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Legal News Archive: September 2019

Staffing Shortages in New York Nursing Homes Raise Concerns Over Care

September 27, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization City Limits reported on August 26, 2019, that an investigation of nursing homes in New York found that nearly three-quarters of the skilled nursing facilities were rated “Below Average” or “Much Below Average” for staffing by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

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Additional Info: Nursing Home Abuse

NTSB report says passengers struggled with safety harnesses in fatal NYC helicopter crash

September 25, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report stating that passengers struggled with their safety harnesses following a helicopter crash in New York City’s East River last year. 

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Additional Info: Wrongful Death

Top healthcare watchdog calls on New York State officials to enforce nursing home safety rules

September 24, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

State officials have been put on notice by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the federal government’s top healthcare watchdog. The agency has called on New York state officials to strengthen their enforcement of nursing home safety rules. This action was taken after a report released this month by the OIG found that nursing homes examined across the state failed to comply with a wide range of safety rules. 

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Additional Info: Nursing Home Abuse

Truck crash kills teen cyclist in Queens

September 23, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 14-year-old cyclist was killed in a truck accident in Queens on Saturday. According to the Daily News, the victim was Mario Valenzuela, of Astoria. Valenzuela was struck while riding his bicycle on Borden Avenue under the Pulaski Bridge in Long Island City at 1:55 p.m. 

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Additional Info: Bicycle Accidents

New York City Department of Buildings Moves to Revoke License from Contractor After Fatal Accident

September 20, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The New York Daily News reported on September 14, 2019, that the New York City Department of Buildings had filed for a contractor’s special rigger license to be revoked after he was involved in the death of a construction worker killed by a falling stone at a Manhattan work site. The Buildings Department claimed the contractor “did not take proper precautions” at an East 50th Street façade restoration project where a 51-year-old man was killed.

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Additional Info: Construction Accidents

Lead Poisoning and the Dangers it Poses to Young Children

September 19, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)states that no safe blood lead level in children has been identified and childhood lead exposure must be prevented before any harm occurs. The two forms or prevention identified by the CDC are primary prevention, or the removal of lead hazards from the environment before a child can be exposed, and secondary prevention such as blood lead testing and follow-up.

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Brooklyn Man Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter After Fatal Motorcycle Accident

September 17, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The New York Post originally reported on May 27, 2019, that a 23-year-old woman had been charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated (DWI), and unlicensed operator after fatally striking a motorcyclist in Brooklyn. On September 3, 2019, the paper published an updated story that the woman’s 24-year-old boyfriend was arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court for 17 counts relating to the same fatal accident.

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Fatal Fungi Spreading Rapidly Through New York Nursing Homes

September 16, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The New York Times reported on September 11, 2019, that nursing homes were playing a pivotal role in the spread of Candida auris (C. auris), a highly contagious, drug-resistant fungus, in New York. Dr. Tom Chiller, the head of the fungal division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Times that C. auris was “the dark underbelly of a drug-resistant infection.”

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Additional Info: Nursing Home Abuse

The Dangers of Overloaded Trucks

September 13, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Accidents involving semis, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers are often devastating because these vehicles are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. Because of this risk, truck drivers must take extra precautions to protect everyone around them. However, drivers aren’t the only ones responsible for the truck’s safety.

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Additional Info: 18 Wheeler Accidents

Worker Killed in Cherry Picker Accident in Queens

September 13, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

WPIX-TV reported on September 12, 2019, that a 59-year-old man died after the cherry picker he was working in was struck by a box truck just before 3 a.m. at the intersection of Goldsmith Street and Grand Avenue in Elmhurst. A cherry picker, also known as a basket crane, boom lift, or hydraladder, is a hydraulic crane with a platform commonly used for raising and lowering people.

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Girlfriend of Cleveland Browns Player Killed in Roadside Accident

September 12, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An intoxicated driver caused the death of the Petara Cordero, girlfriend of Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith, in a roadside accident on Interstate 80 in Ohio on Wednesday, according to a statement released by the team. 

