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Cerebral Ischemia at Birth

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on December 17, 2014

The health of all cells in the body is affected by the amount of blood flow to that area of the body where the cell is located. Less blood flow to an organ generally equates to less oxygen supply to the cells of that organ. When there is a lack of “perfusion” (or blood flow) to the brain, it can result in the death of cells, also known as ischemia. If the brain tissue ischemia or death of cells in the brain is significant enough, it can result in a brain injury manifested by various neurological conditions. This cell and brain damage can result in a short period of time, especially in the fragile brain of a child during labor and delivery… or the brain of a newborn.

The injuries that can result from cerebral ischemia depend on a number of factors, including how many cells die and how long the brain tissue was deprived of oxygen (anoxia), or had a diminished supply of oxygen (hypoxia). Cerebral ischemia and its associated brain injuries may result in cerebral palsy, developmental delays, vision impairment, mental retardation, cognitive loss, hearing loss, seizure disorders, and even death. Read the rest »

Posted in: Birth Injury


Burn Injuries from Defective Products

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on December 9, 2014

Burn injuries are painful, costly as far as the medical treatment required and often result in permanent scarring and/or other disfigurement. A burn from a flame or hot object, or a scald from a hot liquid or an electrical burn from a defective product can cause permanent injuries, including nerve damage, that may affect the victim’s quality of life. When these types of injuries result from the use of a product, it is necessary to determine if the product was defective. In addition, it must be determined if the product’s instructions regarding its use, or warnings to the public regarding potential hazards were deficient. A combination of any or all of these shortcomings may result in an injury.

Have you suffered an injury because the smoke detector failed to work properly? There have been a number of recent recalls for defective smoke or fire alarms as well as for household appliances that were manufactured overseas in countries such as China. If you were burned by a defective appliance that was manufactured overseas, you may be able to, with the assistance of experienced legal counsel, prove that the product’s defects caused your injuries, and that the product was not fit for the purpose intended. Read the rest »

Posted in: Burn Injury


What Happens When Doctors Fail to Diagnose Stomach Cancer

By Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari on December 3, 2014

New Jersey Cancer MisdiagnosisThe failure to properly diagnose stomach cancer or any cancer in a timely manner equates to medical malpractice, and can have significant consequences for the patient.

There are certain standards of care a healthcare provider must meet in treating patients, especially when evaluating a patient relative to a potential diagnosis of cancer. In particular, a healthcare provider must be aware of and recognize the signs and symptoms which might be indicative of stomach cancer. Read the rest »

Posted in: Stomach Cancer


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


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