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Legal News Archive: March 2019

Retrospective Evidence a Dangerous Sign

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

When reviewing medical journals and studies on the safety of various medications and procedures, it is common to come across the word “retrospective.”  Retrospective means looking back or dealing with past events.  In the case of medical literature, it means reviewing incidents that have already taken place to look for patterns or indications of certain treatments being linked with certain side effects over time.

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Headaches, Though Common, May Indicate Need for CT Scan

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

Headaches are among the most common maladies affecting Americans.  Most people get a headache at least a few times a year, with some suffering this type of pain multiple times a week.  The level of pain can range from a minor nuisance up to a blinding agony that requires shutting yourself up in a dark room to get some rest.  Many over-the-counter drugs treat headaches with varying degrees of efficacy.

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Organ Perforation a Significant Risk with IVC Filters

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

IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) filters are an alternative method of dealing with blood clots for people unable or unwilling to use blood thinners.  There are a variety of reasons blood thinners may not be appropriate for a given patient, including bleedings disorders.  When these issues are identified, an IVC filter may be used instead.

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Early Warning Signs of Stroke May Indicate Need for CT Scan

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

A stroke is the medical term for a condition in which a blood vessel that provides necessary oxygen to the brain bursts or is blocked by clots, resulting in the oxygen supply to the brain being disrupted.  Without oxygen, brain tissue begins to die.  If this process proceeds uninterrupted for very long, death or serious disability usually occurs.

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C-Sections Often the Only Way to Avoid Birth Injuries

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

America has one of the highest rates of C-Section in the world, though the reason for the higher rate is not entirely clear.  There are some indications that mothers and doctors wishing to schedule deliveries increases the likelihood of this form of delivery.  There is also evidence that American doctors may be more likely to order a C-Section if a mother fails to progress quickly enough in labor for the doctor’s taste.

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Anoxic Brain Injuries Can Result in Epilepsy

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

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that results in seizures, sudden electrical signals in the brain that result in loss of function and in many cases loss of conscious control of the body.  Seizures can happen at any time and in any place, though certain stimuli, such as flashing lights, are more likely to trigger these episodes.

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Hormone Therapy Offered in Variety of Dispersal Methods

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

Detecting hypogonadism early can be difficult, dependent upon the levels of testosterone in the body and other presenting factors.  In many cases the syndrome is discovered in early adolescence, and proper treatment during puberty can result in limiting the long-term effects.  But often hypogonadism is not discovered until a couple has difficulty conceiving children.

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Homonymous Hemianopsia as a Result of NeuroBlate Defect

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

NeuroBlate systems were developed to allow minimally invasive brain surgery, particularly to treat abnormal growths in the brain.  Recognizing that the risk of infection and damage to surrounding tissue was high with many other available treatments, the devices were designed to use special fast-heating and quick-cooling systems to reduce the risk to patients.  The process, called brain tissue ablation, was supposed to be safe.

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Depuy Hip Replacements Associated with Bone Deterioration

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

Depuy hip replacement systems, such as the Depuy ASR hip implant, have been associated with significant issues from the moment they were first released.  Subject to fracture under trauma, and with the implants suffering significant deterioration much more quickly than anticipated, these devices have resulted in diminished quality of life for hundreds if not thousands of patients.

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Speeding Exacerbates Risk of Improper Loading

March 20, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Properly loading the trailer of a semi is both art and science, but science alone will carry the driver as far as they need to go for safety purposes.  Through proper training, any person can learn to perform this skill competently, arranging the load in such a way that it is properly secured and balanced.  Balance is of primary importance, because an improperly balanced load will affect the handling of the truck, increasing the risk of the driver losing control and an accident occurring.

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Construction Workers at Particular Risk for Electrocution

March 19, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Though electrocution accidents can happen in almost any profession, construction workers are particularly likely to be exposed to these dangers, with over half of all electrocution related workplace deaths affecting people who work in this field.  Though there are many situations where these workers might suffer an electrical accident, certain situations are much more dangerous than others.

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Ocular Cobalt Toxicity

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

Ball-and-socket hip replacements made of metal have been associated with significant side effects due to breakdown.  In some cases, the breakdown is sudden and severe, such as when the implant fractures due to trauma.  In other cases the breakdown is more gradual, with the ball and socket wearing away at each other, often resulting in small slivers of metal being introduced into the joint and bloodstream of the affected patient.

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Tinnitus Can Be an Indication of Metallosis

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

The rise of metal-on-metal hip implants was supposed to be a game changer for these orthopedic procedures, as older models had short lifetimes and required replacement often.  Each surgery carries the risk of infection or medical mistake, and limiting the number of procedures needed over the course of a person’s life was intended to drastically lower the risk of negative outcomes.  It did not.

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Design Errors Lead to Unsafe Roads

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

Though the vast majority of car accidents are caused by unsafe driver behavior, there are times when the design of a road plays a role in the collision.  There are many ways engineers and city planners can reduce the risk of accidents.  Oftentimes a slight change in placement of a stop sign of stop light can have a drastic effect on safety, but the design of the road itself is also key.

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Certain Intersections More Dangerous Than Others

March 08, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When driving, it is difficult to quickly assess the comparative danger level of various roads and intersections.  Though a person may recognize an awkwardly situated stop sign or oddly designed one-way roads, determining whether or not any given traffic area is more dangerous than others is challenging while behind the wheel.  Because of this, it is important for proper safety protocol to be followed at all times when driving, because other drivers are often not paying attention to their surroundings.

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Trucker Careless Driving a Major Safety Risk

March 07, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Careless driving is always dangerous, but is even more so when done by a truck driver, as the weight of the larger vehicle means accidents involving semis and other large vehicles are more likely to result in significant injury or death.  Operators of heavy equipment and vehicles should always pay careful attention to the road to minimize the risk of an accident occurring.

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Electrocution in the Workplace is Preventable

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

Electrical accidents do not truly happen by accident, except perhaps on the rarest of occasions.  Generally speaking, electrical incidents at the workplace are preventable, provided the employer has properly invested in safety equipment.  Electricity is dangerous and sources of electricity must always be treated with the utmost respect, and there are many steps both the individual and the employer can take to demonstrate that respect.

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Portable Brain Scanners to Become More Ubiquitous

March 04, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

After a fall, accident, or other traumatic event, determining whether or not long-term damage to the brain occurred is important.  Though there are a variety of imaging techniques currently available for this diagnostic purpose, most of them require a significant investment in time and space for the patient and the hospital.  Portable brain scanners hope to change that.

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Recognizing Signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome

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

The Cauda Equina is the bundle of nerves at the lower end of the spinal cord.  This section of the central nervous system is important for providing control of the feet, ankles, knees, and anal sphincter.  The lower portion of the body relies on proper functioning of the Cauda Equina to be able to walk, kneel, run, and skip.

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