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Legal News Archive: September 2018

NYCHA Continues To Ignore Children's Safety Issues

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

Dogged for months by reports of failure to monitor housing units for lead paint and other hazards, the New York City Housing Authority now stands accused of ignoring safety hazards in Harlem playgrounds after two children were injured by rusty equipment at the end of August, 2018.

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School Insurance Does Not Guarantee Financial Safety

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

With school back in session, more and more institutions are recommending school insurance, from preschool all the way up to college.  The premise of school insurance is simple; if your child is injured on school property, or on a school field trip or at a school athletic event, the insurance company pays the medical bills or provides a lump sum payment towards them.

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New York City Fails to Properly Check Background of Bus Drivers

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

After having been caught skipping or falsifying potentially hundreds of required background checks, the City of New York has announced the intention of not only clearing this backlog but also requiring additional checks on drivers.  Bus drivers will now follow the same vetting procedure as other Department of Education staff, including requirements for fingerprinting.

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Additional Info: Bus Accidents

Contractors Must Ensure Tool Safety

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

An August 10th, 2018 construction death has been described as a freak accident, but details of the incident indicate it could have been preventable.  The death occurred when a worker utilizing a saw fell, bringing the saw down with him.  The saw cut into his neck, killing him.

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Daycare Knife Accident Underscores Importance of Proper Vetting

September 25, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An early morning attack at a daycare facility in Queens on September 21st is drawing attention to the importance of evaluating the mental health of employees who have easy access to children.  The incident, which left three infants and three adults (including the alleged assailant) hospitalized, demonstrates the importance of proper staffing of daycare and maternity centers.

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Retaining Walls Necessary for Safety

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

A retaining wall serves one purpose, but it is a very important purpose.  Retaining walls are engineered and built to hold back thousands of pounds of earth, stone, or other materials.  These safety structures are used in a variety of circumstances, whether at roadside or in homes or around commercials structures.

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Dog Walking Services May Put People at Risk

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

Dogs on walks have always posed some risk to pedestrians, as it is impossible to predict when an animal might become aggressive.  Though there are steps a person can take to mitigate the risk, such as never approaching an unfamiliar dog, being careful around dogs that are sleeping, and not startling a dog with loud noises, there is often little a person can do to avoid an animal that is being walked down the street.

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Technology to Curb Distracted Driving

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

As distracted driving continues to cause thousands of accidents a year, technology companies are looking to curb a dangerous behavior they helped to create. Where twenty years ago distracted driving was a rarity, as cellphones and other devices have become ubiquitous, so too have the accidents caused by them. Now, cellphone manufacturers and other technology providers are starting to recognize their responsibility to society. 

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Negligence in Sports Injuries Can Be Difficult to Identify

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

Millions of American children take part in sports, whether it be pickup games at the park, Little League, or school teams.  Sports can be a great opportunity for a young person to learn social skills as well as get exercise.  Children who participate in sports develop self-discipline as well as learning to follow rules.

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Additional Info: School Injuries

World Suicide Prevention Day Drawing Attention to Increased Risk Factors

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

Each year, World Suicide Prevention Day occurs on September 10th, with the intention of drawing attention to what people can do to lower the risks of people they know taking their own lives.  The risk factors for suicide are well-established, with depression being one of the most common and causative.  Recognizing symptoms of depression in loved ones can literally save a life.

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Swing Sets Pose a Risk to Students

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

Most playground equipment poses some risk to childhood safety.  A child can fall over the side of the slide, or be thrown by the merry-go-round, or fall off the monkey bars.  But swing sets pose a particularly elevated risk of injury, due to a variety of factors, most of which can be mitigated with proper supervision.

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Communication Key to Concussion Treatment

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

Past research has indicated that only approximately half of all childhood concussions are reported to doctors.  The reason for this low reporting rate lies in a variety of factors, including parents being unwilling or unable to afford the medical care associated with a concussion.  In those instances, the parent might opt to have the child “sleep it off.”

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Fraternities Acknowledge Dangers of Past Practices

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

The number of alcohol-related deaths and injuries at fraternity parties over the last decade has attracted national attention to bad practices that have long dominated this aspect of campus life.  Though not as publicized as incidents elsewhere, the 2013 death of a Baruch University freshman showed New Yorkers just how dangerous these practices could be.

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Falling Debris Poses Risk to Workers and Pedestrians

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

Construction work generates a great deal of debris, especially during the demolition phase.  Tearing down drywall, pulling out framing, and cutting through block and concrete generates not only dangerous dust (requiring the use of face masks) but also large chunks of wood, cement, and other materials. 

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NYCHA Prioritized Fun Over Protecting Children

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

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has been under fire for nearly a year for failing to properly protect the children of New York from exposure to lead paint and lead pipes in older apartments.  Despite being trusted with enforcement of important policies regarding lead exposure, the NYCHA was consistently derelict in its duties, leaving thousands of housing units uninspected and un-remediated.  Now, the reason for this dereliction has become clearer.

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Despite Improvements, Drowning Deaths Remain Too Common

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

Pool safety has been a focus of building codes around the country for decades, yet the incidence of childhood drowning remains startlingly high.  Each year, about two children per day die from drowning, and another ten are treated at the emergency room.  This, despite requirements to fence pools to keep kids from falling in.

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