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Legal News Archive: January 2017

Faulty Equipment to Blame for Tappan Zee Bridge Crane Collapse

January 20, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When a construction crane collapsed on the Tappan Zee Bridge last summer, investigators were tasked with determining if the cause of the accident was due to mechanical failure or operator error. Exactly six months later, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its findings, which show it was faulty equipment that caused the crane’s boom to fall across multiple lanes of traffic on the bridge.

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Additional Info: Crane Accidents

Settlement Reached with IKEA over the Deaths of Three Children from Falling Furniture

January 18, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Last year IKEA made national headlines when the furniture retailer recalled 29 million of their dressers after the deaths of a number of children who had the defective product fall on top of them. The Swedish manufacturer has now agreed to a $50 million settlement for three families who lost a child in these tragic and preventable accidents.

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Two Dangerous Truck Incidents with Two Drastically Different Outcomes

January 17, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sharing the road with trucks and tractor-trailers does not create the ideal driving condition for motorists. The large vehicles are a safety hazard on their own without adding driver error to the mix. Sometimes though, it is the truck driver who makes the difference between a close call and a deadly accident.

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Who is at Risk for Hospital Falls?

January 13, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

No one enjoys staying in the hospital. And no one especially wants to stay any longer than necessary. A hospital stay can be prolonged, however, if you suffer an injury due to a fall during your time there. If you think that this is only a concern for the elderly and the seriously ill, you would be wrong.

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City of New Orleans Agrees to Pay $13.3 Million to Victims of Police Brutality

January 12, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In 2005, the city of New Orleans suffered massive devastation as a result of Hurricane Katrina. One of the ugliest events during that time was the severe misconduct of police officers, resulting in the deaths of three men. More than a decade later, the city has finally agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement for the 17 plaintiffs involved in the civil rights cases, as it continues to work towards rebuilding trust between the police and the community.

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Additional Info: Civil Rights

Winter Weather Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents in the Ice and Snow

January 10, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Driving in harsh winter weather is never easy. Just look at the massive multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 in Connecticut over the weekend which shut down portions of the highway for over five hours. The pile up of more than 20 cars, a tanker truck and three tractor trailers sent 30 people to the hospital. While an accident involving so many vehicles is rare, there are still plenty of steps drivers can take to avoid an accident and keep themselves safe this winter.

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Additional Info: Car Accidents

New York High Court Sets Further Legal President to Hold NYC Responsible for Injury due to Dangerous Road Conditions

January 06, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In a decision that will have a serious impact on the outcome of lawsuits involving car, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, the highest court in New York State has ruled that cities and other municipalities can be held responsible for accidents on dangerous roads. The ruling stems from the case of a 12-year-old Brooklyn boy who was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on a road well-known for excessive speeding.

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Additional Info: Road Design Accidents

LIRR Train Accident Injures More Than 100 People in Brooklyn Crash

January 04, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In an event eerily similar to the deadly New Jersey Transit train accident at the Hoboken Terminal in September, a Long Island Railroad train crashed into a barrier at the end of the line at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. The accident occurred at the height of the morning rush, putting hundreds of commuters in danger.

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Additional Info: Railroad/Train Accidents

Elderly Patients May Fare Better in Hospitals with Female Doctors

January 03, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Should the battle of the sexes include the medical profession? A recent study was conducted to try and discover if there was a difference in the level of care for hospital patients over the age of 65 when treated by a male or female doctor. The findings showed that seniors might just be better off under the care of a female physician during a hospital stay.

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Additional Info: Hospital Malpractice

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