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Proper Lane Design and Markings Important

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

Properly flowing traffic is the hallmark of well-designed and implemented roadways.  Though this can be difficult to achieve in older neighborhoods, where buildings may have been constructed too close to older streets to allow for proper road widths, city planners should try to minimize the number of skinny streets and strangely arranged intersections.

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Road Damage Increases Accident Risk

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

Proper maintenance and upkeep is one of the most important tasks for local, State, and Federal governments.  Since the creation of the highway system, the use of various tax moneys at the city, state, and national level has allowed for unprecedented degrees of mobility for the American people.  Most families can jump in the car and go anywhere in the country in the matter of a few days or weeks.

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Knowing When to See a Doctor Can Be Difficult

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

Most Americans have health insurance, but even those who do are often forced to pay large amounts out of pocket for copays any time they see a doctor.  Because of this, it is common for people to delay a physician’s visit until symptoms are unmanageable.  The internet serves to exacerbate this, as anyone can do a web search for their symptoms and attempt to self-diagnose and self-treat.

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Bair Hugger Warming Systems May Create Ideal Conditions for Bacterial Growth

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

Bacteria are extremely rugged organisms, capable of growing and spreading in a variety of conditions.  Bacteria have been around for millions of years, and are amongst the earliest forms of life.  Constantly adapting for survival, bacteria can be difficult to eradicate, particularly those that have become resist to the antibiotics long used to treat these types of infections.

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Companies Employing Warehouse Workers Rarely Account for Health Risks

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

Warehouse work is physically exhausting. Many warehouse workers put in long hours, lifting and moving large amounts of weight, operating heavy machinery, and doing their best to fulfill quotas that can be almost impossible to meet.  The need to push themselves to go harder and faster is always there, as failure to be as productive as management desires can lead to a lost job.

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Environmental Move To Limit Congestion May Also Lessen Accident Risk

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

Seeking to address environmental concerns of their constituents, the New York State Legislature passed a budget including a provision requiring congestion pricing in New York City, where any vehicles entering Lower Manhattan must pay an additional fee.  Lower Manhattan is among the heaviest trafficked neighborhoods in the world.  The new fee would go into effect in 2020.

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Drowsy Driving Poses Accident Risk

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

There are times when making it to a certain place by a certain time can seem incredibly important.  Whether trying to arrive in time for a baby to be delivered, or to visit a dying family member, many people will encounter a situation where pressing past the point of fatigue might seem worth it.  Truckers run into this question much more often than most, as meeting established timelines can be the difference in getting more jobs and having to scrounge to find work.

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Allergy Season Poses Accident Risks

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

As Winter gives way to Spring and the seasons change, plants and flowers begin to blossom, often resulting in beautiful sights across America.  California was blessed with a wildflower explosion, and waves of pollen have been sighted all across the country.  Upstate New York is blooming as well.  But even as people enjoy the beauty around them, those with seasonal allergies are suffering. 

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Anoxic Brain Injuries Can Occur Very Quickly

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

Though almost everyone understands the danger of oxygen deprivation to the human brain, many are not aware of just how quickly damage can occur in the event of anoxia.  Anoxia is differentiated from hypoxia in that anoxia is a complete oxygen deprivation, where hypoxia is simply diminished oxygenation.  Anoxia is much more dangerous much more quickly.

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Retrospective Evidence a Dangerous Sign

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

When reviewing medical journals and studies on the safety of various medications and procedures, it is common to come across the word “retrospective.”  Retrospective means looking back or dealing with past events.  In the case of medical literature, it means reviewing incidents that have already taken place to look for patterns or indications of certain treatments being linked with certain side effects over time.

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Headaches, Though Common, May Indicate Need for CT Scan

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

Headaches are among the most common maladies affecting Americans.  Most people get a headache at least a few times a year, with some suffering this type of pain multiple times a week.  The level of pain can range from a minor nuisance up to a blinding agony that requires shutting yourself up in a dark room to get some rest.  Many over-the-counter drugs treat headaches with varying degrees of efficacy.

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Organ Perforation a Significant Risk with IVC Filters

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

IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) filters are an alternative method of dealing with blood clots for people unable or unwilling to use blood thinners.  There are a variety of reasons blood thinners may not be appropriate for a given patient, including bleedings disorders.  When these issues are identified, an IVC filter may be used instead.

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Early Warning Signs of Stroke May Indicate Need for CT Scan

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

A stroke is the medical term for a condition in which a blood vessel that provides necessary oxygen to the brain bursts or is blocked by clots, resulting in the oxygen supply to the brain being disrupted.  Without oxygen, brain tissue begins to die.  If this process proceeds uninterrupted for very long, death or serious disability usually occurs.

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C-Sections Often the Only Way to Avoid Birth Injuries

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

America has one of the highest rates of C-Section in the world, though the reason for the higher rate is not entirely clear.  There are some indications that mothers and doctors wishing to schedule deliveries increases the likelihood of this form of delivery.  There is also evidence that American doctors may be more likely to order a C-Section if a mother fails to progress quickly enough in labor for the doctor’s taste.

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Anoxic Brain Injuries Can Result in Epilepsy

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

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that results in seizures, sudden electrical signals in the brain that result in loss of function and in many cases loss of conscious control of the body.  Seizures can happen at any time and in any place, though certain stimuli, such as flashing lights, are more likely to trigger these episodes.

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Hormone Therapy Offered in Variety of Dispersal Methods

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

Detecting hypogonadism early can be difficult, dependent upon the levels of testosterone in the body and other presenting factors.  In many cases the syndrome is discovered in early adolescence, and proper treatment during puberty can result in limiting the long-term effects.  But often hypogonadism is not discovered until a couple has difficulty conceiving children.

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Homonymous Hemianopsia as a Result of NeuroBlate Defect

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

NeuroBlate systems were developed to allow minimally invasive brain surgery, particularly to treat abnormal growths in the brain.  Recognizing that the risk of infection and damage to surrounding tissue was high with many other available treatments, the devices were designed to use special fast-heating and quick-cooling systems to reduce the risk to patients.  The process, called brain tissue ablation, was supposed to be safe.

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Depuy Hip Replacements Associated with Bone Deterioration

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

Depuy hip replacement systems, such as the Depuy ASR hip implant, have been associated with significant issues from the moment they were first released.  Subject to fracture under trauma, and with the implants suffering significant deterioration much more quickly than anticipated, these devices have resulted in diminished quality of life for hundreds if not thousands of patients.

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Speeding Exacerbates Risk of Improper Loading

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

Properly loading the trailer of a semi is both art and science, but science alone will carry the driver as far as they need to go for safety purposes.  Through proper training, any person can learn to perform this skill competently, arranging the load in such a way that it is properly secured and balanced.  Balance is of primary importance, because an improperly balanced load will affect the handling of the truck, increasing the risk of the driver losing control and an accident occurring.

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Construction Workers at Particular Risk for Electrocution

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

Though electrocution accidents can happen in almost any profession, construction workers are particularly likely to be exposed to these dangers, with over half of all electrocution related workplace deaths affecting people who work in this field.  Though there are many situations where these workers might suffer an electrical accident, certain situations are much more dangerous than others.

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