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Legal News Archive: January 2016

Drunk Driving: How Much Is Enough?

January 29, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

No one should ever be able to receive 17 DUIs without suffering serious consequences, but that has been the case for a woman from Bedford County, Tennessee.  She recently received her 17th arrest for DUI and her 16th arrest for driving on a suspended license, and yet she keeps being set free to make the same terrible decision again and again.

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The Frightening Number of Construction Accidents Involving Elevator Shafts

January 29, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

No one will argue that construction work is not a dangerous job. Everyday construction workers handle heavy building materials, sometimes at dangerous heights. While that may seem dangerous enough, workers forced to do their job under unsafe conditions presents an even more hazardous environment and risk of injury.

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Caution on the Road with Big Rigs

January 28, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On December 7th, 2015, a semi went off the road not too far from Indianapolis.  Semis going off the road is not particularly uncommon, and the driver isn’t always at fault.  Difficult road or weather conditions can cause even the most experienced driver to suffer an accident.  But in this case, it was the large quantities of alcohol in the driver’s system that were determined to be the primary factor in causing the accident.

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Additional Info: 18 Wheeler Accidents

The Landing is the Hardest Part

January 27, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Fear of flying is one of the rare fears that isn’t known by some fancy other name.  Though it can be called Aviophobia, most people just refer to it as fear of flying.  It is also an extremely common fear, affecting millions of people across the world.

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The Link Between Shoveling Snow and Heart Attacks

January 27, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Residents in the five boroughs of New York City are still dealing with the aftermath of receiving over two feet of snow during the first major snow storm of the year. Parts of Queens did not see snow plows for 48 hours after the snow stopped falling. While the city may clean the streets, residents are left to clear their property of an abundance of snow and ice. This cleanup may be necessary, but it can also be dangerous due to the stress shoveling puts on a person’s heart.

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The Season for Electrical Fires

January 26, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The official celebration may have passed, but many holiday lights stay up on homes year round. Christmas lights have been around for hundreds of years, though electrical lights are much newer.  Families used candles for generations to light up the holidays.  But with the advent of electricity, it became more efficient and (usually) safer to use light bulbs instead of burning wicks.

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Additional Info: Burn Injuries

Avoiding Sidewalk Injuries While Cleaning Up After a Major Snow Storm

January 25, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The east coast just experienced one of the worst snow storms in history with record breaking amounts of snow in multiple states. New York City was only 0.1 of an inch from tying the highest snow total Central Park has ever seen. The snow may have stopped falling but the cleanup is continuing. While having a clear path to walk on the sidewalk is helpful at this time, it is also a responsibility for property owners or municipalities to remove snow and ice in an effort to protect the public from any type of slip and fall injury.

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Reckless Driving: Taking it to the Limit

January 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Americans want to get where they’re going, and many people don’t like speed limits that seem too low.  Anything less than 45 miles per hour is seen by many as an insult to their ability to control their vehicle.  There are millions of drivers who think that, even at higher speeds, they are capable of braking in time.

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Additional Info: Car Accidents

Ready For the Snow? Staying Warm and Staying Safe!

January 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The country saw an extremely warm autumn with record breaking temperatures in the north east. New York City residents were basking in 70 degree weather just a few weeks from Christmas. With home heating bills a constant concern for so many people, it was a relief not to have to crank up the thermostat. Cold temperatures and a snow storm are about to hit the New York metropolitan area, which means many home owners had to turn up the heat for the first time in months. Whether you use oil or gas heat, it is important to take precautions to eliminate the risk of damage to your property, or injury and illness to your family.

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How Saving Money in Megastores Can Cause You Physical Injury

January 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

While the holiday shopping season may be over, many stores continue to stock their shelves for customers looking to take advantage of major sales. Big box and warehouse megastores even keep inventory on the sales floor for shoppers to take on the spot. While easy access to merchandise may be appealing to consumers, it can be dangerous as well. Every year, thousands of individuals are injured, sometimes seriously, by falling merchandise in these stores.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

The Season for Slips

January 21, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It’s the icy time of year, and pedestrians and drivers should be extra careful.  If there is any reason to suspect that ice might be present, it is important to take every precaution to reduce the risk of falling, slipping, or driving off the road.  Such precautions include:

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Playing Chicken with Workplace Injury

January 20, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Are there any limits to what an employer will do to avoid paying their fair share to employees who are injured on the job?  A recent article on propublica.org makes it clear there is no limit, detailing a series of steps taken by Tyson Foods to limit liability in case of workman’s compensation claims, steps that included influencing a politician to cut the pay of the man in charge of making sure workers are protected.

