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Dangers of Missed Diagnosis of Broken Bone

August 23, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Like most professional sports teams, the New Orleans Saints maintain a stable of team doctors to help them diagnose and treat injuries their players suffer on the field.  Concussions have dominated the NFL news cycle for years, but football players are likely to suffer a variety of other injuries, including torn ligaments and broken bones.  But even with a team of doctors dedicated to only one thing, the doctors missed Delvin Breaux’s broken leg.

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Distracted Driving and Nature

August 22, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An eclipse made its way across America on August 21st, 2017.  Though only a full eclipse in parts of the country, even a partial eclipse is a rare and awe-inspiring sight.  Decades can pass between eclipses, and many Americans hosted viewing parties with specialty equipment and glasses to make it safe to stare at the sun.

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Keeping Students Safe from Inappropriate Boundaries

August 21, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sometimes it seems you cannot watch the news for more than a week without seeing another story about a teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student.  Parents can no longer send their children off to school without worrying that educators could be predators.  It was always difficult raising teenagers to have appropriate boundaries, but when the teachers are taking advantage of vulnerable youngsters, it can seem almost impossible for a parent to keep their child safe.

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Power Line Height Causes Death

August 18, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It’s not our fault.  That is the sentiment of the people in charge of the lake where three Boy Scouts were electrocuted to death on August 5th, 2017.  Two older Eagle Scouts were teaching a younger boy how to sail when their mast struck a power line 30 feet above the lake.  Two of the boys were dead by the time a rescue team arrived, and the third perished soon after.

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Contaminated Endoscope at Kaiser Permanente

August 17, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On June 22nd, 2017, a Maryland medical facility issued a warning to patients that an endoscope used for colonoscopies was possibly contaminated.  At least 23 patients are believed to be potentially affected.  The Kaiser Permanente facility in Largo insists that proper sanitizing protocols were followed, but that a defect in the scope itself opens up the possibility for cross-contamination.

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Insurance Company Demands Substandard Repairs

August 16, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Anyone who has ever been in an auto accident that required vehicle repairs can testify to how annoying the process can be.  Your insurance provider will usually direct you to certain mechanics in your area who are on their list of approved providers.  You can use a different provider, but you might be responsible for additional costs past what the insurer would pay their own mechanic.

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis Extends Beyond Initial Exam

August 15, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Almost all women are familiar with two types of breast exams.  The first of these, the physical exam, is performed each year as part of the annual physical.  The physician, frequently the woman’s gynecologist, will check the breasts and armpits for lumps or other abnormalities.  Women will also be asked if they have had any symptoms, such as pain in the area.

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New York Park Safety a Concern

August 15, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Parents in New York City have spent the summer months complaining of rodent infestations in the city parks.  The issue, in part caused by the city using mechanical traps instead of poison for six months per year, has left many in fear for their children’s safety.  Rats can spread a variety of diseases, and are a risk to bite children who get near them.  Rats have been spotted all over the parks, near playground equipment and even in sandboxes where toddlers regularly play. 

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Additional Info: Playground Accidents

Two Out of Three is Bad: Automobile Recalls Among the Big 3

August 14, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It has not been a good few weeks for the Big 3 US automakers.  The Big 3, so-called because they are the three largest motor vehicle manufacturers in the country, is comprised of Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler.  Now, two of those three, GM and Ford, are being forced into large scale recalls.

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Loose Railings and Other Safety Issues of Concern on Cruise Ships

August 10, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On Friday, August 4th, 2017, a three-year-old girl fell from her family's stateroom balcony to the ship deck below.  The railings installed on the Carnival Cruise Ship were insufficient to keep the toddler safe.  She is listed in stable condition at a Florida hospital after she was airlifted by helicopter from the cruise ship.

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Airplane Seats Could Contribute to Deep Vein Thrombosis

August 08, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In a July 29th ruling, a panel of three judges has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to look into seat sizes on commercial airplanes.  The ruling came in response to advocacy groups pressuring the government to explain why airline seats have been getting smaller and smaller over the years.

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A Deadly Trip to the State Fair

August 07, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On July 24th, 2017, the Columbus Dispatch ran an article entitled “Rides will be ready despite set-up delays.”  The article referenced recent flooding in the area, which made it impossible for the Ohio State Fair to begin deploying the various rides and attractions.  The ride inspectors hurried around the grounds in an attempt to keep everything on track for the scheduled opening day.

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Boating Accidents Can Occur Outside of the Water

August 03, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Boating accidents are extremely common, with over 4,000 incidents per year, according to the Coast Guard.  Out on the open water is not the only time boat accidents occur.  Boating accidents can occur in drydock, in the harbor, or while towing the boat.  But one particularly dangerous time is when the boat is being lowered into the water.

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Long-Term Exposure to TCP Could Be Deadly

August 02, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

TCP (or 1,2,3-Trichloropropane) is just now starting to draw the attention it deserves as a dangerous water contaminant.  The substance, which is a byproduct of a variety of chemical reactions used in industries, is also occasionally intentionally manufactured for industrial use.  It is primarily a high powered solvent used to thin paint or degrease machinery.  Unfortunately, it is also highly toxic to humans.

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FDA Cuts Deal with Device Makers

August 02, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Recalls of medical devices have become frightfully common over the last ten years.  Rather than being absolutely certain of the safety of a product before it’s released, more and more manufacturers have taken to putting their product on the market and letting patients learn for themselves how dangerous the devices are.

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Additional Info: Biomet Shoulder Replacement

Social Media and Drunk Driving Prove to be a Deadly Combination

July 29, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sometimes it takes a national news story to draw attention to problems that exist everywhere.  On July 21st, 2017, 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez was driving under the influence, with two minors in the backseat.  Her sister was not wearing a seat belt, and died when Obdulia crashed into a fence.

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Use Caution on Elevators When Travelling

July 28, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Six teenagers trying to make a difference in the world were injured on a trip to New Orleans.  The teens were volunteering in the area hoping to help families still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.  On July 20th, they boarded an elevator, only to have the elevator come crashing down from the third floor.

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Gadolinium Build-up in the Brain Through MRIs

July 27, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For years the medical community insisted that Gadolinium was completely safe.  The company line was that the kidneys processed the substance and it passed through the body completely.  When it was demonstrated Gadolinium could mass in injured areas of the body, causing long-term health problems, healthcare providers insisted this would only affect a small amount of people.  But new research shows that anyone who has a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that utilizes Gadolinium is at risk.

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SawStop Technology Saves Lives

July 26, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

All the way back in 2003, SawStop petitioned the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to require some type of blade-stopping technology on all table saws sold in the United States.  At the time, SawStop’s product was revolutionary, and other product manufacturers were at a loss on how to compete on the safety front.

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Oxygen Therapy to Repair Brain Damage

July 25, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In February 2016, two-year-old Eden Carlson snuck through the fence around the family pool and fell in.  By the time her parents found her, she had been in the water for approximately fifteen minutes.  Pulled from the pool by her mother, Eden was not expected to survive, and even when paramedics and doctors were able to revive her, she had suffered significant brain damage.

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