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Legal News Archive: May 2017

Symptoms of Metallosis

May 31, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The failure of Metal-on-Metal hip implants is now well established.  Multiple manufacturers have recalled the devices, a clear acknowledgement that the devices are unsafe.  A series of successful lawsuits against some of those companies have established that these implants were defective at the design stage, posing a serious health risk to anyone who received them from the moment they were conceived.

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Radiation at the Workplace

May 29, 2017 | New York Workplace Toxic Exposure Law Firm, Workplace Accident and Toxic Exposure Law Firm New York, Manhattan Toxic Exposure Law Firm

A worker at a decommissioned nuclear weapons facility in Washington State might have carried radioactive contamination home with him after his clothes were exposed.  The incident happened on May 18th.  Politicians in the state are calling on the federal government to expedite the decontamination of the site, a project which has been underway since 1989.

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Summer Travel Caution with Botulism at a California Rest Stop

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

One person is dead and another is paralyzed after a rest stop in California served nacho cheese tainted with Botulism for nearly a week.  Botulism is a rare and deadly foodborne infection that was much more common when tin was used for canning goods in the United States.  Botulism has been mostly eradicated through better food sanitation practices, and is now better known for its cosmetic and medicinal purposes as Botox.

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Taking Risks at a Water Park

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

Water parks can be a great way to cool down on a hot summer day.  Offering slides, pools, and other attractions, water parks offer family fun as well as opportunities for teenagers and young adults to spend time with their friends.

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A Quick Reversal for Johnson & Johnson

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

Just two months ago, Johnson & Johnson were declaring victory and vindication after winning a single trial in St. Louis.  The company claimed momentum and that juries were beginning to believe their version of science.  But any momentum was short-lived, as a Virginia jury this month saw things differently than the group in St. Louis.

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Cancer Test Continuum

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

Determining whether or not you have cancer is usually a multi-step process.  Dependent upon the type of cancer, the process can look a little different, but it usually starts with displaying symptoms consistent with a cancer diagnosis.  This is not always true in the case of breast cancer, colon cancer, or other types of cancer where screening tests are performed proactively.

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Importance of Age at Which Traumatic Brain Injury Occurs

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

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is always devastating for the individual who suffers the injury.  These injuries tend to affect a person’s moods, daily living skills, and ability to hold a job.  Relationships are drastically changed, as the person with the brain injury sometimes cannot manage the same responsibilities.

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Limits on Medical Malpractice Suits in Health Bill

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

Drafting a bill is often difficult work for politicians.  This can be especially true when dealing with an issue as complex as the American healthcare system.  Determining coverage requirements and limits, addressing medication and availabilities and costs, and defining the separation between state and federal responsibilities often takes hundreds of pages.

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Fracking Can Have Far Ranging Effects

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

New York State was one of the first states to ban fracking back in 2014.  Fracking is a controversial technique for harvesting oil and gas from shale and other deposits.  Fracking requires literally fracturing the earth to make these substances are easier to gather.  To do so, large machines are used to generate thousands of tons of pressure.

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Elderly Are Common Targets for Financial Abuse

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

Older Americans have spent their entire lives working hard and preparing for retirement.  Utilizing whatever they were able to save through pensions and property, they slowly draw down their funds and rely on Social Security and Medicare to make it on a month-to-month basis.  They have earned the right to relax, but unfortunately there are hundreds of people seeking to take advantage of this population.

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Summertime and Playground Accidents Go Hand in Hand

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

Summer is nearly upon us.  Kids are out of school for a couple of months, and the weather is nice enough for them to spend more and more time outside.  Parents are faced with difficult choices regarding the level of supervision a child needs in the neighborhood or even in their own backyards. 

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New York Legislators Looking Out for Vulnerable Babies

May 09, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a disease that predominantly affects premature infants.  It is caused when portions of the small or large intestine undergo necrosis, or tissue death, leading to malnutrition and other complications.  Though mortality rates are improving, 20 to 40 fatality rates persist for infants who suffer this disease.

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Systemic Mis-evaluation of Traumatic Brain Injury

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

Determining the extent of a disability can be difficult.  Though there are a variety of tests, including physical, mental, emotional, and neurological benchmarks, figuring out the exact limitations for any particularly person is still an arduous process, particularly for the person being assessed.  Being put through a battery of assessments only to discover that your diagnosis does not fit your own perception of your abilities is extremely frustrating.

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Nursing Home Abuse Widespread

May 04, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Investigative Reporters and Editors competition is a prestigious award for journalists who delve into topics that many people just want to ignore.  This year, reporters for Penn Live won the award for their 2016 investigation into nursing home injuries and deaths in the state of Pennsylvania.  The six part investigation opened thousands of eyes to the dangers present in nursing homes.

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Mechanical Diagnosis on the Horizon

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

Machines have been helping doctors make diagnoses for decades now.  CT scans, PET scans and x-rays have made diagnosing certain diseases, such as lung cancer, brain lesions, and even pneumonia significantly simpler and more reliable.  No longer are doctors required to use only the patient’s symptoms to make a decision.  Additional information is almost always a good thing.

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Lack of Standards in CT Scan Radiation Dosages

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

Reading between the lines is important when looking at the news.  What is presented as positive often attempts to hide a negative that has existed for too long.  That is the case with new research from the University of California San Francisco regarding radiation doses for people undergoing CT scans.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Manufacturer Aware of Risks

May 01, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We will never know how many warnings designers and manufacturers of Metal-on-Metal received from their engineers during the development of their products, but a recent investigation by the London Telegraph makes it clear that at least one engineer at one company was well aware of the risks of these devices.

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