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July 2013 Archives

Study ranks most common medical malpractice claims.

New Jersey residents may be surprised to hear the results of a recent study that discovered the most common medical malpractice claims were missed diagnoses for cancer and heart attacks. The researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School reviewed more than 7,150 journal papers on medical malpractice claims, focusing specifically on claims against primary care doctors. They included 34 journal articles in their study, including those from France, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and the United States. The researchers found that missed diagnoses were the most common malpractice claims, with between 26 and 63 percent of the cases involving a missed diagnosis. Death was the most common consequence of the alleged malpractice, being found in between 15 and 48 percent of the cases studied.

Accident near tunnel sends seven people to the hospital

Recently, a two-car accident near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, New Jersey, sent seven people to the hospital with injuries. The car accident occurred when a Lexus SUV collided with a Honda Sedan, injuring seven people. All seven were in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. The incident is still under police investigation.

Moldy lottery tickets cause workers' compensation claims

Recently, two New Jersey Lottery employees filed worker's compensation claims alleging to have been sickened by moldy lottery tickets damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The employees' workers' compensation claim states that they were exposed to over 400,000 moldy lottery tickets for a period of six months at the New Jersey state lottery headquarters in Lawrence and were sickened after they were asked to audit the tickets by their supervisor.

NJ Senate votes for tougher DUI restrictions

Recently, the New Jersey state Senate took a tough stance against drunk driving accidents, voting to require that ignition interlock devices be installed in the vehicles of first-time drunk drivers. The bill replaces the total suspension of a driver's license with a penalty of requiring the ignition interlock device to be installed in their car for a period of three to twelve months. The bill is an effort to combat the prevalence of drunk driving accidents, and there is data available to back up the assertion that these devices prevent DUI accidents and save lives.

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