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Legal News Archive: February 2018

Following Trails No Guarantee of Safety

February 20, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 14-year old was killed in Jefferson County, Wisconsin on February 10th, 2018 while snowmobiling with friends.  The boy and others were following a trail when he misjudged a corner and careened off the road, striking a chain link fence.  By the time medical professionals arrived, it was too late to save him.

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Additional Info: Snowmobile Accidents

A Case Study in All That Can Go Wrong

February 19, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It has been nearly a year since actor Bill Paxton passed away on February 25th, 2017 due to complications from heart surgery.  Millions mourned a man who left an indelible mark on the motion picture industry, recognizing that all medical procedures carry risk, and assuming that due to his fame and wealth Paxton must have received the very best treatment money can buy.  Unfortunately, this was not the case.

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Additional Info: Surgical Errors

Large Accidents Put Stress on Emergency Response System

February 14, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In most jurisdictions, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) receive hours of training to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to those involved in an accident or other emergent health situation.  Cities strive to ensure enough personnel are available at a moment’s notice to improve opportunities for good outcomes for anyone who suffers a heart attack, a car accident, or any other incident.  But when a large scale accident occurs, these resources are stressed to the limit.

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Additional Info: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Improper Positioning Yields Poor Results

February 13, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A variety of issues can occur with diagnostic radiology.  Oftentimes, scans are not read promptly, and a delayed diagnosis can lead to a poor outcome for a patient.  Other times scans are read incorrectly, with the radiologist missing a clear indication of disease.  This is frequently even more disastrous than a delayed reading, as a missed reading can lead to a person suffering damage from an illness for months or even years before it is finally caught.

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Additional Info: Radiologist

Florida to Address Loophole Regarding Boating Accidents

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

Legislators in Florida are seeking to pass “Ellie’s Law,” an initiative that would require licensing and mandate training classes for operators of airboats.  Though many types of marine vehicles already require drivers to be properly trained before transporting tourists, a loophole in existing laws failed to extend those requirements to all vessels.  Now, a law addressing this loophole has passed out of Committee in the Florida House of Representatives.

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Additional Info: Boat Accidents

Ride Sharing Does Not Eliminate All Risk

February 09, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft are popular choices for people looking to get home after a late night out, particularly after a few drinks have been enjoyed.  This is a responsible thing to do, recognizing that it is not safe to drive after drinking and hiring someone else to do it for you.  Unfortunately, just because you do the right thing, there is no guarantee that others will.

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Additional Info: Drunk Driving Accidents

Vacation Rentals and Proper Maintenance

February 02, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is easy to take for granted that something that works once will keep working.  This is particularly true of heating and cooling systems and appliances, where so long as the temperature stays comfortable and the stove keeps cooking, we assume that everything is just fine.  But major problems can occur with appliances and heating systems that are not immediately apparent.

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Additional Info: Carbon Monoxide

Texting While Driving Under Review in Florida

February 01, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is already against the law to text while driving in the state of Florida, but the police are not allowed to pull motorists over unless the driver is violating other statutes.  Texting while driving is not designated a primary offense by legislators.  But a new law, recently passed through the state judiciary committee, seeks to change that.

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Additional Info: Distracted Driving

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