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February 2011 Archives

Nursing home fined after resident's choking death

In a nursing home, it is easy for staff to overlook the younger, healthier patients for those with more severe health problems that require more time and effort. However, it is important to for aides and medical professionals to keep track of all of the residents' needs, no matter how minor they may seem.

Polar Bear Plunge fatality sparks wrongful death lawsuit

This weekend, several hundred New Jersey residents participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge charity event in Sea Isle City. The fundraiser, which involves a winter jump into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean, has become increasingly popular in recent years. People from throughout the region come to take part in the weekend's festivities, which often seem to revolve around parties and alcohol instead of charity. This is what the parents of a deceased Pennsylvania woman are alleging in a wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed against the city, a local hospital, the police department, and several individuals.

New Jersey woman follows GPS into oncoming car

In a recent car insurance commercial, a character named "Mayhem" portrays the role of the vehicle's GPS navigation system. As the GPS, the actor screams out directions, then changes his instructions at the last second, causing the driver to panic and drive into several nearby vehicles, causing a massive car accident. This may seem like a comical way to illustrate the need for good car insurance, but for one New Jersey woman, it is likely hitting too close to home after her GPS system directed her right into a head-on collision.

Baby monitors recalled after reports of strangulation

After two reported strangulation deaths in the past year, infant product manufacturer Summer Infant has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 2 million video baby monitors. The potential strangulation problem was first reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in October after receiving at least seven reports of strangulation since 2004. The company says that the defective products were sold at major retailers between 2003 and 2011.

Denture cream users file products liability suit

"Fixodent - and forget it!" The well-known slogan for Fixodent denture cream is meant to imply that the cream allows users to go about their lives without constant worry about their dentures. However, for Mark Jacoby, whose debilitating nerve damage has confined him to a wheelchair, the slogan has taken on a whole new meaning. "Well, apparently I can't forget it because it took a lot away from me," he said. Jacoby believes that his nerve damage and resulting disability is due to Fixodent's high zinc content, and he is not alone. Several former Fixodent users have filed a class action products liability lawsuit against Fixodent's manufacturer, Proctor & Gamble, alleging that the denture cream is responsible for their health problems.

Family of deceased 3-year-old files wrongful death suit

On February 27, 2009, a New Jersey mother took her 5- and 3-year-old children to see Disney on Ice at the Sovereign Bank Arena (now the Sun National Bank Center) in Mercer County, expecting a night of fun with her family. However, the night turned tragic before it began: a nearby accident took the life of her 3-year-old daughter as the family was walking toward the arena. Now, almost two years later, the mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the arena, Mercer County, the city of Trenton, the state of New Jersey, and other parties allegedly responsible for her daughter's death.

Most Americans oppose crash taxes

As states across the country face record budget deficits, many Americans have seen their property taxes rise to fund necessary city-provided services like road maintenance, education, and emergency services. Even with those property tax increases, cities have continued to struggle with their finances and have become resourceful in order to meet their bottom line. One common proposal in cities across the country has been the implementation of a crash tax, which would impose fees on those involved in car accidents to help pay for emergency police and fire response and accident clean-up. Not surprisingly, a recent poll found that the majority of Americans oppose such crash taxes.

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