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Legal News Archive: June 2018

The Headline Says It All Regarding Dog Bites

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

A February 5, 2018 story by Lauren Coronado of KESQ in California carries the headline “Child bitten by a possible service dog at Palm Desert grocery store.”  Though there are many interesting details in the story, the headline conveys the most important piece of information, which is that all too often there is little way to discern whether a dog is a genuine service animal or is just a pet being passed off as one.

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Attention to Detail Can Minimize Risk of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

June 18, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a preventable condition caused by depletion of Thiamine.  Thiamine depletion is associated with a variety of risk factors, including abuse of alcohol, certain cancers, AIDS and other infections, and gastric surgeries.  Because early treatment is important, hospital guidelines indicate vitamin supplementation for certain patients regardless of whether symptoms have appeared.

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FDA Urges Careful Evaluation of Gastric Balloons

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

Intragastric balloons were designed to be a less dangerous alternative to existing medical weight loss procedures.  “Lap bands,” gastric bypasses, and other existing options had a high incidence of side effects, and were even linked to a number of deaths from perforated stomachs.  Due to being noninvasive, the hope was that gastric balloons would not carry the same risk profile as these previous treatments.

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Chemotherapy Overprescribed for Breast Cancer Patients

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

First the good news.  Recently released research indicates that 70 percent of women prescribed chemotherapy under previous guidelines do not require the dangerous and potentially deadly treatment.  By utilizing blood tests and biomarkers, doctors are able to predict the risk of recurrence, and will no longer recommend chemotherapy for women who are unlikely to relapse.

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Slippery Stairs Pose Significant Fall Risk

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

There are a variety of factors that can influence the prevalence of falls on stairways, but one of the most common causes of these accidents is stairs that have become slippery.  Slippery surfaces are always dangerous, but stairs pose particular risks as the limited surface area provides less opportunity for a person to regain their balance without falling.  And falls down stairs are more likely to result in significant injury than other slip and fall scenarios.

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A Closed Case with OSHA

June 07, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is charged with conducting investigations of certain workplace accidents, particularly fatal accidents.  OSHA is also in charge of developing and enforcing workplace safety rules to ensure fatal accidents are much less common than they were one hundred years ago.  Oftentimes, OSHA is the working man’s best defense against being forced to put his health at risk for his job.

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Flooding Poses Long-Term Mold Risk

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

Areas of the East Coast have received record amounts of rain, and with record rains often comes flooding.  Portions of one town in Maryland were rendered uninhabitable by a major flash flood that knocked out power and flooded buildings nearly to their ceilings.  Thousands of emergency calls were placed by residents of Elliott City and rescue personnel saved dozens of lives.

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England Addresses Fetal Risk of Sodium Valproate - Depakote

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

Sodium Valproate (available under the brand name Depakote in the United States) is commonly prescribed for the management of seizures, depression, and other mental health issues, including Bipolar disorder.  The drug has been available for decades, and is available in a generic form as well.

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ATV Accidents an Ongoing Problem

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

ATVs (or All Terrain Vehicles) are 4-wheeled vehicles designed to be ridden in a variety of environments, including through forest trails and on sand dunes.  Popularly known as quads, ATVs are popular for outdoor recreation, and enthusiasts might perform tricks or jumps on them.  A license is not required to ride these vehicles in many jurisdictions, and some parts of the country do not even have minimum age requirements.

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