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Did Your Newborn Suffer Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy?

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on May 13, 2015

Birth Injury Lawyer NJIn the event that a complication arises or treatment of a neonate (a newborn less than 4 weeks old) is required after childbirth, doctors, nurses, and midwives are expected to timely respond appropriately, administering medical treatment within the standards of care accepted by the medical community.  Prior to the diagnosis of any conditions, timely and appropriate monitoring of a fragile and vulnerable newborn is required.

One dangerous condition potentially suffered by neonates is a lack of oxygen (hypoxia) which could result in brain damage, also known as neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (NHIE).

NHIE has a high mortality rate, and those that do survive may develop long-term neurologic complications manifested by conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and developmental delays. Read the rest »

Posted in: Birth Injury

Preventing Skin Cancer Every Day

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on May 7, 2015

Cancer Misdiagnosis AttorneyMay is often celebrated as the best time of year to go outdoors and enjoy nature. It is also known as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention month. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the country partly because people of all ages are exposed to its main cause practically every single day: ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Due to the often publicized dangers of direct sunlight, some people avoid forgoing the great outdoors altogether. While it is true that the best defense against harmful UV rays is to stay out of the sun, it does not mean that you and your loved ones should miss out on enjoying outdoor activities during the warmer days of spring and summer.  Instead, it is advisable to take simple precautions every time you go outside. Read the rest »

Survivors of Medical Malpractice Face Difficult Road to Recovery

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on April 28, 2015

Medical Malpractice NJAccording to the Journal of Patient Safety, hundreds of thousands of patients die each year as a result of medical malpractice.  This is a significant issue that is apparently much more prevalent than previously reported. Misdiagnosis, prescription/medication administration errors, preventable or inappropriately treated infections, and surgical errors are just some of the many ways in which healthcare providers unintentionally may cause a patient’s death.

For those who survive the injuries sustained as a result of medical malpractice, recovery can be a long, painful, difficult and monetarily expensive process.  Patients are often left with permanent injuries and significant deficits.

Survivors of medical negligence may also need to seek treatment or otherwise cope with the psychological toll of having been injured by those obligated to protect and heal.  Victims of medical negligence often feel betrayed, helpless and desirous of  “justice”, according to various surveys and polls of  the general public; especially when a loved one has passed away as a result of their injuries. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Does Your Slip and Fall or Other Work Related Injury Qualify for BOTH Workers’ Compensation Benefits and to Make a Personal Injury Claim?

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on April 22, 2015

Slip Fall Work AccidentIf you have been injured on the job in a slip and fall or any accident, you may have various questions with regard to workers’ compensation benefits and whether any person or entity may be held liable for your injuries in what is termed a “3rd party claim”.

In most cases, injuries that occur while at work are covered exclusively by workers’ compensation benefits.  However, there are many circumstances under which you may also file a personal injury claim (3rd party claim), to recover monetarily from negligent parties whose careless acts and/or omissions resulted in your injuries and economic losses.  Property owners, machine or equipment manufacturers and distributors, vehicle owners, subcontractors, maintenance personnel, and others may all be culpable and held liable in varied scenarios. Read the rest »

Posted in: Workers' Injury

Uncovering Surgical Negligence: What Went Wrong?

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on April 14, 2015

Surgical NegligenceAccording to the Institute of Medicine, the annual number of deaths caused by preventable medical errors may exceed those associated with heart disease and cancer. These fatal errors and shortcomings in care include failures to implement appropriate care and diagnostic services in a timely manner, medication errors, and other departures from the standards of care accepted within the medical community.  One such violation from the standards of care is the failure to guard against preventable injury or death following a surgical procedure.

It is not uncommon to find stories of surgical errors in the news, especially when it involves egregious mistakes, such as surgical procedures performed on the wrong area of the body or organ system.  In addition, there are instances regarding surgical supplies, instruments and other items left behind inside of a patient Read the rest »

Posted in: Surgical Negligence

Studies Reveal the Decline of the Workers’ Compensation System

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on April 8, 2015

Worker's Comp SystemAccording to a recent report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the nation’s state-based workers’ compensation system  (“workers’ comp”),  has over some time,  shifted the costs associated with the treatment of workplace injuries to the workers, their families, and taxpayers.

Ideally, when a worker suffers an on the job injury or illness,  he or she should qualify for  adequate financial coverage  relative to the medical costs, lost wages, and other damages which resulted from the work related injury.  If the injury is permanent, such as the loss of an arm or a sensory ability, again, the worker is entitled to financial assistance for the life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, in recent years, legislators and employers have passed new laws and regulations that not only decrease workers’ compensation benefits, but also make it more difficult to qualify for any benefits. Read the rest »

Common Birth Injuries Associated with Medical Negligence

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on April 6, 2015

Birth DefectsPatients depend on doctors and nurses to provide exemplary care which comports with the standards of care accepted within the medical community. This premise also applies to the health and care of a pregnant mother and fetus prior to birth, and a baby at the time of labor and delivery.

Providing care within the following standards could very likely preclude a birth or other injury to the child: careful monitoring of the growth and development of the fetus, provision of adequate timely information about conditions during pregnancy and any potential harm to the fetus, and appropriate responses to complications which may arise during the prenatal course,  labor and birth are all integral to maintain the health and well-being of both the mother and child.  Conversely, shortcomings in treatment may result in significant injuries to a mother and child. Read the rest »

Posted in: Birth Defect

Injured at Birth: Medical Negligence and Preventable Tragedies

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on March 25, 2015

New Jersey Birth InjuryDoctors, Midwives, Nurses and other healthcare providers, in order to prevent harm to patients, are required to administer medical treatment within the standards of care required and recognized by the medical profession. If a medical professional fails to comport with those standards in treating a patient, and such failures result in significant permanent injury, then the healthcare providers may be liable for civil claims surrounding medical negligence assertions.

At Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari, our experienced and compassionate attorneys understand how difficult it can be for families to cope with the medical and other issues suffered by a child who was injured during birth (birth trauma). Read the rest »

Posted in: Birth Injury

Colon and Rectal Cancer Increases among Young Adults

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on March 18, 2015

NJ Cancer MisdiagnosisAccording to a study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the rate of colorectal cancer diagnoses is dropping among people who are 50 and older, yet increasing among younger adults.

Researchers expect that by 2030, the incidence rate of colorectal cancer in young patients will double among the 20 – 34 age group (an increase of 100 percent), and increase by 46 percent for the 35 – 49 age group.

Previously, it has been thought that the chances of developing colorectal cancer increased dramatically after age 50, as roughly 9 out of 10 individuals diagnosed with colon or rectal cancers were at least 50. However, statistical analysis has shown that there has been an increase in the rate of diagnosis in younger populations. This increase is thought to be caused by a variety of factors. Lead author of the study, Dr. Christina Bailey said there is no clear reason why the incidence of colon and rectal cancers are increasing among a younger demographic, but the study indicates that multiple potential risk factors such as obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise may be causally related. Read the rest »

Trucking Company Fined for “Electrical Nightmare” Work Hazards

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on March 4, 2015

NJ Workplace Accident
Contact with an electrical current can cause electrocution, burns, fires, fall accidents, other traumas, and can be deadly.

A Jersey City, New Jersey trucking company was recently fined a total of  $63,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an investigation revealed 14 serious violations relative to electrocution hazards. Investigators stated that the company’s warehouse located at 418 Duncan Avenue was an “electrical nightmare for its employees.” The owner of the trucking company said that the investigation was launched by a disgruntled employee and that OSHA exaggerated its findings. Read the rest »

Posted in: Workers' Injury

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