An 18-year-old high school senior recently suffered serious third-degree burns to her hands, arms and face in a work-related accident at a local bagel shop. The teen was working at the Mountain Lakes Bagel shop, in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, during her part-time shift, when a can of cooking spray exploded.
The can of pressurized vegetable oil had fallen to the floor and rolled under a grill, where the heat caused it to explode, resulting in a small fire, burning the employee. Staff members at the bagel shop were able to extinguish the fire and contact emergency responders. The injured teen was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center’s Burn Unit in Livingston, New Jersey. Another worker sustained minor burns from the fire, and others suffered minor bruises and bumps during evacuation of the premises. Read the rest »
While the majority of medical professionals do their best to save lives and heal the afflicted, many healthcare providers unfortunately render care with preventable shortcomings. Such deficiencies in the afforded medical treatment are often in violation of the standards of care accepted within the medical community. As a result of this medical negligence, a considerable number of preventable injuries and fatalities occur every year.
What Are the Statistics Concerning Medical Malpractice?
A major study consolidating the data from roughly 15 medical journal articles analyzing medical malpractice throughout the U.S. revealed the following alarming statistics:
- Nearly 160,000 deaths per year are caused by diagnostic errors.
- One in three hospital patients experience preventable hospital errors in their treatment.
- Prescription errors (in excess of 1 Million per year) cause about 7,000 patient deaths per year.
- Approximately 80,000 patients die annually due to hospital negligence. Read the rest »
Despite overwhelming knowledge of the many hazards and potential hazards that a worker may come in contact with in the construction industry, construction sites are often poorly maintained, inadequately supervised, and ongoing dangerous conditions remain unaddressed. In an environment and with business practices which favor accomplishing construction projects as quickly as possible, workers and employers (in violation of required standards) may forgo safety for the sake of getting a project done in a more timely albeit dangerous fashion.
Guardrails may be too quickly installed, erection of scaffolding may be rushed, and heavy machinery could be operated endangering or otherwise in conflict with other workers at the site. It is not surprising that one of every five work-related deaths in the U.S. occurs at a construction site (as reported by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration; OSHA).
In 2013 alone, more than half of on-the-job deaths were attributed to just four types of construction accidents. According to OSHA, if these four dangers were properly addressed, nearly 500 workers’ lives would be saved each year and countless other injuries would be averted. These hazards/dangers are known as the “Fatal Four:” Read the rest »
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the use of forceps utilization during childbirth has steadily declined in U.S. hospitals and worldwide over the short term; dropping from .61 percent use in all births during 2012 to .59 percent use in 2013. Ideally, the use of forceps is meant to effectuate delivery and alleviate some of the difficulties which may be encountered during the birthing process. However, sometimes the use of this tool, in what is termed an “operative delivery”, is contraindicated, or, the forceps are used inappropriately. Sometimes the risks inherent in the use of forceps outweigh the potential benefits.
Forceps are essentially a pair of “tongs” that are used to assist the delivering healthcare provider (obstetrician, midwife, etc.) in extracting the newborn, usually in conjunction with the mother’s contractions/expulsive efforts (pushing). They should only be used only under certain circumstances including when: Read the rest »
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, at least two out of every five fatal work injuries resulted from a motor vehicle accident. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a job-related vehicle accident, you may have questions you’d like answered.
It is important to note that New Jersey’s workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, which means that there is no need to prove who is responsible for the work accident in order to recover compensation. You need only demonstrate that you or your loved one was injured during the course of employment. However, if the auto accident happened while traveling to or from work, it is likely that your workers’ compensation will be denied because you were not operating or a passenger in your vehicle as a function of your job. It is strongly suggested that you reach out to an experienced attorney to ensure that your appropriate benefits are afforded. Read the rest »
Construction workers face numerous inherent dangers in their employment. From working several stories up along the steel I-beams of a new building, to operating heavy earth-moving machinery/vehicles, to exposure to high voltage and toxic chemicals, the potential for injury and death is significant for those in the construction industry. In the process of their duties, construction workers may be expected to enter confined spaces, such as trenches, pits, manholes, crawl spaces, and vaults where they face risks of asphyxiation, exposure to toxic substances, electrocution, fires, and even explosions.
Until recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) only had one safety provision for construction work in confined spaces that has since been deemed inadequate. Read the rest »
In 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 »
May 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 »
According 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 »
Does Your Slip and Fall or Other Work Related Injury Qualify for BOTH Workers’ Compensation Benefits and to Make a Personal Injury Claim?
If 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 »