Residents of New Jersey rely on medical professionals to deliver quality, safe services from the pediatrician's office to the operating room. However, physicians and other health care professionals are still people, and people can make mistakes. Tragically, mistakes in the medical field can lead to serious consequences for the person being treated.
Product liability occurs when a manufacturer or anyone in the supply chain for a product is found liable for damages that are caused by a product. According to Cornell University's law library, plaintiffs must prove that a defect exists as part of the basis for a product liability lawsuit.
Thousands of products are recalled each year by manufacturers who either voluntarily recall items that may be dangers or are made to recall defective products by regulatory agencies. It can be impossible for consumers to keep up with the number of recalls, creating situations where consumers unknowingly use dangerous products. In most cases, the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring the safety of a product, not the consumer.
When a family loses a loved one in a car accident, it's a moment in time that changes everything. Initially, there may be one word on their minds: why. Soon more questions begin to swirl around, and it's the answers that will help them recover and move on.
Most New Jersey doctors and hospital staff are caring, conscientious professionals who have their patients' best interests at heart. However, like all hardworking people, they can be distracted, fatigued and stressed. In the worst case scenario, medical malpractice occurs because of negligence or careless disregard for proper standard of care.
Reflecting on a collision that killed two and injured four, including the driver, a New Jersey State Police sergeant commented that not only were the victims not wearing seatbelts, but allowing an unrestrained 4-year-old to ride in the front seat of a pickup truck was a violation of the law. The car crash on the Atlantic City Expressway in June caused the deaths of two passengers in the cab of a pick-up truck and injured three passengers riding in the bed. The driver was also injured. All were ejected on impact.
Malpractice is defined as a dereliction of professional duty or a professional's failure to skillfully render services, resulting in injury, damage or loss. This can include inadvertent doctor error or an improper, negligent act. Accountability can be sought from any health care professional who fails to maintain the standard of care in his or her field. There are certain New Jersey laws to be considered when seeking compensation in instances of alleged medical malpractice.
Manufacturers must provide safe products to consumers. Dangerous products need sufficient warnings and instructions. But what does one do if a defect in the product design, materials or manufacture causes an unsafe result? That is the question a New Jersey police department has dealt with for the past ten years. Finally, a resolution is at hand.
About 30 miles to the west of Burlington County, a family mourns the loss of a wife and daughter. Adding to their grief, they must find a way to care for her severely brain-damaged infant son. Her husband and mother filed a lawsuit against that city claiming medical malpractice and defective equipment caused their losses in 2012. Seeking compensation and accountability from those responsible will help them recover and may provide the financial security needed for the future.
Two New Jersey police officers were killed while performing their duty within the same week this month. The second officer to be killed was the victim of a fatal car accident.