Many readers undoubtedly remember all too well the fatal air crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in early February 2009, a flight departing from New Jersey and destined for Buffalo, New York.
It is the type of story that fills many families with concerns when they contemplate an upcoming move by an elderly family member to an assisted living facility, or as they think about a loved one who is already living in a nursing home or residential care unit.
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 wife of a New Jersey construction worker who was killed when he was struck by lightning on the job has reportedly filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction companies that employed her husband. In her suit, the wife alleges that the companies' on-site safety personnel had failed to sufficiently monitor the weather conditions that ultimately caused her husband's death.
A former radiology technician is facing both criminal charges and multiple civil personal injury lawsuits for allegedly falsifying the results of more than 1,000 mammogram tests over the span of 16 months. Of 1,289 mammograms for which the technician entered a negative result, 10 were actually positive. As a result, those 10 women suffered delayed breast cancer diagnoses and significant harm to their health and prognoses.
When a 50-year-old woman discovered a marble-sized lump in her breast, she went to her doctor for a mammogram, hoping and praying that she did not have breast cancer. She thought her prayers were granted when her doctor concluded that there was "no evidence of malignancy" in the lump. He did not order any additional tests, and she trusted his diagnosis.
On July 1, seven friends and members of New Jersey's 'Last Chance Motorcycle Club' were enjoying a motorcycle ride together when tragedy struck. A pickup truck driven by a highly intoxicated man collided directly into the group of motorcyclists. Ultimately, the motorcycle accident resulted in two fatalities and caused four of the bikers to be seriously injured. Only one escaped unharmed.
Earlier this week, we discussed the troubling fact that few hospitals regularly perform autopsies on deceased patients today. In teaching hospitals, which have a mission of educating young medical professionals, the autopsy rate is currently around 20 percent. Private and community hospitals, which make up about 80 percent of such facilities in New Jersey and throughout the U.S., rarely conduct autopsies.
If a member of your family suddenly and inexplicably passed away at a hospital or medical facility, you would certainly want to know the reason for his or her death. However, in most hospitals today, that most likely won't be an option. This is because many health care facilities have phased out autopsies almost completely, largely due to cost and apprehension about medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuits being filed against them.
The family of Yale University student Annie Le, who was murdered by a fellow student and researcher at a college animal research lab, has filed a lawsuit against Yale. The wrongful death suit asserts that the university does not provide adequate protection for female students and employees, and that it is too tolerant of overly aggressive male conduct.