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Additional Info: Drunk Driving Accidents

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim Opens Up About Fatal Car Crash

September 12, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim recently agreed to his first interview since he was involved in a fatal accident on Interstate 690 (I-690) that claimed a 51-year-old man’s life on February 20, 2019. Esquire reported on September 11, 2019 that Boeheim attended a two-hour hearing in which the accident was reconstructed. His license was eventually fully reinstated.

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The Dangers of Driving in a No-Zone

September 11, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

“No-zones” are large blind spots around commercial vehicles, like semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and buses. Truck and bus drivers have no way of seeing vehicles that are in these no-zones. Drivers in passenger vehicles should be aware of these danger zones and attempt to stay out of them whenever possible. Truck drivers also should watch for vehicles that move out of their sight and should do everything they possibly can alert drivers who might be in their no-zones when they are about to perform any maneuver on the road. 

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Truck Drivers and Drunk Driving

September 10, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is illegal in New York and throughout the United States for truck drivers – and all other motorists – to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, drunk driving among truck drivers happens often, costing innocent people their lives every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day in 2017, nearly 30 people in the country died from drunk driving crashes. That breaks down to one person every 48 minutes.

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Tread Separation and Truck Accidents

September 09, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Most commercial vehicles have steel-belted radial tires in which steel belts reinforce the shape and ensures that the tire remains flat while on the road. The tread is the external rubber on the tire that provides traction, and tread separation occurs when it detaches from the steel frame.

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What Causes Cauda Equina Syndrome?

September 06, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The cauda equina is a bundle of nerves at the lower end (lumbar region) of the spinal cord that transmits messages from the brain to the pelvic organs and lower limbs. Cauda equina syndrome (also referred to simply as CES) is a rare but serious disorder that is usually considered a surgical emergency.

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Failure to Diagnose Osteomyelitis

September 05, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Osteomyelitis (“osteo” meaning bone and “myelitis” meaning inflammation of the fatty tissues) is a rare but serious infection in the bone. Osteomyelitis can affect people of all ages and can occur in any bone. 

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Vaping Tied to Lung Disease, Could Pose Cancer Risk

September 04, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For years and years, tobacco companies hid the cancer risk associated with their products, using hefty donations to politicians and the funding of pseudoscience in an attempt to keep people from discovering how dangerous cigarette smoke was.  It is now cestablished that the use of cigarettes is likely to lead to the lung cancer.

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Additional Info: Lung Cancer

What Parents Need to Know About Necrotizing Enterocolitis

September 04, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (also known as NEC) is a serious intestinal disease that is unfortunately common in premature and medically fragile infants. NEC happens when the tissue in the small or large intestine is injured or becomes inflamed. This inflammation can damage the tissue in the intestine and can even cause perforation of the intestinal wall. 

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Compartment Syndrome Occurs at All Levels of Sports

September 03, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Compartment syndrome is a dangerous condition that occurs when swelling in one limb – or compartment – of the body cannot be alleviated naturally.  In most instances of swelling, the body is able to reabsorb the fluid, or the fluid can pass into another part of the body before swelling becomes significant enough to cause cell death. 

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Additional Info: Misdiagnosis

Congress Demands Answers from Amazon About Defective Products

September 03, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Forbes reported on August 30, 2019, that multiple members of the United States Congress had sent letters to the technology giant Amazon after a Wall Street Journal investigation found that Amazon’s inability or unwillingness to police third-party sellers had led to 4,152 products being sold on Amazon despite being deceptively labeled, deemed unsafe by federal regulators, or outright banned. 

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Birth Injuries: If You Worry Something Went Wrong

September 01, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sometimes a mother just knows.  Though there are certain complications which indicate that a birth injury may have occurred, such as the baby being born gray or blue, or indications the umbilical cord may have strangled the child, or a prolonged and difficult birth with changes in fetal heart rate, sometimes the delivery seems to go smoothly from the mother’s point of view but she still feels something is wrong.

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