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Legal News Archive: November 2017

Safety Hazards for People With Disabilities

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

The world is a dangerous place.  Commonplace actions like crossing the street or driving home from work put your health and safety at risk.  You never know when another car might blow through a stop sign, or when a driver might be too busy checking his text messages to notice you in the crosswalk.

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Additional Info: Railroad/Train Accidents

Pedestrians Not Safe on Sidewalk

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

Pedestrian safety is under-prioritized in most of the country.  Since so many Americans drive, bike, or take mass transit that minimizes the need to use their feet, they do not understand just how vulnerable those who do walk everywhere are.  The assumption is that street safety alone will protect a person on foot, or that looking both ways before crossing streets and facing traffic while walking will keep you safe.  But it does not always work that way.

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Drunk Driving Accidents Happen Any Time, Any Place

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

If you are on the streets, in a parking lot, or any other place that a drunk driver can reach with their vehicle, then you are at risk.  There is nowhere that is completely safe, because there is nowhere that an intoxicated person will not potentially drive.  When under the effects of alcohol, people make bad decisions, including responding to a call for volunteer firefighters.

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Certain Aircraft Have Crash Implications

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

When news first broke that Roy Halladay, former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, was killed in a plane accident on November 7th, 2017, the sports world stopped to grieve.  Mr. Halladay was long known as one of the true “good guys,” beloved by fans and teammates alike.  To a generation of baseball watchers, Roy Halladay embodied the idea of what a player should be.

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Vitamin Deficiencies Can Cause Long-Term Disability

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

Wernicke’s Encephalopathy, a condition where lesions develop in the central nervous system due to a lack of Thiamine in the body, can cause long-term disability or even death.  A swift diagnosis is of paramount importance when dealing with the disease, as lesions can get worse without rapid Thiamine supplementation to combat the progress of the illness.

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Additional Info: Medical Malpractice

Paying Attention to Food Allergies in Children

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

Multiple news agencies are reporting the story of Elijah Silvera, a 3-year-old boy who died at his nursery school after being fed a grilled cheese sandwich.  The young child suffered from a severe dairy allergy, and the cheese in the sandwich put him into anaphylactic shock.  Investigators are still at work determining whether or not the hospital could have done more to save him, but it is already clear the preschool badly mismanaged the situation.

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Additional Info: Negligent Supervision

Ignoring the People Puts Others at Risk

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

When determining whether or not a certain street or intersection is safe, a good first step is to ask the people who frequent it.  Pedestrians in particular are usually aware of potential traffic issues, such as habitual speeding, ignoring traffic signals, or need for a crosswalk in a certain area, and urban planners would be wise to consult with locals when making determinations about traffic in certain areas. 

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Placing the Blame on the Victim All Too Common

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

A husband and father of three is counseling others not to automatically assume the injuries suffered by his wife and child in a train accident were the result of poor decision-making.  The accident occurred October 22nd, 2017, in Clayton County, Georgia.  The mother and her children were taking a shortcut across train tracks to shave a few minutes off their afternoon commute.

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