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Negligent drivers shouldn't be ignored

If you are involved in a car accident and suffer serious injuries, you are likely going to end up going to the hospital. As you can imagine, the emergency room visit alone is going to be costly. The expense of medical care will increase some if you had to be taken by ambulance. All of these costs might be adding up in your head.

One option that you have when you are struck by a negligent driver is to seek compensation for the damages caused by the accident. This might seem like a lot of work, but we are here to help you get the process moving so you can focus on healing.

Fruit Recalled at New Jersey Walmart Stores Over Listeria Concerns

The New Jersey product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that some types of fruit sold at New Jersey Walmart stores have been recalled because of concerns over Listeria, the FDA said.

Over 160,000 Kia, Hyundai Cars Recalled--Again

The New Jersey car accident attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that Hyundai and Kia recalled over 160,000 cars on Wednesday for a second, and in the case of Hyundai third, time in four years due to a problem that could cause their engines to catch fire.

5 potential surgical errors that can seriously impact patients

Errors in the operating room can be costly for patients, not only because of the health impacts but also due to the effects on their life. What makes these situations so maddening is that it is usually possible to prevent them when everyone involved in the procedure takes the initiative to put the patient first and follow the protocols established for safety.

Some of the most common problems in the operating room are known as never events. These are things that should never happen. Addressing them is good way for surgical programs to improve patient safety.

  • Anesthesia errors: These are problems with the types of medications used and the dosages. Instead of reviewing the specifics only once, the anesthesiology team should check again to ensure they are doing things properly. This includes checking things during the course of the procedure.
  • Nerve damage: Some damage in the nerves comes from the way the patient is positioned during the surgery. Paying attention to the body mechanics of the person can help to prevent this.
  • Wrong-patient, wrong-procedure, wrong-site surgery: Avoiding these issues requires everyone who contacts the patient prior to the procedure to verify facts. The person should be asked their name. The type of surgery should be discussed. Some surgeons actually mark the location of the surgery with a marker.
  • Retained objects in the patient: Anything that is used during the surgery should be accounted for before the patient is closed up. Different surgical programs will have different ways to do this. Some use a system of double checks, while others have written checklists that include everything that is used.
  • Infections after the procedure: The days after a surgery have to include close monitoring. The risk of the site becoming infected is present since the skin is cut and foreign objects are part of procedures. Signs of this problem include redness, swelling and pain at the incision. It might ooze and you may run a fever. Immediate treatment is necessary.

Wrong-way crashes can produce catastrophic injuries

When you first get your driver's license, you are taught how to drive on the correct side of the road. Unfortunately, not every driver always abides by that. In some cases, wrong-way drivers slam head-on into drivers who were just trying to make it to their destination on time. We know that these cases are particularly problematic because of the severity of the injuries they involve.

Head-on crashes mean that two vehicles going full speed smash each other. The impact of this is much greater than a similar accident involving two vehicles that are going the same way. When you are traveling in the same direction as the car that slams into you, the force of the impact will be reduced a bit.

Businesses must keep entryways clear during winter

The winter season is filled with snow and wintry precipitation in New Jersey. Businesses should be prepared for this ahead of time by having protocols in place for when entryways have snow and water tracked in. Without a plan in place, there is a chance that customers who come into the building might slip and fall, which can lead to serious injuries.

Keeping the entryways safe for customers starts with clearing the snow and ice from sidewalks and walkways outside. Even if they aren't perfect, having them mostly clear can help reduce the amount of snow and ice that clings to a customers' shoes when they come in.

Ban On Smoking in Beaches, Parks Among NJ Laws Taking Effect in 2019

A ban on smoking at public beaches, a state mandate for health insurance and the ability for courts to take away guns from people who pose a danger are among the laws going into effect in the new year in New Jersey.

Most common causes of car accidents

Imagine driving to work in Hackensack on a clear but cold Monday morning. You take the same route as usual and even stop by your favorite café for a cup of coffee and croissant. The week is off to a good start. That is, until you approach the final intersection before the parking lot of your workplace.

As you come to a stop at the light, you glance up to your rearview mirror just in time to see the car that is going too fast to stop before it hits you. Now, you have a damaged car, pain in your back and neck, and you will have to miss work for at least several days if not weeks.

Nursing home neglect cases must be taken seriously

Nursing home negligence is a serious problem that nobody who is seeking care in this type of facility should have to worry about. Residents pay a lot of money to have their needs taken care of. Unfortunately, some people who seek employment here will see it as easy money and will try to do as little as possible, even if it means that the residents suffer. We don't like to think about this happening, but we do need to be realistic about it.

Some people who are residents don't have anyone to watch out for them. This is a tragedy because they might not feel able to speak up about what is going on. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, make sure that you are paying close attention to what's going on.

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