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.
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.
Accidents involving motor vehicles can vary a great deal in severity; some individuals walk away without a scrape, while others do not walk away at all. No matter the circumstances, the friends and family of fatal accident victims are deeply hurt by their loss, and in many cases, a crash is followed by a civil claim for damages.
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.
A mother in New Jersey took her 3-year-old son to a dentist for a routine procedure. The boy was placed in a kind of papoose to restrain him while he was given a local anesthetic and his cavities were filled. But according to the mother, the little boy's body went limp, and his lips turned blue. He had stopped breathing. The child was later pronounced dead at a New Jersey hospital, and the dentist who gave the little boy anesthetic is now under investigation for medical negligence.
Readers in the Mt. Laurel area will be saddened to hear of an elderly New Jersey woman who, according to a recent wrongful death claim, died from drinking the recommended dosage of an herbal health drink. The family of the 88-year-old said that for three months she consumed the supplement and suffered heart damage and kidney failure as a result.
State police and highway traffic officials are trying to figure out why the number of fatal car accidents increased in New Jersey in 2011. Statewide, 82 more people were killed in traffic accidents than in 2010, and a staggering 52 of those fatalities were reported in Burlington County, up from 34 in the previous year. Across the state, 146 pedestrians were killed, reflecting an increase of five. In all of New Jersey, there were 638 people killed in 596 accidents. Why?
An accident can be an alarming and life-altering experience. Furthermore, because cars and motorcycles are fast and powerful machines, the consequence of even a simple accident can be deadly. Unfortunately, there are some negligent and careless drivers on the road, and accidents seem to happen all too often. Last weekend, a New Jersey man died after his motorbike was struck by a car on Route 94.
A recent motor vehicle accident has left a New Jersey man dead and another injured. The accident involved only one vehicle, but no information was available as to which man was driving the car at the time. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the accident to determine the cause of the crash.Tragically, the accident happened at 1:11 a.m. on the Thursday before Christmas, Dec. 22. The two men were going southbound on a major thoroughfare when their car left the roadway and hit a guardrail. That caused the vehicle to overturn and cross the median before coming to rest on the other side of the road. When emergency responders arrived, they found the car to be engulfed by flames, and both men had been ejected from the vehicle.
Train accidents may not be very common in Burlington County, but when they do happen, they typically cause serious personal injury and even death. Recently, a 26-year old Wrightstown man was walking on train tracks near Florence when he was hit by a light-rail train. He suffered severe personal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene approximately 30 minutes later.No injuries were reported on-board the train, though service was halted for approximately two hours while the accident was investigated. Witnesses say the man may have been walking with someone else who was not on the tracks when the accident occurred. The investigation is ongoing.