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Legal News Archive: July 2017

Social Media and Drunk Driving Prove to be a Deadly Combination

July 29, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sometimes it takes a national news story to draw attention to problems that exist everywhere.  On July 21st, 2017, 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez was driving under the influence, with two minors in the backseat.  Her sister was not wearing a seat belt, and died when Obdulia crashed into a fence.

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Use Caution on Elevators When Travelling

July 28, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Six teenagers trying to make a difference in the world were injured on a trip to New Orleans.  The teens were volunteering in the area hoping to help families still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.  On July 20th, they boarded an elevator, only to have the elevator come crashing down from the third floor.

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Gadolinium Build-up in the Brain Through MRIs

July 27, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For years the medical community insisted that Gadolinium was completely safe.  The company line was that the kidneys processed the substance and it passed through the body completely.  When it was demonstrated Gadolinium could mass in injured areas of the body, causing long-term health problems, healthcare providers insisted this would only affect a small amount of people.  But new research shows that anyone who has a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that utilizes Gadolinium is at risk.

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SawStop Technology Saves Lives

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

All the way back in 2003, SawStop petitioned the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to require some type of blade-stopping technology on all table saws sold in the United States.  At the time, SawStop’s product was revolutionary, and other product manufacturers were at a loss on how to compete on the safety front.

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Oxygen Therapy to Repair Brain Damage

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

In February 2016, two-year-old Eden Carlson snuck through the fence around the family pool and fell in.  By the time her parents found her, she had been in the water for approximately fifteen minutes.  Pulled from the pool by her mother, Eden was not expected to survive, and even when paramedics and doctors were able to revive her, she had suffered significant brain damage.

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Boating Accidents Common in Summertime

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

A tragic accident on North Long Island is drawing attention to the training and age of trainers.  In the incident, a twelve-year-old boy was taking boating lessons at the Centerport Yacht Club on July 18th, 2017.  The victim was on an inflatable motor boat when he fell overboard and became entangled in the rotor.

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Research Options Before Taking Drugs While Pregnant

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

Actress Amanda Seyfried delivered a beautiful baby girl in March, 2017, a cause for celebration for her fans and the paparazzi looking to take pictures of the actress’s child.  As a celebrity, interest was already high in the pregnancy and birth, but Ms. Seyfried attracted additional attention by admitting to on a podcast that she took her antidepressant, Lexapro, during the pregnancy.

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What to Watch Before Booking a Vacation Rental

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

AirBNBs are an attractive option in many situations.  Pricing is frequently much cheaper than hotels in the area, and house rentals offer additional space with fewer worries about noise and other issues that come along with shared walls in traditional temporary lodgings.

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Warning Signs for Blood Clots in the Brain

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

Senator John McCain will be absent from Washington, DC for at least a week following a surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.  The surgery, called a craniotomy, was performed Friday, July 14th, 2017.  The mass was approximately two centimeters and was discovered during a routine physical.

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Post Surgery Infections Always a Concern

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

House Majority WHIP Steve Scalise was the most seriously injured victim in a June 14th incident when a gunman opened fire on a practice for a Congressional baseball game.  Scalise was struck in the hip, with the bullet traveling through his body, requiring extensive surgery.  Gunshots to the hip are extremely dangerous and often fatal.

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MRI Delay Serious Concern With Cauda Equina

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

Lower back pain is a commonly presenting symptom.  Millions of Americans suffer from some degree of pain in this area, and treatment and diagnosis of these conditions is a common medical specialty, but it can takes months for a patient to get into the right doctor.  Diagnostic protocol requires a variety of imaging tests be performed to determine the cause of the pain so that it can be addressed.

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Warrantless Surveillance

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

The New York City Council is currently considering passing the POST Act, which stands for Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology.  The act is designed to allow the average citizen of New York City to have some knowledge of the surveillance methods being employed by the New York Police Department.

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1 out of 4 Vehicles on Road Has Open Recall

July 12, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Carfax has the most extensive data on American vehicles of any private enterprise.  The company tracks repairs and other information on every car it can, packaging this information for consumers who are shopping for used vehicles.  This comprehensive data set is invaluable for identifying trends in motor vehicle maintenance.

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Latest Blood Clot Detection Test Could Save Lives

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

A new test to detect blood clots could save thousands of lives per year.  The test, which utilizes Positron Emission Tomography (commonly known as a PET scan), identifies places with irregular buildup of GPIIB/IIIA receptors.  These have been associated with dense platelet concentrations, which occur in blood clots.

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Injured as Passenger in an Automobile Accident

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

There are advantages to being a motor vehicle passenger instead of the driver.  You do not have to pay as much attention to the road.  You can focus on other things, like returning text messages or changing the music on the radio.  But for all these advantages, there is one major disadvantage.  You have no control over whether or not an accident occurs.

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Pre-Trip Inspection a Must For Truck Drivers

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

Tractor trailers and other semi-trailers pose significant dangers to other vehicles.  This is why, before any large vehicle embarks on an expedition, a pre-trip inspection must take place.  Drivers of big rigs are taught in CDL School the importance of these assessments, and how to properly ensure that all parts are in proper working order before they log their first mile.

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Physical Therapy For Stroke Victims

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

Some degree of physical disability is to be expected when a person experiences a stroke.  Strokes occur when blood flow is restricted to an area of the brain, either from a clot or from a brain bleed, resulting in the death of brain cells.  Whatever functions these cells perform must be relearned by the person who suffered the cerebral-vascular event.

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Legal Fellow for Victims of Police Brutality

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

On September 9th, 2015, James Blake was exiting a Manhattan hotel when he was accosted by police officers.  Mr. Blake was pushed to the ground by an officer, who claimed to suspect Mr. Blake of credit card fraud.  The officer failed to explain how a non-violent offense required a violent response.  A review board later determined that the police officer was at fault for the incident, and should be fired.

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