  On March 24th, 2015, a Pennsylvania school bus carrying nine children plowed into a home, the front of the bus destroying a wall, the nose of the bus not even visible in the pictures shown on the evening news.  Horrified parents rushed to the scene, hoping their children were okay.

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Finz & Finz, P.C. Wins Motion in Motor Vehicle Accident Where Driver of a Bentley Denied Contact with Plaintiff

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

The plaintiff, a female high school student, was on her school track team and out for a jog. As she was standing on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street, a Hyundai driven by a defendant began to cross over the double yellow line and into oncoming traffic. The defendant driver of a Bentley was travelling in the opposite direction of the Hyundai and claimed that when he first saw the Hyundai, it was completely in his lane and 40-60 yards ahead of him.  The Bentley driver testified at his deposition that when he saw the Hyundai, he accelerated and turned his wheel to the right to avoid contact with the Hyundai.  Plaintiff claims that she was struck by the Bentley causing a left leg fracture.

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Airplane Accidents: Good News, Bad Timing

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

Few things are as terrifying as the thought of an airplane accident.  Whether your imagination conjures images of a breached hull at 30,000 feet or a devastating crash that strews wreckage for miles, just the idea of being in an airplane accident is enough to keep thousands of people on the highways.  Fear of flying is a very common fear.

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ATV Accidents: Event Tragedy

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

We think we know what is safe and what isn’t, and normally we follow the rules.  But when we are part of an event where a large group of people gathers together to have fun, it is easy to forget all those things we were taught and get swept up in the excitement.  A story out of Texas reminds us that we must place safety first at all times.

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Medical Malpractice: Common Practice

April 08, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Common Practice.  It is such a simple phrase that it’s easy to ignore it when you come across it in the newspaper or online.  One recent usage was in regards to doctors using suction from a syringe to remove a blood clot (a thrombectomy) instead of the safer balloon angioplasty.  A study by the University of Toronto concluded that patients who have a thrombectomy instead of balloon angioplasty are significantly more likely to have a stroke.  Still, this is Common Practice, so the doctors who have been using this more dangerous procedure don’t feel the need to explain why they have been putting their patients in danger.

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Finz & Finz, P.C. Wins Assumption of Risk Appeal in Motor Vehicle Accident Case

April 08, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Finz & Finz, P.C. represents a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles road test examiner who was injured while administering a road test to a driver license applicant who had a learner’s permit and was taking the road test for the first time. 

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Premises Liability: A Sign Isn't Enough

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

The sign was there for all to see.  It read “Moving gate can cause serious injury or death,” and the text was accompanied by a picture depicting a figure falling backwards.  It is difficult to guess just what the picture is meant to represent, so reading the words was the only way that a young Las Vegas boy could have been warned not to play in the area of the gate.

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Pedestrian Accidents: A Grandparent's Nightmare

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

It’s a grandparent’s nightmare.  On March 16th, Charles Napier, of Florence, Ohio, was walking with his wife and pulling his grandchildren in a red wagon when they were struck by a car driven by a 22 year old woman.  The car swerved onto the shoulder of the road, striking Mr. Napier and the wagon.  The two children, 13 month old twins, and Mr. Napier were pronounced dead at the scene, despite emergency CPR being provided almost immediately by a passing motorist.

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Burn Injuries: Learning from Others

April 01, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Experience can be the best teacher.  After all, experiencing something for ourselves is frequently the best way to remember what to do and how to do it.  Many of life’s best lessons can be learned this way, and these valuable learning experiences stay with us for the rest of our lives.  But there are some lessons we do not want to learn from experience.  Having our children suffer a serious burn is one of those experiences we’d rather avoid.

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