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Legal News Archive: October 2018

Unlicensed Limo Driver Had History of Similar Accidents

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

Initial reports following the limousine accident that left twenty dead indicated the driver lacked the proper credential to pilot the vehicle in question.  New York State law requires a commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement to operate limousines, and though the driver had a standard driver’s license, he lacked the necessary commercial license or endorsement.

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Additional Info: Taxi Accidents

Drowning Not Only Risk from Pools

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

A New Jersey man died on September 30th, 2018, from a rare brain eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri.  He had recently returned from a vacation to Waco, Texas, and may have contracted the deadly parasite from the wave pool at the facility where he stayed.  Investigators are collecting water samples to determine whether or not other bathers may be at risk, and the owner has promised to participate in all requested investigations.

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Additional Info: Swimming Pool Accidents

Limo Accident Draws Attention to Poor Regulation

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

A limousine accident that left 20 dead is drawing attention to the lack of regulation for after-market modifications to certain vehicles.  The limousine, which was originally a Ford Excursion before it was sawed in half and retrofitted into a limo, blew through a stop sign in the major accident that claimed the lives of three sisters and their friends and family.

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Additional Info: Car Accidents

Existing Hazards Amplified by Halloween

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

Properties pose a variety of accident risks year-round, including tripping hazards, wet floors, misaligned steps, and improperly wired outlets.  These hazards result in thousands of injuries every year, but certain seasons amplify these risks.  Among those, Christmas and Halloween pose significantly increased risk.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

Maintaining Proper Shelf Clearance Key for Forklift Safety

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

A September 6th, 2018 accident at Chef’s Warehouse Food Distribution Center in New York left one worker dead.  The accident occurred when the worker was piloting a forklift around the warehouse.  Proper safety considerations are very important when dealing with a forklift, as the various parts of the machine pose critical danger to both the operator and other workers in the area.

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Additional Info: Fork Lift Accidents

New Law Cracking Down on Bus Driver DUIs

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

The extent to which bus drivers in New York State drive under the influence is sadly unknowable, as only incidents that result in an accident or dangerous enough driving to be pulled over by the police can be charted.  Though parents may have suspicions, forcing the district to follow through on those suspicions can be hard.

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Additional Info: Bus Accidents

Carbon Monoxide and Dioxide Risks Come From a Variety of Sources

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

A Dave & Buster’s customer was hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide at a Staten Island location of the restaurant chain on September 2nd, 2018.  The source of the exposure was a soda vending machine with a punctured line.  Carbon dioxide is used in the carbonation process for dispensing soda.

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Additional Info: Carbon Monoxide

School Assault Not Prosecuted

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

Relying on the criminal courts for justice can be a tricky proposition, as evidenced by the fallout of a judge dismissing charges against a Teacher’s Assistant for excessive discipline of a special needs student on June 20th, 2018.  According to eyewitnesses, the Teacher’s Assistant slammed the student’s arm on a desk and then threatened additional physical assault.

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Additional Info: School Injuries

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