An increasingly common problem is the failure of hospitals to put a stop to mistreatment of elderly patients. This mistreatment can lead to the wrongful death of the elderly patient. Recently, a New Jersey woman discovered that her 93-year-old mother, a nursing home patient with Alzheimer's disease, had sustained injuries across her body. The woman's mother had broken her eye socket, cheekbone, wrist and jaw, and also had welts on her back and gashes on her left shin. The mother eventually died from her injuries. The hospital said that the mother slipped on powder in her bathroom and injured herself in a fall, but this was a claim that the daughter refused to accept. The daughter suspected abuse by the hospital's staff, but an investigation did not turn up any evidence.
Readers in Burlington County know that drinking and driving can lead to serious ramifications, including not only financial penalties but also time behind bars for the offender. And too often drunk driving leads to car accidents in which victims are injured through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, two such local accidents occurred recently in New Jersey.The first accident happened early on Dec. 17 in Deptford. A 21-year-old man was charged with DWI and assault by auto after he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to strike a curb and overturn. The young man was accompanied by two passengers, and all were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The extent of their injuries was unavailable at the time of a local news report.
New Jersey residents may recall that back in July, a Burlington, New Jersey, woman suffered serious injuries in a car accident that occurred in Pennsylvania. According to reports, the 22-year-old driver of a dump truck smashed into a Toyota Scion operated by the Burlington woman. The man fled the scene of the accident, leaving a truck full of beer bottles and the victim fighting for her life. He turned himself in to authorities two days later and has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of aggravated assault by vehicle and fleeing the scene of an accident with injuries. The case will soon go to trial. Both of the man's charges are third-degree felonies carrying prison sentences of up to seven years upon conviction.