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Legal News Archive: January 2018

Err on the Side of Caution at Accident Scene

January 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

People are trained from a young age to be polite and reassuring, so it is no surprise that when a car accident occurs, the instinct is often to downplay the extent of potential injuries when speaking with the person who hit you.  Offering the other driver condolences might seem like a good idea, but all too often it is the exact wrong thing to do, as those kind statements might be used against you in a legal proceeding.

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Operating Farm Equipment Alone Can Be Dangerous

January 30, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A former member of the Planning Board in Riverhead, New York was killed in a tractor accident on January 25th, 2018.  Lyle Wells became entangled in the rear of the tractor and his body was found after he failed to return home.  He was working alone at the time, and the circumstances of the accident are under investigation.

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Magnesium Protective Against Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Infants

January 29, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The incidence of cerebral palsy in preterm infants has long been higher than the incidence in babies delivered full term.  Determining why has long eluded researchers, but a recent study out of England and Canada indicates that magnesium deficiency might play a role.  Doctors treated mothers in preterm labor (labor between 32-34 weeks gestation) with magnesium sulfate and noted a significant decrease in the development of cerebral palsy in these infants.

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Link Between Diet and Prostate Cancer

January 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For many dieters, the primary reason to cut calories or modify meals is to lose weight.  People have been trained to associate the number on the scale with general health, and to assume that so long as the pounds are falling off, any diet is good for them.  But recent research indicates that what we eat to lose weight is important, particularly in regards to prostate cancer.

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Chantix Poses Cardiovascular Risk

January 23, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The litany of side effects associated with popular anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) is extensive.  Some of those side effects, such as upset stomach, nausea, and headache, are relatively minor and might be worth enduring in order to quit smoking.  Smoking is linked to significant health issues, such as hypertension and lung cancer, and minor side effects associated with quitting are to be expected.

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Decades of Abuse in the Sports Industry

January 22, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The first abuse accusation goes back to 1994, but it is reasonably likely that Dr. Larry Nassar’s crimes extend even further into the past.  As the number of victims increases on a seemingly daily basis, now reaching nearly 250 cases, determining precisely when he first began to prey on young women seeking treatment could prove impossible.

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Arts and Craft Activities Should Be Monitored

January 19, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On occasion, the line between care and negligence can be blurred.  For example, failure to properly monitor a young child using kid-safe scissors can result in a cut, even with the dull blades.  Children can also quickly swallow a bead or other small object if caregivers are not paying careful attention.  Arts and crafts activities can be particularly susceptible to this, as children use implements such as scissors and paint that are not readily available at other times.

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Elder Abuse Comes in Many Forms

January 16, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 67-year-old man was arrested on December 31st, 2017, in Slidell, Louisiana for suspicion of taking part in a “Nigerian Prince” scheme.  This scam, where an individual online poses as foreign royalty and asks for money to help them secure their inheritance, is one of the more famous and far reaching internet schemes.

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The Devastating Effects of California Mudslides

January 15, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A recent string of wildfires in California has left the state susceptible to mudslides.  These blazes destroy the underbrush, trees, and root systems that provide stability to hills and washes, increasing the likelihood of devastating mudslides occurring.  When heavy rains hit the areas where fires recently burned, the weather and the resulting mud forced thousands from their homes and resulted in eight deaths with seventeen still missing.

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A Setback with Drunk Driving Arrests

January 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Public perception of the dangers of drunk driving has mostly trended in the right direction for the last four decades.  Since MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was founded in 1980, outreach by educators, experts, and law enforcement has slowly lowered the rate at which people drive while under the influence.  Drunk driving education takes place in most high schools, targeting students who are not yet even old enough to drive to make it clear to them how unsafe this behavior is.

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Cutting Edge Treatment for Sepsis

January 11, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A study presented in the December, 2017 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights a potential breakthrough treatment for sepsis.  Sepsis, which affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, and which is fatal in one third of emergent cases where prompt treatment does not take place, is a major danger in hospitals and other medical settings due to poor diagnostic tests.

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Natural Treatment for Necrotizing Enterocolitis

January 10, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Researchers still struggle to find the cause of Necrotizing Enterocolitis, a devastating disease that affects thousands of newborns each year.  Though the illness often occurs in clusters, indicating an environmental cause, that cause is still unknown.  And because so little is known about what causes the disease, doctors are often too slow to make a diagnosis.

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Inexperience and Alcohol are a Bad Combination While Boating

January 08, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Boating safety is a multi-faceted process.  Though putting on a life vest goes a long way towards decreasing the risk of accidental drowning, there is a lot more to being safe on a lake or ocean than just flotation devices.  This is particularly true of smaller boats, where there are no guardrails or other barriers to keep you from falling overboard.

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Fire Safety Imperative with Children

January 05, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A major fire in the Bronx on December 28th, 2017 was started by a toddler playing with a stove, according to investigators.  The deadly blaze, one of the deadliest in New York history, killed 12 people and left four more critically injured.  As the fire spread from apartment to apartment, and as flames rendered the main stairwell unusable, firefighters risked their own lives to pull as many people from the conflagration as they could.  And as soon as the fire was out, people were left wondering what had been the source of ignition, only to discover it was a preventable blaze.

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When Safety is Not a Priority

January 04, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When an Amtrak train derailed in Washington State on December 18th, 2017, civilians and government officials immediately began to wonder what went wrong.  A local mayor went on the record, saying he expected something to go wrong with that stretch of line.  Whenever a train derailment occurs, there are many possible explanations, from mechanical problems to driver error.  Determining the cause is important to limiting the likelihood of a similar event occurring in the future.

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