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Legal News Archive: August 2016

Lack of Rest Areas Are a Danger for Truck Drivers

August 31, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Riding alongside trucks, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers has become the norm on our nation’s roads. Truck drivers navigate through congested metro areas, or travel long stretches of straight highway to arrive at their destination safely and with their shipments intact. In order to do that, truck drivers must be able to stop and rest as needed, something required by law. The problem is many truck drivers are having a difficult time finding a place to take that mandated rest.

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Additional Info: Truck Accidents

Uber Hits the Road with Self-Driving Vehicles

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

If you happen to be in Pittsburgh and summon an Uber, there is a chance a Volvo will show up as your ride. This is not an ordinary Volvo however. This Volvo is part of a new fleet of self-driving vehicles Uber will be using in The Steel City in an effort to eventually put more driverless cars on the road, as an integral part of the popular ride share program.

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Additional Info: Uber and Lyft Accidents

When a Doctor’s Priority Becomes Profits Over Patients

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

In February 2013, family practitioner Dr. Steven Bernhard had his medical license revoked. That did not stop the Queens doctor however from continuing to acquire diet pills and sell them to patients without any regard for their health. This went on for two years and ultimately cost one woman her life, in what can be described as the ultimate medical malpractice. Now the 66-year-old faces criminal charges including unauthorized practice of medicine, reckless endangerment and fraud.

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Additional Info: Medical Malpractice

Guidelines in Place to Protect Student Athletes During Extreme Temperatures

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

As we have seen the past few years, the weather can be quite unpredictable. Coming off the hottest July in history, and with winter only a few months away, New York State has updated its guidelines for public schools when the weather runs exceptionally hot or cold. This is to help coaches and other school officials whose responsibility is it to protect students against conditions such as heat exhaustion and frostbite.

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Additional Info: Negligent Supervision

Outrage over EpiPen Price Increase Leads to a Call for Change

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

Your child needs a potentially life-saving drug and you are expected to pay up to $300 for every dose. Many parents have been faced with this exact situation since news broke that the price of an EpiPen jumped dramatically over the past few years. Now, both parents and government officials are calling on Mylan, the company who manufactures the EpiPen, to make changes, and for federal agencies to investigate the company’s pricing practices.

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Additional Info: Medical Topics

Emergency Responders Describe Crash on the Long Island Expressway as One of the Worst Ever Seen

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

The death toll now stands at six as a result of a horrific crash on the Long Island Expressway over the weekend. Speed, weather and road conditions, and road construction are all being looked at as part of the investigation to see what caused an eastbound vehicle to go over the center median, become airborne and crash into two vehicles headed in the opposite direction.

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Additional Info: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Brain Injuries in Children Increase as a Result of Baby Stroller and Baby Carrier Accidents

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

Baby strollers and baby carriers make travelling with a child convenient for parents, grandparents, nannies and babysitters alike. There is cause for concern, however, as new information from a twenty-year study shows that head trauma and brain injuries in children are on the rise with accidents involving baby strollers and baby carriers. 

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Additional Info: Brain Injuries

Health Department Informs Restaurant Patrons of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure

August 15, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) has reached out to the public in an effort to find anyone who visited a Farmingdale restaurant in July due to a possible exposure to Hepatitis A. An assistant bartender/waitress worked at the restaurant on five different days before she began to show symptoms and ultimately tested positive for the disease.

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Additional Info: Other

Amusement Park Safety Under Scrutiny After Two Major Accidents

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

It can only be described as a parent’s worst nightmare. A day of fun at an amusement park winds up affecting the rest of your life. Two recent amusement park accidents have reignited concern over just how safe these rides are. A 10-year-old boy was killed while riding on a large water slide, and the next day three girls fell to the ground when the basket they were seated in overturned on a Ferris wheel.

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Additional Info: Amusement Park Accidents

Put Down that Cookie Dough! E. Coli Contaminated Flour Leads to a Major Recall

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

One of the best parts of baking a cake or cookies is being able to clean off the mixers and taste the batter or dough before it goes in the oven. Cookie dough has become a common flavor in ice cream, candy and even protein bars. A recent recall of flour by General Mills, however, has people staying away from the sweet treat due to a possible risk of E. Coli contamination.

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Additional Info: E. Coli Injury

Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake Files Excessive Force Complaint Against NYPD

August 02, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Less than a week ago, Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake was a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. On Saturday, he was being pinned against a gate by a police officer after Blake tried to intervene in a dispute with officers and residents in his district. Now, the 33-year-old assemblyman who worked on President Obama’s election campaigns and in the White House, has filed an excessive force complaint for what he felt was a violation of his civil rights.

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Additional Info: Civil Rights

Finz Firm Spotlight: Lisa Van Essendelft, Legal Nurse Consultant

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

Being involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit is never easy. There needs to be an understanding of not only the legal aspects of a case, but a deep knowledge of the medical issues as well. This is why the law firm of Finz & Finz is privileged to have legal nurse consultant Lisa Van Essendelft as an integral part of the medical malpractice team.

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Additional Info: Medical Malpractice

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