Readers of our New Jersey personal injury blog are aware of the many types of accidents for which victims may seek compensation, from drunk driving accidents to incidents of medical malpractice. In general, if one person or party's negligence caused injury to another, that negligent party may be held liable for damages. Sometimes, however, an accident occurs that was not necessarily anyone else's fault - what does this mean for the injury victim? If the accident occurred while the victim was at work, workers' compensation may be an option.
Recently, the New Jersey legislature has introduced a bill that would increase protections doctors accused of medical negligence. Currently, New Jersey ranks sixth in the nation in successful medical malpractice claims, driving up the cost of insurance premiums for doctors. The bill's supporters argue that the rise of team-based health care and the growing number of patients mandate that limits be placed on medical malpractice suits.
Recently, a 22-year old woman from Haskell, New Jersey turned herself in to local police after fleeing from the scene of the car accident where she injured four people. The car accident occurred when the small car driven by the woman swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan. Two people in the minivan were injured, as were the woman's two passengers in the car.
A 21-year old New Jersey woman was killed when the car she was driving collided with a police car during the recent hurricane. The auto accident occurred in Port Jefferson when the car went through a stop light and collided with the police vehicle. The driver was killed, and her three passengers were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. The police officer inside the car was also taken to the hospital and subsequently released. An investigation of the incident is still ongoing, but police confirmed that the traffic light near where the accident occurred was not working at the time of the accident. At the time of the accident, the police car was returning from a call related to the storm.
When a loved one dies in a workplace accident, the financial consequences to the survivors can be devastating. A New Jersey family may be dealing with this issue now. A recent dump truck crash on the New Jersey turnpike killed the dump truck's driver and caused massive delays to local traffic. The accident occurred when the driver accidentally veered into a barrier beneath a freeway overpass. According to police investigators, the accident may have been caused by a tire blow-out. The truck hit a barrier on the side of the road and turned over, sliding across the road and starting on fire. As a result of the crash, the truck caught fire, and the driver's body was so badly burned that a police autopsy had to be performed before the man could be publicly identified. Fortunately, nobody else was hurt and no other vehicles were damaged as a result of the accident.
One of the most serious dangers to motorists in New Jersey and across the country is the threat of distracted drivers, or drivers who are texting or talking on their handheld cell phones. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2010 over 416,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, and 3,092 people were killed in such accidents. Eighteen percent of all roadside injuries reported that year involved a distracted driver.
Accidents involving motor vehicles can vary a great deal in severity; some individuals walk away without a scrape, while others do not walk away at all. No matter the circumstances, the friends and family of fatal accident victims are deeply hurt by their loss, and in many cases, a crash is followed by a civil claim for damages.
Individuals in New Jersey may want to be aware of legislation that, while not passed in the final legislative session, still has strong support from volunteer doctors. The hotly debated legislation would protect doctors from medical malpractice lawsuits. However, the only doctors who would be shielded are those who volunteer and give free medical care to people who cannot otherwise afford it.
Auto accidents may be just that -- accidents. But in many cases, there is much more to the story. For instance, was negligence involved? Was the crash alcohol-related? Did an individual or a group of individuals take action that specifically caused the car accident? How is liability determined for a multi-vehicle crash? These are questions that must be asked and answered when a car accident happens.
When Cherry Hill residents have to undergo a surgical procedure, most often they are confident in the doctor's skills. The vast majority of doctors are entirely capable of completing the surgery to which they are assigned, but what happens when the doctor is not qualified? This is where medical malpractice suits come in.