A lawsuit has been filed by the mother of a murdered sex worker from New Jersey against a doctor who took her in the night of her disappearance. The wrongful death suit alleges that the doctor negligently caused the woman's death by giving her drugs to calm her down and then releasing her to her driver.
Early last month, this blog discussed the case of an Alzheimer's patient killed by a fellow resident at a nursing home in New Jersey. This story demonstrated how tragedies can occur when such facilities breach the duty of care they owe to clients by failing to keep violent individuals properly supervised or isolated. Wrongful death lawsuits may be an option for families to pursue when a loved one has died due to apparent negligence in a health care facility, be they elderly residents in a nursing home or younger people in a mental health treatment program.
The family of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient in Whippany, New Jersey, who was murdered by a fellow patient, is suing the home for failing to properly care for her. The family alleges that the victim had informed staff at the home that the male resident was stalking her and that he had threatened her. The family's suit alleges that the nursing home staff simply told the woman to avoid the man.
Recently, the sister of a 21-year-old Garfield woman who was allegedly murdered by an escapee from a halfway house filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the private company that operates the halfway house. The lawsuit alleges that the company acted with negligence in allowing the paroled inmate to escape and commit the alleged crime that resulted in the woman's wrongful death.
Recently, a New Jersey State Trooper from Spring Lake Heights was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol when he allegedly struck two parked cars, crashed his vehicle into a creek and then fled the scene of the accident. The trooper was off-duty at the time of the car accident. The car was found backed into a creek, and the police officer in question was arrested at his home. Luckily, no one was injured, although one of the cars was severely damaged.
New Jersey residents are probably aware of a recent hepatitis outbreak that is emerging in neighboring states and across the country. Details of the work of a travelling medical technician are raising concerns in medical facilities in at least eight states. The man is accused of spreading hepatitis C.
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.
Auto accidents may be just that -- accidents. But in many cases, there is much more to the story. For instance, was negligence involved? Was the crash alcohol-related? Did an individual or a group of individuals take action that specifically caused the car accident? How is liability determined for a multi-vehicle crash? These are questions that must be asked and answered when a car accident happens.
Every morning during the school year, students in New Jersey make their way to class. Those who are too young to drive sometimes use the bus; others who are old enough to drive may get to drive themselves. Parents and students alike expect to arrive at their destinations safely. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and car accidents are too often the cause.
Previously, we've discussed how negligence too often plays a role in personal injury and wrongful death. But sometimes the determination of fault in a fatal accident has to go beyond the initial police report. In fact, families in New Jersey sometimes have to seek help in accident reconstruction after the tragic death of a loved one. Such efforts aid victims' families in deciding whether a wrongful death claim is a viable option in the wake of a fatal accident.