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Legal News Archive: January 2015

Accidents: On the Hunt

January 30, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Prehistoric man hunted wild game for food with spears and other crude weapon, and still remains a popular pastime today where adults teach the use of bows and arrows and rifles to shoot and kill deer, elk, ducks and other wild game. It enables fathers to bond with their sons--and daughters--while enjoying the outdoors.

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Failure to Diagnose Sepsis: The Mortality of Severe Burns

January 29, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Severe burns are one of the most devastating things anyone can ever experience.  Most of us can only imagine the terrible things burn victims must endure.  We’ve all burned ourselves just a little on a hot pan or stove, and we know how impossible it is to soothe the pain when this happens.  This terrible pain is what most of us think of and fear when it comes to burns, but pain is nowhere near the most serious health emergency when a person suffers severe burns.

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Personal injury: Resolutions in the New Year

January 28, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

You’ve put it off all year.  You’ve made excuses for not doing it.  It will take too much time.  You don’t even know where to start.  There’s no one you can ask for advice.  You’re nervous to take the first step.  What if you pour your heart out, and then someone tells you that it’s all your fault.

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Defective Car Seats: Recommendation to Requirement

January 27, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It started with a recommendation.

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Recent Recalls: Never Toy Around

January 26, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There are few words more terrifying to hear on the evening news that “toy recall.”  Sadly, we hear those words far too often.  With toy injuries on the rise, according to a recent press release from Consumer Reports, it is more important than ever that parents are aware of how to keep their children safe.  With the holidays behind us, we know that many children received toys as gifts.  Parents can be careful only to purchase safe toys for their kids, but relatives and friends can’t be relied upon to judge a safe toy from an unsafe one.

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Distracted Driving: More Equal Than Others

January 23, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sometimes it seems that the same rules don’t apply to everyone.  Most of us now understand the dangers of texting and driving.  Most of us understand that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Most of know that for the public good we must put away our cell phones and other distractions, and that if we don’t we can get in a lot of trouble.  Those are the rules, and we have to follow the rules.  Everyone should have to follow the rules.

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School Injuries: Kids Will Be Kids

January 22, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The primary purpose of school is education.  We are only willing to part with our children for hours and hours a day because we want what is best for them, and it is practically impossible to find long-term success without a quality education.  As a society, we have determined that school is so important that everyone has a right to attend.

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Auto Defects: Full Speed Ahead?

January 21, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When news came down that Chrysler was finally acknowledging the defect in more than 1.5 million of their Jeeps that left the gas tank prone to explosion in the case of rear-end collisions, most people assumed the worst was over.  Though it had taken a great deal of prodding to get Chrysler to acknowledge the problem in the first place, at least a solution had been reached.  Chrysler would fix the defective Jeeps by installing a tow hitch, an elegant solution to the difficult issue.

But just when it seemed that everything might finally work out, the NHTSA has discovered that Chrysler hasn’t actually followed through on the fixes.  In fact, Chrysler has done next to nothing to address the issue, leaving millions of people still in danger of a catastrophic event if they are rear-ended.

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Medical Malpractice: Failsafe

January 20, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Fail-safes are supposed to exist for a reason, to make sure that no matter how many mistakes any one individual makes, the worst-case scenario is never realized.  A hospital in Oregon supposedly had fail-safes, but what happened there on December 1st, 2014 is simply proof that fail-safes are only as worthwhile as the people in charge of making sure they are followed.

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Amusement Park Accidents: No Ticket To Ride

January 19, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

All anybody wanted was a good time.  It has been over a year and a half since the family attended a theme park looking for fun in May of 2013, but only now are the full details of the terrible event being revealed in the journal Pediatric Neurology.

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Failure to Diagnose: Surviving Sepsis

January 16, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Doctors and hospitals have long insisted that there is nothing they can do to improve the mortality rate for patients who go into sepsis.  Despite many different hospitals using many different systems, the death rate has remained stubbornly over 25 percent at best.  Many doctors and hospitals still have death rates of 40 percent or higher.  There are some doctors who take for granted that they will lose a quarter of these patients.  After all, if other hospitals and doctors aren’t doing any better, they assume they are doing the best that can be done.

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Brain Damage: At Least Ten Percent

January 14, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Determining the most likely cause of brain injuries in newborns requires additional research, according to a new study released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  The study was undertaken to determine just how often oxygen deprivation at birth contributes to negative outcomes.

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Nursing Errors: A Commonplace Concern

January 13, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is always exciting when a breakthrough occurs that fundamentally changes the way care is offered at hospitals, and a new system for administering analgesia stands to be one of those breakthroughs.  A new study shows that Sufentanil, when administered by tablet, has similar outcomes to opioids administered on demand through IV.

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Escalator Injury: A Rising and Falling Danger

January 09, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

From the first time you saw one, when you were just a little kid, you suspected they weren’t safe.  There was just something about the sliding sheets of metal rising and falling with no visible safety mechanisms that was downright frightening.  But after seeing enough people use one, you convinced yourself they are safe.  After all, if escalators weren’t safe, every mall in America wouldn’t have one.

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Cauda Equina: An Underestimated Cause of Disability

January 08, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When al.com, the internet news hub for people in the state of Alabama, reached out in October for stories of readers' troubles applying for Social Security Disability, most of the conditions people responded with were familiar to most of us.  One person was suffering from colon cancer, another from pancreatitis.  Most of us know at least one person who has suffered from these terrible diseases.  But one lesser known disorder was also mentioned, and it is a disorder more Americans need to become familiar with.

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Truck Accidents: 18 Wheels and 82 Hours

January 06, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In 2011, after years and years of terrible accidents caused by allowing truck drivers on the roads without adequate sleep, the Department of Transportation stepped in and mandated that truckers get enough rest.  Even this rule allowed truckers to drive with only a 34 hour restart period every week, meaning a driver could still drive up to 82 hours a week.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents: An Uber Problem on New Years and Other Holidays

January 05, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Everyone knows that New Year’s Eve is a dangerous night to be driving, but people aren’t always aware how dangerous other holidays can be.  This past Halloween was particularly dangerous, as it landed on a Friday night, a night already associated with partying, drinking, and driving.

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Farm Equipment Accidents: A Heartwarming Tale from the Heartland

January 02, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There’s an old term for men like them.  They call them salt of the Earth.  They are the types who you can rely on when things get bad.  America needs men like them.  Thankfully, America still has men like them.  Sometimes it just takes terrible tragedy to make us realize how many good people there still are in this world.

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