A 56-year old Washington Township, New Jersey, man was recently sentenced to 270 days in jail for causing a DUI accident that left the victim with severe injuries and a permanent disability. The car accident occurred when the man failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle being driven by the victim while trying to turn left into a motel parking lot. The motorcycle drove right into the side of the man's pickup truck, causing the victim to suffer broken bones and hemorrhaging of the brain. The victim suffered permanent injuries as a result of the accident and now walks with a limp and a cane. Toxicology results showed that at the time of the accident, the man's blood alcohol content was over three times the legal limit for drivers. The man pled guilty to third-degree assault by auto and drunken driving, and in addition to receiving a jail sentence, had his driver's license suspended for two years, was placed on probation for five years and must pay restitution to the victim for his medical expenses.
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.
A bill recently proposed in the New Jersey state legislature would extend the eligibility of widows and widowers of emergency workers to continue to receive workers' compensation benefits even if they re-marry. The bill has caused controversy, however, as many municipalities claim that it would increase expenses for workers' compensation benefits and, therefore, would be fiscally unsound.
The New Jersey Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that doctors called as expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases must have the same qualifications as the defendant doctor. This ruling likely makes suing for medical malpractice more difficult in New Jersey. The case from which the ruling came involved a construction worker who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while working in a basement. The physician attending to him recommended that he be treated with 100 percent oxygen, and the worker suffered brain damage as a result. The worker then sued for damages, alleging medical malpractice by the physician. An expert witness at the trial testified that the worker would not have suffered his injuries if the doctors had ordered him to be given oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber. The court ruled that because the witness did not specialize in emergency or family medicine, the trial judge should not have allowed her testimony, because she did not have the same specialty as the doctor.
Recently, a suspected hit-and-run accident on Route 78 eastbound near Union, New Jersey, sent a 55-year-old Pennsylvania woman to the hospital. According to the victim, the car accident occurred when a cream-colored four-door car hit hers in the left lane of the highway. The woman's car hit a guard rail as a result of the collision, and sustained damage to both its front and rear end. The car was towed after the accident. The woman complained of neck pain and was taken to the hospital. The accident caused minor traffic delays on the highway. The driver responsible for the accident has not been identified, and the case remains under investigation.
Recently, the New Jersey legislature has introduced a bill that would increase protections doctors accused of medical negligence. Currently, New Jersey ranks sixth in the nation in successful medical malpractice claims, driving up the cost of insurance premiums for doctors. The bill's supporters argue that the rise of team-based health care and the growing number of patients mandate that limits be placed on medical malpractice suits.
Local police recently arrested a 35-year old man from Ridgewood, New Jersey, on suspicion of drunk driving after he allegedly drove his pickup truck off the road and into a fence.
Recently, the head of a Trenton-based construction company pleaded guilty to stealing more than $450,000 in worker's compensation-related money. The man was charged with two counts of second degree theft by deception. Specifically, he was charged with sending false information to the worker's compensation insurance carrier for his company.
A police investigation has unearthed new facts concerning a July car accident in New Jersey that claimed the life of an 18-year-old college student.
The state of New Jersey is slated to receive a $5 million grant from the federal government to reduce traffic fatalities across the state. According to official announcements, the money will be used for a variety of initiatives including the encouragement of more seatbelt use and heightened pedestrian safety. The funds will go to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and they will be dispersed to individual programs.