Category Archives: Health

Kids and Vaping: Mango-Flavored Danger

Thanks to shrewd and aggressive social media campaigns and deceptive product development targeting teens and vulnerable children, the tobacco industry has fostered a whole new generation of nicotine addicts. Items like JUULs are designed to look fashionable and are available in a kid-friendly array of candy-like flavors such as mango. Unlike the days of “smoking -->

What to Do If Your Surgery was Botched

Did you know experts estimate more than 250,000 people die each year due to surgical errors? Surgical errors stem from a number of factors, including systematic issues amongst hospital staff, physician error, contaminated medical devices, and issues during pre-operative or post-operative care. Studies indicate almost 75% of surgical errors happen during the surgery, with the -->

Child Safety Demonstration Shows Dangers of Hot Cars

According to experts, each year an average of 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. In a memorable demonstration, Los Angeles police officers gathered with local representatives and set up two cars – one with the windows closed and one with them cracked – to demonstrate just how fast each car -->

Would you Know if your Child was Being Bullied?

According to experts, in 2016 more than 250,000 students ages 5 to 18 were bullied in New York alone. Any repeated interpersonal behavior between children/adolescents, intended to cause physical or psychological harm is considered bullying. Most instances of bullying fall into one of these four categories: Physical Coercion Hostile Teasing Emotional Bullying Cyber Bullying Parents -->

Fatal Medical Diagnostic Errors More Common Than you Think

A recent study shows that from 2013-2017 errors related to diagnosis were the largest source of medical malpractice claims. “The report, published by malpractice services provider Coverys, found 33% of malpractice claims were related to errors made during patient diagnosis and more than half of those claims involved poor clinical decisions. Diagnosis-related claims beat out all -->

Struggling with your memory or vision? The solution may be easier than you think

Many of us have experienced bouts of forgetfulness at one point or another, but a sudden lack of recollection can be troubling and even dangerous. The same goes for trouble with vision/focus/perception. These symptoms, which mirror the effects of alcohol, are often caused by sleep deprivation. A UCLA study found that sleep deprivation may actually -->

Protecting Patient Rights, Calling for Critical Changes

This past spring Managing Partner, Andrew Finkelstein & Senior Trial Attorney George Levy met with legislators in Albany to promote and protect New Yorkers’ rights. Among the topics discussed was Lavern’s Law, pending legislation that greatly impacts victims of medical malpractice. “New York is one of only a handful of states where people harmed by -->

When Your Lifeline Fails

In April 2017, we published a blog with crucial information about EpiPen and EpiPen Jr Recalls. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accused Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc., a Pfizer medical company that produces EpiPens, of failing to investigate hundreds of complaints that the life-saving anti-allergy device (commonly known as an EpiPen) misfired during -->

Questions Raised After Images Surface of Bloody Wheelchair Given to Newburgh Patient

A patient at Newburgh’s St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital recently captured images of what appears to be a bloody wheel chair provided for patient use. According to officials, the hospital confirmed the equipment did not meet the hospital’s standards. Patients in New York Hospitals have certain rights, including the right to “receive considerate and respectful care -->

Is Your Child’s Backpack Causing Physical Harm?

Does it appear your child’s backpack is growing in size every day? Is your child lugging around a significant portion of their body weight in their backpack? Are you noticing your child struggle to maintain good posture while holding their backpack? You may need to consider if your child’s backpack is affecting their wellbeing. According -->

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP