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Falling Tape Measure Kills Worker at Jersey Construction Site

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on November 13, 2014

Construction workers are not the only people in harm’s way at a worksite. Visitors and deliverymen at construction sites, as well as general public passers by can be injured without warning in a New Jersey construction accident.

At any construction site, there may be potential hazards such as live wires, trenches, power tools, and falling objects.

Accidents vary in their nature and severity. In one incident in Jersey City, New Jersey, a man was killed by a tape measure that fell from above. In that particular construction accident a 58-year-old independent trucking company employee was killed while making a delivery to a New Jersey construction site, when a tape measure fell from a worker’s belt from 50 stories up. According to a news report in The Daily Record, the accident occurred at a downtown Jersey City construction site. Officials stated that the one-pound tape measure fell from the 50th floor, first struck some construction equipment and then hit the deliveryman as he stopped to speak with another worker. The victim sustained head injuries that proved fatal. His hard hat was reportedly in his truck at the time of the accident. Read the rest »

Google Looking for New Technology to Help Detect Cancer

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on November 4, 2014

Google is currently working on technology that will be able to diagnose cancers and impending heart attacks without invasive blood tests. If successful, the new technology will be able to detect a number of diseases at an earlier stage than is currently possible. According to a recent BBC news report, Google is developing disease-detecting nanoparticles that would enter the bloodstream and report findings or otherwise communicate with a wrist-worn sensor. A patient undergoing this diagnostic testing would have to do is swallow a capsule containing the nanoparticles and wear the sensor. The development of this technology is only in the early stages, but it could have a significant impact on early diagnosis and detection of various diseases including cancers. Read the rest »

Posted in: Cancer Research

Birth Injuries Caused by Oxygen Deprivation

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on October 28, 2014

New Jersey Birth InjuryBoth unborn and newborn babies must receive enough oxygen before/during birth (via blood supply through the placenta and umbilical cord), and after birth respectively.

When a baby suffers from a brain injury because of oxygen deprivation, it is known as a hypoxic or anoxic brain injury, could cause death of brain tissue (also termed hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy), and, may result in a host of neurological conditions or death. Neurologically injured children may suffer from a myriad of physical disabilities.

Conditions associated with oxygen deprivation may include: Read the rest »

Posted in: Birth Injury

Factory Explosion Leaves Four New Jersey Workers Injured

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on October 20, 2014

Workers at a New Jersey factory were mixing hydrogen and oxygen to create polyurethane foam when an explosion occurred resulting in four of them being injured. According to The Associated Press, the blaze broke out at the Crest Foam Industries building on Carol Place in Moonachie. Firefighters were able to control the blaze and put it out within an hour and a half. Of the 17 employees in the building at the time of the explosion, four suffered head injuries. They were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of concussions. It is unclear what caused the explosion or what steps will be taken to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,628 fatal occupational injuries in 2012. Of those work-related deaths, three percent resulted from fires and explosions. Of the 353 total workers killed in multiple-fatality incidents, five percent resulted from fires and explosions. Read the rest »

Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis – What You Should Know

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on October 14, 2014

NJ Cancer AttorneyOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. It is important to perform cancer screenings including self-examination, manual examinations performed by your healthcare providers, and, at a certain age or if your family history warrants it, to get an annual mammogram.  It is also important that your healthcare providers adequately consult with you and provide you with information about your options if there are abnormalities or suspicious findings in your test results, or if you or they feel a lump or notice any breast abnormality during examinations.

Early detection is key to surviving breast cancer, making breast cancer misdiagnosis potentially life threatening. Victims of failed diagnosis or misdiagnosis often continue for prolonged periods without receiving the treatment they require.  That delay in receiving treatment allows the disease process to continue and worsens a patient’s prognosis or chances of survival. Read the rest »

2 Workers Killed in New Jersey Trench Collapse Accident

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on October 7, 2014

New Jersey Workers' CompensationA trench cave-in at a New Jersey construction site resulted in the death of two workers. According to a CBS news report, the fatal construction accident occurred during the excavation of a drainage pipe at a Boonton, New Jersey home on Rockaway Valley Road.

