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Legal News Archive: October 2019

Trocar Insertion Injuries from Laparoscopic Surgery

October 31, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Laparoscopy or laparoscopic surgery is an operation performed in the pelvis or abdomen that uses small incisions with the aid of a camera. It is also known as keyhole or minimally invasive surgery.

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Medical Malpractice In New York: What the Numbers Tell Us

October 30, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The New York City Comptroller reported that the 474 medical malpractice claims filed in fiscal year 2018 were 11 percent less than the 534 claims filed in fiscal year 2017 and the number of claims has steadily declined since 686 claims were filed in fiscal year 2009. According to the comptroller, medical malpractice claim settlements and judgments in fiscal year 2018 fell to $68.8 million after being $103.3 million in fiscal year 2017.

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The Importance of School Bus Safety

October 29, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Every year in October, schools all across the country take part in National School Bus Safety Week. The theme for this year’s campaign is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation.” This year’s campaign is sponsored by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and is focused on raising awareness for the safety of student travel.

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Pedestrians Injured in Multiple Vehicle Crash Near Brooklyn College

October 28, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

WNBC-TV reported on October 25, 2019, that five people were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident near Brooklyn College, and three of the victims were pedestrians. Three of the injuries were classified as minor and two were serious but not life-threatening, but it was not clear how many of the seriously injured were pedestrians.

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Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Recalled Over Concerns About Asbestos Contamination

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

On December 14, 2018, the New York Times reported that a Johnson & Johnson executive allegedly sent around a memo voicing concerns about baby powder contamination in 1971, but the company continued to downplay concerns about asbestos in its talcum powder for more than four decades. On October 18, 2019, the Times reported that Johnson & Johnson was forced to recall 33,000 bottles of baby powder after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it had discovered asbestos in a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder.

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Five Common Causes of Aerial Lift Accidents

October 21, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Aerial work platforms are vital pieces of equipment that are utilized all over New York, whether for construction or maintenance. The most common types of lifts include boom (telescopic or articulating) lifts, cherry pickers, scissor lifts, and spider lifts. 

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Vision Zero Might Not Be Working, As Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise

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

For the first time since Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his signature “Vision Zero” safety program at the beginning of 2014, traffic-related fatalities in New York City are on the rise. Designed to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2024 through a series of policy changes, the program seemed to be paying off despite a rise in the total number of traffic incidents. But that appears to be changing in 2019, as the city has been rocked by a series of high-profile tragedies — and many are laying the blame at de Blasio’s doorstep.

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The Dangers of Delayed Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

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

ABC News Radio reported on October 3, 2019, that a 38-year-old woman was dealing with symptoms for five years before a biopsy revealed she had vulvar cancer, which the American Cancer Society estimated approximately 6,000 women will be diagnosed with and about 1,200 women will die from in 2019. 

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Types and Causes of Train Accidents

October 15, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration, 866 people died in railroad-related accidents in 2018. Of these fatal accidents 8 occurred on a train, 267 occurred at a railroad crossing, 562 involved trespassers, and 29 were simply categorized as “other.”

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Red Light Running Kills Two People Each Day, and the Numbers are Going Up

October 14, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An average of two people are killed each day in red-light running crashes across the U.S., and the epidemic shows no signs of slowing down.

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Chain-Reaction Crash in Brooklyn Injures Four, Including One Pedestrian

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

Four people were injured in a crash in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon. According to CBS2 New York, the collision occurred at 54th Street and Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park at around 2:30 p.m. 

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Lead Poisoning and Autism – What is the Connection?

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

Lead can be found in all parts of the environment – soil, water, and air – and even inside our homes. Exposure to lead largely comes from human activities such as burning fossil fuels and the past use of lead paint in homes. 

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Watertown City School District Allots $200,000 for Playground Updates to Prevent Injuries

October 08, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

School district officials in Watertown have set aside $200,000 for the 2019-2020 school year specifically for updates to aging play structures at three local schools. This is the first time that money from the school budget has been allocated specifically for updates and maintenance for school playgrounds. 

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Three Killed in Head On Truck Accident in New York

October 07, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

WWNY-TV reported on October 6, 2019, that three men were killed in a head-on collision between a U-Haul van and a pickup truck in Orleans County. According to state police, the U-Haul van crossed the center line of State Highway 63 in Shelby and struck the oncoming pickup.

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Study Finds Highly-touted Pedestrian-Safety Features on New Vehicles to Be Inconsistent and Ineffective

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

The American Automobile Association (AAA), a privately held nonprofit national member association and service organization with more than 58 million members, announced on October 3, 2019, that new research found that automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection performed inconsistently and were “completely ineffective at night.” 

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Causes of Subway Accidents

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

People across New York depend on the subway system to get to and from their destinations safely. Unfortunately, serious injury or fatal accidents can and do occur, and happen more frequently than most people realize. 

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Research links CMV to necrotizing enterocolitis in NICU infants

October 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Researchers published the results of a study in The Journal of Pediatrics that further links cytomegalovirus (CMV) with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) or spontaneous intestinal perforation (SIP).

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Syracuse construction worker killed in gas tank explosion in Dickinson

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

WICZ-TV reported on September 20, 2019, that a Syracuse man was killed in an industrial accident at a Speedway on Front Street in Dickinson. The victim was working for the Syracuse affiliate of Environmental Product and Services of Vermont and was cleaning the inside of an underground tank when an explosion occurred.

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Risk Factors for Erbs Palsy

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

Erb’s palsy was named for Wilhelm Erb, one of the doctors who first diagnosed the condition. It is also known as brachial plexus palsy, and the brachial plexus is a network of nerve fibers in the neck area connected to the spinal cord and all of the nerves in the arm. 

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