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Legal News Archive: March 2018

Stay Clear of Trucks Travelling at High Speeds

March 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A motorist stranded next to their disabled vehicle was killed by a gravel truck on February 12th, 2018, in Yuba County, California.  The gravel truck took a turn too fast, leading it to tip over and crush the deceased in what is being described as a freak accident.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Continue to Market Dangerous Drugs

March 30, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Every once in a while, a pharmaceutical company will release a drug dangerous enough to draw national attention.  Whether it be Zoloft causing significant birth defects, Paxil being associated with suicidal ideation, or Ambien causing people to do dangerous things in their sleep, these cases temporarily remind the American public of how dangerous a medication can be.  But these major incidents actually understate the scope of the problem.

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Staying Safe by Limiting Hazardous Cargo

March 30, 2018 | Fin

Any tanker truck or semi on the highway has the potential to cause death and destruction if an accident occurs, simply due to the immensity of the vehicle.  These trucks often weigh in excess of ten thousand pounds, significantly heavier than passenger vehicles.  When an accident occurs between a car and a truck, the car bears the brunt of it.

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Tow Truck Accidents are Extremely Common

March 27, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Tow trucks are associated with accidents by many because, because they are often used to transport vehicles that have sustained significant damage.  People are used to seeing these vehicles at these scenes.  But tow trucks are actually often involved in accidents themselves, accounting for a large percentage of truck accidents.

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Pedestrian Bridge Accident an Example of Poor Construction

March 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A terrible tragedy in Florida is drawing attention to all the elements that can go wrong when constructing a bridge.  The pedestrian bridge was not yet open when the bridge collapsed on March 15th, 2018, killing six people.  Sadly, traffic was allowed to continue to pass under the bridge even while it was being built, putting lives in unnecessary danger.

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Blind Spots on Large Trucks

March 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Blind spots are an annoyance for most drivers, though careful adjustment of rear-view mirrors can all but eliminate them.  Still, despite those adjustments, most drivers have experienced the heart-pounding moment when a vehicle seems to emerge from nowhere and almost causes an accident.

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Five Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents

March 23, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Accidents involving large trucks are particularly dangerous, due to the size and weight of the vehicles.  Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but the vast majority of accidents occur due to one of five factors.  These factors include driver error, poor vehicle maintenance, equipment failure, improperly loaded cargo, and flying or falling debris.

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Improper and Insufficient Training a Factor in Trucking Accidents

March 23, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A Commercial Driver’s License is required to drive a semi or certain other large trucks in most jurisdictions.  For long-haul trucking, attendance at a trucking school is usually the introduction to the profession.  These schools are designed to ensure that truckers receive the necessary training to be safe before they start piloting vehicles that weight in excess of three tons.

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Questions Regarding Uber Screening Process

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

Uber maintains limited control over those who drive for them, requiring only a basic background check to determine whether or not someone is a licensed driver and learn a few facts about their driving and criminal histories.  These limitations likely exist to keep Uber from having to claim their drivers as employees so the company can instead continue to consider them as sub-contractors.  Uber cannot set schedules or other requirements due to labor laws without acknowledging drivers as employees.

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Extension of Statute of Limitations Could Allow Justice for Child Victims

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

The New York State Legislature is considering a proposal to extend the Statute of Limitations for child-sex crimes.  The bill, called the Child Victims Act, has not yet been brought to the floor for a vote, but Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed support for it and even included funding for it in his proposed budget.

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Casinos on Board Cruise Ships Post Challenges

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

A January 15th, 2018 fire aboard a boat ferrying people to and from an offshore casino in Florida left one dead and fourteen injured.  The fire completely destroyed the small craft, causing difficulties for the Coast Guard as they attempt to investigate the cause of the conflagration.  The cause of death for the 42 year old mother of two is still pending as a full autopsy must be informed, but early indications are that smoke inhalation may have played a decisive factor.

