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Legal News Archive: May 2015

Jet Ski Accidents: The Changing Seasons

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

It happens every spring.  The air turns warmer and we want to be outside.  And there are few places better to enjoy the warmer weather than the ocean or a lake.  And what’s a more fun way to enjoy water than to hop on a jet ski?

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Amusement Park Accidents: The Unhappiest Place on Earth

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

Maybe someone realized things were unsafe, and wanted to shut it down before anyone was injured.  If so, they were too late.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Trinity

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

When it comes to accidents on the highways, certain vehicles are associated with worse outcomes than others.  Three types of vehicles in particular have these negative outcomes, either for the driver of the vehicle or for the people in the vehicle they hit.  These three are:

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Birth Defects: The Price of a Healthy Baby

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

The excitement of learning you are pregnant quickly gives way a hundred fears.  There are so many things that can go wrong, both during the pregnancy and once the child is born and growing, that it is only natural for parents to worry.  And doctors don’t help.  One of the first questions your OB-GYN will ask is which birth defects you want to screen for.

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Car Accidents: Selfie-Centered

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

We tend to assume that everyone is capable of empathy, and so we are surprised to learn otherwise.  The recent gas explosion in New York City has drawn attention to an ongoing problem, a clear demonstration that not everyone is capable of putting themselves in another’s shoes and feeling bad for their misfortune.

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Accidents: Scarred for Life

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

It is always bad to get hurt.  Not only do we feel pain and need time to heal, taking us away from things we enjoy, but most bad injuries leave some kind of scar.  These scars remain, reminding us of the terrible thing we endured, adding psychological pain to the real pain we already experienced.

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Toxic Exposure: Natural Causes

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

Natural causes.  That’s what all the death certificates stated as cause of death.  But as the number of death certificates continued to mount, more and more questions were asked, and now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that perhaps the cause of death wasn’t natural after all.

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Mold Respiratory Illness: Molding Our Youth

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

Lung problems are notoriously difficult to diagnose.  The symptoms can be interpreted in so many ways, and separating asthma from allergies from other lung ailments can take thousands of dollars in tests.  Still, it’s important those tests are run, as the method of treatment will be different dependent upon the diagnosis.

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Medication Errors: Asking the Right Questions

May 18, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Medication errors are much more common than most people think.  In fact, medication errors are thought to be the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  Even as medical breakthroughs make it possible to keep us alive and healthy longer than past generations dreamed was possible, medication errors continue to cut lives short and cause incredible amounts of pain and suffering.

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Workplace Accidents: Learning Lessons at School

May 15, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is still unknown what caused the building to collapse during construction.  On April 2nd, workers were constructing a new building on the campus of Argyle High School in Texas when the walls buckled inward and the ceiling collapsed, killing one worker and injuring a half dozen more.

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Diabetes Misdiagnosis: In the Womb

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

It is well-established that certain disabilities are caused by developmental problems in the womb.  Some of these, such as Down Syndrome, are caused by mutations, and there is nothing a mother can do to prevent these.  Others, such as brain damage caused by hypoxia (lack of oxygen) can be attributed to failure to diagnose maternal problems such as sleep apnea.

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Blood Clots: In Great Shape

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

For some reason, many people seem to think that you bring disease on yourself.  No matter what your diagnosis, there are some people who claim that your lifestyle is the reason for your sickness.  If you suffer from blood clots, you have probably heard hundreds of times from dozens of people that it’s somehow your own fault.

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Brain Injuries: A Reason to Doubt

May 12, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Whenever you are in a car accident or suffer a traumatic injury at the workplace, there are those who think you weren’t hurt badly enough, or who think you are faking it.  Unless you lose a limb or break your back, some people will doubt whether you were actually badly injured.  So many of the injuries that are caused by accidents don’t leave visible marks.

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Construction Accidents: Cutting Corners

May 11, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On April 13th, 2015, a construction crew in Bonney Lake, Oregon knocked a large chunk of concrete off an overpass, resulting in three days.  Two days later, newspaper reporters revealed that the subcontractor involved in the project, Staton Construction, had committed a violation of state statute during a previous project, the demolition of the Sauvie Island Bridge in 2008.

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Crane Accidents: Under Construction

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

We see them everywhere, and we take their safety for granted.  We drive under them on the highway, walk near them at shopping centers and in store parking lots.  We take one look at their strong steel frames and just assume that nothing will go wrong.  But despite how stable construction cranes appear, accidents do happen, and unfortunately they have been happening very often over the last few months.

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Drunk Driving: Buzzed Driving

May 07, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

"It’s just one beer.  It’s been an hour since my last drink.  I don’t feel drunk.  I just have a little buzz."  If you spend much time with people who are drinking alcohol, you will hear these excuses and more when they ask for their keys.  Don’t hand the keys over.  Just because a person thinks they are safe to drive doesn’t mean they are.

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Spinal Cord Injuries: A Breakthrough

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

The chance of paralysis, however small, has long prevented people from seeking the relief they need.  The risks of back surgery, particularly spinal surgery, have scared many people into trying to medicate away their pain rather than seeking a long term solution.  Now, a new procedure is becoming available that has all the benefits of traditional spinal fusion surgery with a much lower risk profile.

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Drunk Driving Accidents: Powdered Death

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

As if alcohol abuse isn’t a big enough problem in America, a new product is going to make it even easier to get drunk.  Palcohol, which was approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, sounds like an adult version of Kool-Aid.  Just mix the powder into water and you have one of four drinks, including a Margarita and a Cosmopolitan.

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Distracted Driving: A Suitable Deterrent

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

We would all like to believe that we can convince people to do the right thing.  And if convincing does not work, the presence of an authority figure should be enough to get people to follow the law.  But a story out of Georgia shows that even the presence of a uniformed police officer is not enough to keep people from driving while under the influence.

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