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Legal News Archive: February 2016

Will New Guidelines Lead to An Increase in Failing To Diagnose Breast Cancer?

February 29, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As we head into Women’s History Month, the recent changes to the American Cancer Society's guidelines regarding mammograms and annual breast exams still have some women concerned about a potential failure to diagnose breast cancer. During breast cancer awareness month last October, the ACS recommended the starting age for women to have an annual mammogram be moved from 40 to 45, with bi-annual testing beginning at 55. They also recommended eliminating the physical breast exam done in a doctor’s office as part of the annual exam.

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Dangerous Products: Take Action to see Recalls

February 29, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It took 27 deaths before CR Bard began to recall its G2 blood filters.  It took 27 deaths before CR Bard even bothered to stop selling the product.  Now NBC News wants to know why.

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Scoliosis and Taking the Next Step

February 26, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Every parent fears their child will suffer a devastating injury, and we do all we can to keep our children safe.  We imagine traumatic injuries, such as broken arms and concussions.  But sometimes, a child will have an underlying condition, and nothing the parent does can protect them from it. 

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When the Flu Turns Into Something Worse

February 25, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is flu season again.  Though it isn’t shaping up to be a particularly dangerous season, the flu is dangerous no matter how mild the outbreak may seem.  Every year, hundreds of people die from the flu, and thousands more suffer long-term health issues.  Too many people skip their flu shots, assuming the shot does no good, or that herd immunity will save them.  This type of risky behavior increases the likelihood the flu will spread. 

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Staying Safe on the Road with Trucks and Tractor-Trailers

February 25, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Many motorists are uneasy driving near large trucks, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers. Those fears became quite real for drivers on the George Washington Bridge this week when high winds during a storm caused a semi-trailer to overturn, pushing it into the path of oncoming traffic. The upper level of the bridge was closed for a number of hours while crews cleared away debris and cleaned up the diesel fuel which had spilled across the lanes. While luckily no one was injured, the incident serves as a reminder of how dangerous trucks can be.

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Faulty Factors with CT Scan Radiation

February 24, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The smaller newspapers have started to notice.  Though the Wall Street Journal and New York Times aren’t trumpeting it from their front pages, it is becoming harder and harder to ignore the damage done by CT scan radiation. 

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Traffic Delays and Car Accident Fatalities in the U.S. Continue to Increase

February 24, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Do you feel like you are spending more time in your car and noticing more car accidents than ever before? Well, your perception is correct. An increase in jobs and a decrease in gasoline prices over the past two years has led to the highest number of clogged roads and deadly crashes the U.S. has seen in very long time.

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Looking for a Reason for Hazardous Substance Exposure

February 23, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Pregnancy is often a difficult time.  With hormonal imbalances, weight gain, fatigue, and nausea, trying to keep your emotions under control can be very difficult.  But there are dozens of things for a pregnant woman to be worried about, including miscarriage, stillbirth, and birth defects in addition to the body changes that come along with carrying a baby. 

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Are Automatic Doors A Convenience or Personal Injury Hazard?

February 23, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Every day people head out to buy groceries, gifts and supplies from a variety of different stores. And by now we are used to the convenience of automatic doors getting us in and out of these places with ease. What many people don’t realize is that a malfunction with a door or its sensors can lead to serious personal injury. 

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Additional Info: Personal Injury Overview

New York Attorney Provides Car Seat Tips to Prevent Accidents

February 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As a parent, you can be the safest driver in the world, but your children are still at risk every time you get behind the wheel.  There are too many other drivers doing too many dangerous things.  There are drunk drivers and tired drivers.  There are drivers who are too busy with their cell phones to pay attention to the road.  There are drivers who are engaging in horseplay with passengers and not keeping their focus on the road.

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Lung Cancer and Pollutants

February 19, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As medical marijuana becomes legal in more and more states, getting high has become the method of treatment for some people with certain diseases.  Though the benefits of medical marijuana are still up for debate, many people believe in the powers of this plant. 

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More Potholes on the Road Equal More Problems for Motorists

February 19, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We see it happen every winter. The road freezes. It snows. The temperature warms up and melts the snow into the asphalt and suddenly you find yourself driving through a sea of potholes. It’s a vicious cycle that costs motorists millions of dollars a year in damages and repairs. This year, one Long Island town is trying to get ahead of the problem.

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Freak Accidents Not Uncommon

February 18, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It gets really old, really fast.  Whenever anything goes wrong, whenever anybody is seriously hurt or killed, some people want to call whatever happened a “freak accident.”  There is something appealing about this, because if it’s a freak accident no one has to worry about it happening to them.  A freak accident isn’t likely to happen twice.

