In the past 18 months, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has agreed to settlements in seven personal injury cases, amounting to a total liability of approximately $1 million. The causes of action ranged from slip and fall injuries to wrongful death to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to Turnpike Authority officials, the number and wide range of cases filed against it is to be expected, given the size of the agency.
Although there has not been a significant number of cases in New Jersey and most states, with zero total deaths, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of four varieties of fresh, whole papayas after two separate shipments were found to contain the Salmonella Agona virus. According to FDA officials, the latest recall is solid evidence in support of its efforts to increase the sampling of papayas that are imported into the United States.
A local newspaper investigation has revealed that the overwhelming majority of nursing homes in several New Jersey counties are consistently receiving low ratings from the federal agency tasked with evaluating the facilities. Violations that led to the low ratings are common examples of nursing home neglect: medication error, unclean and unsafe living conditions, untreated injuries and infections, and residents being ignored or left unattended.
Last week, a group of 100 New Jersey high school students gathered at Rutgers University for the state's first Teen Safe Driving Summit. Organized and carried out by a group of students, the summit aimed to reduce car accidents by educating students on safe driving techniques. In addition, organizers hoped to empower attendees to establish educational programs on safe driving at their home schools.
On 10:49 p.m. on July 12, a three-car collision occurred at Kennedy Boulevard and St. Pauls Avenue. A pedestrian was struck so hard by one of the cars that his body damaged a cast-iron drainpipe on the nearby building he was slammed into. His lifeless body then fell and was impaled on a spiked wrought-iron fence.
Last month, a New Jersey food importer announced a recall of approximately 6,000 pounds of imported ham products after several samples tested positive for Listeria monogytogenes. If consumed, the Listeria bacteria could cause consumers to become infected with Listeriosis.
Three people died and three more suffered serious injuries when a sport utility vehicle was involved in a single-car crash on the Garden State Parkway earlier this week. The SUV contained five members of a Staten Island family, as well as two additional family friends. New Jersey police are not yet sure what caused the fatal accident, but are continuing to investigate the crash.
When a man alerted local newspapers that he discovered a dead mouse inside a bag of Dole salad mix, he said that his motivation in doing so not to gain money or notoriety, but to warn the public and spur an investigation by state and federal officials. Although the man will likely not file a products liability lawsuit against Dole, he is reportedly working with the company in hopes that it will examine its practices to ensure that such an incident does not take place again.