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Legal News Archive: October 2017

Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween

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

Fifty years ago, decorating for Halloween was not the all-encompassing activity it has become now for many Americans.  Decorations existed, and were purchasable at stores, but the sheer number of electronic and large-scale ghosts and witches just didn’t exist.  More and more real estate is given over to these accoutrements, and trick or treating is becoming more dangerous because of it.

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Elder Abuse Comes In Many Forms

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

When we think of nursing home abuse, we might first think of physical abuse, where patients are manhandled or even beaten.  Staff being physically or even sexually inappropriate with patients happens all too often.  Then, we might think of neglect, where basic patient care is ignored, allowing bedsores to develop, or a patient is allowed to fall because proper supports are not in place.

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Freak Accidents Usually Caused by Negligence

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

Five Michigan teenagers, ranging in age from 15-17, are facing significant charges after a man was killed by rocks they were dropping off a highway overpass.  The teens insisted it was all intended as a prank, but the local District Attorney is not interested in their excuses.  They caused a man’s death, and they will face the appropriate charges.  The teenagers are being charged as adults for their malicious actions.

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Counter Intuitive: Surgical Errors with Technology

October 26, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Intuitive Surgical is receiving glowing write-ups in many financial papers.  Their technology, which uses robots to perform surgeries, is painted as the future of all procedures.  Intuitive Surgical claims that having a doctor use joysticks and other interactive controllers to manipulate the surgical robot leads to less scarring and fewer complications, and Wall Street is rewarding the company for this claim.

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Holding Businesses Accountable

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

The death of a Chicago teen has been ruled an accident.  The case, which transfixed the nation after Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a hotel walk-in freezer, can now have some small amount of closure.  Still, the coroner’s report will not completely assuage fears generated by social media and internet articles on the case.

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Certain Factors Increase Risk of Pedestrian Accidents

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

A Brockton, Massachusetts woman is dead after being struck crossing a street between two local businesses on October 14th, 2017.  The woman was on her way to lunch with a friend when she was struck and killed by oncoming traffic.  She suffered significant head trauma and was dead before reaching the hospital.

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Communication is Key to Safety

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

A 28-year-old man in Antioch, Illinois was arrested on October 8th, 2017, after a firework accident at a party he attended.  The young man had brought fireworks with him to the party, and a woman lit one thinking it was a candle.  The explosive went off in her hand, requiring a trip to the hospital for her and a small child.

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Monitoring Toxic Chemicals Not Always a Priority

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

Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland has issued a call to the EPA to begin enforcing regulations on Chlorosulfonic Acid after an accident in Baltimore exposed hundreds of people to the dangerous substance.  The accident, which resulted in a vapor cloud that affected an entire neighborhood, drew calls from local residents for politicians to intervene in areas affected by factories working with this dangerous substance.

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Determining an Accident Involving Minors Not Always Easy

October 19, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A Canton, Ohio teenager is dead after a skateboarding accident on October 3rd, 2017.  The 16-year-old was hanging out with friends, holding onto a car while riding his board, when something went wrong.  He fell and struck his head.  The young man was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident

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Hit and Run Accidents Leave Evidence Behind

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

A woman in Milford, Connecticut is facing charges following an October 1st, 2017 hit and run accident.  Hit and run accidents can be very difficult for police to investigate, but in this situation, determining the vehicle involved was easy because the woman left the bumper of her car behind when she fled.  When police confronted her, she admitted to being the driver and was arrested.

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What to Know About Parking Lot Carnivals

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

It has only been a few months since the terrible accident at the Ohio State Fair, but already memories of that awful tragedy are beginning to fade.  People are flocking back to amusement parks, State Fairs, and other places where thrill rides are offered.  Many of these are static locations, such as Disneyland or the Six Flags parks.  Some, like State Fairs, travel but stay in each location for multiple days or even weeks.  But there are other purveyors of these attractions that are much more mobile.

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Instagram and Plastic Surgeons Not a Good Combination

October 11, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Plastic surgery is a cut-throat business, with thousands of practitioners competing for customers.  Generating business is the key to generating revenue, and many plastic surgeons are motivated as much by their bottom line as by a desire to help people.  This is not true of all of them.  Some plastic surgeons specialize in reconstruction of facial abnormalities such as cleft palates, and many of them don’t even need to advertise.  But a profit motive is common.

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Missed Heart Attack Diagnoses Still Far Too Common

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

For years the media has been reporting on missed heart attacks, where a heart attack occurs but is not diagnosed for hours, days, or even weeks.  These episodes are particularly worrisome because prompt treatment is so important for positive outcomes in the case of cardiac arrest or other cardiovascular events. 

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Prompt Treatment Lacking at Some Medical Facilities

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

It’s been over three years since Angel Rivera was left to die in the waiting room of the ER at Lincoln Hospital in New York.  On July 19th, 2014, Mr. Rivera was brought in after suffering a head injury.  Head injuries are recognized by medical professionals as particularly dangerous, in part because so many symptoms can be hidden until it is too late, and because of the high likelihood of death or disability if prompt treatment doesn’t take place.  This is particularly true of brain bleeds and subdural hematomas, which may have few if any visible signs.

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Bullying at the Next Level Puts Children at Risk

October 05, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Bullying has become an epidemic in American schools.  Every day, hundreds of thousands of students are subjected to humiliating experiences by their classmates or, in some cases, by teachers and administrators.  Though steps are being taken nationwide to address this issue, many school districts and individual schools are woefully behind the times in instituting common sense precautions to minimize the effects of bullying.

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Colonoscopy Procedures and Advances

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

Colonoscopies are recommended for routine cancer screening for Americans over the age of 50.  Millions of these procedures are performed every year.  During a colonoscopy, a long thin tube, called an endoscope, is inserted into the rectum, then navigated by a surgeon until it reaches the colon.  Once there, a camera is used to look for polyps or any other signs of cancer or other disease.

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Unsafe Tour Bus Practices Post Danger to Passengers

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

If you were to sit down and design the most unsafe situation for a passenger on a tour bus, you would look at three things: the driver, the bus, and the environment.  Evaluating each, you would determine what details each might possess that would increase the risk of a dangerous accident occurring.  And, even if you tried, you might fail to create a situation as dangerous as the one that left 3 dead and 18 injured in New York City on September 18, 2017.

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