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New Treatment for Non-Metastatic Prostate Cancer

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

Prostate cancer remains one of the most common forms of the deadly disease, with over 150,000 cases each year just in the United States.  Prostate cancer is treatable if caught early enough, through a combination of medications, hormone therapy, or in extreme cases a prostatectomy.  So long as the cancer does not metastasize to other organs, the prognosis is generally better than many other cancers.

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Brain Injury Blood Test

February 21, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are common injuries sustained by millions of Americans each year.  TBIs can be caused by any type of blow to the head, by force to the body that causes the brain to rattle around in the skull, or by incidents that result in decreased blood flow to the brain, causing tissue death.

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Following Trails No Guarantee of Safety

February 20, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 14-year old was killed in Jefferson County, Wisconsin on February 10th, 2018 while snowmobiling with friends.  The boy and others were following a trail when he misjudged a corner and careened off the road, striking a chain link fence.  By the time medical professionals arrived, it was too late to save him.

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A Case Study in All That Can Go Wrong

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

It has been nearly a year since actor Bill Paxton passed away on February 25th, 2017 due to complications from heart surgery.  Millions mourned a man who left an indelible mark on the motion picture industry, recognizing that all medical procedures carry risk, and assuming that due to his fame and wealth Paxton must have received the very best treatment money can buy.  Unfortunately, this was not the case.

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Large Accidents Put Stress on Emergency Response System

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

In most jurisdictions, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) receive hours of training to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to those involved in an accident or other emergent health situation.  Cities strive to ensure enough personnel are available at a moment’s notice to improve opportunities for good outcomes for anyone who suffers a heart attack, a car accident, or any other incident.  But when a large scale accident occurs, these resources are stressed to the limit.

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Improper Positioning Yields Poor Results

February 13, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A variety of issues can occur with diagnostic radiology.  Oftentimes, scans are not read promptly, and a delayed diagnosis can lead to a poor outcome for a patient.  Other times scans are read incorrectly, with the radiologist missing a clear indication of disease.  This is frequently even more disastrous than a delayed reading, as a missed reading can lead to a person suffering damage from an illness for months or even years before it is finally caught.

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Florida to Address Loophole Regarding Boating Accidents

February 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Legislators in Florida are seeking to pass “Ellie’s Law,” an initiative that would require licensing and mandate training classes for operators of airboats.  Though many types of marine vehicles already require drivers to be properly trained before transporting tourists, a loophole in existing laws failed to extend those requirements to all vessels.  Now, a law addressing this loophole has passed out of Committee in the Florida House of Representatives.

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Ride Sharing Does Not Eliminate All Risk

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

Ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft are popular choices for people looking to get home after a late night out, particularly after a few drinks have been enjoyed.  This is a responsible thing to do, recognizing that it is not safe to drive after drinking and hiring someone else to do it for you.  Unfortunately, just because you do the right thing, there is no guarantee that others will.

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Vacation Rentals and Proper Maintenance

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

It is easy to take for granted that something that works once will keep working.  This is particularly true of heating and cooling systems and appliances, where so long as the temperature stays comfortable and the stove keeps cooking, we assume that everything is just fine.  But major problems can occur with appliances and heating systems that are not immediately apparent.

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Texting While Driving Under Review in Florida

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

It is already against the law to text while driving in the state of Florida, but the police are not allowed to pull motorists over unless the driver is violating other statutes.  Texting while driving is not designated a primary offense by legislators.  But a new law, recently passed through the state judiciary committee, seeks to change that.

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Err on the Side of Caution at Accident Scene

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

People are trained from a young age to be polite and reassuring, so it is no surprise that when a car accident occurs, the instinct is often to downplay the extent of potential injuries when speaking with the person who hit you.  Offering the other driver condolences might seem like a good idea, but all too often it is the exact wrong thing to do, as those kind statements might be used against you in a legal proceeding.

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Operating Farm Equipment Alone Can Be Dangerous

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

A former member of the Planning Board in Riverhead, New York was killed in a tractor accident on January 25th, 2018.  Lyle Wells became entangled in the rear of the tractor and his body was found after he failed to return home.  He was working alone at the time, and the circumstances of the accident are under investigation.

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Magnesium Protective Against Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Infants

January 29, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The incidence of cerebral palsy in preterm infants has long been higher than the incidence in babies delivered full term.  Determining why has long eluded researchers, but a recent study out of England and Canada indicates that magnesium deficiency might play a role.  Doctors treated mothers in preterm labor (labor between 32-34 weeks gestation) with magnesium sulfate and noted a significant decrease in the development of cerebral palsy in these infants.

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Link Between Diet and Prostate Cancer

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

For many dieters, the primary reason to cut calories or modify meals is to lose weight.  People have been trained to associate the number on the scale with general health, and to assume that so long as the pounds are falling off, any diet is good for them.  But recent research indicates that what we eat to lose weight is important, particularly in regards to prostate cancer.

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Chantix Poses Cardiovascular Risk

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

The litany of side effects associated with popular anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) is extensive.  Some of those side effects, such as upset stomach, nausea, and headache, are relatively minor and might be worth enduring in order to quit smoking.  Smoking is linked to significant health issues, such as hypertension and lung cancer, and minor side effects associated with quitting are to be expected.

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Decades of Abuse in the Sports Industry

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

The first abuse accusation goes back to 1994, but it is reasonably likely that Dr. Larry Nassar’s crimes extend even further into the past.  As the number of victims increases on a seemingly daily basis, now reaching nearly 250 cases, determining precisely when he first began to prey on young women seeking treatment could prove impossible.

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Arts and Craft Activities Should Be Monitored

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

On occasion, the line between care and negligence can be blurred.  For example, failure to properly monitor a young child using kid-safe scissors can result in a cut, even with the dull blades.  Children can also quickly swallow a bead or other small object if caregivers are not paying careful attention.  Arts and crafts activities can be particularly susceptible to this, as children use implements such as scissors and paint that are not readily available at other times.

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Elder Abuse Comes in Many Forms

January 16, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 67-year-old man was arrested on December 31st, 2017, in Slidell, Louisiana for suspicion of taking part in a “Nigerian Prince” scheme.  This scam, where an individual online poses as foreign royalty and asks for money to help them secure their inheritance, is one of the more famous and far reaching internet schemes.

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The Devastating Effects of California Mudslides

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

A recent string of wildfires in California has left the state susceptible to mudslides.  These blazes destroy the underbrush, trees, and root systems that provide stability to hills and washes, increasing the likelihood of devastating mudslides occurring.  When heavy rains hit the areas where fires recently burned, the weather and the resulting mud forced thousands from their homes and resulted in eight deaths with seventeen still missing.

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A Setback with Drunk Driving Arrests

January 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Public perception of the dangers of drunk driving has mostly trended in the right direction for the last four decades.  Since MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was founded in 1980, outreach by educators, experts, and law enforcement has slowly lowered the rate at which people drive while under the influence.  Drunk driving education takes place in most high schools, targeting students who are not yet even old enough to drive to make it clear to them how unsafe this behavior is.

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