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Additional Info: Workers' Compensation

New Year, Same Problem

January 19, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We like to think of a new year as a new start, a chance to change the things that need changed.  We want to put aside our past mistakes and make better choices for ourselves and our lives.  The turning of one year to the next is one of our best chances to really evaluate where we are in life and where we want to be.

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Additional Info: Drunk Driving Accidents

The Fine Line Risk of a Good Samaritan

January 18, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Good Samaritan is one of the Bible’s most famous parables.  In this story, a man is brutally beaten by robbers and left to die on the side of the road.  Most people just pass him by and ignore his suffering.  But one person, the Good Samaritan, is willing to help.

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Extending the Danger by Populating the Malls

January 14, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Black Friday has long been accepted as the most dangerous shopping day of the year.  Not only are dozens of people injured every year, but on rare occasions individuals are even killed during the event.  Thousands of people fighting for a good deal will always carry a significant risk of injury.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

El Nino and Travel Accidents

January 13, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Experts predicted a particularly powerful El Niño this year, and severe weather has been seen all over the country.  This El Niño, the strongest since the late nineties, brought increased precipitation in many areas, as well as sudden shifts in weather patterns that caused a variety of major issues for homeowners, travelers, and truckers.

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Distracted Walkers Pose Risk to Others

January 12, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Distracted driving is finally starting to be discussed as a major danger to communities.  People are finally starting to notice that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  This is a major breakthrough, as more states, cities, and communities look at laws to address this troubling trend.

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Additional Info: Pedestrian Accidents

Be Very Alarmed About Building Fires

January 11, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Fire alarms are incredibly important for fire prevention and control.  A quality fire alarm can mean the difference between a quickly contained blaze and losing everything.  Many cities now require fire alarms to be wired directly into the electrical system to insure that the system is always on and always working.  Almost everyone agrees that fire alarms are a necessity of modern life.

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Introducing Affluenza to the System

January 08, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There’s no possibility for a happy ending once a tragedy has occurred.  And the tragedy occurred at the very beginning of this story, when Ethan Couch killed four people while drunk driving on June 15th, 2013. 

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Additional Info: Drunk Driving Accidents

Eating Out with E. Coli and The Dangers of Food Contamination

January 08, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Chipotle’s hope for a smooth 2016 is not going well so far. The Mexican restaurant chain has been subpoenaed in a federal investigation involving an outbreak of norovirus which sickened over 200 people in Simi Valley, California, last August. The company is still trying to recover from two E. coli outbreaks and another problem with the norovirus that lead to restaurant closings and a change in their food preparation policy. That started in October when 11 Chipotle locations were shut down in Oregon and Washington due to contamination from Escherichia coli bacteria (better known as E. coli). By the end of the year, 53 customers were sickened in nine states across the country with 20 people being admitted to the hospital. In addition, 141 college students contracted the norovirus at a Chipotle location in Boston in December.

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Stay Informed Regarding Recalled Products

January 07, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When designing a child bicycle trailer, it stands to reason that the bare minimum safety standard should be to ensure the wheels, safety belt, and tow bar are safe.  Without these three elements, there is nothing else that can be done to make the trailer safe to use.  Despite this, too many designers and manufacturers have failed to meet these minimum standards.

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A Dark Cloud Hovers with Defective New Toys

January 06, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The regulators are starting to pay attention.

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'Tis the Season for Snow Related Accidents

January 05, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Fall is coming to a close and winter is descending across the country.  Frigid temperatures will keep many people home during the cold months, but there are those who love to brave the elements to have a little fun.  Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snowmobiling are all popular pastimes during the coldest months of the year.

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Truck Drivers Often at Risk on the Road

January 04, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A new study on long haul truck drivers has implications for other vehicle operators as well.  The study, conducted by the University of Utah, attempted to determine what factors were most commonly associated with accidents.  Researchers surveyed large numbers of truck drivers and asked them a few questions about what types of risky behaviors they saw from other truck drivers and from themselves.

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