We trust our healthcare providers with our well-being, and assume that care will be provided in accordance with accepted standards of care. Typically, healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, hospitals, technicians, etc.) do their best to ensure the safety and health of their patients. However, there are instances when the standards of care are breached, and patients sustain injuries due to that sub-standard care. In those instances, the failure to comport with the standards of care constitutes medical negligence (medical malpractice).
Medical malpractice claims are usually quite complex, and require representation by qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorneys. Utilization of various medical and other experts to assist in proving assertions of negligence is common. Not only must deviations from the standards of care be proven, but also that the departure from those standards caused the injury from which the patient suffers. Lastly, economists and other experts such as Life-care Planners may be used to establish the value of economic damages associated with the injury. Read the rest »
Car accidents are an everyday occurrence. Some of those accidents involve pedestrians. No matter how pedestrian-friendly an area may be, there is always a risk that a motorist may fail to operate their vehicle cautiously and in accordance with vehicle and traffic laws and standards. When a motorist operates their vehicle in an unreasonable manner, they are being negligent. If that negligence results in an injury to a pedestrian, it may be the basis for litigation to recover for the injury and other damages associated with that injury.
Statistically, senior citizens and children tend to be more vulnerable to negligent drivers. Read the rest »
If you’re like many other New Jersey residents, you probably look forward to the temperatures warming up on the East Coast so you can take advantage of partaking in various activities on and around nearby bodies of water. New Jersey is renowned for its coastal and inland waterways. Boating and the use of other watercraft is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Unfortunately, careless and negligent acts and/or omissions can often lead to New Jersey boating accidents. Boating and other watercraft accidents can result in significant injuries, or even death.
If you are injured in a boating or watercraft accident, it’s important to get help from an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to recover damages for injuries and other losses related to the incident. Read the rest »
The passing of a family member is a traumatic event no matter the circumstances, but it can be particularly difficult when death occurs as the result of a workplace accident which could have been avoided. More deaths take place in the construction industry than in any other. Those with family members who have construction jobs, are particularly sensitive to the risks of potential injury and death.
If a person sustains an injury in a New Jersey construction accident, or dies as a result of their injuries, it’s important to know what steps to take to protect the injured person’s or their heir’s rights. You’ll want to consult with a construction accident injury attorney who can explain your options and the claim process. Read the rest »
Accidents that involve city buses occur much less frequently than those between other types of motor vehicles. However, the resulting injuries can be quite severe.
Safety concerns when riding buses include:
- Passengers on buses do not have restraints such as safety belts, and are often required to stand when the bus’s seats are fully occupied.
- Passengers may move about a bus before it comes to a full stop, in an effort to proceed to exits when the bus is approaching their stop.
- Buses are more likely to tip over than other smaller vehicles. While instances of bus-related accidents are low, injury and fatality rates associated with them are quite high.
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Just some of the varied injuries which may result from defective medical devices include:
- Orthopedic injuries and blood conditions from failed hip or knee prostheses
- Burns and organ/nerve trauma including organ perforations from malfunctioning electrocautery and other devices used in surgical procedures
- Retention of parts of the medical device if they break off and lodge within a person’s body
- Cardiopulmonary arrests and paralysis secondary to failed intraoperative monitoring equipment
- Brain injury from failed respirators and cardiac monitoring devices, or their alarm systems
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If you are involved in a car accident in New Jersey, there’s a good chance that it took place at an intersection. With thousands of crossroads and high volume intersections scattered across the state, it’s not uncommon for motor vehicle accidents to occur at these locations. These accidents include pedestrian and cyclist knockdowns as well as collisions with other motorized vehicles. In fact, the New Jersey State Police estimates that over 100 intersection accidents occur each day across the state.
Each accident is different, and any number of potential parties may be responsible for your injuries: Read the rest »
Our world is full of distractions. Everywhere we turn there are images and information bombarding us. This onslaught of information can cause us to lose focus in many aspects of our daily lives, especially in those tasks which require undivided attention, including driving a motor vehicle.
Recently a 16-year old in Brick, NJ, was struck by a motor vehicle when the driver was using her cell phone. The injuries included a broken leg and required hospitalization. This is just one example of “distracted driving”; and unfortunately is quite common despite the availability of “hands free” technology allowing the use of cellular devices with less attention to the device and its functions.
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Millions of automobile accidents occur in the United States each year. There is a high likelihood that at some point most of us will be involved in one type of motor vehicle accident or another. Injuries that occur in car accidents range in their severity. Regardless of the extent of the injuries, those who are hurt in a car accident should see a doctor as soon as possible to assess the extent of the injuries and to document the conditions and how they were sustained.
Most car accidents in New Jersey happen on county or municipal roads, and not the highways. Rear end collisions tend to be the most prevalent types of accidents. Other common types of accidents occur on blind curves, involve parked vehicles or fixed objects, or occur when one vehicle sideswipes another in an attempt to pass on either side. Read the rest »
New Jersey roads are frequently-travelled by truck drivers delivering goods and services. These trucks range in size. No matter the size of the trucking vehicle, damages can be quite significant if involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle.
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations) is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and frequently teams up with the Federal Highway Administration to institute regulations in the interest of the safety of truck drivers and those who share the road with them.
The FMCSA frequently adds to their already lengthy list of rules and regulations for the trucking industry. Many of these regulations reiterate what would be considered “common-sense” relative to the operation of a trucking vehicle. Other rules and regulations are a bit more obscure, but still detail and direct various precautionary measures. Read the rest »