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Legal News Archive: April 2017

Birth Injuries: Minimizing Damage of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

April 27, 2017 | New York Birth Injury Law Firm, Birth Injury Law Firm New York, Manhattan Birth Injury Law Firm, Manhattan Attorneys for Birth Injuries

There is new hope for minimizing the damage suffered by children who suffer from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).  HIE is associated with oxygen deprivation during a traumatic birth, often due to medical decisions or procedures utilized without adequate medical monitoring.

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Minor Changes to Prescription Warning Labels of Levaquin

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

Minor changes to warning labels are not uncommon when dealing with prescriptions.  In fact, they are to be expected.  Despite rigorous clinical trials, there will always be a few rare, but unserious side effects, that are not noted during the initial FDA approval process.  But these side effects should be minor, and they should be rare.

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Emergency Transportation Expensive for Accident Victims

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

When a bad accident occurs, you have little to no control over what happens to you if you are injured.  Even if you are conscious, you have no option but to go along with the paramedics and medical professionals.  Sometimes this means a trip in an ambulance, but in situations where an ambulance cannot deliver you to a hospital quickly enough, you may be airlifted using an Air Vac.

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Unsafe Air and How It Affects You

April 24, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The statistics are sobering.  Though the most recent State of the Air released by the American Lung Association indicates that things are improving, too many Americans are still breathing unsafe air on a regular basis.  Breathing unsafe air has been linked to asthma, lung cancer, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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Safety Guidelines Save Lives

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

A $62,000 fine will not bring Ruan Qiang back to life, but it will hopefully serve as some deterrent to other companies cutting the same corners as the Good View Roofing and Building Supply Co.  The fine was administered by California Division of Occupational Health and Safety on April 17th, 2017. Mr. Qiang was operating a fork lift on November 21, 2016 when a bag of construction material became lodged under the front wheel.  While attempting to back up the fork lift, he veered slightly off the loading ramp, causing the forklift to tip.

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Officials Aware of Amtrak Systemic Issues

April 20, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The derailment of a train on April 3rd, 2017 did not come as a complete surprise to Amtrak officials, who were well aware of track problems in the area of Penn Station even before the accident occurred.  According to a press release, Amtrak officials are aware of many problems with the tracks for the mass transit system.  Despite being aware of these potential problems, nothing has been done to prevent these derailments, even though hundreds if not thousands of lives, are at risk each time a train travels down sections of these dangerous tracks.

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Death of Legend to Draw Attention to Bicycling Risks

April 19, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Mike Hall is a legend in the world of endurance cycling, having held a variety of world records.  But fame and fortune are not enough to protect even a legend from a deadly interaction between bicycle and car.

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Wearable Technology Potential Boon to Diagnosis

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

Fitbits, iWatches, and other wearable fitness technology have allowed millions of Americans to have a better grasp of their fitness.  Setting and achieving goals, such as taking 10,000 steps every day, is much simpler to achieve when a bracelet or watch is keeping track.

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Concerns About Water Pollution Increasing

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

It’s been 17 years since concerns about water pollution were as high as they are right now.  According to a new survey from Gallup, 63 percent of Americans are worried a great deal about pollution of drinking water.  And 57 percent of Americans are worried about pollutions of streams, rivers, and other waterways.

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Defects Apparent in Boston Rail Locomotives

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

Twenty percent of locomotives for Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority could be sidelined for an undetermined length of time due to defects in their engines.  This is not the first time a significant amount of locomotives have been out of use due to defect.  In late 2015 a large number of faulty motor bearings cost taxpayers 222 million.

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Construction Accidents Occur in All Environments

April 13, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Movie magic doesn’t prevent significant injury or even death when an accident occurs. And movie magic is no protection against inadequate safety measures, as proved by an April 4th incident at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta that left one worker dead.

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Carbon Monoxide Risks at Swimming Pools

April 11, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A terrible tragedy in Michigan claimed the life of one child and left 13 more unconscious and in critical condition.  Employees of Quality Inn in Niles, Michigan made the terrible discovery on April 1st at the indoor swimming pool at the hotel. Initial indications are that a chemical reaction caused the chlorine in the pool to be converted to carbon monoxide, which is extremely dangerous to humans.  This type of reaction is possible in all pool environments, but is much more likely in indoor pools.   

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Exposed Flames a House Fire Risk

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

House fires are devastating.  Even if everyone in the house escapes unscathed, thousands of dollars in property damage can be done in the matter of a few minutes.  Insurance will replace some of these items, but family heirlooms and photographs are not replaceable with money. 

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Minimizing Injury Risk in Falls

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

Falls are one of the great injury risks to elderly patients, particularly those experiencing sudden changes in their health status.  After spending their entire lives with a certain sense of balance, muscle deterioration, illness, and cognitive changes can drastically increase the risk of a fall occurring.

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Stages of Bedsores: What To Look For in Care Facilities

April 06, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Finding proper care for our loved ones can be difficult, particularly if they have medical needs that require a skilled nursing facility.  We do our best to research different places and find one that will provide quality care.  But even after we find a facility, we have to be diligent to make sure that quality care is actually being provided.

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The Effects of Ambien: No Laughing Matter

April 05, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New York Magazine ran an article in their February edition drawing attention to an online community of Ambien users.  These users were sharing stories of the things they had done while under the effects of the drug.  Though intended to be amusing, the story and the community itself simply serve to illustrate just how dangerous the side effects of the drug can be.

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Absorb Stent May Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Event

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

It’s been less than two years since the FDA approved the use of Absorb stents, the first stent designed to dissolve on its own within three years of implantation.  The stent was designed to do its job, opening a blood vessel long enough for the blood vessel to heal or for an occlusion to resolve, then break down naturally in the body.

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Finz Firm Attorney Spotlight: Ellen Sundheimer

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

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