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Victims of nursing home negligence can have significant losses

Every year many New Jersey families make the difficult choice to place beloved relatives into nursing and long-term care homes. There are a host reasons that addressing this tough topic is hard on families, from the guilt they may feel over not being able to care for someone they love to the fear that their loved one will not receive the care they need in a residential medical site. Some families may have heard horror stories of nursing home neglect and abuse occurring in the types of facilities they have considered for their loved ones.

It is a sad truth that some residents of nursing homes become victims of preventable injuries and harm. Understaffing, poorly trained employees, facilities in disrepair and medical mistakes are some of the causes of injury and death that afflict nursing home residents; this post will address the scope of damages individuals may experience if they become victims of these atrocities.

The interplay between workers' compensation and disability

Previous posts here have noted that workers in Camden County, New Jersey, who get hurt on the job are usually able to get financial help for medical bills and lost income through New Jersey's workers' compensation system. However, these benefits sometimes do not cover the full extent of a person's losses and, in some situations, do not even adequately compensate a person for lost income.

Naturally, in these sorts of circumstances, a worker is going to want to look for other sources of compensation. One of these other sources of income is the federal Social Security Disability program.

The difference between negligent misdiagnosis and a mistake

As advanced as medicine has gotten over recent years, many doctors and patients in the Camden area know that it is still sometimes a matter of guesswork. This is not to say that New Jersey doctors make guesses at random as to what ails a patient, but there is just a lot of uncertainty in the process that can mean a doctor is wrong in a diagnosis.

There is, however, a fine line between an honest and unavoidable mistake and a failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis, which is in fact a form of medical malpractice. The difference depends heavily on the so-called "standard of care," which is a crucial concept in medical malpractice cases. Basically, if a reasonable doctor following the established custom would have caught and correctly diagnosed a patient's condition, then not doing so is medical negligence, and the patient is entitled to compensation for any injuries.

Woman now facing charges after fatal Camden County crash

A New Jersey woman is now facing charges in connection with a fatal accident that occurred in Camden County earlier this year. The charges include driving under the influence and "death by auto."

According to reports, the woman now facing charges was driving in broad daylight several weeks ago. Her driving attracted the attention of other motorists, and several of them called 911 to report her as a possible drugged or drunk driver. Before police located and stopped her, however, she weaved off the road and hit a pedestrian who was walking along the road, killing him.

The most dangerous jobs in terms of workplace accidents

When residents of Camden County, New Jersey, think of workplace accidents and different types of professions, they may at first picture a construction worker or someone who works in a factory. Indeed, these jobs are dangerous, and the New Jersey residents who work these jobs need to be able to count on workers' compensation benefits when they get hurt at work.

However, construction and industrial jobs are not the only careers that are, statistically speaking, "dangerous." In fact, research shows they may not even be the most dangerous profession a person can take on. To some extent, it depends on how one wants to look at what makes a job dangerous.

How we can help people who have lost loved ones

No family ever wants to hear the news that a loved one has suddenly died in an accident. Nevertheless, these sorts of tragedies happen frequently in the Philadelphia suburbs of Camden County, New Jersey. They can happen in a variety of contexts, such as car accidents.

Of course, when tragedy strikes, no one can completely undo the emotional loss and stress a New Jersey family suffers. But, particularly if the victim was the breadwinner of the family, there is also profound economic loss after a sudden death.

How does a product recall work?

Previous blog posts discussed products pulled from the shelves of stores because of a recall. While a product recall might give the impression that a product is unsafe and has caused injuries, such is not always the case. It is important for residents of Camden County, New Jersey, particularly those who have been hurt by unsafe products, to understand how a product recall actually works.

The most important thing to remember is that a product recall is not designed to compensate New Jersey consumers for their injuries because of a defective product. The only remedy a resident can expect from a recall is that they will get a new, safe product, a refund or a free repair of the product to make it safe. If someone wants to get compensation for his or her injuries, he or she will have to file a products liability lawsuit to do so.

Baby food recalled for fear of bone fragments

New Jersey residents buy consumer goods without fear that they will get a dangerous product. However, far too often defective products make their way to store shelves, thereby putting unsuspecting consumers in harm's way. The use of these dangerous products, which may have inadequate labeling, a defective design, or defective parts, can lead to serious injuries and even death. Those affected by these types of products can face an extensive time period of physical, emotional, and financial losses.

Which products are affected by these dangerous defects? All of them. For example, one recent recall involved baby food. The recall comes after fears that the food contains chicken bones came to light. The recall affects some 50,000 pounds of Overhill Farms food, including many of their chicken and vegetable foods. Although the recall is voluntary and there have been no reports of injuries suffered by consumption of the product, this instance illustrates how even the most innocent of products could pose a fatal risk.

New Jersey doctor at center of wrongful death lawsuit

New Jersey's medical professionals carry a heavy burden. After receiving their extensive education and years of on-the-job experience, they are expected to safely care for the patients to whom they tend. However, everyone knows that mistakes are made, and even preventable medical errors can occur. This is why healthcare professionals carry malpractice insurance. However, simply because New Jersey residents know that these mistakes occur does not mean that they have to accept them. In fact, when a medical error is injurious or fatal, victims or their families should consider pursuing a legal claim in hopes of providing accountability and recovering compensation for their damages.

One man is attempting to do this now after alleged medical malpractice led to the death of his wife. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the woman, who was in her 30s, had gone to her gynecologist with concerns, including vaginal discharge and the sensation that something was trying to push out of her. For a period of approximately six months, the woman received medical treatment from the doctor and the healthcare provider for which he worked. Despite the extensive treatment she received there, the lawsuit claims the doctor and his employer failed to diagnose her with the cervical cancer that eventually took her life. The lawsuit also alleges that the medical provider failed to inform the woman that the treatment she was receiving could lead to cervical cancer.

Deadly teen driving increases this time of year

One's daily commute can be scary. After all, the road is littered with fatigued truckers, distracted motorists, and those who are intoxicated. Any one of these individuals can make a mistake that can cause serious damage to themselves and others around them, including innocent and defenseless motorists. As researchers continue to study car accidents, their causes, and how they can be prevented, many continue to find themselves surprised.

Some New Jersey residents may be surprised to know that a recent study by AAA found that young teen drivers push up the fatality rate for car wrecks during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, termed the "100 Deadliest Days." Over the last half decade, approximately 1,000 people have died each year in wrecks involving teen drivers. This death rate is about 16 percent higher than other times of the year.

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