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Legal News Archive: July 2018

Owners Ignore Warning Behaviors of Dogs

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

Dog bites can cause significant injury and even death.  When a dog bites a person, there is a risk of damage to muscle and bone, and also a risk of infection.  But the most significant risk comes from nerve damage.  A particularly vicious dog bite can sever a nerve entirely, permanently damaging the limb and even carrying a risk of amputation.

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Boilers Present Explosion Risk

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

A boiler explosion in a Texas hospital on June 26th, 2018 left one dead and fifteen injured.  The explosion destroyed large portions of the facility and forced residents of nearby long-term care facilities and nursing homes to be moved.  A natural gas explosion occurred elsewhere nearby earlier in the day, but Atmos Energy Mid-Tex is denying any relationship between the two incidents as police and local officials continue to investigate.

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Vacation Boating Rides Enticing but Dangerous

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

An accident in Missouri on July 19th, 2018, left 17 dead, including nine members of one family.  The duck boat capsized in a heavy storm, leaving rescue officials scrambling to save as many lives as they could.  Sadly, the weather interfered with rescue efforts, and despite the best efforts of officials those seventeen people perished.

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Batteries in Electric Cars Pose Risk of Recurrent Ignition

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

Battery packs of electric cars manufactured by Tesla have demonstrated significant risks of ignition and re-ignition.  The most recent incident occurred in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 18th, when a battery pack ignited after a high speed collision, causing a fire that killed two young men and left another injured.

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Multiple Bicycle Accidents at Same Intersection

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

An incident in Connecticut is drawing attention to the fact that some intersections are the site of recurrent bicycle-car accidents.  A six year old boy on a bicycle was struck and killed by a car in Bristol, Connecticut on July 24th, 2018 while at an intersection where a bike path meets a road.  This is the third fatal accident involving a child on a bicycle at that intersection.

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Motorcycle DUI Puts Everyone At Risk

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

Whenever a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, he puts people at risk.  Most of the time, people associate the dangers of driving under the influence with people piloting automobiles.  But motorcycle drivers can be just as dangerous as car drivers when they have a drink and still choose to operate a vehicle.

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Postpartum Risks from Retained Products of Conception

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

Retained Products of Conception (RPOC) are remnants of the placenta and other tissue which can remain in the uterus postpartum.  Doctors should carefully monitor for signs of RPOC, as this condition leaves the mother particularly vulnerable to developing sepsis.  One of the most common, and dangerous, signs of RPOC is sustained vaginal bleeding.  When this occurs, bacteria have an easier path and infection is more likely to occur.

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Long Term Effects of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

July 21, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Carbon monoxide exposure is a hidden menace that can occur in a variety of situations, mostly involving enclosed spaces and machinery or appliances.  Running a vehicle in a garage or using poorly ventilated stoves or water heaters runs the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Fires, including house fires, apartment fires, and even in some cases campfires, also pose a risk.

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Delayed Diagnosis or Treatment of Osteomyelitis

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

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone, frequently caused by Staphylococcus aureus but also associated with other bacteria.  Osteomyelitis can occur in any individual, but is most commonly associated with patients who have undergone certain treatments or suffered certain diseases.  Osteomyelitis is more common after a joint replacement or after a wound becomes infected.

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Spike in Child Pool Deaths

July 18, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A ten percent spike in toddler drowning deaths shows 420 deaths in 2015 to 462 deaths in 2016.Though toddlers and children can drown in any body of water, no matter how small, the vast majority of these deaths are linked to swimming pools.

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Finz Firm Attorney Spotlight: Ben Jacobs

July 17, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Ben Jacobs, an experienced litigator and appellate attorney, is the newest addition to our legal team.  Ben grew up in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University, and then received his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard American Civil Liberties Union and a student attorney at the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project.  

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Hundreds of Children Exposed to Lead Paint Risks

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

Since investigative reporting first revealed the New York City Housing Authority had failed in its duty to monitor apartments and homes for lead paint, the city and Mayor have consistently attempted to downplay the extent of the problem.  Yet as reporters have continued to dig, indications are that the initial reports actually understated the number of children at risk.  New reports have revised the number of at-risk children up to approximately 800 kids.

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Cause of Pool Accidents Not Always Evident

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

Of the four people who entered the Durham, North Carolina pool just after midnight on June 19th, 2018, only one emerged alive, and police are questioning the survivor in hopes of determining precisely what was responsible for the deaths of the three others.  The three bodies were discovered floating in the apartment complex pool by residents at approximately 3:30 am.

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Car Companies Cut Corners on Recalls

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

A Toyota dealer has filed a lawsuit against the car company that provides the vast majority of his inventory, alleging Toyota performed subpar repairs in response to a problem with cars stalling out unexpectedly.  Rather than replace the inverter on the Prius models in question, the company simply had dealers perform a software update that left many vehicles still under-performing.

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Forceps Pose Risk of Birth Injury

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

During labor and delivery, the doctor makes many choices that drastically affect the long-term health prognosis for both mother and child.  Choosing the method of delivery is one of the most pivotal decisions a physician makes.  Though mother and father should have input on this decision, in the stress of the moment the doctor is often free to make the choice on his or her own.  And if the parents do protest, the doctor can claim a medical emergency requires certain interventions.

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Hospitals Turn to AI to Fix Human Error

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

Hospitals around the country continue to grapple with an ongoing problem with patient falls.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of inpatients suffer unnecessarily due to falls, and despite changes in practices and policies and procedures, nurses continue to arrive too late to prevent these injuries.

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