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Deadly NYC Gas Explosion Leads to Manslaughter Charges

February 18, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In March of 2015 residents of New York City’s East Village experienced a devastating gas explosion that leveled three buildings and took the lives of two innocent people. Now almost a year later, five individuals are facing criminal charges in connection with the accident that brought the New York City neighborhood to a halt. 

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Digging Deeper with Head Injuries

February 17, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Concussions are common enough that most Emergency Rooms think they know how to handle them.  After all, concussions can be caused by car accidents, bicycle accidents, sports injuries, trips and falls, and hundreds of other daily incidents.  Doctors and nurses see concussions on a daily basis, and will often make a quick diagnosis and recommend rest for the patient.

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Chemical Burns at a Place of Employment One of Many Hazards

February 16, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Not all burns are created alike, and it is important to keep that in mind if you need to provide first aid for yourself or others in the event of a burn. 

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Additional Info: Toxic Exposure

Factors to Consider Before Booking a Vacation Cruise

February 16, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With record low temperatures hitting the Northeast recently, many people have been looking for ways to escape the frigid arctic air. One popular method to leave the cold behind is to take a cruise to a much warmer destination. While sailing away on a cruise ship to tropical location may sound like the perfect plan, it doesn’t always turn out that way.

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Take Heart Over the Holiday Weekend

February 12, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As Valentine’s Day approaches and passes, you can’t set foot outside your house without seeing hearts.  Hearts are everywhere.  Boys and girls are giving little candy hearts to each other.  Teenagers are giving heart-shaped boxes of candy.  And husbands might present their wives with a heart locket on this special day.  

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Campaign Season versus Car Accidents: Related?

February 11, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The more miles you drive, the more likely you are to be in a car accident.  That’s just common sense.  There’s a reason that people who have to drive long distances for their jobs are much more likely to be injured and killed on the roads than people who do not.  Each extra mile you drive is an extra chance for something terrible to happen.

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How the Toxic Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan Affects Us All

February 11, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The city of Flint, MI, has been pushed into the spotlight as residents continue to fight for clean water. The crisis became a national issue when researchers at Virginia Tech revealed the water was highly corrosive with very high levels of lead and iron. While officials in the Great Lakes State work to alleviate the toxic water contamination, the rest of the country is wondering about the water flowing from the taps in their homes.

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Being Afraid of Infectious Disease

February 10, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The more technical the study sounds, the less likely it delivers good news.  Good news is usually trumpeted in catchy headlines, not buried in scientific lingo.  So when you see a study called “Efficacy of the Decolonization of MRSA Carriers in Clinical Practice,” you can assume it isn’t good.  And it isn’t. 

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An App for the Medical Community

February 09, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When in doubt, let a computer do it.  Or even just a phone.

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Be Aware of Drunk Drivers on Super Bowl Sunday

February 05, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are ready to battle it out for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 50. Super Bowl Sunday is widely considered to be one of the biggest party days of the year. However, it is also one of the most dangerous days to be on the road, as the chances of being involved in an accident with a drunk driver significantly increases. 

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Undiagnosed Heart Conditions are a Serious Threat to Children

February 05, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Parents and teenagers were stunned when YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley died suddenly from what was discovered to be an undetected heart condition known as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He was 13 years old. Caleb’s story is unfortunately becoming a recurring one as we see more and more accounts in the news of young people losing their lives to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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After the Storm: Staying Healthy When Snowed In

February 04, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A massive snowstorm hit Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and other parts of the East Coast at the end of January, dropping three feet or more of snow in many areas.  Metropolitan areas were all but paralyzed by the blizzard-like conditions.  It was days before streets and sidewalks were properly shoveled and safe for drivers and pedestrians. 

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A New Distraction for Drivers

February 03, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Distracted driving continues to become more and more commonplace across the United States.  Each year, more and more drivers are receiving citations for this extremely dangerous activity, but the increased police focus on this issue doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect of decreasing the behavior. 

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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving and Driver Fatigue

February 02, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

What a comeback for Tracy Morgan. In the last five months the actor/comedian has made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards, hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, scheduled a stand-up comedy tour and announced his involvement in a new television comedy pilot. What makes his return so impressive is what happened to Morgan on June 7, 2014 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury along with a broken leg and broken ribs in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that also took the life of one of his close friends, all due to the actions of a drowsy driver.

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The Dangers of the Zika Virus and What the Public Should Look Out For

February 01, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The latest medical issue placing the public on alert is the Zika virus. It started late last month when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued travel guidelines to the most affected countries, mainly in Central and South America. Now residents in the United States are taking a closer look at exactly what the Zika virus is, how it is contracted and just how dangerous it can be.

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Additional Info: Misdiagnosis

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