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Red Light Running Impossible to Predict

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

Pedestrians are significantly more likely to suffer major injuries or be killed if involved in an accident than a driver.  Without the protection of hundreds of pounds of steel to disperse weight, even a minor accident can result in death or disability.  This is particularly true of small children, who have even less mass to absorb any impact.

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Three Indicted for Child Endangerment

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

Three preschool staff in Des Plaines, Indiana are under indictment after serving melatonin gummies to small children under their care.  The three women administered the supplement to toddlers before naptime, hoping to force the children to fall asleep and make their own jobs easier.  One of the women was caught by management, leading to an investigation that implicated two other staff.

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Opioids Underperform Traditional Painkillers

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

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been prescribed opioids over the last twenty years on the promise that these dangerous drugs provided significant pain relief, particularly for chronic pain.  Millions of Vicodin and Oxycontin have been dispensed, and now Fentanyl patches have caused hundreds of deaths across the country, ravaging communities in many states.

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NYCHA in the Forefront

March 08, 2018 | Fin\

The New York City Housing Authority is being sued by a tenant advocacy group after years of inaction to enforce existing laws.  The issues originally came to light in October of 2017 when the New York Times ran a series of articles detailing how the NYCHA had not performed its duties to monitor public housing for mold and lead paint issues, resulting in thousands of children being unnecessarily exposed to toxic substances.

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Detroit Incident Recalls St. Barnabas Exposure

March 07, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A health care worker in Michigan may have exposed over 600 people to tuberculosis over the last year and a half. The worker tested positive for the dangerous disease only recently, leading to a scramble to identify and notify as many potentially exposed people as possible. The worker was employed at three different facilities over that time, casting a wide net of potential infection.
 
It has been ten years since a similar incident at St. Barnabas hospital in New York risked the lives and health of hundreds of patients, including infants. Whenever an incident like this occurs, it makes it clear just how vulnerable the health system is to the spread of disease, as a single infected worker can make hundreds of people ill.
 
Tuberculosis is a dangerous disease for a variety of reasons, including the fact it can lay dormant in the system for years. Symptoms of tuberculosis include:
 
  • A persistent cough
  • Blood in phlegm
  • High fever
  • Chills and body aches
A skin test can determine whether or not a person has been exposed to tuberculosis, but diagnosing an active case requires symptomology. Untreated tuberculosis can be fatal, and in some instances drug resistant strains of tuberculosis have caused significant treatment difficulties. Containing the spread of the infection is important, as it could mutate again and become even more difficult to treat.
 
If you have been exposed to tuberculosis, life can become much more complicated. For those with a career in the health and social services field, obtaining work can become much more complicated, and there can be significant medical bills associated with the diagnosis. Please, consult with an experienced attorney about making a case against the person or company responsible for the exposure.

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Automobile Industry Has a Recall Problem

March 06, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

AlixPartners is a firm that specializes in turning around ailing companies.  In a January 2018 report, the organization set its sights on the automobile industry, identifying problems that car manufacturers need to overcome in the coming years.  Foremost among those problems is an addiction to recalls.

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Liposuction Not Always Cosmetic Surgery

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

Most people have a cursory understanding of what liposuction entails, gleaned from movies and television rather than from health experts.  The general public would likely describe the surgery as an elective, cosmetic procedure to remove body fat, particularly fat from the stomach.  The general public would likely also expect that the reason for the procedure is to be skinnier.

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E. Coli and the Responsibility of the CDC

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

An outbreak of E. coli in late 2017 left 26 people significantly ill and 2 people dead.  An investigation by Canadian authorities linked the bacteria to Romaine lettuce, and the CDC simply took the report at face value and closed their own investigation despite differences in the bacterial strains between the US and Canadian outbreaks.

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Accutane Linked to Teenaged Murderer

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

Accutane (or isotretinoin) is an anti-acne medication that has long been linked with variety of very serious side effects.  Young women prescribed the drug were required to be on birth control due to the high prevalence of significant birth defects.  The drug was also linked to serious behavioral side effects, including:

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