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Legal News Archive: April 2019

Opiate Epidemic Bleeds Over Into Long-Haul Trucking

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

The opiate epidemic continues to make news all over the country, as more and more people are waking up the realization that the drug companies likely put profits ahead of safety by pushing drugs known to be highly addicting.  The fallout of the epidemic is stressing local and national healthcare, as more and more people seek treatment for their dependency and for the emergent effects of their addictions.

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Proper Acute Treatment for Anoxic Brain Injury Still Lacking

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

Anoxic brain injuries are a common brain injury that usually results from a failure of the medical team to promptly deliver a child who is suffering from birth complications.  This may be due to umbilical cord strangulation, placental detachment, or a variety of other problems, including trauma from improper use of delivery tools such as forceps.

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Candida Auris Putting Nursing Home Residents at Risk

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

Candida auris has finally made the big time, receiving front page treatment from the New York Times after a Brooklyn man died from the fungal infection and his hospital room was completely blanketed with the dangerous microbes.  Dealing with C. auris is extremely difficult as the fungus is highly resistant to most forms of decolonization.

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Birth Injury Symptoms Not Always Immediately Apparent

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

Birth injuries occur all too often, and much of the time these devastating conditions are the fault of medical error by the labor and delivery team.  Whether it be failure to respond to an irregular heartbeat or trauma caused by using forceps or other delivery-assisting devices, doctors continue to injure babies at an alarming rate. 

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Electrical Shock Fall Dangers

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

Electrical shock is always dangerous, and site supervisors and contractors should do everything possible to avoid exposing workers to live current.  An electrical shock can result in cardiac arrest, resulting in the death of the worker.  Even less serious shocks can still cause electrical burns and other long-term health problems.

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CT Scan Artifacts Can Lead to Dangerous Misinterpretations

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

CT Scans are among the most important diagnostic tools available to physicians.  Though differential diagnosis based on symptomology is successful in many cases, oftentimes the same set of symptoms can indicate a variety of potential causes.  When this occurs, imaging scans are often the only way to determine the disease, particularly if some of the potential causes are minor and some are potentially debilitating or deadly.

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Proper Lane Design and Markings Important

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

Properly flowing traffic is the hallmark of well-designed and implemented roadways.  Though this can be difficult to achieve in older neighborhoods, where buildings may have been constructed too close to older streets to allow for proper road widths, city planners should try to minimize the number of skinny streets and strangely arranged intersections.

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Additional Info: Car Accidents

Road Damage Increases Accident Risk

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

Proper maintenance and upkeep is one of the most important tasks for local, State, and Federal governments.  Since the creation of the highway system, the use of various tax moneys at the city, state, and national level has allowed for unprecedented degrees of mobility for the American people.  Most families can jump in the car and go anywhere in the country in the matter of a few days or weeks.

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Knowing When to See a Doctor Can Be Difficult

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

Most Americans have health insurance, but even those who do are often forced to pay large amounts out of pocket for copays any time they see a doctor.  Because of this, it is common for people to delay a physician’s visit until symptoms are unmanageable.  The internet serves to exacerbate this, as anyone can do a web search for their symptoms and attempt to self-diagnose and self-treat.

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Additional Info: Misdiagnosis

Bair Hugger Warming Systems May Create Ideal Conditions for Bacterial Growth

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

Bacteria are extremely rugged organisms, capable of growing and spreading in a variety of conditions.  Bacteria have been around for millions of years, and are amongst the earliest forms of life.  Constantly adapting for survival, bacteria can be difficult to eradicate, particularly those that have become resist to the antibiotics long used to treat these types of infections.

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Companies Employing Warehouse Workers Rarely Account for Health Risks

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

Warehouse work is physically exhausting. Many warehouse workers put in long hours, lifting and moving large amounts of weight, operating heavy machinery, and doing their best to fulfill quotas that can be almost impossible to meet.  The need to push themselves to go harder and faster is always there, as failure to be as productive as management desires can lead to a lost job.

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Environmental Move To Limit Congestion May Also Lessen Accident Risk

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

Seeking to address environmental concerns of their constituents, the New York State Legislature passed a budget including a provision requiring congestion pricing in New York City, where any vehicles entering Lower Manhattan must pay an additional fee.  Lower Manhattan is among the heaviest trafficked neighborhoods in the world.  The new fee would go into effect in 2020.

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Drowsy Driving Poses Accident Risk

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

There are times when making it to a certain place by a certain time can seem incredibly important.  Whether trying to arrive in time for a baby to be delivered, or to visit a dying family member, many people will encounter a situation where pressing past the point of fatigue might seem worth it.  Truckers run into this question much more often than most, as meeting established timelines can be the difference in getting more jobs and having to scrounge to find work.

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Additional Info: Driver Fatigue

Allergy Season Poses Accident Risks

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

As Winter gives way to Spring and the seasons change, plants and flowers begin to blossom, often resulting in beautiful sights across America.  California was blessed with a wildflower explosion, and waves of pollen have been sighted all across the country.  Upstate New York is blooming as well.  But even as people enjoy the beauty around them, those with seasonal allergies are suffering. 

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Anoxic Brain Injuries Can Occur Very Quickly

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

Though almost everyone understands the danger of oxygen deprivation to the human brain, many are not aware of just how quickly damage can occur in the event of anoxia.  Anoxia is differentiated from hypoxia in that anoxia is a complete oxygen deprivation, where hypoxia is simply diminished oxygenation.  Anoxia is much more dangerous much more quickly.

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