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Legal News Archive: August 2018

Construction Worker Falls Account for Startling Number of Deaths

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

Construction is the most dangerous job in America, with more than 20 percent of all worker fatalities occurring in this field.  Each day, workers die from electrocution, from falling debris, and from being caught between different types of machinery.  Though these types of deaths are far too common, falling poses the highest risk of death and injury of any construction related accident.

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Boating Accident Risks Dependent Upon Body of Water

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

Boating accidents are frighteningly common.  Each year, hundreds of people are killed and thousand injured in boat accidents, which can occur anywhere and everywhere boats are found.  Boats are commonly sailed on oceans, on rivers, and on lakes, and dependent upon the type of body of water, the most likely cause of accident changes.

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Unlicensed Contractors Can Pose Health and Safety Risks

August 29, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Using a licensed contractor is a way for homeowners and other builders to have some recourse if mistakes are made during construction.  The process of getting a license insures a certain level of liability insurance is maintained, and many municipalities document which contractors work on which projects so there is a paper trail in case of problems.  But it is not only the people paying for the project who are at risk if a licensed contractor is not used.

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Additional Info: Construction Accidents

Jet Skis Riskier Than Many Realize

August 28, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

At first glance, Jet skis seem like a safe and fun way to enjoy the water.  This illusion of safety is based in part on a popular misconception that landing in the water is less dangerous than landing on hard ground, as most people have jumped into the water on many occasions in their life and not been injured.

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Supervision Key for Camp Safety

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

Summer camp is a time-honored tradition in many families.  Growing up, many parents spent days or weeks away at camp, and now those parents wish for their children to get those same opportunities.  Day camps are an option for children not yet able to spend the night away from family, and overnight camps can be a great opportunity for kids to learn new skills and develop friendships.

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North Carolina Incident Draws Attention From OSHA

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

A terrifying scene in Asheville, North Carolina on August 20th, 2018 has drawn attention from Federal authorities.  During the incident, a scaffold slipped free from its mooring, leaving two workers scrambling to safety.  Thankfully, no one died or was significantly injured, though long-term mental suffering is a distinct possibility for both men.

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FDA Targets Dangerous Contraceptive Device

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

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cracked down on Bayer’s controversial birth control device, Essure, after repeated reports of the device migrating or causing other significant side effects.  Though the FDA initially approved the device in 2002, the government agency is now requiring Bayer to conduct further safety tests.

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Airbag Explosion Shrapnel Poses Scarring Risk

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

Over the last decade, the news has been filled with reports of faulty airbags exploding.  Nearly every major car manufacturer has been implicated in the use of these dangerous devices, and manufacturers have been closed due to the massive liability incurred.  The force of the explosions was significant enough to cause death in many cases and serious injury in many others.  In some cases, these injuries were caused by shrapnel.

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Additional Info: Auto Defects

Bariatric Surgery Increases Risk of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

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

Surgeries of all types are associated with an increased risk of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy, a neurological condition caused by a lack of B-vitamins, particularly Thiamine.  But bariatric surgeries are associated with a particularly high post-operative prevalence of this disease.

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Early Diagnosis Important in Scoliosis Patients

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

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that can affect growth and development, is treatable in a variety of ways, including through the use of back braces and surgery.  Making the proper diagnosis of Scoliosis is important, as is determining the degree of the curvature, as this information is utilized in determining the proper treatment.  When caught early, scoliosis treatment is often non-invasive.

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Signage for Wet Floors Important

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

Wet floors pose a significant risk to consumers visiting supermarkets and other stores, and also pose dangers in office buildings and other public places.  When the floor is wet and slippery, a person is much more likely to fall, and difficulty regaining balance on the way down can also increase the likelihood of significant injury.

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Expert Witnesses Not Necessary in Certain Elevator Injury Cases

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

When most people think of elevator accidents, the worst-case scenario often comes to mind, with the elevator plunging multiple stories.  These types of accidents usually result in significant injury or death.  But there are other, smaller elevator accidents that still injure many people every year.

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Holding Salons Accountable for Chemical Burns

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

A Virginia woman has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a JC Penney salon, alleging serious chemical burns to her scalp during a hair bleaching.  These types of chemical burns are surprisingly common when getting hair dyed or bleached.

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Police Crack Down on Overloaded Trucks

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

Local reports from Massachusetts, Ohio, and other parts of the country indicate that police have begun to crack down on overloaded pickup trucks, issuing citations and forcing drivers to reload their vehicles before continuing on their journey.  Though a significant inconvenience for those pulled over, these actions were necessary to combat the increased accident risk associated with these vehicles.

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Rollover Accidents Carry Highest Risk of Fatality

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

Rollover accidents are comparatively rare, with only approximately 1 out of every 50 accidents involving trucks, cars, and SUVs resulting in a rollover.  But when rollover accidents do occur, the risk of significant injury or death are extremely high.  Rollover accidents make up over one-third of traffic fatalities, despite being only two percent of accidents.

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Rear-End Collisions Pose Variety of Injuries

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

Rear-end collisions occur when the front of a trailing vehicle strikes the back end of the vehicle in front of it.  Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of automobile accidents.  In most cases, these accidents occur because the trailing vehicle is not allowing proper time and space to brake.  But in some cases, such as chain reaction accidents on highways, there is little the trailing vehicle can do to avoid a collision.

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Head On Collisions Pose Elevated Risk of Fatality

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

Vehicle accidents can occur from a variety of angles.  The most common types include rear end collisions, t-bone accidents, sideswipe accidents, and head-on collisions.  Of these, head-on collisions pose the highest risk of accident and death.

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Uneven Floors Pose Significant Tripping Hazard

August 03, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When a person visits a home, rental property, or place of business, it is not reasonable to expect them to watch the floor at all times.  There are a number of reasons a person might not be capable of looking down at the floor in front of them, including shopping, carrying bags, or simply being distracted by other things. 

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Scoliosis Surgery Poses Paralyis Risk

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

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, and the cause of most cases of scoliosis is indeterminable.  Though certain developmental disabilities (such as cerebral palsy) are associated with a higher risk of developing scoliosis, most cases do not present with any other pathology.  Most cases of scoliosis are fairly mild, but significant cases pose significant health risks, including malformation of the lung cavity.

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Nursing Homes Often Understaffed

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

Federal guidelines for nursing home staffing fail to mandate minimum levels necessary for safety, leading to a rash of falls and other injuries due to failure to answer call lights or monitor at-risk patients.  Across the country, people who need care in nursing homes are falling or suffering significant injury due to substandard care.

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