When pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer came out with Yaz, the drug was heavily marketed as a revolution in birth control, providing the same medicinal benefits with significantly less side effects. However, what the company failed to mention was one new danger of the drug: an increased risk of serious injury and death due to stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism.
In February 2008, a woman underwent an elective hysterectomy at a Navy medical center. Not long after the procedure, she began to feel severe pain and discomfort in her abdomen, which was not an expected side effect of the procedure. She returned to the medical center several times, complaining of pain and pressure, but her symptoms were neither seriously investigated nor treated. In July 2009, more than one year after she had been experiencing pain, an emergency room doctor finally ordered a CT scan. The scan showed a foreign object in the woman's pelvis, which was later found to be a piece of a medical instrument used during the hysterectomy.
The purchase and use of fireworks is illegal in New Jersey and border state Pennsylvania. However, the explosives are a large part of the Fourth of July celebrations of people in both states. This is partially because of an ambiguity in Pennsylvania law that allows fireworks to be sold in the state if the buyer immediately takes them across the Pennsylvania border and into a neighboring state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This weekend, several hundred New Jersey residents participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge charity event in Sea Isle City. The fundraiser, which involves a winter jump into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean, has become increasingly popular in recent years. People from throughout the region come to take part in the weekend's festivities, which often seem to revolve around parties and alcohol instead of charity. This is what the parents of a deceased Pennsylvania woman are alleging in a wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed against the city, a local hospital, the police department, and several individuals.
"Fixodent - and forget it!" The well-known slogan for Fixodent denture cream is meant to imply that the cream allows users to go about their lives without constant worry about their dentures. However, for Mark Jacoby, whose debilitating nerve damage has confined him to a wheelchair, the slogan has taken on a whole new meaning. "Well, apparently I can't forget it because it took a lot away from me," he said. Jacoby believes that his nerve damage and resulting disability is due to Fixodent's high zinc content, and he is not alone. Several former Fixodent users have filed a class action products liability lawsuit against Fixodent's manufacturer, Proctor & Gamble, alleging that the denture cream is responsible for their health problems.
Last week we discussed the growing phenomenon of lawsuit lenders and their potentially harmful effects on unaware personal injury plaintiffs who find themselves owing lenders a significant part of their eventual settlement check. Because lenders designate themselves as investors or financers, they remain out of the realm of state or federal regulation of lenders, which is how they are able to charge exorbitantly high interest rates (up to 100 percent) and withhold information from plaintiffs.