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Legal News Archive: February 2017

A Street Parade Tragedy in New Orleans

February 28, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The numbers are staggering:  28, 21, 7, .232.  Digits that now define a single accident, has the entire country reeling as they and those involved must now face the truth of the dangers of drunk driving.  28 people were injured, including 21 who needed to be hospitalized.  The closest hospital’s trauma units were overwhelmed, and all told 7 different hospitals were needed to care for the wounded. The most staggering number of all, the driver of the pickup truck responsible for the carnage blew a .232 percent on the breathalyzerthree times the legal limit.

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Additional Info: Drunk Driving Accidents

After an Accident: When Further Injury and Harm Can Occur

February 27, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An accident in Houston early in the morning on February 25th turned deadly after shots were fired.  A mother was was driving home with her 8-year-old daughter when her car was t-boned at an intersection.  The mother did not have time to determine the extent of her injuries, or those of her daughter before several bullets were shot into her vehicle, killing her child, an Honors student at a local elementary school.

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A Crisis in Confidence: Johnson & Johnson's Reputation

February 24, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Johnson & Johnson is sparing no expense fighting claims that its talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer in thousands of women.  An expensive stable of lawyers has been arguing in courts all over the country that they are not too blame, and that furthermore they had no idea that talcum powder has been linked to certain cancers for years.  When they lose, they simply appeal.

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Intraday Transportation Accidents and Risks

February 23, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Most manufacturing and construction sites are small enough that intraday transportation is not necessary.  Workers arrive at their workplace and proceed to their work location, and their own two feet are sufficient for all the distance they need to cover over the course of their shift. But for larger scale projects, or for certain industries such as mining, intraday transport is a necessary part of the day for most workers.  This transportation can come in a variety of forms, dependent upon the type of worksite.  Examples include:

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Additional Info: Construction Accidents

Nexar: A Vehicle Collision Detection App Still Needs Refining

February 22, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Vehicle collision detection systems are becoming more and more commonplace in new cars, particularly higher end models.  These systems come in a variety of forms, but most of them at the very least warn you when you get too close to another vehicle.  Some warn you of changes in traffic ahead, or have other unique features used as selling points for particular makes and models.

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Additional Info: Car Accidents

Riding on Thin Ice

February 21, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

February has not been kind to New York snowmobilers.  The most recent incident claimed two lives, when two men were killed after a head-on collision when one of the drivers strayed from the proper lane.  Emergency personnel were on the scene quickly but it was too late.

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Site Prep Risks Found in Construction Accidents

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

Prepping building sites for residential and commercial construction are among the most difficult tasks for construction workers.  While framing, sheet-rocking, electrical, and plumbing are reasonably consistent from job to job, the unique nature of each parcel of land means that each prep job is different. Long-time construction workers can tell stories for hours of the various difficult types of terrain they have encountered.  Underground streams, granite formations, and other problems are lurking just below the surface.  Shaping the land to meet the requirements of the architect’s design frequently requires moving large amounts of dirt, rock, and other substances.

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Often Trucks Involved in Multi-Vehicle Accidents

February 16, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On February 3rd, 2017, a seven vehicle pileup on the Ryan Expressway in Chicago, IL resulted in 11 people being sent to the hospital.  It comes as no surprise to some that a dump truck was involved in the accident, as large trucks are all too often involved in multi-vehicle accidents of this sort. Federal officials have long recognized that large trucks are a significant factor in multi-vehicle collisions, with large trucks represented in 73 percent of fatal multi-vehicle crashes.  According to research, driver error accounts for 89 percent of those crashes.

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Light Rail and The Risks Involved

February 15, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As more and more cities try to minimize the environmental impact of their citizens, light rail has emerged as a reasonable alternative to buses, subways, and other traditional forms of mass transit.  The startup cost is much lower than the tunneling and engineering required for a subway or elevated train.

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ATV Accidents: Unpredictable Factors in Many Cases

February 14, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There is no amount of money in the world that guarantees nothing bad will happen. This is particularly true in situations where expertise and experience are required to prevent injury or accident.  And, even expertise and experience cannot always protect us, as evidenced by plane crashes and other incidents where skilled and experienced individuals are employed.

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Orthopedic Surgeon Receives 20 Year Sentence

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

It is appalling the amount of damage one doctor can do.  Aria Sabit, a surgeon who specialized in spinal procedures, received a twenty year sentence for fraud on January 9, 2017.  It is impossible to know how may unnecessary procedures Dr. Sabit performed in his career, as he practiced first in California before moving to Detroit, Michigan.

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Mold Exposure in Infant’s Teething Toy

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

Sophie the Giraffe is well-known in many households across America.  Sophie is a teething toy, one of many toys designed for infants to chew while teething. These toys are designed to soothe inflamed gums and give the child an outlet for the need to chew other items during this important developmental phase.

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Additional Info: Mold Respiratory Illness

Asbestos Exposure: A Necessary Reminder

February 09, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For those born and raised after asbestos was banned from use in construction, the threat from this toxic material seems faint.  Their generation has been mostly spared seeing friends develop terrible diseases as a result of exposure, and the health risks associated with even limited contact are underestimated.  It is easy to forget and underestimate the impact of asbestos on human health.

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Negligence of Landlord Causes Stairway Fall and Serious Injury

February 08, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Since the beginning of time, powerful forces have fought each other with innocent victims being caught in the middle. As trial lawyers, we at the Finz Firm have seen first-hand how five thousand years of historical battles have been brought into a modern New York courtroom.

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Lead In Our Water Supply - A New Danger

February 07, 2017 | Judge Leonard L. Finz

It is alarming to note that the New York City water supply to public schools and homes in certain cases, has a lead content that exceeds the safety threshold established by the Environmental Protection Agency. This becomes a serious issue when it is scientifically known that lead is an environmental pollutant metal, that if ingested can cause significant harm ranging from mild headaches, to permanent memory and intellectual deficits, and in some cases, even death.

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When “The Greatest Show on Earth” Folds Its Tent

February 01, 2017 | Leonard L. Finz

I remember how excited I was when my parents told me we were going to the circus. I’m going back more than 80 years, when the famed Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus was an annual fixture at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. As a youngster how could I not be overwhelmed by the brassy music, the trapeze, the clowns, the elephants, the smells of the menagerie, and the total atmosphere of merriment, madness, and joy? The circus has just closed its doors forever and its tent has come down permanently.

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