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Legal News Archive: February 2019

The Best Method of Diagnosing Cauda Equina Syndrome

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

When Cauda Equina Syndrome occurs, pressure on the nerve endings at the base of the spine can result in sudden and irrevocable nerve damage, ending in paralysis or loss of sexual function.  Because the time between disease onset and lasting damage can be short, a prompt diagnosis is important, as quick surgical treatment often results in positive outcomes.

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Cauda Equina Syndrome Symptoms Can Escalate Slowly

February 27, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Cauda Equina Syndrome, which occurs when significant pressure builds on the bundle of nerves at the base of the spine, is often associated with clear, emergent symptoms, such as sudden loss of feeling in the legs or loss of bowel control.  Though such clear indications of this dangerous syndrome do occur, there are also patients who experience slowly escalating symptoms over days or even weeks.

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AAOS Recognizes Failures in Diagnosing Compartment Syndrome

February 26, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Compartment syndrome is a dangerous condition that occurs when swelling in one “compartment” of the body is unable to self-alleviate due to restrictions the construction of the body places on fluid moving from one zone to another.  When the pressure from excess fluid builds to dangerous levels, organs can lose oxygenation, resulting in cell death and ultimately amputation of the limb affected.

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Ice Storms Continue to Plague New York

February 25, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The middle of February saw yet another ice storm stretch across New York State, rendering many streets and highways unsafe.  This was just the latest in a stretch of months with major storms occurring, snarling traffic and resulting in dozens of car accidents.  The wintry road conditions pose major risks to drivers, with small, rear-wheel drive cars most at risk for handling problems.

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Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs Another Danger of Opioid Epidemic

February 23, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

By now almost everyone is familiar with the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.  Though driving intoxicated was once a very common thing in America, it has become socially unacceptable in many circles, and is legally unacceptable across the country.  People have grown accustomed to using taxis, Ubers, and other public transportation when drinking, and have learned to take away a friend’s keys if necessary.

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Drag Racing Causes Accidents on New York Roads

February 22, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Speeding while driving is always dangerous.  Though some people tell themselves that they will hurt no one but themselves as they fly down a mostly empty highway in the middle of the night, it is impossible to predict traffic patterns.  A speeding car can up on slower traffic with terrifyingly little time to adjust, particularly in poor visibility or on winding roads.

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Proper Post-Accident Protocol Lowers Risk of Chain Reaction Accidents

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

Keeping calm after a car accident is extremely difficult.  The rush of adrenaline, coupled with a need to survey both your own body and your vehicle for signs of damage, makes it easy to act rashly instead of calmly surveying the situation to minimize the risk of things going even worse.  Many things can go wrong after an accident, including being struck be a vehicle while trying to exit your own car, or moving too quickly before realizing the extent of your own injuries.

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DePuy Hip Replacement: Two Out of Three is Very Bad

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

Depuy Orthopedics has been under increasing scrutiny the last few years, as more and more of the products it develops have faced recall.  The Depuy Attune Knee system faced a recall after it failed to properly adhere to bone, resulting in failed knee replacements and significant pain for those who received the procedure.  Depuy hip replacements have faced recall as well, but for different reasons.

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Depuy Attune Knee Replacements Failing at Alarming Rate

February 13, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The race to create a better knee replacement is always ongoing.  Whenever a large medical market exists, manufacturers always want a bigger and bigger piece of the pie, and the best way to do that is to develop a better product.  The bad way is to market an inferior product aggressively and hope to sell a lot of units before anyone notices.  The Depuy Attune Knee seems to fall into the latter category.

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Interior Vena Cava Filters May Be More Dangerous Than Conditions Designed to Treat

February 12, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters are small devices placed in the body to prevent blood clots from the legs from reaching the lungs. Pulmonary embolisms, which result from blood clots traveling, often result in death or brain damage, and IVC filters were seen as a safe preventative measure for people in high risk categories or with a history of developing blood clots in the extremities.

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Gadolinium Build-up Dose Dependent and Cumulative

February 06, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Long-touted as a safe method of improving the efficacy of MRIs, Gadolinium has now been shown to be toxic to the human body, with the brain particularly at risk of suffering damage due to exposure and build-up.  As Gadolinium is seen as particularly useful for brain scans due to its ability to highlight tumors and other growths, brains are more likely to be exposed to the dangerous substance than other parts of the body.

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Truck Drivers Must Be Careful of Legal Drugs and Supplements

February 05, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is well established that certain drugs and supplements taken by truck drivers increase the risk of an accident occurring.  Whether it be methamphetamine to stay awake or another illegal substance, the side effects (or main effects) or many drugs drastically increase the risk of an accident occurring by providing artificial by insufficient alertness.

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Snow Squalls Pose Traffic Accident Risk

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

As frigid temperatures swept the Midwest and Northeast on the last few days of January, the risk of snow squalls increased.  Snow squalls are smaller, localized storms with brief heavy snowfall and winds.  Much smaller scale than blizzards, the swift onset of snow squalls can lead to more traffic accidents than more widespread and sustained storms.

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Misread CT Scans Can Result in Death

February 01, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When cancer is suspected, oncologists will often order a CT scan of the area to determine how to proceed diagnostically.  Finding tumors early is key to implementing a treatment protocol that results in the best possible prognosis, and a properly performed CT scan provides meaningful information to the physician.  When the tumors are located and the size identified to determine the stage of the cancer, a more or less aggressive treatment course if indicated.

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