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Lawsuit brought against care facility

Burlington County residents may be disturbed to hear that one developmentally disabled woman who resided in a Bellwether Behavioral Health group home choked to death at the facility while eating a cheeseburger and French fries. This is despite the family's instructions that the woman's food should be cut into small pieces and that she should be monitored while eating to ensure she didn't eat too much, too fast. Her family is pursuing legal action.

According to one source, around 8,000 intellectually or developmentally disabled people in New Jersey reside in group homes that are licensed by the state. Bellwether, the location of this recent incident, is the largest group home provider in New Jersey. It is a hedge-fund-owned business.

Many nursing home hospital transfers lack proper communication

Accidents and personal health crises are common at nursing homes. Many of the residents there have several health issues and are nearing the final years of their lives, so workers have to be quick and delicate when transferring them to an emergency department.

Many families expect the physical transfer to be the only thing they need to worry about in these scenarios. However, even older patients that don’t fall down during the ride over are still at risk if one crucial part of the process is overlooked. Doctors need to know what they are working with, and nursing homes don’t always give them the full picture. Families should know what common problems have been plaguing the transfer process for years.

Recreational vehicles recalled due to defective throttle pedal

Off-road vehicles are a fun way to explore the great outdoors. Burlington County owners of recreational vehicles naturally expect that the vehicle will operate the way it is supposed to. However, that does not always happen, as shown by a recent recall.

American Honda has issued a recall of certain recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) after reports of crashes and injuries have surfaced. The throttle pedal of the vehicles can become stuck in the open position, leading to collisions and injuries. The vehicles at issue include about 82,000 2016-2019 Model Year Honda Pioneer 1000 5Ps.

Bus companies with high failure rates can still operate in NJ

When parents have to decide how they want their children to go to school, buses are one of the most popular options. They don’t have to worry about taking time out of their days to take the kids themselves and they trust the school to hire the right people to ensure the safety of all of the kids they are transporting.

However, many parents lately have been questioning if it truly is the safest option. Unqualified drivers that the school chose to hire have caused several bus crashes and fatalities in recent years. While there are efforts to inspect every driver and vehicle before they are sent out on the road, a recent report from NJ.com shows just how much a bus company can get away with reckless endangerment and still continue to provide services.

Drunk driving crashes are an issue, especially in summer

Memorial Day may be considered the unofficial start of the summer season for many in Burlington County. Between now and Labor Day, people will enjoy the beach, weddings, block parties, outdoor concerts and other fun occasions. It is not unusual for people to enjoy a bottle of beer or glass of wine while at summertime celebrations. However, some people take drinking too far and will engage in drunk driving.

Drunk driving is a serious issue in the United States year-round. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day 29 individuals across the nation lose their lives in car crashes involving a drunk driver. This amounts to one fatality every 50 minutes. In 2016, 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in the nation were due to drunk driving accidents. In addition, 17 percent of traffic deaths involving children between 0 to 14-years-old involved a drunk driver.

Would you trust a robot for a medical exam?

Being a doctor is a difficult job. Even the best physicians make mistakes, which is why medical malpractice insurance exists for things like negligence or misdiagnosis. Humans make mistakes, but these mistakes can cause injury and even death.

While we know that humans are imperfect, how would you feel if the nurse called you into the exam room and said, “The robot will see you now.” Yes, that’s right. Some clinics in the United States have begun using unsupervised artificial intelligence to examine patients.

What are common causes of construction accidents?

Now that spring is here in Burlington County and summer is on its way, residents of the state can expect to see more orange barrels on the roads and the erection of new buildings and other construction projects. While maintaining our infrastructure systems and erecting office spaces, stores and housing are good for the public and the economy, it goes without saying that construction work is a dangerous job. In fact, certain construction accidents are so common that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have dubbed them the "Fatal Four."

In the 2017 calendar year, over 4,600 private industry workers were killed on-the-job. Of these deaths, just over 20 percent were in the construction industry. Of these, falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions and caught-in/between incidents -- the "Fatal Four" -- accounted for 59.9 percent of construction worker fatalities that year. OSHA estimates that if these incidents were eliminated, it would save over 580 lives annually.

Many Uber, Lyft vehicles have outstanding recalls

Ride-hailing apps have become a part of our everyday lives. You may call a Lyft for a ride to the airport or get an Uber to avoid driving impaired after a night on the town. But a new study shows that the vehicles you’re riding in may not be as safe as you’re led to believe.

A new Consumer Reports study showed that up to one in six vehicles driven by Uber and Lyft drivers have open recalls – some serious – and the companies are doing little to address the issue.

Bedsores could be sign of nursing-home neglect

When we make the difficult choice to move a parent or a loved one to a nursing home, we’re doing it with their best interests in mind. What we expect from a nursing home is an environment where our loved ones will thrive and receive the care we’d give them ourselves.

But too often – both in New Jersey and around the country – residents in nursing homes face neglect from the staff tasked with dutifully caring for them. One sign that your loved one may not be getting the care they deserve is if they develop bed sores.

Owners might not be liable for a customer's slip and fall

Owning a business requires optimism in the face of risks. Retail spaces host every kind of person in all states of attention in every weather New Jersey gets. Injuries happen.

When a customer is injured in your business, are you always liable for medical bills, lost wages, and damages? Does being in business in New Jersey mean a life of perpetual liability?

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