Officials stated one of the workers was inside a trench when one of the walls caved in. The second worker attempted to save the first but both were buried in approximately 10 feet of dirt. A third worker is recovering at a nearby hospital. It is unclear what caused the cave-in. Read the rest »

Surgical Errors and Medical Malpractice

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on September 30, 2014

Though surgical procedures inherently entail some risk of injury, many injuries happen as a result of substandard care and poor surgical technique. If a surgeon or the surgical team (nurses, anesthesiologists etc.) deviate from accepted standards of care, it may constitute medical negligence or medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice is when a healthcare provider fails to provide a reasonable/acceptable level of care, and those shortcomings result in an injury to the patient.

There are many issues which can result in surgical error including but not limited to failures to be adequately cognizant of medical history and condition, deficiencies in securing proper equipment for procedures, lack of a surgeon’s or surgical team’s experience and skill or training, lack of communication between healthcare providers both intraoperatively and preoperatively and, actual surgical errors resulting in direct trauma or injury to the patient in the performance of the surgical procedure. Read the rest »

Posted in: Surgical Negligence

Steel Girder Falls on Worker in New Jersey Construction Accident

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on September 23, 2014

A steel girder weighing 2,600 pounds fell from its rigging onto a Jersey City, New Jersey construction worker. According to the Hanover Eagle, the accident happened on a construction site at the Melanie Lane Bridge reconstruction in East Hanover Township, New Jersey. An official with the East Hanover Police reported that the girder came loose while it was being held or hoisted by the “arm” containing a vibrating hammer attached to a backhoe. The girder fell and landed on the worker, resulting in serious hip injuries. The 33-year-old worker was transported to Morristown Medical Center.

Working with large steel girders is extremely dangerous. Iron and steel workers may be responsible for moving, lifting, connecting and/or placing girders of such a great weight that significant injuries, including crush injuries, may be sustained if the heavy steel beams are negligently mishandled. Even when girders are placed properly, workers are still at risk of suffering severe burns, lacerations and falling injuries as they work from significantly high elevations while welding the beams together or otherwise affixing them to the structure. Read the rest »

Early Diagnosis of Kidney Cancer Vital for Recovery

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on September 15, 2014

New Jersey Cancer MisdiagnosisAwareness campaigns for breast and lung cancer are quite visible, both on TV and in print media. In comparison, kidney cancer is not addressed in as “high profile” a manner. However, kidney cancer does affect up to 70,000 Americans and their families each year. Like breast, lung and many other cancers, kidney cancer can prove fatal if it is not detected and treated in a timely manner. According to the Director of the Comprehensive Kidney Cancer Program at the Mount Sinai Health System, the cure rate for kidney cancer is at least 90 percent when there is early detection and treatment.

In a recent interview, the Director at Mount Sinai stated that there are two main types of kidney masses — solid growths and cysts. The majority of cysts are not cancerous, but approximately 85 percent of solid growths are cancerous. Therefore, it is important to timely perform further testing if a kidney mass is detected; to determine if it is solid or may have solid components. Read the rest »

Plaintiff in NJ Medical Malpractice Case Gets More Time to Find Expert

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on September 10, 2014

A plaintiff in a New Jersey medical malpractice case will now be given an opportunity to find a new expert to testify in her case. According to a report in the New Jersey Law Journal, an appellate court ruled that the trial court judge erred when he dismissed the case “midstream” after the New Jersey Supreme Court had changed the rules on qualifications for expert witnesses. The appeals court ruled that the plaintiff should have had the opportunity to seek and obtain a new expert.

The plaintiff in this case had suffered neck injuries in a January 2006 auto accident and underwent spinal surgery in June of that year. She was sent home the same day the procedure was performed, but she soon started to have respiratory issues and experienced severe neck swelling. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

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