Four years after her long medical nightmare began, a woman has been awarded $5 million in her lawsuit against New Jersey-based C.R. Bard Inc., the manufacturer of the vaginal mesh device that has caused her significant pain and injury. The personal injury attorneys representing the hundreds of other injured women that have filed product liability lawsuits believe that it signals success for their clients in the pending consolidated cases against Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific Corp. and others, which are scheduled to go to trial early next year.
Four people are recovering after a chain reaction car accident that took place on the Garden State Parkway earlier this week. One man suffered severe head and hip injuries after his car was forced off the road and into a tree. He was said to be in critical condition following the crash.
About two years ago, New Jersey company Johnson & Johnson made the widely-publicized decision to recall the ASR artificial hip manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of J&J. The company set aside $3 billion to compensate people who had filed personal injury lawsuits in connection with the defective products, and seemed to acknowledge the danger of metal-on-metal artificial hips.
In recent years, state and federal government traffic safety officials have run a massive campaign, attempting to educate drivers on the many dangers of talking, texting or emailing on a cell phone from behind the wheel. And, in some ways, that campaign has been highly successful. Multiple surveys show that drivers in Hackensack and throughout the state and country are now well aware that distracted driving significantly increases the chances of car accidents, injuries and fatalities. But, as those same surveys indicate, motorists continue to text and drive.
Two years ago, following an unprecedented increase in pedestrian deaths, the New Jersey legislature took action and passed stricter requirements and penalties for drivers and pedestrians in Bergen County and throughout the state. Under the new law, motorists are required to stop at pedestrian crosswalks, instead of merely yielding.
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a policy which, if adopted, could significantly increase the oversight and safety of the medical device industry. Under the proposal, each individual device would receive its own identification number, allowing medical professionals and manufacturers to better track defective products, determine the cause of the problems and alert other patients who are using the same device.
It is always a tragic occurrence when someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crash or the nature of victim and his or her life. But sometimes, there are details about such an incident that make it even more difficult to bear. Unfortunately, a recent fatal motorcycle accident, in which a 32-year-old father was killed while participating in a charity bike ride, is one such situation.
It's a tradition that is as American as baseball and apple pie: every Fourth of July, families in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. But whether you are lighting sparklers or setting off aerial explosions, fireworks can - and often do - lead to injuries, even when they are used properly. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, children between the ages of 5 and 14 are at the greatest risk for a fireworks-related injury.