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Legal News Archive: January 2018

Elder Abuse Comes in Many Forms

January 16, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 67-year-old man was arrested on December 31st, 2017, in Slidell, Louisiana for suspicion of taking part in a “Nigerian Prince” scheme.  This scam, where an individual online poses as foreign royalty and asks for money to help them secure their inheritance, is one of the more famous and far reaching internet schemes.

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The Devastating Effects of California Mudslides

January 15, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A recent string of wildfires in California has left the state susceptible to mudslides.  These blazes destroy the underbrush, trees, and root systems that provide stability to hills and washes, increasing the likelihood of devastating mudslides occurring.  When heavy rains hit the areas where fires recently burned, the weather and the resulting mud forced thousands from their homes and resulted in eight deaths with seventeen still missing.

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A Setback with Drunk Driving Arrests

January 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Public perception of the dangers of drunk driving has mostly trended in the right direction for the last four decades.  Since MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was founded in 1980, outreach by educators, experts, and law enforcement has slowly lowered the rate at which people drive while under the influence.  Drunk driving education takes place in most high schools, targeting students who are not yet even old enough to drive to make it clear to them how unsafe this behavior is.

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Cutting Edge Treatment for Sepsis

January 11, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A study presented in the December, 2017 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights a potential breakthrough treatment for sepsis.  Sepsis, which affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, and which is fatal in one third of emergent cases where prompt treatment does not take place, is a major danger in hospitals and other medical settings due to poor diagnostic tests.

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Natural Treatment for Necrotizing Enterocolitis

January 10, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Researchers still struggle to find the cause of Necrotizing Enterocolitis, a devastating disease that affects thousands of newborns each year.  Though the illness often occurs in clusters, indicating an environmental cause, that cause is still unknown.  And because so little is known about what causes the disease, doctors are often too slow to make a diagnosis.

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Inexperience and Alcohol are a Bad Combination While Boating

January 08, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Boating safety is a multi-faceted process.  Though putting on a life vest goes a long way towards decreasing the risk of accidental drowning, there is a lot more to being safe on a lake or ocean than just flotation devices.  This is particularly true of smaller boats, where there are no guardrails or other barriers to keep you from falling overboard.

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Fire Safety Imperative with Children

January 05, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A major fire in the Bronx on December 28th, 2017 was started by a toddler playing with a stove, according to investigators.  The deadly blaze, one of the deadliest in New York history, killed 12 people and left four more critically injured.  As the fire spread from apartment to apartment, and as flames rendered the main stairwell unusable, firefighters risked their own lives to pull as many people from the conflagration as they could.  And as soon as the fire was out, people were left wondering what had been the source of ignition, only to discover it was a preventable blaze.

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When Safety is Not a Priority

January 04, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When an Amtrak train derailed in Washington State on December 18th, 2017, civilians and government officials immediately began to wonder what went wrong.  A local mayor went on the record, saying he expected something to go wrong with that stretch of line.  Whenever a train derailment occurs, there are many possible explanations, from mechanical problems to driver error.  Determining the cause is important to limiting the likelihood of a similar event occurring in the future.

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