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Legal News Archive: August 2019

Budget Cuts May Bear Partial Onus for Nursing Home Issues

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

When the Senate released a June report indicated over 400 nursing homes had been cited for various infractions over the past few years, it did not attract nearly the national attention that it should have.  Though garnering an article in a few newspapers, most people seemed to take it for granted that nursing homes were dangerous places, and that abuse was commonplace.

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Nursing Home Staff May be Untrustworthy

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

When making the difficult decision of what to do with an aging loved one, we do not just place the person we care about in a long-term care facility, we also place our trust in that facility.  We take it for granted that the staff will be properly trained and oriented, and that at the very least an honest attempt to provide care will take place.  Sadly, this is often not the case.

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Symptoms and Diseases May Take Years to Appear

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

The history of America is filled with horror stories of people dying due to exposure to toxic substances.  In some cases, such as Mesothelioma from asbestos, the cause and effect was clear.  The small fibers from asbestos damaged lung tissue, causing the development of cancers.  Lung cancer from cigarettes was slightly more difficult to establish, in part due to the fact that some smokers never developed the disease.

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Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome Likely Underdiagnosed

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

Compartment Syndrome, a dangerous condition that occurs when swelling in an extremity or compartment of the body cannot alleviate due to the fascia of the body holding fluids in one area, is mostly associated with trauma.  Whether caused by fire, blunt force injury, or car accident, most doctors are familiar with this devastating disease.

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Improperly Performed Treatment for Compartment Syndrome

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

Compartment Syndrome occurs when swelling in one “compartment” of the body, be it an arm or a leg or even the torso, is unable to be alleviated because the fluid cannot dissipate into other parts of the body due to the fascia.  The fascia is the tissue, made largely of collagen, that prevents the organs or muscle of one compartment from shifting into another.  Most of the time this is a good thing, unless swelling needs to be relieved.

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New York Takes Major Step Toward Legalization of Marijuana

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

Though not ready to follow in the footsteps of California and Colorado entirely, a major change to New York law took place in June of 2019.  Though not making sale, growth, and distribution legal, the change allowed for New Yorkers to possess significant quantities of weed without facing charges.  It is called decriminalization, and it is the next big step towards full legalization.

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Marijuana Goes Mainstream

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

The rapid rise in acceptance of marijuana use in America has shocked many people.  Where just a decade ago even medical marijuana was a rare commodity, now more and more states have turned to legalization of recreational use to boost tax receipts.  There is no clearer sign of this burgeoning acceptance than the number of mainstream companies willing to align themselves with marijuana producers.

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The Role of the Placenta

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

Placental previa (or placental detachment) is a dangerous condition that puts the lives of both baby and mother at risk.  To understand some of the reasons why, it is important to understand what the role of the placenta is, and how the function of this unique organ is integral to having a healthy child.

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Breastmilk Banks May Be Useful in Preventing Necrotizing Enterocolitis

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

Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) is a potentially fatal disease that mostly afflicts premature infants.  The exact cause of the disease is unknown, but it is well established in the medical literature that the disease onset is weeks after delivery, and that breastmilk has a preventative effect.  For some reason, formula feeding does not have a prophylactic effect on gut fauna.

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