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Legal News Archive: October 2018

New York Has High Rate of House Fire Deaths

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

Aggregating data is often a great way to find where problems exist.  While individual incidences do not always attract much attention, when the numbers are compiled what might appear at first as a small problem is revealed to be a large one.  This is the case with house fire deaths in the state of New York.

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Additional Info: Premises Liability

Flammable Halloween Costumes Still a Risk

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

For decades consumer advocates have sounded the alarms regarding flammable Halloween costumes, yet the risk to children remains much the same as it was twenty or thirty years ago.  Many children’s costumes are still fashioned from cheap flammable materials, including plastics that can melt to the child’s skin if ignited.

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Trick or Treat Pedestrian Accidents a Long-Time Problem

October 22, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Trick-or-treating is an old tradition, dating to at least the 1920s in the United States of America, and going back at least 400 years in the United Kingdom.  Children dressing up and going house to house to collect candy or other sweets has survived the many cultural shakeups that have occurred from the Great Depression through today.

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Damages with Tractor-Trailer Accidents

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

What could have been an absolute catastrophe resulted in only two injuries after a tractor trailer crashed into three homes early in the morning of September 17, 2018.  The incident took place on Staten Island at approximately 6 a.m. when the truck, carrying hundreds of gallons of diesel and other construction materials, drove off the road and crashed into the three buildings.

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Cold Weather May Increase Sports Injury Risks

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

As Autumn settles in across the New York area, temperatures are turning colder.  People are getting their furnaces inspected and packing in firewood, preparing for even more significant dips to come.  Snow and sleet are on their way, and it is a good idea to be prepared for the worst.

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Additional Info: Concussions

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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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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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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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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