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FDA Urges Careful Evaluation of Gastric Balloons

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

Intragastric balloons were designed to be a less dangerous alternative to existing medical weight loss procedures.  “Lap bands,” gastric bypasses, and other existing options had a high incidence of side effects, and were even linked to a number of deaths from perforated stomachs.  Due to being noninvasive, the hope was that gastric balloons would not carry the same risk profile as these previous treatments.

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Chemotherapy Overprescribed for Breast Cancer Patients

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

First the good news.  Recently released research indicates that 70 percent of women prescribed chemotherapy under previous guidelines do not require the dangerous and potentially deadly treatment.  By utilizing blood tests and biomarkers, doctors are able to predict the risk of recurrence, and will no longer recommend chemotherapy for women who are unlikely to relapse.

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Slippery Stairs Pose Significant Fall Risk

June 08, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There are a variety of factors that can influence the prevalence of falls on stairways, but one of the most common causes of these accidents is stairs that have become slippery.  Slippery surfaces are always dangerous, but stairs pose particular risks as the limited surface area provides less opportunity for a person to regain their balance without falling.  And falls down stairs are more likely to result in significant injury than other slip and fall scenarios.

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A Closed Case with OSHA

June 07, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is charged with conducting investigations of certain workplace accidents, particularly fatal accidents.  OSHA is also in charge of developing and enforcing workplace safety rules to ensure fatal accidents are much less common than they were one hundred years ago.  Oftentimes, OSHA is the working man’s best defense against being forced to put his health at risk for his job.

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Flooding Poses Long-Term Mold Risk

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

Areas of the East Coast have received record amounts of rain, and with record rains often comes flooding.  Portions of one town in Maryland were rendered uninhabitable by a major flash flood that knocked out power and flooded buildings nearly to their ceilings.  Thousands of emergency calls were placed by residents of Elliott City and rescue personnel saved dozens of lives.

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England Addresses Fetal Risk of Sodium Valproate - Depakote

June 01, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sodium Valproate (available under the brand name Depakote in the United States) is commonly prescribed for the management of seizures, depression, and other mental health issues, including Bipolar disorder.  The drug has been available for decades, and is available in a generic form as well.

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ATV Accidents an Ongoing Problem

June 01, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

ATVs (or All Terrain Vehicles) are 4-wheeled vehicles designed to be ridden in a variety of environments, including through forest trails and on sand dunes.  Popularly known as quads, ATVs are popular for outdoor recreation, and enthusiasts might perform tricks or jumps on them.  A license is not required to ride these vehicles in many jurisdictions, and some parts of the country do not even have minimum age requirements.

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Unnecessary Medical Treatments for Financial Gain

May 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Incompetence is a problem in every field, but is particularly troublesome in the medical profession, where a doctor’s failures can lead to significant injury or even death.  Doctors regularly miss diagnoses or botch surgeries, resulting in millions of dollars in additional medical expenses.  But as frightening as incompetence is, willful malpractice is much scarier.

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Preventing Workplace Violence Important to Employees

May 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Employees, regardless of their profession, have the right to a reasonable expectation of workplace safety.  This is most often spoken of in terms of preventing workplace accidents, but there are other situations where an employer can be expected to act when necessary to protect employees, and one of these is dealing with potential workplace violence.

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The Importance of Bus Driver Protocol

May 30, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

More than 30 people were injured on May 18th, 2018, after two buses collided at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New York to New Jersey under the Hudson River.  The accident occurred when one transit bus rear-ended another.  Due to the low speed of the collision there were no deaths, but multiple serious injuries were reported. 

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Drug Use Common Among Truck Drivers

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

An accident outside Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 22nd, 2018 illustrates the dangers of drug use by drivers of semi trucks.  The incident occurred when a semi went the wrong way down a local street, barreling through red lights and only coming to a stop after striking another vehicle.  The driver then fled the scene, only to be discovered hours later, naked but nearby.  Investigating police believe Mr. Kennon was under the influence of PCP.

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EPA Evaluating Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

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

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency, which hosted a symposium on May 22nd, 2018 to bring experts up to date on where the agency stands regarding the use of PFAS in commercial and industrial applications, and to provide guidance regarding potential pollution of drinking water and other areas by these dangerous chemicals.

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Workplace Drug Policies Not Working

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

Many companies, particularly those in charge of dangerous workplaces such as factories and construction sites, or which employ drivers for any reason, have rigorous testing requirements to determine whether or not any of their employees are using drugs.  Drugs, whether legal or not, can have a drastic impact on important safety considerations such as balance and reaction time.  An employee who is under the influence puts not only themselves at risk, but everyone they work with is more likely to be injured in an accident.

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Bus Driver in Fatal Crash Had Long History of Infractions

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

The video of a school bus full of children attempting to cross multiple lanes of traffic is ready available online.  The incident occurred in New Jersey on May 17th, 2018, during a field trip. The driver had missed an exit, and rather than let GPS determine an alternate route, he attempted to quickly change course.  The decision was disastrous, resulting in an accident that left 40 injured and two people dead.

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Uneven Stairs Pose Trip and Fall Risk

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

Climbing stairs can be extremely dangerous, as a missed step can lead to a fall down a full flight, often resulting in broken bones.  The risk of a fall is always there, but that risk is exacerbated by poor lighting, lack of guardrails, or slippery surfaces.  One significant risk is posed by stairs that are uneven, as the human brain and human balance expects consistency when dealing with manmade stairs.

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Despite Precautions, Pedestrian Deaths Remain High

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

The pedestrian death rate has surged over the last ten years, rising by nearly fifty percent nationwide.  The death rate from 2015 to 2016 remained steady, the first time in five years that the rate has not increased.  Even holding steady represents a significant increase since 2009, and experts are not in agreement as to the cause of the rise.

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Truck Equipment Failure

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

Truck accidents involving semis and other large vehicles are frighteningly common and can occur for a variety of reasons.  These types of incidents are associated with overly aggressive driving by the trucker or with truckers who had too little sleep or rest and are dangerously tired.  Truck equipment failure is also a common cause of accidents.

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Fair Ride Inspections Not Standardized Across the United States

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

The State Legislature in Ohio is considering changes to protocols regarding the inspection of rides and other attractions at fairs.  The proposed changes are in response to an incident on July 27th, 2017, when one person was killed and others suffered significant injuries after the arm of a ride called the Fire Ball detached due to rust and deterioration.

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Other Factors in Boating Accidents

May 09, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Two people were left dead and three more seriously injured after a boating accident on the Piscataqua River on May 5th, 2018.  The boat struck a buoy at high speed, launching one passenger into the water and causing significant injuries to the other passengers and the driver.  One of the dead was a 7-year-old girl, and her 5-year-old brother was also hospitalized following the crash.

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Truck Driver Fatigue an Ongoing Problem

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

A search on the website for the National Institute of Health yields over a thousand articles on the impact of fatigue on truck drivers.  Most of these articles deal with the increased risk of accidents associated with tired drivers behind the wheel.  The earliest of these articles dates to 1953, a clear indication that the problem with dangerous driving by fatigued truck drivers has been around for a long time. 

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