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The Risks and Dangers of Surgical Negligence

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on March 3, 2017

medical-negligenceWhen we go to a doctor or other healthcare provider, we put our trust in them to make our health and wellbeing a priority, and to provide us with treatment within the standards of care practiced by the medical community. However, despite their special knowledge, skills and training, healthcare providers often deviate from the standards of care and make avoidable errors. Some deviations do not result in injury to the patient. However, if a serious injury does occur, it may be grounds for a medical negligence or malpractice claim.

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Posted in: Surgical Negligence

How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Claim?

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on March 1, 2017

dog-bite1If a violent dog attack that has left you with serious injuries, first seek appropriate medical attention. After your conditions have been medically attended to, it is important to promptly contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney familiar with the handling of claims of this nature.
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Posted in: Dog Bite

The Dangers of Defective Medical Devices

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on February 27, 2017

DefibrillatorThere are a broad range of medical devices intended to treat various conditions and improve the health of patients. From joint replacements to pacemakers and indwelling defibrillators, to spine stimulators, various stents, ventilators/respirators and vital sign monitoring equipment, these devices are supposed to be designed, manufactured and function within exacting standards. When a patient is injured by a poorly designed or otherwise defective/malfunctioning medical device, they may be able to seek compensation for their injuries by virtue of a product liability claim.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Seeking Legal Help After a New Jersey Bus Accidents

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on February 24, 2017

bus-accidentIn New Jersey, many commuters, residents, schoolchildren, and tourists rely on buses to transport them on a daily basis, and every passenger is putting their trust in the driver and the integrity of the bus company’s vehicles to get them to their destination safely.

The risks of suffering serious injuries in a bus accident are increased for a number of reasons. Bus passengers will not typically have the protection of seatbelts or airbags as one would in a car, and the probability of getting “thrown around” during a collision is much higher. In addition, the size and weight of a bus profoundly affects the potential for injury to a pedestrian or the occupants of a smaller vehicle.

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Posted in: Bus Accident

Can a Nurse be held Liable for Injuries Sustained during Labor and Delivery?

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on January 5, 2017

Birth TraumaThe birth of a new baby should be nothing short of a joyful occasion for families. However, unfortunately, there are often times when shortcomings in healthcare lead to birth related injuries to both a mother and her child. Obstetric or “labor and delivery” nurses play an integral role in maintaining the health of the laboring mother and her child. Not only do these nurses directly render patient care, but they are also responsible to timely and accurately relay information regarding the mother and child’s condition to doctors and other nurses through the course of labor and delivery.

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Why Emergency Room Wait Times Can Be a Matter of Life or Death

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on January 2, 2017

emergency-roomHospital emergency rooms are notorious for subjecting patients to long delays before they are evaluated by a physician. These excessive waits can either be in a waiting room, or, after initial patient registration and triage, waiting in an examination room. When someone is very ill or seriously injured, delays in care may significantly be to a patient’s detriment. These delays may affect a patient’s recovery and could result in further illness or injury.

Emergency room hospital staff needs to recognize whether there is an urgency to administer treatment to those who come into the ER, and proceed accordingly in both the timely rendering of care and the appropriate prioritization of patients’ needs. In an emergency room setting, it’s integral to proper patient care, that administration, nurses, and doctors don’t allow patients get overlooked or inappropriately be placed on a “back burner” when in need of expeditious care. When these unwarranted delays occur they may result in significant injury to a patient, or even death.

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Asking Questions Allows Patients to Receive More Effective and Safer Healthcare

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on December 30, 2016

diagnosisWhen we seek medical care, as patients we have the right to a full explanation and understanding of our medical conditions, and proposed testing/treatment. It is incumbent upon healthcare providers to provide adequate information in this regard, and to answer all questions posed by a patient. In fact, the standard of care requires that healthcare providers be responsive to patient inquiries. The provision of comprehensive information regarding the status of your health and tests/treatments being performed or proposed, can significantly improve your overall healthcare and help to make it safer. Even if your healthcare providers are intimidating and not readily amenable to answer your questions, it is important to make inquiries of your healthcare providers if you are uncertain about any issues surrounding your condition or treatment (and to makes notes of dates of conversations, and, if possible, to secure printed information regarding your condition, testing and treatment).

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Why Slips and Falls Increase During Winter

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on December 28, 2016

rain-pedestrians-liabilitySlip and fall accidents are a leading cause of bodily injury in the United States, causing people to seek medical treatment for a variety of health conditions. Although these types of accidents occur throughout the year, the rate of slip and fall accidents increases quite a bit during the winter season. As expected, harsh weather conditions are a contributing factor to the rise in slip and falls during the winter months, especially in the presence of a property or business owner’s negligence.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Common Mishaps and other Concerns Regarding Surgery

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on October 25, 2016

doctors-surgeryOver 4,000 preventable surgical mistakes occur each year in the United States, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in medical malpractice verdicts and settlements.

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Posted in: Surgical Negligence

New Jersey Welding Hazards

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on October 20, 2016

weldingWelders, solderers, cutters and brazers all utilize hazardous equipment in their welding related occupations.  Employment of this nature has inherent risks and hazards to workers; not only by virtue of the type of work it is, but often the location of where the work is performed as well. With more than 500,000 workers in welding industries, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the risk of fatal injuries is at a rate exceeding four deaths per thousand workers. A welding arc creates temperatures of up to 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. While there is danger of direct burns, there are additional hazards from the intense heat at and around the area being “welded”. Spatter and sparking can extend to 35 feet from the welding space.

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Posted in: Workers' Injury

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