Patients who need surgery are never guaranteed a positive outcome. Burlington residents know that. It's reasonable to assume, however, that the doctors and medical staff involved in an operation won't make avoidable mistakes.
There are many reasons for personal injury lawsuits to be filed. It doesn't matter if you live in New Jersey or any other area of the country. Seeking compensation when you've been injured by another person is something that our legal system supports. When the injury is proven to be caused by doctor error, medical and other needs may be provided by holding the practitioner accountable.
Drunk driving is a serious issue in New Jersey. Drunk drivers not only put their own lives at stake, but they also pose a threat to every other driver on the road. When a person is injured or killed due to a drunk driver, they may be able to hold that driver liable for the injuries they suffered.
State laws are implemented to protect the general public, while also defining the process offenders will go through. Changes in policies could mean harsher penalties, especially in New Jersey where they are considering the laws surrounding drunk driving and the resulting criminal and civil liabilities.
Recently, the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving held an awards ceremony in Edison, New Jersey, where they honored police officers for their role in curbing incidents of drunk driving. The group gave certificates and pins to the police officers it felt did the most to stop alcohol-related accidents. Speakers at the event discussed family members lost to drunk-driving accidents and honored the officers for their efforts. MADD is also working to lower the legal blood-alcohol content limit from .08 to .05, a change recently advocated by the National Transportation Safety Board. The group also favors technology to prevent drivers from starting their cars if alcohol is detected on their breath.
Recently, a judge in Westfield, New Jersey, suspended the sentences for two elderly men involved in a hit-and-run that left a 68-year-old hospice nurse dead. The alcohol-related accident allegedly occurred when the two men struck the woman while she tended to an injured pedestrian. The two men admitted to drinking before the accident at a local Knights of Columbus Hall. The victim had struck a pedestrian with her car shortly before the accident, and had gone out to help him when she was hit by the two men. The woman died at the hospital from her injuries from the accident. Both men stopped after the accident, but one left before police arrived and he was charged with hit and run.
Recently, UGI Utilities agreed to pay a $500,000 fine to the victims of a 2011 gas explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania that killed five people. The families of the victims had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company, claiming that the company did not adequately maintain its cast iron mains in the gas pipeline. As a result a gas explosion flattened two nearby houses and set a whole row of houses on fire.
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.
Every day Mt. Laurel residents shop for and buy products that, without proper oversight, could be potentially dangerous. But because of state and federal laws, most people feel completely safe when they use or consume the products they buy. What happens, though, when someone becomes sick or injured through the use of a defective product? This is where product liability laws come into play.
According to statistics provided by New Jersey's Office of the Attorney General, 30 percent of all fatal car accidents in our state involve alcohol. That number is staggering. To honor loved ones who lost their lives to drunk driving, New Jersey families and officials recently gathered in Trenton for the second annual New Jersey Remembers ceremony.