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Major Case Draws Attention to Common Problem

June 26, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Perhaps the death of seven motorcyclists will finally draw national and state attention to an ongoing problem that puts the lives of thousands at risk every day.  The incident occurred on June 21st, 2019, in New Hampshire, when a semi piloted by a 23 year old driver veered off course and struck the group of bikers.

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SAVE THE DATE

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

Please join us in honoring Stuart L. Finz at the Brandeis Association Brunch.

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Preventing IV Infiltration Could Be Big Business

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

IV infiltration occurs when the intravenous catheter begins to leak medication or other fluid into surrounding tissue.  This can happen if the needle is dislodged through patient movement, or if the IV was improperly set in the first place, or if the vein used for the catheter was too small or damaged to manage the fluid.  Symptoms include peripheral swelling around the injection site.

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Nursing Homes Delay Seeking Emergency Treatment

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

An Oswego nursing home is in the news for failing to seek proper care for patients suffering from emergent conditions, resulting in at least two deaths.  Though this facility is attracting the attention, these types of situations occur statewide, and residents are the ones who suffer due to these delays.

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Prompt Treatment Necessary For IV Infiltration

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

IV infiltration is a dangerous condition that occurs when the medication or fluid that should be distributed into the vein instead spills into surrounding tissue due to nursing error or patient movement causing the catheter to be dislodged.  When this occurs, the medication that should be treating a disease or the fluid that should be preventing dehydration is instead wasted.

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Nursing Homes Ignore Explicit Orders

June 18, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The nursing home crisis in New York State continues to rage on, with more and more facilities being shut down or fined due to egregious mistakes.  One particularly harrowing story regarding an elderly care facility in Buffalo attracted the attention of CMS (Center for Medicaid Services), which fined the organization nearly fifty thousand dollars for putting a patient’s health and life at risk.

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis Common

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

We like to reassure ourselves that most devastating conditions that affect infants are rare.  We look at the statistics and try to spin them in our favor, telling ourselves that something that only affects approximately 1 out of every 2,000 babies is not very common.  We insist to ourselves again and again that bad luck happens, but that it is  rare.  But in reality, this is not the case.

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Wernicke's Encephalopathy Follows Three Paths

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

Proper balance of hormones, vitamins, and minerals is an important part of being healthy.  Whenever the body is deficient in something, there is a chance for negative health outcomes.  The greater the deficiency, the greater the risk.  In the case of thiamine, one of the outcomes of significant deficiency is a condition called Wernicke Encephalopathy.

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Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Linked to Metallosis

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

Metallosis is a devastating condition caused by the build-up of small metal particulates in the soft tissues of the body.  Because the condition is most often associated with the breakdown of metal joint implants, it is not yet well understood, as these medical devices have not been in use long enough to track the progression of the disease over long periods of time.

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Stryker Femoral Caps Fail at Alarming Rate

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

Longevity is key for a successful hip implant.  Because every revision surgery carries risks of bone deterioration or infection, limiting the number of times the implant must be replaced over the life of the patient is important.  Manufacturers have sought to improve durability by trying different materials, including ceramics and metals, in a quest to make a longer-lasting product.

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Roundup Risk Since 1974

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

Society has gotten better at discovering problematic products more quickly.  Where tobacco and nicotine were responsible for hundreds of thousands of cancer and COPR deaths over centuries, the negative health effects of modern creations are usually evident much more quickly.  Dangerous products can be pulled from shelves within a matter of months after people begin to link dangerous side effects.

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Determining What Fails in Hip Implant Devices

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

When searching online for information on the Stryker V40 Femoral Head, most people will be wanting to learn more about the dangers posed to patients by the product line after a disproportionate number of implant recipients suffered significant side effects.  Unfortunately, people are as likely to be inundated with data on the market performance of the company as with useful medical information when doing an internet search.

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Treatment Options for Hernias

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

A hernia occurs when damage to the peritoneum, the muscle band responsible for keeping abdominal organs in place, allows part of the intestines or another organ to protrude.  In some cases, there are few symptoms that herniation has occurred.  In others there is significant pain as well as clear bulge in the area the organ has slipped into. 

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Bard Hernia Mesh Poses Major Dangers to Recipients

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

After surgery to repair a hernia, the muscle in the damaged area often remains weaker than the surrounding tissue.  Because of this, surgical mesh is often used to reinforce the area where protrusion occurs, with a goal of limiting the risk of recurrent herniation.  In many cases, successful use of mesh can result in a repair that lasts longer and holds up to greater stress than muscle stitching alone.

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NOACs Carry Risk of Excessive Bleeding

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

For many years, Vitamin K Anticoagulants were the go to drug for people looking to lower the risk of stroke and heart attack.  These blood-thinners, including Coumadin, were often effective at thinning the blood sufficiently to prevent many blood clots from forming.  Unfortunately these medications also carried significant side effect risks.

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Xarelto Associated With Elevated Risk of Bleeding

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

Xarelto is an oral anticoagulant, commonly called a blood thinner.  Various types of blood thinners have been prescribed for decades, but Xarelto is one of a newer line of drugs developed with an eye towards minimizing the significant risk profile of older drugs such as Coumadin.  Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical companies may have failed in the goal of making a safer drug.

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DePuy Finally Being Held Responsible

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

The Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant was supposed to be a game-changer, offering significantly improved longevity.  Longevity is among the most important factors when choosing a hip implant, as the more times a revision is done, the greater risk of scar tissue build-up, complications from the surgery, and damage to the joint. 

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DePuy Made False Claims When Marketing Pinnacle Implants

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

It is a terrible thing to develop and release a dangerous product, such as the defectively designed Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants released by DePuy.  These products broke down quickly due to defective design, with metal shavings from the faulty implants being released into the body, putting patients at risk for a multitude of side effects.  Business decisions like this are ethically unacceptable, and businesses must be held accountable for them.

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Zostavax Causing Health Issues in Recipients

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

Zostavax is a live virus vaccine targeting shingles, a recurrent form of the same virus that causes chicken pox.  Shingles can cause significant quality of life issues for people who develop it regularly, including requiring missing work due to concerns about spreading it, as well as pain and discomfort associated with outbreaks.  Preventing shingles is a wonderful goal.  Unfortunately, the developers of Zostavax may have inadvertently created a cure worse than the disease.

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Proximate Cause Sufficient to Establish Fault

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

A February 2019 jury decision to award a plaintiff 3 million dollars in damages due to defective design of a Cook IVC filter was based on the concept of proximate cause.  Proximate cause is a legal standard to establish fault that does not require establishing that the event was the direct cause of injury, but that it was sufficiently related to the injury in a legal sense.

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