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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 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

Car Fatally Struck Pedestrian, Injured One, in Dover

A car fatally struck a pedestrian and injured another individual on Tuesday night. Around 10 pm, in Dover, Morris County, New Jersey, the two pedestrians were crossing the street when a car hit them. Although the one pedestrian suffered a fatality after being hit, the other individual was brought to the local hospital for treatment for personal injuries. The identities of the pedestrians are not currently available. Traffic guidelines protect the lives of pedestrians who travel on local roads; however, many drivers are oblivious to the rules, and become distracted while driving. The failure of drivers to consider pedestrians may lead to the possibility of personal injuries or even fatalities for victims. If you or someone you love sustained personal injuries in a pedestrian accident, contact our New Jersey pedestrian » Read More

New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Discuss Caregiver Abuse

While many senior citizens enjoy active, independent lives, there is a growing majority that requires various levels of care. Medication management, food preparation, bathing, dressing, and safety issues leave many elderly people dependent on caregivers. The demands for caring for the elderly can be stressful and overwhelming at times, but there is never justification for caregiver abuse. Caregivers need to effectively manage the stress of their positions to avoid committing caregiver abuse. When a caregiver becomes an abuser, immediate action must be taken to stop the abuse and protect the patient. Physical, emotional, and verbal abuse by a caregiver can lead to serious and life-threatening consequences for the elderly. Types of Caregiver Abuse Physical abuse by a caregiver can included » Read More

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