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Legal News Archive: December 2018

Failure to Diagnose: The Stages of Necrotizing Enterocolitis

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

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) occurs when a portion of the bowel dies, and is most common in newborn infants.  Risk factors include prematurity, heart disease, and birth asphyxia.  Because the risk factors are well-established in the medical literature, doctors and nurses should be on the lookout for any of the symptoms of the disease in at-risk infants. 

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Sodus the New Willowbrook?

December 28, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Sodus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has been the focus of a number of recent exposes chronicling deplorable levels of abuse and neglect in the New York City facility.  Investigations have revealed bed-bound patients left in their own filth for hours along with a litany of other health and safety violations, many of which may be tied to understaffing and a determination to maximize profit at the expense of quality care.

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Johns Hopkins Makes NEC Breakthrough

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

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating diagnosis, particularly as families of low birthweight and premature infants are already reeling from the unforeseen complications of an early or otherwise difficult birth.  These families are often struggling to make sudden changes in their lives, as premature infants often require greater care than full-term children, and already planned adjustments suddenly need to be made immediately and weeks earlier than anticipated.  Adding NEC onto these already difficult circumstances can be overwhelming.

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Placental Abruption Poses Risk to Mother and Child

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

Though birthing classes are not mandatory, many parents choose to attend them, hoping to be as prepared as possible for the event.  Learning breathing exercises and other skills that might help minimize pain (as much as it can be minimized) can provide expectant mothers and fathers with a greater sense of control. 

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IV Infiltration Remains an Issue of Neglect

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

It should not be up to the patient to monitor their own IV for infiltration, but oftentimes this is precisely what happens.  It is only after the patient notices something wrong and hits their call light that a nurse makes a proper evaluation of the IV and discovers that infiltration has occurred.

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Wernicke's Encephalopathy Misdiagnosed as Psychiatric Disorder

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

The long-term implications of failure to promptly diagnose and treat Wernicke’s Encephalopathy are severe.  Early intervention is key, as treatment with Thiamine has been demonstrated to prevent the worst effects of the disease, so long as the treatment is provided before irreversible damage is done to the brain.

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CMS Intervening to Prevent Dangerous Understaffing

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

Understaffing is a major problem in nursing homes across the country, and has generated dozens of family complaints across the state of New York in just the last few months.  Understaffing allows the owners of elderly care facilities to generate greater profits, as money that should be used to pay for nurses and aides instead goes directly to the bottom line.

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Snowmobile Accidents Remain Dangerously Common

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

Late November and Early December brought ideal snowmobiling conditions to much of upstate New York, as a thick blanket of snow drew hundreds of thrill-seekers to the area.  Many New Yorkers watch the forecasts expectantly as winter comes on, waiting for the chance to pull their snowmobiles out of storage, check it over, and log some miles.

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Gyms Are Not Protected From All Liability

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

A lawsuit filed in New York State is drawing attention to the liability that might be incurred by a gym or other organization providing exercise equipment and classes.  The filing by a Mount Vernon woman alleges that she was injured when other members of her workout group rolled a heavy tire onto her ankle.

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DUI Mixed With Aggressive Driving a Deadly Cocktail

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

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is always dangerous.  Alcohol is a central nervous suppressant, and it dulls reflexes and awareness, drastically increasing the risk of an accident occurring.  Many drunk drivers overcorrect out of fear of accidents, driving too slowly and never changing lanes. Though this will not prevent all accidents, it is much safer than those who mix drunk driving with aggressive driving.

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Tractor Trailer Drivers Must be Aware of Restrictions

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

Tractor trailer accidents are not among the most common highway incidents, but they are among the most dangerous.  In general, accidents involving semis and other large trucks are much more likely to result in significant injuries or fatalities.  Tractor trailer accidents are extremely dangerous, but mostly preventable.

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Machines Pose Safety Risks in Warehouses

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

Automation is the goal of many companies, and using robots to perform tasks previously performed by human labor is likely to transform many industries over the next twenty years.  Driverless cars may be the way of the future, both for transportation and for transport of cargo across long distances, and robots may take orders at fast food chains.  But one of the first workplaces transformed by robots have been warehouses.

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Derelict Homes Pose Fire Risk for Communities

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

Four people were killed in a Poughkeepsie house fire on Monday, December 3rd, 2018.  Investigators believe the source of the blaze was a candle in a downstairs bathroom.  The house had been abandoned years earlier and had no working electricity, necessitating the use of fire as a heat source for the squatters who had taken over the building.

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Schools Restrict Parental Access to Own Children

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

Finding the right school for your child is always difficult.  A parent must reconcile a great many disparate elements in determining the right fit.  A quality education is the foremost goal for most parents, but having a school with the right cultural sensitivities (and for the right price) is also important.

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Hazing an Ongoing Issue for Youth Sports

December 06, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Hazing is back in the news as four Maryland teenagers face potential life sentences in a case involving sexual assault by football players on younger teammates.  The incident took place in a locker room before practice on Halloween. The incident mirrors those which have occurred across the country for at least dozens of years, though rarely have these situations resulted in criminal charges.

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