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Legal News Archive: June 2015

Workplace Accidents: The Young and The Reckless

June 30, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Employers frequently turn to younger workers to cut costs.  Older, more experienced workers tend to expect a higher hourly wage commensurate with their work experience.  Then, to further save money, corners are often cut when training these young people.  When the young person gets hurt, the business claims it was because the person was young and reckless, denying responsibility.  Yet it was the business that failed to train these individuals properly.

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Construction Accidents: The Heat Is On

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

A new study scheduled to be published in the journal Safety Science is drawing attention to an underappreciated risk faced by construction workers in many parts of the country.  It is well-known that construction is a very dangerous profession, particularly for roofers due to the risk of falling, but there is another significant danger that is barely understood.

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Premises Liability: Fifteen Minutes and a Few Dollars

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

Fifteen minutes and a few dollars.  That’s all it would have taken to save the life of Francisca Fernandez.  Fernandez was visiting family in Inwood, New York on May 22nd when she tripped on the stairs and fell to her death through a fifth story window.

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Train Accidents: Speeding From Safety

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

The train was going too fast.  That’s all it boils down to. After the May 12th, 2015 Amtrak crash left seven dead and over two-hundred injured, there was a huge push by the media to figure out just went wrong.  Countless experts were consulted, and the federal government and state government both opened investigations.  But the initial eyewitness reports were all that was needed to know what went wrong.  The train was going too fast.

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Dog Bites: Two Tickets

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

Most of us have gotten at least one ticket in our lives.  Chances are it was for something relatively minor, like going a few miles over the speed limit or jaywalking.  For the vast majority of us, whatever we were ticketed for didn’t cause injury or death to anyone else.  We learned our lesson and we moved on.

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Boat Accidents: The Boating Season

June 18, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When school dismisses for Summer break and the weather warms, more and more people are drawn to outside activities.  And the warmer it gets, the more people want those activities to include the refreshing breezes and cooling dips associated with lakes, beaches, and other water attractions.

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School Injuries: College Bound Not Always Safe

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

Notre Dame insists it was an accident, and there was nothing they could have done to prevent it.  When Senior William Meckling fell to his death from the roof of a campus sports arena just days before he was set to graduate, students and faculty alike began to ask questions as to how he even had access to the area.  The university didn’t have an answer.

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School Bus Accidents: Rough Ride

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

Police in Baltimore have been charged with felonies for transporting a suspect in the back of a van without properly securing him after the man fell, broke his back, and died.  Yet school buses around the country continue to transport children without seatbelts or other safety precautions, despite the fact that many of the children on the bus are much too small to protect themselves in the event of a crash.

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Drunk Driving Accidents: Mark Your Calendar

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

It’s become common knowledge that driving on certain holidays is dangerous.  Drunk drivers are much more common on New Year’s Eve, Halloween, the day of the Super Bowl, and St. Patrick’s Day than they are on most other days.  But when looking at the calendar, holidays aren’t the only thing to watch for.  Each community will have other days where drunk driving is more common, and you should pay attention to those dates.

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Workplace Accidents: Exciting Times

June 11, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

These are exciting times for workplace safety.  2015 promises to be a banner year for protecting workers in the workplace, as the Obama administration plans to implement a number of important changes through OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and MSHA (the Mining Safety and Health Administration).

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Sepsis: Making It Easy

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

We’ve all heard the idea that if you don’t want to do something, just do it so badly that someone does it for you.  It seems that mindset has now extended into the world of medicine.

Despite all the training they receive on diagnostics, doctors remain notoriously unreliable when it comes to making a quick and accurate diagnosis of sepsis.  Because of this, thousands of patients continue to suffer and die every year due to misdiagnosis.  Doctors for the most part don’t address this issue, but it remains a public health crisis in America.  Sepsis is one of the more common causes of death and disability in the United States, and has been for decades, despite the fact that sepsis is treatable with antibiotics.

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Swimming Pool Accidents: Keeping Up With the Joneses

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

People with kids have all been there.  Your child comes home from a friend’s house talking about all the awesome toys and video games their friend’s family has.  Or the friend’s dad got a new car.  Or the friend’s mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies.

Whenever our children come home with these wonderful stories, it can be tempting to try to keep up with the Joneses’.  We might run out and buy a new television set that is just a little bit bigger and better, or we might find a killer cookie recipe online.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to buy things for your family.  But there are dangers that can come from this desire to keep up.

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Fireworks Accidents: Drought of Fun

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

The ongoing drought in California has already changed the lives of the average citizen in many major ways.  Water restrictions are in place in many cities, and the price of produce has increased.  Many farmers have been forced to sell their farms as they can’t get the needed water for irrigation.

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Amusement Park Accidents: Don't Go

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

Major accidents at major theme parks get major press attention, but the majority of injuries at amusement parks come at much smaller establishments.  Local miniature golf arenas often offer other attractions in addition to the mini golf course, attractions such as video games, laser tag, and go karts.  Many of these businesses operate on low budgets to maximize profits, and safety is often one of the first things compromised when the budget is small.

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Electrocution Accidents: Caution - Power Lines Overhead

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

Working around the house is a rewarding part of owning a home.  Some people hire out for just about every job, but some are willing to take on a few tasks around the house, whether it be touching up paint or snaking their own toilet.  A few people are willing to take on some of the more difficult jobs, such as fixing their roof or patching drywall.  Adding a little sweat equity to a home can be fulfilling, but it is important that homeowners are very careful when they undertake jobs usually left to professionals.

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