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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers: OTC Medications Making Children Sick

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is currently conducting a study funded through a grant by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine the risks of using an over the counter laxative in children. The study was initiated following numerous reports to the FDA from parents that say their children suffered harmful side effects when prescribed the over the counter laxative, Miralax, to relieve their child’s chronic constipation. Miralax powder contains small amounts of Polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG3350) that breaks down in the body as diethylene glycol, which is the same ingredient found in antifreeze. According to a private Facebook group of concerned parents registered as Parents Against Miralax 3350, many children have developed neuro-psychiatric and emotional side effects after » Read More

New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers: Smartphones Increases Car Accidents

The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 660,000 people are driving on American roadways each day while talking, texting, or searching the internet on their smartphones. In the time it takes to dial a number or push the send button, a driver traveling 55 miles per hour will cover the length of a football field. This momentary interruption in the driver’s focus can result in serious injuries and even death when they collide with an oncoming vehicle, drift over lanes, run off the roadway, or swerve into an adjacent vehicle. The Chicago Tribune recently reported that car accident fatalities increased eight percent in 2015. The National Safety Council reported a nine percent increase in the number » Read More

New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers Discuss Evaluating Claims

There are a vast number of situations that could lead to a product causing an injury. If a product is defective or unsafe, the person who is hurt has a right to pursue monetary damages. Potentially liable parties include the manufacturer, the distributor, the seller, or anyone else who may have been involved in making the product available to the public. Product liability claims encompass an expansive range of categories, including automobiles, food, toys, safety equipment, medications, car seats, furniture, and much more. So how can you determine if your case has merit? Here are a few things our product liability lawyers in New Jersey look for: Product defects. A variety of professionals will assess the product to determine if » Read More

New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyers Discuss Drug Tests for Truck Drivers

Semi-truck drivers operate vehicles that weigh up to 80,000 pounds. It is imperative that these drivers undergo requisite training to operate their vehicle’s safely. Commercial truck drivers are under increasing pressure to work longer hours on less sleep. When truck drivers abuse substances to cope with the difficulties of their job, it puts everyone on the road at risk. The federal government has just issued a rule that creates a central database for drivers who have failed drug tests. This database serves to prevent CDL holders with a history of positive drug test results from moving to other states where their records will not follow them. The rule is expected to save Americans a total of $42 million a year. » Read More

New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers Report on Modernized Crash Dummies

According to a recent report issued by the University of Michigan International Center for Automotive Medicine (ICAM), engineers have designed new crash dummy models that are 106 pounds heavier to better reflect the physical impact car accidents have on the older, heavier population. Scientists at ICAM found that the current crash dummies did not represent the age and body weight of a large portion of the driving population. The new obese crash dummy models weigh almost 300 pounds and represent the body structure of a 70-year-old. Obesity and Age Play a Major Role in Safety and Recovery Outcomes According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 points or higher are » Read More

New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers Discuss Retailer Liability

Retailers have a legal responsibility to ensure that the products they sell are free from inherent risks to the consumer when used properly. When a consumer is injured by a defective or dangerous product, they may be able to sue the retailer that sold them the merchandise via a product liability lawsuit. In New Jersey, plaintiffs can sue the retailer for their injuries and damages in three different ways. In a general product liability lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that a defect in the product caused their injury, that the product was defective at the time of the sale, and that the retailer’s negligence in selling the product led to the consumer’s injury. In a strict liability lawsuit, the plaintiff » Read More

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