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Legal News Archive: December 2016

A Somber Reminder about the Dangers of Heart Attacks and Cardiac Conditions

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

Alan Thicke. George Michael. Carrie Fisher. Three icons from the worlds of television, music and movies who all lost their lives this month due to problems with their hearts. Their deaths serve as a stinging reminder that cardiac disease is the largest killer of both men and women across the country and around the globe. One in every four deaths in the United States is attributed to some form of heart disease. That equals around 610,000 people per year who lose their life, more than even cancer and respiratory disease.

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Using Virtual Reality to Stop Drunk Driving Accidents

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

Alcohol plays a big part of the holidays. Parties and gatherings with family, friends and co-workers include wine, beer and other spirits to go with the celebration. Unfortunately, that means there is a greater risk of intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel and causing a serious accident. And while the dangers of drunk driving have been conveyed to the public for years, one company is taking a different approach: have a person experience being involved in a fatal alcohol-related crash through a virtual reality immersion experience.

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Popular NYC Radio DJ Killed in Pedestrian Hit and Run Accident

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

Listeners of Latin music radio station Mega 97.9 were shocked to learn of the death of DJ Jinx Paul, who died as the result of a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn. Police are now looking for the driver who left Jean Paul Guerrero on the street to die.

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Long Island Hospital Helps Paralysis Patient Walk Using Technology

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

Dealing with paralysis is difficult for any family, especially if it was the result of a tragic accident. Research continues to try and help paralysis patients regain strength and hopefully walk again. Robotic exoskeletons have been in development for a number of years to assist in this process. Now, a high-tech version being used as part of a clinical trial shows paralyzed men and women what it will be like to use their legs once again.

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Snow, Ice and Freezing Temperatures are a Recipe for Accidents

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

The official start of winter is not until December 21, but New York City is already dealing with below freezing temperatures and even lower wind chill numbers. While New Yorkers are concerned with trying to stay warm, they also need to focus on the dangerous conditions this type of weather brings, whether they are on the road or on the sidewalk.

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Operator Error the Cause of Deadly NYC Crane Collapse

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

Earlier this year a 565-foot crane collapsed at a construction site in lower Manhattan, killing a 38-year old man on his way to work in the Financial District. High wind gusts on a cold February day were thought to be the reason for the collapse. However, city officials with Department of Buildings have come to the conclusion that it was the crane’s operator who was responsible for the fatal accident. 

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Product Recall Roundup

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

Defective products can cause accidents, injuries and potentially serious illnesses. Product recalls by the company or manufacturer, along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, are designed to inform the public of hazardous products and provide information on how return or exchange them and obtain a refund. It is important that people are aware of the recalls on defective products that they mayuse in everyday life.

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New Study Shows Drowsy Driving is as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

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

It is a well-known fact that drivers under the influence of alcohol have problems with reaction time, accuracy in response, and lapses in attention while behind the wheel. A new study by AAA shows the same can be said for drivers who have not had enough sleep. In fact, the less sleep a person has on any given night, the greater the chance that person will be involved in a motor vehicle accident.  

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December is a Dangerous Month for Pedestrians

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

New York City streets are busy this time of year as residents and visitors bustle about with the holidays less than a month away. The increase of cars and pedestrians coupled with early sunsets makes it more likely for accidents and injuries to occur. For this reason, Mayor Bill de Blazio is reinforcing the message behind the City’s “Dusk and Darkness” safety initiative, that motorists take extra caution during a time when pedestrian accidents increase significantly.

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CitiBike Expansion Continues in an Effort to Take More Cars off NYC Roads

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

When the Citi Bike program launched in New York City in 2013, residents were skeptical about and even opposed to the concept of a bicycle sharing program in the Big Apple. Now, three and a half years later, Citi Bike is the largest ride share program in the U.S. As it continues to grow, officials are looking to expand into more of the five boroughs to try to remove commuters from cars and give residents an alternate form of transportation.

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