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Legal News Archive: August 2017

Finz Firm Employee Spotlight: Laura Castel

August 30, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Between the time she started work with the Finz Firm in August 2016, to just celebrating her one-year employment anniversary, Legal Assistant Laura Castel has her work cut out for her supporting the firm’s large team of attorneys.  Laura’s husband—who is also the firm’s investigator—alerted Laura to the opening at the firm last summer.  She had been working for the regional office at ReMax managing monthly accounting for all New York offices for many years, when the company underwent restructuring due to a buy-out.  With her husband already working at the firm, Laura knew she would find value in assisting the caseload that the attorneys handle.

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Failure to Learn From Mistakes: A Recurring Spot for Train Accidents

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

A train accident is always terrifying.  Whenever a large machine like a train collides with anything, be it a car or another train, the risk of significant injury is always high.  Forty-two people were injured on August 22nd, 2017, when a high speed commuter train struck a parked train in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.  Witnesses reported seeing blood everywhere and a scene of chaos.

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Drunk Driving on the Water

August 25, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

By this point, most people are well aware of the dangers of driving a car while under the influence.  Drunk driving results in thousands of deaths every year across the country, and most states and towns have cracked down on it, with significant sentencing requirements for people who get a DUI.  Checkpoints and other types of proactive policing are an accepted part of community attempts to keep people safe.

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Viewing the Eclipse at School

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

A number of schools across the country opted to close for the day to celebrate the August 21st, 2017 eclipse.  Celebrating the eclipse is wonderful, but schools were likely motivated as much by safety as by science.  For larger school districts, having responsibility for thousands of children during a dangerous event such as a solar eclipse just did not make sense.

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Dangers of Missed Diagnosis of Broken Bone

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

Like most professional sports teams, the New Orleans Saints maintain a stable of team doctors to help them diagnose and treat injuries their players suffer on the field.  Concussions have dominated the NFL news cycle for years, but football players are likely to suffer a variety of other injuries, including torn ligaments and broken bones.  But even with a team of doctors dedicated to only one thing, the doctors missed Delvin Breaux’s broken leg.

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Distracted Driving and Nature

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

An eclipse made its way across America on August 21st, 2017.  Though only a full eclipse in parts of the country, even a partial eclipse is a rare and awe-inspiring sight.  Decades can pass between eclipses, and many Americans hosted viewing parties with specialty equipment and glasses to make it safe to stare at the sun.

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Keeping Students Safe from Inappropriate Boundaries

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

Sometimes it seems you cannot watch the news for more than a week without seeing another story about a teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student.  Parents can no longer send their children off to school without worrying that educators could be predators.  It was always difficult raising teenagers to have appropriate boundaries, but when the teachers are taking advantage of vulnerable youngsters, it can seem almost impossible for a parent to keep their child safe.

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Power Line Height Causes Death

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

It’s not our fault.  That is the sentiment of the people in charge of the lake where three Boy Scouts were electrocuted to death on August 5th, 2017.  Two older Eagle Scouts were teaching a younger boy how to sail when their mast struck a power line 30 feet above the lake.  Two of the boys were dead by the time a rescue team arrived, and the third perished soon after.

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Contaminated Endoscope at Kaiser Permanente

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

On June 22nd, 2017, a Maryland medical facility issued a warning to patients that an endoscope used for colonoscopies was possibly contaminated.  At least 23 patients are believed to be potentially affected.  The Kaiser Permanente facility in Largo insists that proper sanitizing protocols were followed, but that a defect in the scope itself opens up the possibility for cross-contamination.

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Insurance Company Demands Substandard Repairs

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

Anyone who has ever been in an auto accident that required vehicle repairs can testify to how annoying the process can be.  Your insurance provider will usually direct you to certain mechanics in your area who are on their list of approved providers.  You can use a different provider, but you might be responsible for additional costs past what the insurer would pay their own mechanic.

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis Extends Beyond Initial Exam

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

Almost all women are familiar with two types of breast exams.  The first of these, the physical exam, is performed each year as part of the annual physical.  The physician, frequently the woman’s gynecologist, will check the breasts and armpits for lumps or other abnormalities.  Women will also be asked if they have had any symptoms, such as pain in the area.

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New York Park Safety a Concern

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

Parents in New York City have spent the summer months complaining of rodent infestations in the city parks.  The issue, in part caused by the city using mechanical traps instead of poison for six months per year, has left many in fear for their children’s safety.  Rats can spread a variety of diseases, and are a risk to bite children who get near them.  Rats have been spotted all over the parks, near playground equipment and even in sandboxes where toddlers regularly play. 

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Two Out of Three is Bad: Automobile Recalls Among the Big 3

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

It has not been a good few weeks for the Big 3 US automakers.  The Big 3, so-called because they are the three largest motor vehicle manufacturers in the country, is comprised of Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler.  Now, two of those three, GM and Ford, are being forced into large scale recalls.

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Loose Railings and Other Safety Issues of Concern on Cruise Ships

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

On Friday, August 4th, 2017, a three-year-old girl fell from her family's stateroom balcony to the ship deck below.  The railings installed on the Carnival Cruise Ship were insufficient to keep the toddler safe.  She is listed in stable condition at a Florida hospital after she was airlifted by helicopter from the cruise ship.

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Airplane Seats Could Contribute to Deep Vein Thrombosis

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

In a July 29th ruling, a panel of three judges has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to look into seat sizes on commercial airplanes.  The ruling came in response to advocacy groups pressuring the government to explain why airline seats have been getting smaller and smaller over the years.

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A Deadly Trip to the State Fair

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

On July 24th, 2017, the Columbus Dispatch ran an article entitled “Rides will be ready despite set-up delays.”  The article referenced recent flooding in the area, which made it impossible for the Ohio State Fair to begin deploying the various rides and attractions.  The ride inspectors hurried around the grounds in an attempt to keep everything on track for the scheduled opening day.

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Boating Accidents Can Occur Outside of the Water

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

Boating accidents are extremely common, with over 4,000 incidents per year, according to the Coast Guard.  Out on the open water is not the only time boat accidents occur.  Boating accidents can occur in drydock, in the harbor, or while towing the boat.  But one particularly dangerous time is when the boat is being lowered into the water.

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Long-Term Exposure to TCP Could Be Deadly

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

TCP (or 1,2,3-Trichloropropane) is just now starting to draw the attention it deserves as a dangerous water contaminant.  The substance, which is a byproduct of a variety of chemical reactions used in industries, is also occasionally intentionally manufactured for industrial use.  It is primarily a high powered solvent used to thin paint or degrease machinery.  Unfortunately, it is also highly toxic to humans.

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FDA Cuts Deal with Device Makers

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

Recalls of medical devices have become frightfully common over the last ten years.  Rather than being absolutely certain of the safety of a product before it’s released, more and more manufacturers have taken to putting their product on the market and letting patients learn for themselves how dangerous the devices are.

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