When a car accident victim files a lawsuit seeking damages for life-altering injuries received in a crash, there are often many defending parties named in the suit: drivers, vehicle and auto parts manufacturers, state transportation officials, or any of a number of others. A South Hackensack bar is finding itself as one such defendant after it was found 20 percent responsible for the severe injuries sustained by a New Jersey man based on New Jersey dram shop laws.
As snow blankets New Jersey and surrounding states yet again during this record-breaking winter, New Jersey residents and state officials once more find themselves dealing with snow removal, flight cancellations, slippery roads and sidewalks, and any of the many headaches that come with heavy snowfall. With a newly announced defective product recall, however, one additional consideration has now been added to the list for Ford Windstar owners.
Last week we discussed the growing phenomenon of lawsuit lenders and their potentially harmful effects on unaware personal injury plaintiffs who find themselves owing lenders a significant part of their eventual settlement check. Because lenders designate themselves as investors or financers, they remain out of the realm of state or federal regulation of lenders, which is how they are able to charge exorbitantly high interest rates (up to 100 percent) and withhold information from plaintiffs.
When Larry Long suffered a stroke due to his consumption of prescription pain medication Vioxx, it resulted in significant harm, both physical and financial. He became dangerously close to foreclosure while waiting for a settlement from a class-action lawsuit, and had to explore his diminishing options until he could receive the money he knew was coming. He decided to take out a loan from lawsuit lender Oasis Legal Finance in the amount of $9,150 to tide him over until his settlement came through. When he finally received his settlement of $27,000 a mere 18 months later, Long found himself owing Oasis over $23,000.
In recent months, health care product manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has been the subject of multiple recalls and products liability lawsuits after numerous complaints about several of the company's products ranging from children's pain relievers to birth control medication to artificial hips. Because of these seemingly continual product malfunctions, it hardly even seems newsworthy when a new Johnson & Johnson recall is announced. However, the importance of the items manufactured by the company - medication, infant and child care products, health care necessities - it is important to continue to pay attention when Johnson & Johnson announces yet another recall, as it did late last week.
One of the most telling signs of nursing home neglect is the existence of bedsores. Also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, bedsores are common among elderly or disabled patients who are bedridden or who are in wheelchairs, unable to move and change positions without assistance. According to nursing home industry standards, such patients need to be moved at least every two hours to prevent bedsores from forming. However, a busy staff means that doesn't always happen, which can lead to injury or even death.
In April 2010, an off-duty Andover Township police officer was driving his pick-up truck on Route 80 in New Jersey after picking up a friend at Newark International Airport. Near Mount Olive, the officer suddenly lost control of his vehicle while on a downward slope. He hit a guardrail and his truck overturned. The officer and one of his three passengers were killed in the car accident, and the other two passengers suffered serious injuries but ultimately survived.
Earlier this week, we wrote about Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics and the contention that its A.S.R. hip replacement implant is a defective product. When the A.S.R. was introduced, it was promoted as a major breakthrough, and as an implant that would last much longer than similar products. When the allegations were first brought against DePuy, the company maintained its self-promotion, claiming that surgical mistake was behind patients' pain and injury, not the product itself. Recently, however, DePuy announced that it is phasing out the A.S.R. device, but not for safety reasons. Instead, the company claims that lagging sales are behind the recall.
Over the last year, health care product manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has come under scrutiny after multiple allegations of injuries caused by various products. On this blog alone, we have written about the harm reportedly caused by the birth control patch and children's over-the-counter cold medicines, both of which have given rise to products liability litigation. Recently, a new controversy has risen after claims that an artificial replacement hip manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, was not only failing, but causing serious and lasting harm to patients.