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Legal News Archive: November 2016

Distracted Driving and the Increase in Deadly Car Accidents

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

It has been a deadly year on the roads so far in 2016. Data compiled for just the first six months of the year show 17,700 fatalities as a result of motor vehicle accidents. That is an increase of 10.4 percent from the same period last year. Compounding these numbers is that so many could have been avoided, if not for distracting driving.

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Additional Info: Distracted Driving

How Dangerous is Daycare in New York City?

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

Finding a daycare facility is a difficult and stressful task for parents. Even with diligent research, there is always that lingering thought, worrying if your child is truly safe in someone else’s hands. To ease the minds of moms and dads across the city, two lawmakers would like to see a daycare facility’s health and safety record more transparent.

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Additional Info: Daycare Injuries

Heart Surgery Patients Possibly Exposed to Deadly Bacteria in Operating Room

November 23, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Patients undergoing heart surgery know the procedure comes with a certain amount of risks. One of those risks should not be contracting a life-threatening infection from equipment in the operation room. This is the case however for hundreds of thousands of Americans who may have been exposed to bacteria from a machine used to regulate temperature during cardiac surgery.

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Additional Info: Surgical Errors

Corrections Officers Across New York State Face Consequences For Illegal Behavior

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

Four separate incidents of New York corrections officers and prison guards abusing their power with inmates have made headlines in recent months in both civil and criminal court. News of indictments, jail time and monetary compensation give hope that civil rights violations against any American is unacceptable.

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Additional Info: Civil Rights

Gridlock Shows Even the Simplest Road Design is Not Always Effective

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

Every year the New York City Department of Transportation releases its list of Gridlock Alert Days for the holiday season in an effort to keep traffic moving on the busy streets. It is recommended that residents, commuters and tourists rely on trains, buses and subways to get around Manhattan. If the weather cooperates, walking and bike riding is also an option to avoid sitting in non-moving traffic.

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Additional Info: Road Design Accidents

Travel Tips to Avoid Accidents this Busy Thanksgiving Holiday

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

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for millions of Americans for many reasons. Sitting down to a great meal, watching football on TV, and shopping over the long four-day weekend all contribute to fun at Thanksgiving, especially when you do so with family. Bringing everyone together is always a challenge this time of year as so many people will be traveling during the upcoming holiday week.

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Additional Info: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Residents Being Tested for Cancer Causing Toxin Found in Water Supply in the Hudson Valley

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

Six months ago the municipal water supply for the city of Newburgh, New York, was shut down due to the detection of a toxic chemical in the water. Now, residents are being encouraged to have blood tests done in order to determine their level of exposure to the chemical, which has been linked to cancer and thyroid problems, along with other dangerous medical conditions.

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Additional Info: Water Contamination

Finz Firm Spotlight: Janine Colon, Medical Malpractice Paralegal

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

It always comes back to being able to help others. That is a constant for paralegal Janine Colon throughout everything she does. A veteran Finz Firm paralegal and an essential part of the medical malpractice team from intake to trial, Janine works diligently and tirelessly to ensure her team has all the necessary parts in place for a successful outcome.

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Wristband Fitness Trackers Not Accurate in Reading Heart Rate

November 09, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The precision of a popular technological health product has come to light after a study showed it may not be as accurate as you think. Fitness trackers that resemble a watch are used by millions of people to count steps taken and monitor heart rate during exercise. A recent study on four of the most popular models indicate the fitness trackers should not be relied upon to a keep track of a person’s heart rate due to inaccuracies in the readings.

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Additional Info: Cardiac

Long Island Hospital Bans Debates on Politics to Protect Heart Patients

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

If you feel like this presidential election campaign is making you ill, you are not alone. For cardiac patients in one Long Island hospital, officials have actually put a rule into place to protect their health through this election cycle: no heated political debates in the rehabilitation gym.

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Additional Info: Hospital Malpractice

Voluntary Recall Issued for Samsung Washing Machines Due to Injury Risk

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

As if Samsung wasn’t having a bad enough year, the company is cooperating with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on a voluntary recall in the U.S. of 34 models of their top-loading washing machines, an estimated 2.8 million in total. The recall comes less than a month after the South Korean company was forced to pull their Galaxy Note 7 phones off the market due to the possibility of the battery catching fire.

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Crossing Guard Gives Her Life to Save Child from Tragic 18-Wheeler Accident

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

Students affectionately called her “Miss Carol.” For almost three decades she was a crossing guard at the same intersection in Hempstead, Long Island, protecting children going to and from school in a busy traffic area. Last week, she made the ultimate sacrifice by moving a child out of the way of an 18-wheeler, which in turn fatally struck the 66-year-old woman.

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Additional Info: 18 Wheeler Accidents

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