Golden Globe Award winner Gene Barry had a long and successful career. He began acting on Broadway in the 1940s and soon made the move to film, starring in The War of the Worlds in 1953. He then worked in television, holding the title role in Burke's Law in 1963-65 and again in a 1993 reprise. When Barry began to suffer from dementia-related diseases in the late 2000s, his children decided to place him in a nursing home, believing it would be a safe and healthy place for him. However, six months after he entered the home, Barry suffered serious injury and passed away four days later. His children have filed a lawsuit against the nursing home, claiming the staff neglected Barry and ultimately caused his death.
Anyone who has ever suffered a slip and fall accident, whether in the grocery store, a busy restaurant, or simply out on the street or sidewalk during winter, has experienced the unique embarrassment that comes with such a fall. They are usually not graceful, and they somehow always seem to take place in front of a large group, all of whom are simultaneously sympathetic and amused.
For those of us who do not ride motorcycles, helmets seem like a no-brainer (no pun intended). Riding a motorcycle is highly dangerous, after all, and helmets have been proven to save lives. However, long-time motorcyclists disagree, and claim that it is young, aggressive, inexperienced bikers who are causing motorcycle accidents and suffering injuries and fatalities as a result. "Why should the risky few ruin it for the rest of us?" these experienced riders ask. Yet, medical professionals and advocates say that the high financial cost of traumatic brain injuries and other common motorcycle injuries renders the lack of mandatory helmet laws a public health issue.
In an ongoing effort to improve the safety of motor vehicles and reduce the occurrence of injuries from car accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continually updates its safety requirements, most recently with the stricter crash testing standards and procedures. However, there is one standard that has not been updated in over 40 years, and advocates say that it is causing severe brain injuries in backseat passengers, most of whom are children.
This week, approximately 150 New Jersey high school students were on a field trip when they were involved in a serious bus accident. According to reports, the brakes of one of the four buses carrying the students allegedly failed, causing two buses to collide. One of the bus drivers and ten students suffered injuries requiring them to be taken to area hospitals.
Last month, an amended law went into effect which requires drivers to remove all snow and ice from their vehicles before driving on New Jersey roads. Officials say that taking just a few minutes to clear the hazardous material could avoid a car accident, property damage, injuries, and death.
After a jury concluded that two New Jersey agencies took too long to respond to a multi-car pileup, a woman who lost her leg in the car accident was awarded almost $9 million.
After several reports of malfunctions, accidents and injuries, Fisher-Price has recalled over 11 million defective products. The toys recalled include tricycles, high chairs, inflatable balls, and toy cars for babies and small children.
When 19-year-old Sara Dubinen was critically injured in a 2007 car accident, emergency personnel were unable to locate her parents for 90 minutes. By the time they arrived at the hospital, Sara had slipped into a coma. She died the next morning without regaining consciousness. Sara's parents were not able to say goodbye to their daughter.
Two years after a young Scotch Plains girl suffered injuries from a toy previously banned by the state, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge ordered the manufacturer to pay the State of New Jersey more than $67,000 in fines and legal fees.