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Legal News Archive: February 2018

Wrongful Death Suit the Next Step for Victim

February 27, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When an accident occurs that results in death, many families rely on the criminal justice system to sort through the facts.  Oftentimes, charges will be brought against the person responsible for the accident, which can result in prison time or long-term probation depending upon the circumstances of the incident.  But even when these legal proceedings have concluded, many family members do not feel the sense of closure they expect.

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Child Bitten By Emotional Support Dog

February 27, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Service animals have become a common sight in most cities and in many smaller towns across the United States.  These animals, usually dogs, are specially trained to assist persons with disabilities in navigating the world around them.  These canines were originally used as “guide dogs” to help individuals with visual impairments cross streets or otherwise travel safety.

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Improving Safety of Shopping Carts for Children with Disabilities

February 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Shopping carts are significantly more dangerous than many parents realize.  When the child’s legs are properly placed and the seatbelt is secured, most people assume that their little one is safe.  Sadly, this is not always the case.  Seatbelts can malfunction or the belt itself can fray, allowing the child to get free.  If this happens, a child can fall from the shopping cart and strike their head on the hard surface of the ground.

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Malacidins to Treat MRSA

February 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

MRSA (or Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) has been a plague on the medical establishment for the last decade.  Staph infections have always been common, but with the advent of antibiotics, few people died or were seriously harmed by these bacteria for nearly 80 years.  But as the bacteria mutated and developed resistance, first to traditional antibiotics and then to more powerful second generation drugs such as Methicillin, more and more people began to suffer negative outcomes.

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New Treatment for Non-Metastatic Prostate Cancer

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

Prostate cancer remains one of the most common forms of the deadly disease, with over 150,000 cases each year just in the United States.  Prostate cancer is treatable if caught early enough, through a combination of medications, hormone therapy, or in extreme cases a prostatectomy.  So long as the cancer does not metastasize to other organs, the prognosis is generally better than many other cancers.

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Brain Injury Blood Test

February 21, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are common injuries sustained by millions of Americans each year.  TBIs can be caused by any type of blow to the head, by force to the body that causes the brain to rattle around in the skull, or by incidents that result in decreased blood flow to the brain, causing tissue death.

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Following Trails No Guarantee of Safety

February 20, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A 14-year old was killed in Jefferson County, Wisconsin on February 10th, 2018 while snowmobiling with friends.  The boy and others were following a trail when he misjudged a corner and careened off the road, striking a chain link fence.  By the time medical professionals arrived, it was too late to save him.

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A Case Study in All That Can Go Wrong

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

It has been nearly a year since actor Bill Paxton passed away on February 25th, 2017 due to complications from heart surgery.  Millions mourned a man who left an indelible mark on the motion picture industry, recognizing that all medical procedures carry risk, and assuming that due to his fame and wealth Paxton must have received the very best treatment money can buy.  Unfortunately, this was not the case.

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Large Accidents Put Stress on Emergency Response System

February 14, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In most jurisdictions, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) receive hours of training to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to those involved in an accident or other emergent health situation.  Cities strive to ensure enough personnel are available at a moment’s notice to improve opportunities for good outcomes for anyone who suffers a heart attack, a car accident, or any other incident.  But when a large scale accident occurs, these resources are stressed to the limit.

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Improper Positioning Yields Poor Results

February 13, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A variety of issues can occur with diagnostic radiology.  Oftentimes, scans are not read promptly, and a delayed diagnosis can lead to a poor outcome for a patient.  Other times scans are read incorrectly, with the radiologist missing a clear indication of disease.  This is frequently even more disastrous than a delayed reading, as a missed reading can lead to a person suffering damage from an illness for months or even years before it is finally caught.

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Florida to Address Loophole Regarding Boating Accidents

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

Legislators in Florida are seeking to pass “Ellie’s Law,” an initiative that would require licensing and mandate training classes for operators of airboats.  Though many types of marine vehicles already require drivers to be properly trained before transporting tourists, a loophole in existing laws failed to extend those requirements to all vessels.  Now, a law addressing this loophole has passed out of Committee in the Florida House of Representatives.

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Ride Sharing Does Not Eliminate All Risk

February 09, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft are popular choices for people looking to get home after a late night out, particularly after a few drinks have been enjoyed.  This is a responsible thing to do, recognizing that it is not safe to drive after drinking and hiring someone else to do it for you.  Unfortunately, just because you do the right thing, there is no guarantee that others will.

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Vacation Rentals and Proper Maintenance

February 02, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is easy to take for granted that something that works once will keep working.  This is particularly true of heating and cooling systems and appliances, where so long as the temperature stays comfortable and the stove keeps cooking, we assume that everything is just fine.  But major problems can occur with appliances and heating systems that are not immediately apparent.

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Texting While Driving Under Review in Florida

February 01, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is already against the law to text while driving in the state of Florida, but the police are not allowed to pull motorists over unless the driver is violating other statutes.  Texting while driving is not designated a primary offense by legislators.  But a new law, recently passed through the state judiciary committee, seeks to change that.

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