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Legal News Archive: March 2017

The Widespread Reality of Lead and Other Poisonings

March 31, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For the past few years, Flint, Michigan has been in the news due to a water crisis exposing thousands of children to significant amounts of lead.  The governor of the state has been under fire, as have local politicians, for failing to address the issue in a timely manner, and for allowing significant amounts of exposure to occur for years.

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Accutane and the Statute of Limitations

March 29, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Determining where to file a product liability lawsuit can be extremely difficult, as oftentimes the plaintiff has a choice of filing in the state of residence or in the state where the company who manufactures the product associated with a lawsuit is located.  Each state has different rules in effect regarding statutes of limitations and other legal requirements, and filing in the right jurisdiction can drastically increase the likelihood of a favorable verdict.

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Food Contamination Risk in New York City Schools

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

Schools are responsible for the safety of the children who attend.  Many parents expect there is some degree of danger to certain activities, such as Physical Education, where bruises and scrapes are common. Extracurricular activities, such as sports and even drama, can carry some risk of injury.  But most parents don’t expect the food their children are served in the cafeteria to pose significant risk.

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Fiscal Concerns After Birth Injury or Traumatic Brain Injury

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

Care is almost always the first concern.  If your child or loved one suffers a birth injury or Traumatic Brain Injury that leaves them unable to care for themselves, finding someone to provide care is extremely difficult.  There are limited options, and often it falls back on the family to manage the daily living situation of the person with a disability.

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Holding Large Companies Responsible

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

On March 3rd, 2017, a jury in St. Louis voted non-unanimously to deny damages to a 55-year-old woman suffering from ovarian cancer as a consequence of her long-term use of Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder.  The jury wasn’t completely convinced by the evidence of the plaintiff, and Johnson & Johnson’s expensive lawyers were able to argue that the scientific evidence was not conclusive enough. 

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Ski Accidents Cover the Range from New Jersey to Colorado

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

The Governor of New Mexico is very lucky, even if she doesn’t feel that way after a ski accident on March 7th left her with an injured knee and some political trouble in her home state.  She’s fielding questions from reporters as she recovers.

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St. Patrick’s Day Could Be Particularly Risky This Year

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

St. Patrick’s is always a high risk day for drunk driving accidents.  Bars are fuller and people get more inebriated on St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s not only people of Irish heritage who choose to celebrate.  Police set up checkpoints, which are excellent for safety, but can cause traffic snarls for those who aren’t interested in drinking.  Planning alternate paths around the busy drinking sections of your city or town is highly recommended.

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Supervision Risks When Selecting the Right Daycare for Your Child

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

There are still a few months left in the school year, but parents should already start making decisions regarding where their children are going to go during summer break.  Most parents can’t afford to take two months off work to provide direct care and supervision for their child, so they are reliant upon other arrangements. Though some parents choose for their children to stay home with minimal supervision during the break, many more are left scrambling for daycare or other options.  Summer camps are the choice for some kids, but not all parents want their kids away from home for that long.  Summer day camps might be offered through local YMCAs, schools or other programs.

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Infectious Diseases Pose Risk to Children

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

Spring flings and summer carnivals will be heating up as the winter releases its hold on the country.  Children and young adults will be gathering to have some carefree fun in a variety of environments.  But parents should be aware of the risks these children face in these situations.

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Car Accidents and Pregnancy: Not a Good Combination

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

Car accidents are always scary.  But for a pregnant woman, the fear is amplified by the additional risk to the unborn baby.  All accidents, from simple fender-benders to head-on collisions, pose a danger to the developing fetus.  In fact, even slamming on the brakes unexpectedly can harm the baby.

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Takata Paying for Defective Airbags

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

After nearly ten years of denials, Takata Corp. has finally pleaded guilty to criminal charges regarding hiding severe risk of death and injury associated with exploding airbags.  These airbags were responsible for multiple deaths and hundreds of serious injuries due to the expulsion of shrapnel from the airbag. Takata had fought the allegations for years, first insisting claims that the airbags were defective were untrue.  After the defective nature of the airbags was established beyond all doubt, Takata moved on to denying they had any knowledge of the faulty design.  Now, multiple executives from the company are facing extradition from Japan to American to face criminal charges of their own.

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SUVs: Minimizing the Risk

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

Car manufacturers are working with the government to minimize the risk of rollover accidents.  Rollover accidents, particularly with Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and other top-heavy vehicles, became more and more common through the 1990s as SUVs became more popular with consumers.  Though some car companies have implemented new technologies to combat these dangerous occurrences, these incidents still occur with stunning regularity.

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Parking Lot and Shopping Collisions: Not Always Minor

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

A fatal accident in Acton, Massachusetts on March 1st, 2017 is drawing attention to the importance of parking lot safety.  A 62-year-old employee of Trader Joe’s was struck and killed in the parking lot of the store by an 18-year-old driver.  The 18-year-old was backing out of a parking space when he ran over the woman.

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No Excuses: Potential Reasons For Hit and Run Behavior

March 07, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When you are in an accident, it is reasonable to be disoriented, especially in the first few minutes after the collision occurs.  You take those moments to gather yourself, make sure that you and your loved ones aren’t too significantly injured, and then you start the process of calling the police to make a report.  In most circumstances, the driver of the other vehicle is doing the same.

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Maintenance Failures Present Dangers in School Environments

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

An extreme example of the dangers present in many schools occurred in Joplin, Missouri on March 4th, 2017.  A high school student was volunteering at an elementary school, mentoring young players, when he was crushed and killed by one of the basketball goals during the game.  Authorities are still investigating the incident to determine exactly what went wrong.

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Lane Violations a Significant Risk for Truck Accidents

March 02, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

According to statistics in 2015 from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles10 percent of accident fatalities in large truck collisions are due to lane violations of some sort by the truck driver.  A recent incident on James Madison Highway is simply the most recent example. On Monday, January 23rd, a tractor-trailer carrying a large load of sand crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on.  All three occupants of the other car were killed instantly, including a man, his wife, and her mother.  The driver was charged with reckless driving.

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