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Legal News Archive: June 2016

IKEA Issues Major Product Recall Following the Death of Six Children

June 30, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is a product recall 27 years in the making. In 1989, a toddler was killed by a piece of falling furniture purchased at IKEA. From 2002 to 2016, five more children under the age of three lost their lives in the same way. Now, finally, the Swedish furniture manufacturer and retailer has issued a voluntary recall for 36 million dressers and chests sold in the U.S. and Canada due to the possibility of the products toppling over if not safely anchored to the wall.

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Finz Firm Attorney Spotlight: Ameer Benno

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

What drives attorneys to do what they do? Seven years of school, studying to pass the Bar Exam, long days and late nights on the job—why would someone choose that career path? For Finz & Finz attorney Ameer Benno, it has always been about getting justice, championing people’s rights, and ensuring that everyone is treated equal under the law.

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Jeep Auto Defect Under Scrutiny After the Death of Actor Anton Yelchin

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

Fans of Anton Yelchin were stunned when the actor was recently killed by his own vehicle just outside his home. The 27-year-old stopped his Jeep Grand Cherokee in his driveway and stepped out of the SUV, which proceeded to roll down the driveway, pinning the actor against a concrete post. When news broke that the 2015 vehicle had been subject to a recall for problems with the gearshift, the public began to wonder if this was a contributing factor in the death of the actor best known for his work in the new Star Trek franchise of films.

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Fourth of July Should Be Free Of Fireworks Accidents

June 24, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With the Fourth of July right around the corner and the season of fireworks already underway, it is the perfect time to remind ourselves about the dangers of fireworks and the safety measures that should be taken to avoid a fireworks accident. While a fireworks display may be spectacular to watch, an injury from a fireworks accident can be devastating.

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Regular Screening Remains Key in Detecting Colon Cancer

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

If the thought of a colonoscopy makes you cringe, you are not alone. The day-before-prep is enough to make most people wince. Despite the unpleasantness, screening for colon cancer is not something to be taken lightly or even ignored. Now, with some alternatives to the dreaded colonoscopy, adults age 50-75 are being encouraged to make sure they are tested for the deadly disease.

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Subway Tracks Should be Taken Seriously

June 17, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New Yorkers were left shaking their heads earlier this month when a Brooklyn teenager was hit by a subway train after she jumped onto the tracks to retrieve her cell phone. Remarkably the 17-year-old only suffered minor injuries and was even seen using the phone as she was being carried out of the station on a stretcher. Though the girl may have escaped with her life, this incident should serve as an example of how not to conduct yourself on a subway platform. Accidents on the tracks can lead to serious injuries and even death.

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Jet Ski Accidents Can Happen to Anyone

June 16, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Riding a jet ski on a warm, sunny day with the waves all around looks like the perfect summer fun. Unfortunately it is one of the most dangerous activities on the water. Over Memorial Day weekend a father and his 10-year-old son were killed during a family vacation in North Carolina when the jet ski they were riding on crashed into a pier as the mother and daughter watched from another jet ski on the water.

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Robotic Mowers Look to Cut Down Lawnmower Accidents

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

Mowing the lawn is the outdoor chore people seem to enjoy the least. Despite how unappealing the job may be, it is something that needs to be done on a regular basis. With the number of severe injuries associated with lawnmower accidents, it is no surprise there has been a greater interest in robotic mowers, which would take the dreaded activity out of people’s hands entirely.

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Self-driving Trucks are Becoming a Reality

June 10, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The auto industry has been buzzing about self-driving cars since Google started working on the concept in 2009. After seven years, the company is still testing vehicles with the new technology in hopes of making the autonomous cars available to the public by 2020. In the meantime, a start-up company led by former Google employees are looking to change the trucking industry with the addition of self-driving trucks.

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Scaffolding Accidents Are Still Too Common

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

There have been many advances in construction equipment over the years to make the job easier for workers and to keep them safe. At the same time, whenever workers (not only in construction) take to a scaffold and are raised a significant amount off of the ground, there is always the chance of an accident and serious injury. The number of scaffolding accidents across the country over the past month have sent a sobering reminder about the dangers of working on scaffolding.

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More Questions on the Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Newborn Babies

June 03, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The news of a mother infected with the Zika virus giving birth in New Jersey to a baby with microcephaly has women across the country concerned more than ever about the virus and the effect it has on newborns. The 31-year-old woman from Honduras is the first mother to give birth to a child with Zika-related microcephaly in the continental United States. A woman in Hawaii also gave birth to a baby with microcephaly back in January.

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Will The New MTA Buses Help Reduce Accidents in NYC?

June 01, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Not many New Yorkers are fans of MTA buses. Whether it is sitting on a crowded bus waiting to get to your destination or trying to navigate your way around a bus in a car, on a bicycle, or on foot, most residents would rather avoid them all together. Now the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is taking steps to improve the trip for riders, and make buses safer for motorists and pedestrians.

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