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October 2011 Archives

Toy store ordered to pay millions in products liability suit

A jury recently ruled that a popular toy store franchise failed to examine the safety of one of the products in its store, and was to blame for the fatal injury that the product caused. The store was ordered to pay $20.6 million in a recent products liability lawsuit that was filed by the family of a woman who died when sliding down an inflatable pool slide that ultimately collapsed.

New Jersey dump truck accident injures five

Earlier this week, five people were injured in a massive collision between a dump truck and eight cars in Riverdale, approximately 20 miles from Bergen County. Although the truck accident did not result in any life-threatening injuries, police department officials say it is just one more example of the increase in accidents in the borough since the department's traffic officers were eliminated in April.

New Jersey booster seat law may not protect kids in car accidents

New Jersey law dictates that children aged 7 years or younger and weighing less than 80 pounds must be in appropriate child restraints and in rear seat while riding in a motor vehicle. Although the law was created to keep small children safe from injuries in car accidents, its effectiveness is often undermined by the insufficiency of booster seats, according to a recent release from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

New Jersey flags fly at half staff for officer killed in car crash

If you have been to a government building today, you may be wondering why the flag in front of it is flying at half staff. Earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie ordered that all state institutions to lower their flags to half staff in honor of a New Jersey police officer who was killed during a car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Parents' distracted driving teaches unsafe behaviors

In recent years, state and local governments have worked to decrease the occurrence of distracted driving with safety campaigns that were primarily aimed at teenage drivers. However, a recent study indicates that the parents of those teen drivers may need to pay closer attention to those campaigns.

In 2010, New Jersey had fewest car accident deaths since 1940s

According to a recent report from the New Jersey State Police, there were 556 deaths on New Jersey roads in 2010. While this is an inexcusably high number, there is one bright spot: the number of car accident fatalities in 2010 was the lowest since the 1940s.

New Jersey ranks low in nursing home care

In a recent ranking of all 50 U.S. states, New Jersey fell in the bottom 10 states in terms of the percentage of nursing home patients who develop bedsores or are hospitalized for an injury or illness related to their nursing home care. If New Jersey had the level of care of the highest-ranking state, the report indicates, approximately 6,000 hospitalizations that are the result of nursing home neglect or abuse could be avoided every year.

Negligent recordkeeping causes injury at nursing homes, part two

Earlier this week, we began a discussion of insufficient and intentionally falsified medical care records in nursing homes. This all-too-common occurrence has been brought to light with a recent lawsuit in which the husband of a deceased woman alleged that her death was the result of nursing home abuse and neglect. In the suit, he claims that facility employees improperly handled and falsified his wife's medical charts in an effort to cover up their actions.

Negligent recordkeeping causes injury at nursing homes, part one

New Jersey families who have made the difficult decision to place a parent in a nursing home know of the shift that occurs once your loved one is officially under the care of the nursing home staff. When you are no longer tasked with your loved one's daily care, you may find yourself completely out of the loop, with little to no knowledge about your parent's daily routine, medical care and treatment, and any issues that may come up.

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