It's a tradition that is as American as baseball and apple pie: every Fourth of July, families in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. But whether you are lighting sparklers or setting off aerial explosions, fireworks can - and often do - lead to injuries, even when they are used properly. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, children between the ages of 5 and 14 are at the greatest risk for a fireworks-related injury.
Did you know that slip-and-fall injuries account for nearly 9 million emergency room visits in the U.S. every year? Unfortunately, these accidents occur more frequently than most of us realize or would like to believe. And it appears that a large number of these incidents are occurring on the job: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, slip-and-fall injuries are the third largest cause of workplace injuries, causing more than 100 million lost workdays every year.
Lately, it seems like researchers have released new and different recommendations for the timing and frequency of mammograms nearly every day. As such, many New Jersey women (as well as their doctors) are understandably confused on how best to approach their medical treatment.
The family of a New Jersey woman who was hit by a car and killed in 2010 has filed a lawsuit against the nursing care facility from which the woman allegedly escaped on the night she died. In their lawsuit, the family alleges that the nursing home was negligent in allowing the woman to escape, especially given their knowledge of her mental disorders and the fact that she was at an elevated risk of leaving the facility without warning.
Recently, a task force with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a controversial list containing five common tests and treatments that the panel says should no longer be offered to cancer patients. The procedures on the list, the panel said, have not been shown to help cancer patients live longer and may actually have a detrimental effect, significantly decreasing quality of life and harming patients' health.
The wife of a New Jersey construction worker who was killed when he was struck by lightning on the job has reportedly filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction companies that employed her husband. In her suit, the wife alleges that the companies' on-site safety personnel had failed to sufficiently monitor the weather conditions that ultimately caused her husband's death.
After undergoing an unnecessary bilateral mastectomy to remove a benign tumor, a woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the doctor that mistakenly diagnosed her tumor as malignant. Because of the negligence she encountered during the breast cancer diagnosis process, the woman claims, she needlessly suffered pain, disability, disfigurement and lost wages, for which she is seeking damages.
A new study has garnered significant attention from the medical community in New Jersey and throughout the country. Taking on the controversial debate over breast cancer and mammograms, the study reportedly found that women are actually being overdiagnosed with breast cancer, with a significant potential for harm from unnecessary chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
A former radiology technician is facing both criminal charges and multiple civil personal injury lawsuits for allegedly falsifying the results of more than 1,000 mammogram tests over the span of 16 months. Of 1,289 mammograms for which the technician entered a negative result, 10 were actually positive. As a result, those 10 women suffered delayed breast cancer diagnoses and significant harm to their health and prognoses.
Although this case did not take place in New Jersey, it provides a unique example of the potentially life-changing harm that can take place following a misdiagnosis of breast cancer. Normally, plaintiffs file medical malpractice lawsuits after doctors have failed to properly diagnose them, causing them to wait to seek treatment until their diseases are irreversibly advanced.