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Legal News Archive: January 2019

Prompt Diagnosis of Compartment Syndrome Key to Good Outcomes

January 31, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is not difficult to envision the body as being comprised of different “compartments,” with each area of the body separated from the rest by tissue known as fascia.  These compartments are obvious upon observation, with the arms and legs being separate compartments from the chest.  Having the body compartmentalized is often a positive, as it limits the potential for catastrophic and deadly damage being done to a person simply because one limb is compromised.  But there are scenarios where compartmentalization works against the body.

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Additional Info: Failure to Diagnose

Gadolinium Buildup a Risk to Healthy Brains

January 31, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a commonly used diagnostic tool for a variety of suspected diseases.  Whether attempting to determine the extent of a concussion or searching for cancer, MRIs have become ubiquitous in many fields, with hundreds of thousands of these procedures being performed every year.  Often, GBCAs (Gadolinium Based Contrasting Agents) are used to facilitate the process.

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Bair Hugger Warming System Linked to Post-Surgical Infections

January 30, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For years, hospitals have used the Bair Hugger Warming System before surgery to manage the body temperature of patients.  The system uses forced air to maintain the desired temperature, and the manufacturer claims that utilizing this technology reduces the risk of infection, reduces bleeding, and reduces post-operative complications.

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Additional Info: Medical Devices

Neuroblate Overheating Causes Brain Injuries

January 29, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Neuroblate promised to be a literal lifesaver for many patients, presenting itself as a minimally invasive method of treating a variety of brain diseases.  The primary use of Neuroblate was to treat brain tumors and other growths by excising them with minimal risk to the patient.  The method of doing so was using a super-heated laser tip to destroy targeted tissue while leaving surrounding tissue undamaged.

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Additional Info: Medical Devices

Androgen Treatment for Hypogonadism Poses Risks

January 28, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The sexual performance aspects of low testosterone get most of the media coverage, with dozens of commercials advertising dozens of products nationwide.  Various supplements and medications have been marketed as sexually enhancing for decades.  But only recently have the full implications of low testosterone been recognized by medical practitioners.

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Additional Info: Medication Errors

Years of Investigation at Nursing Home Resulted in No Action

January 21, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A horror story out of Arizona is drawing attention to the vulnerability of many individuals with advanced medical needs.  Often, services for those in comas or with other significant health issues are provided in State-funded care homes.  This is the standard in New York State as well as in many other places around the country, including Arizona where the incident occurred.

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Additional Info: Nursing Home Abuse

Expectant Mothers Should Be Aware of Symptoms of Placental Abruption

January 18, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Placental abruption poses a significant risk to the health of both mother and unborn child.  This dangerous condition occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine lining.  The placenta is responsible for carrying nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the fetus, and placental detachment interferes with the vital role this organ plays.

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Additional Info: Misdiagnosis

Recognizing How Many is Too Many

January 16, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For many, New Year’s Eve should be a time of excitement and expectation for the coming year.  As the ball dropped in Times Square, people all over the city contemplated their New Year’s resolutions and wondered what the next 365 days hold in store.  But even as some people greeted the future with expectation, there were others making dangerous decisions that put people at risk of never seeing the rest of the year.

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Additional Info: Drunk Driving Accidents

No End in Sight for Airbag Recalls

January 15, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The car manufacturers no longer even bother to claim that the recall is over. Instead, as another 1.3 million vehicles are recalled due to potentially faulty airbags, Toyota simply makes an announcement and attempts to move on.  This just a few days after Ford announced a similarly large scale recall.

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Additional Info: Products Liability

Distractions Everywhere on New Year's Eve and Beyond

January 14, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New York City has been dubbed the City That Never Sleeps, and this is never truer than on New Year’s Eve.  Famous for the Ball Drop at Times Square, the city is much more than just the one big event.  There are parties everywhere, and the bars are jam packed full of revelers.  People are rushing to and from various festivities, and the city is humming with the vibrancy of its inhabitants.

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Additional Info: Distracted Driving

Icy Conditions Dangerous for Pedestrians

January 11, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Navigating streets and sidewalks after a winter storm can be difficult for pedestrians.  The magnificent skyscrapers that give New York City its internationally famous skyline also obstruct sunlight from reaching the pavement, resulting in ice lingering much longer than it does in sunnier locales.  During a storm ice may melt and refreeze again, resulting in dangerous conditions where sidewalks are extra slippery.

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Additional Info: Slip & Fall Accidents

Drivers Must Be Particularly Aware of Pedestrians in Icy Conditions

January 10, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Attentiveness to surroundings is always important when driving, but even more so when icy conditions hinder your ability to brake quickly.  Though keeping focused on the road in front of you is an excellent way to reduce the risk of a motor vehicle accident, checking peripheries and keeping an eye out for pedestrians can be the difference between life and death for someone on foot.

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Additional Info: Pedestrian Accidents

Vehicle Types and Upgrades to Improve Winter Driving Safety

January 09, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Icy roads are a regular occurrence in much of the State of New York, particularly Upstate where frigid conditions can persist for weeks.  Though plows and a healthy dose of road salt will clear the roads over time, being prepared to drive in difficult conditions is important.  One of the best ways to prepare for icy roads is to purchase a vehicle that performs well in those conditions, and consider purchasing aftermarket upgrades that improve the performance.

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Additional Info: Snow & Ice Accidents

Failure to Diagnose Abnormal Fetal Heartbeat and Decreased Fetal Movement

January 03, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The late stages of a pregnancy can be extremely stressful for the parents, particularly for first time mothers who are unsure what are signs of active labor and what are Braxton-Hicks contractions or other normal parts of late stage pregnancy.  Many mothers make multiple visits to the emergency room or OB triage to be reassured things are okay.  Too often, the parents are made to feel bad about wasting the nurses’ and doctors’ time, increasing the likelihood the mother will be afraid to return even if something goes terribly awry.

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High Speed School Bus Accidents Pose Elevated Risk of Multiple Injuries

January 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Bus accidents are always dangerous.  School buses are often held to lower safety standards than other passenger vehicles, relying on superior mass to dissipate the force of accidents.  This is often successful at lower speeds, as a small car hitting a bus will inflict massively more damage on the smaller vehicle than the larger.  But at higher speeds, there is too much force for even a large school bus to absorb it safely.

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