Category Archives: Health

Father and Teenage Sons Paralyzed After Vacation in the Virgin Islands

This spring a husband and wife couple, along with their two teenage sons ventured to a popular vacation destination, St. John. Four days into their vacation emergency officials were called to the family’s rental. Inside, the mother and two sons we’re suffering from seizures and the father had fallen unconscious. Investigations uncovered their vacation residence -->

Human Salmonella Outbreak: 181 Infected

The CDC is investigating a multi state outbreak of human Salmonella infections. According to the most recent reports, 181 people have been infected and 33 have been hospitalized. The outbreak has affected 40 states, including New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The outbreak is believed to be linked to contact with live poultry. 86% of -->

Bill Passed to Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

The New York State Senate passed legislation to reduce the occurrence of unexpected medical charges. In recent years, patients have suffered unfair economic outcomes in exchange for necessary medical care. Thousands patients were treated by physicians and hospital staff that were not within their network of providers, resulting in steep medical bills. The new agreement -->

California Winemakers Sued Over High Levels of Arsenic in Wines.

A class action lawsuit has been filed in California against some of the countries top winemakers, over high levels of arsenic found in bottles of your favorite tipple. The lawsuit claims that some of the nations most popular bottles of wine have up to four and five times the amount of arsenic recommended by the -->

Children’s Tylenol maker to pay out $25 million after metal particles were found.

Makers of Children’s Tylenol McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, were prosecuted after metal contaminants were found in Infants’ and children’s liquid Tylenol. The company agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve the case, and acknowledged a failure to take corrective action. Metal particles including nickel, iron and chromium, contaminated the -->

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommends Less Sugar and Eases Cholesterol and Fat Restrictions.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee which convenes every five years, has just put out its latest recommendations, and top of the list of things to cut back on is SUGAR! The nutrition advisory panel has lifted some of its previous restrictions on fat and cholesterol, citing salt, sugar and saturated fat, as the biggest risk -->

Drug Resistant Bacteria Linked to Hard-to-Clean Medical Scopes.

Health care providers have been warned that difficult-to-clean medical scopes that are inserted down the throat, might be to blame for infecting patients with a deadly drug-resistant bacteria.  The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert after a number of patients had fallen ill, with a superbug, known as CRE, that is resistant to even -->

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Held Accountable for Not Following Own Safety Protocol: Franklin County Jury Rules in Favor of Finkelstein & Partners’ Client in Personal Injury Case.

A jury found Plattsburgh-based Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital negligent and awarded $485,000 to our client in a slip and fall case. The case was presented by Finkelstein & Partners’ attorney Thomas Pronti who successfully argued that the hospital failed to follow their own written policies and procedures, which resulted in his client’s injuries. While visiting -->

Massive Food Recall Due to Undeclared Peanut Allergens

A massive food recall involving peanut contamination is being called the most widespread series of allergy-related recalls in history. The recall includes more than 350,000 pounds of seasoned beef, poultry, and pork products. But meat is not the only type of product involved in the recall. MorningStar Farms black bean burgers are also included. The -->

Safety Tips for Extremely Cold Weather Conditions

Winter can bring extremely low and dangerous temperatures with added wind chills, so it’s important to take proper precautions to minimize your risk of danger presented by severe cold weather. Before Extreme Cold Weather Hits • Be aware of weather conditions ahead by staying updated with the media • Prepare for the worst. Ensure you -->

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