In one of New Jersey's neighboring states, the legislature has reportedly just passed a law which aims to increase the early detection of breast cancer by requiring that women with dense breast tissue are notified of such following a mammogram. Dense tissue generally makes it more difficult to detect and diagnose breast cancer, leading to potentially fatal consequences for women who do not learn of their disease at an early enough stage.
Did you know that slip-and-fall injuries account for nearly 9 million emergency room visits in the U.S. every year? Unfortunately, these accidents occur more frequently than most of us realize or would like to believe. And it appears that a large number of these incidents are occurring on the job: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, slip-and-fall injuries are the third largest cause of workplace injuries, causing more than 100 million lost workdays every year.
Under a new state law, New Jersey drivers who fail to properly restrain their pets in the car could face criminal charges and financial penalties. The goal of the new restraint requirement is to reduce the number of car accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by their pets, and to protect animals from harm in the event of a crash. In a 2010 AAA survey, more than 31 percent of drivers said that they were distracted by their dog while driving.
Bergen County residents who have suffered injuries from faulty DePuy hip replacements or other defective Johnson & Johnson products will likely be interested to learn that J&J recently set aside $600 million in preparation for a potential settlement over kickbacks allegations. This is in addition to the $5.3 billion that has reportedly already been reserved for potential products liability and kickback claims in relation to other J&J medications and medical devices.
The mother of a New Jersey boy who took his own life after enduring bullying and threats from schoolmates is reportedly suing his school district for wrongful death, claiming that district officials did not do enough to stop the bullying and protect her son.
The United States Secretary of Commerce has reportedly decided to take a leave of absence following a series of car accidents that took place over the weekend. According to media reports, the crashes occurred when Commerce Secretary John Bryson had a seizure behind the wheel. No one was injured in either accident, but the Secretary's health is reportedly motivating his decision to temporarily leave his post.
After a rigorous series of tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent analysis has created a list of the seven most dangerous motor vehicles sold in the U.S. Topping the list is the Dodge Ram, which earned the dubious honor through its low crash test scores and low JD Power Initial Quality rating.
Earlier this week, a unit of New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson announced that it planned to discontinue sales of its vaginal mesh implants. The company denies that the decision was made in response to the product liability lawsuits that have been filed in connection with the mesh, but that the "negative overall publicity about vaginal mesh devices" motivated the discontinuation.
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that secures the funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the next several years. Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a similar version of the bill, and leaders from the chambers will now work to come to a consensus, reportedly aiming for July 4 as a deadline to finalize the bill.