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March 2011 Archives

Nanny cam uncovers New Jersey nursing home abuse

For most families, deciding to place a parent or other family member in a nursing home marks the start of a difficult transition. There is often an extended period of stress, guilt and concern as everyone in the family adjusts to the new living situation. These negative feelings can be eased by a sense of trust and security in the nursing home and its staff. But if a family member has suspicions of neglect, abuse or mistreatment from nursing home staff, it is impossible to feel secure in the choice to place a loved one in that facility.

NJ man files lawsuit against Four Loko manufacturer

In November, the Food and Drug Administration issued letters to four manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic drinks after receiving an onslaught of complaints from consumers. In the letters, the FDA warned the manufacturers that their products were unsafe, and that they were likely to cause injury and other lasting harm to consumers. After receiving the letter, Phusion Projects, which made the controversial caffeinated alcohol drink Four Loko, removed the caffeine from its beverage, although the company continues to maintain that combining alcohol and caffeine is safe.

NJ woman to file wrongful death suit after DUI death

A New Jersey widow has filed a notice of intent to sue multiple parties who she claims contributed to her husband's car accident death. The wrongful death lawsuit will name several parties, including Ewing Township, the Ewing Police Department and an individual officer, The College of New Jersey and the State of New Jersey, and a college dormitory and fraternity.

Tour buses come under scrutiny after fatal bus crashes

On Monday night, a tour bus traveling from New York's Chinatown to Philadelphia crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing two people and injuring 40 more. The New Jersey accident came just three days after a fatal tour bus crash in the Bronx that took the lives of 15 people as they traveled from a casino in Connecticut to Chinatown.

Study: many nursing home employees have criminal records

In a new study performed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it was learned that approximately five percent of nursing home employees have at least one criminal conviction. DHS Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson says that the lack of continuity in state requirements for nursing home background checks has led to this alarmingly high number.

Driver intentionally hits New Jersey pedestrian

Last weekend, a New Jersey woman was walking home from a friend's house with her 14-year-old brother. When her brother dropped a ball into the street and in the path of an oncoming car, the woman ran out to retrieve it, apologizing to the driver and stating that it was an accident. Enraged, the driver got out of his car and began cursing and yelling at the woman, stating that he would "show you an accident". He backed up and drove toward the woman, intentionally striking her with his car.

NJ products liability lawsuit to be decided by U.S. Supreme Court

Ten years ago, New Jersey metalworker Robert Nicastro was operating a shearing machine at his job at Curcio Scrap Metal. Suddenly, his right hand slipped into the path of the machine's blade, which sliced through four of his fingers. Since then, the now-59-year-old has undergone eight surgeries on his hand and has lost multiple fingers.

Toyota issues another vehicle recall

After millions of recalled vehicles and several years of increased costs and bad press, Toyota executives believed that they finally had reason to celebrate with the release of a NASA study declaring that Toyota vehicles did not have electronic defects that caused sudden acceleration. Last week, however, the tables turned as Toyota announced yet another recall of more than 2 million additional vehicles.