Legal News Archive: September 2016
September 30, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Authorities and investigators are still trying to determine what caused a New Jersey Transit train to crash into the Hoboken station Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others. While one of the event recorders from the train has been recovered, the other is located in the front of the train which investigators have been unable reach due to possible structural damage to the building. One of the main questions being asked is if speed safety mechanisms had been installed on the train and if they were working at the time of the accident.
Continue Reading: Investigation Continues Into Hoboken Train Accident
Additional Info: Railroad/Train Accidents
September 28, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The announcement of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program in 2014 gained attention across the city and continues to be a topic of discussion as the plan moves forward. The goal of Vision Zero is to completely eliminate traffic accident fatalities by the year 2024. While the number of deaths decreased in the mayor’s first two years in office, statistics show those number are up again in 2016, something of great concern to motorist, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Continue Reading: Is NYC’s Vision Zero Program Reducing Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents as Planned?
Additional Info: Pedestrian Accidents
September 26, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When Jose Fernandez made his major league debut for the Marlins in 2013, the pitcher took the mound against the New York Mets at Citi Field. As the Mets begin a series in Miami this week, Fernandez was set to take the mound once again for the Marlins against their division rivals. While the game will take place as planned, there will be heavy hearts at Marlins Park after the 24-year-old pitching star was tragically killed in a boating accident over the weekend.
Continue Reading: Speed Played a Role in Boating Accident That Took the Life of MLB Pitcher Jose Fernandez
Additional Info: Boat Accidents
September 23, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The decision to follow in your family’s professional footsteps can be a difficult one. Do you have a passion for it? Will there be pressure to succeed? Should you go out and pursue your own interests? For Jacquelin Finz, her desire and choice to become a personal injury attorney was something that developed over time, and it is a decision she is very satisfied with. Being able to work with her family is an added bonus.
Continue Reading: Finz Firm Attorney Spotlight: Jacquelin Finz
Additional Info: Personal Injury Overview
September 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
As we head through September, men are reminded about the importance of having regular checkups in connection with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the leading non-skin related cancer in men with close to 2.8 million men currently living with the disease. While it affects one out of every seven men at some point in life, it is a survivable form of cancer if detected, diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
Continue Reading: Important Reminders for Men during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Additional Info: Prostate Cancer
September 19, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
In 2008, Congress ordered the Department of Transportation to mandate backup cameras in all new vehicles and light trucks in an effort to decrease the number of injuries and deaths caused by backover accidents. Six years later, the DOT finally put the law into place, and although it will not fully go into effect until 2018, the number of backup cameras in cars and trucks has dramatically increased. Unfortunately, it appears the number of accidents and injuries involving backover accidents has not decreased by the same amount.
Continue Reading: Have Vehicle Backup Cameras Help Reduce the Number of Backover Accidents?
Additional Info: Backover Accidents and Injuries
September 16, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When Sandra Bland was arrested and found dead as the result of a suicide in her Texas jail cell last summer, questions arose on why the 28-year-old was taken into custody and why she was not monitored more closely. There were no criminal indictments for Bland’s death, but this week her family reached a settlement for $1.9 million in a wrongful death lawsuit that will also bring procedural changes to the jail in Waller County, located just northwest of Houston.
Continue Reading: Wrongful Death Settlement Could Lead to Widespread Jail Reform
Additional Info: Civil Rights
September 15, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Depression and mood disorders affect millions of Americans every year and the numbers keep growing. Anyone can suffer with depression, even one of the biggest rock stars on the planet. Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen reveals in his new book that he has struggled with depression for a number of years and how he tries to keep a handle on the demons getting the best of him.
Continue Reading: Bruce Springsteen Discusses His Battle with Depression
Additional Info: Defective Drugs
September 14, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
In wake of the global recall by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 7, mass transit agencies in the Tristate area have placed restrictions the smartphone due to the chance of the lithium battery overheating and catching fire. This is in addition to the Federal Aviation Administration instructing passengers to not turn the phones on while on a flight and to not store them in carryon luggage.
Continue Reading: MTA Looks to Prevent Accidents Involving Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones
Additional Info: Products Liability
September 12, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Samsung Galaxy users were excited about the release of the Galaxy Note 7 in August. New features included an updated camera, a water resistant case and a state of the art screen display. All of those impressive aspects of the phone are not making headlines anymore, as the company has had to issue a recall of the popular model after reports of the lithium batteries in the phones catching fire and even exploding. Now, the 2.5 million phones sold are part of a worldwide recall.
Continue Reading: Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones Put Consumers at Risk for Serious Injuries
Additional Info: Products Liability
September 08, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We have all experienced it. Sitting in heavy traffic when a motorcycle whizzes past you between the lanes of slow moving cars, weaving in and out to get ahead of everyone else. It is natural to be jealous of the rider way off in the distance, much closer to your destination than you are. The only problem is that this behavior on a motorcycle is not only illegal, it is extremely dangerous and can lead to a serious accident.
Continue Reading: Motorcycles Are Not a Free Pass Through Traffic
Additional Info: Motorcycle Accidents
September 07, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
With Labor Day Weekend behind us, children in the tristate area are back in school, and drivers need to take notice. The increase of school buses on the road, children walking or riding their bicycles to school, and teenage drivers taking part in the morning rush, means it is vital for motorists and parents to pay extra attention to ensure everyone stays safe.
Continue Reading: Back to School Checklist for Avoiding Accidents
Additional Info: School Bus Accidents
September 02, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We have been conditioned to believe that washing our hands with antibacterial soap will not only get them cleaner, but will be more effective in stopping the spread of germs. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told soap manufacturers to prove that this was the case, and that long-time use of these products was safe. Since the manufactures were unable to do so, the FDA has now ordered certain ingredients to be removed from so-called antibacterial soaps within the next year.
Continue Reading: FDA Says Antibacterial Soap May Do More Harm Than Good
Additional Info: Products Liability