Cell Phone Pictures and Your Personal Injury Case

With cell phones being available at a moment’s notice, they may be one of the most valuable ways to gather evidence for your personal injury claim. Capturing pictures of your accident can help provide an indication as to who was at fault, preserve and document evidence, and show damages as they were at the time of the accident. While physical evidence of an accident is always the preferred method, if you do not have access or cannot preserve it, taking a picture on your cell phone may be the next best alternative.

When involved in an accident, it is first … Read the rest

Overmedication of Nursing Home Residents: What You Need to Know

nursiAs many as 1.4 million American seniors are residents of nursing homes, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the vast majority assisted living facilities are committed to providing optimal care for their patients, others subject their residents to abuse and neglect. Many may be surprised to learn that 30 percent of all nursing homes are the site of some form of resident abuse. Nursing home abuse can include, but is not limited to, malnutrition, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological distress, neglect and exploitation. One of the most prevalent forms of nursing home abuse that occurs … Read the rest

$70 million Verdict Over Baby Powder

After having two New Jersey lawsuits previously dismissed against the company in September, Johnson & Johnson is now facing a verdict handed down by a St. Louis jury for $70 million. Similar to the two New Jersey lawsuits, the claim against the baby powder company was that the use of the company’s product caused a woman to develop ovarian cancer. While the Plaintiff was arguing for more than $285 million total, the jury awarded $575,000 in economic damages, $2 million in compensatory damages, and $65 million in punitive damages to her. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson was required to pay $65 … Read the rest

Samsung Faces First U.S. Suit Filed Over Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung is currently facing a class-action lawsuit in the United States after angry customers filed the first claims against the company over its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The three plaintiffs – from Nevada, Pennsylvania, and California – are accusing Samsung Electronics America of fraud and breach of warranty and good faith. The suit itself does not seek any damages over the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that actually caught fire, but rather Samsung’s mistreatment of customers. It claims that the customers had to keep paying on their contracts during the weeks after Samsung recalled the phones, but before any replacements … Read the rest

The Importance of Product Registration Cards

September is Baby Safety Month and this year’s theme, “Baby Safety Right Out of the Box,” focuses on the importance of product registration cards and product recalls. The theme is designed to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of filling out the registration cards included with most baby and toddler products. For many parents, it can be overwhelming to think about registering the seemingly endless amount of baby gear. However, this is a good way to stay informed about recent product recalls and to ensure that these products for the baby are safe.

Product registration cards are small, paid-postage … Read the rest

Invokana’s Side Effects Put Users at Risk

Recently, an Illinois couple filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, Trenton Division against Jassen Pharmaceuticals and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the use of Invokana caused a stroke. According to Invokana, the medication (Canagliflozin), when used along with diet and exercise, is proven to significantly lower blood sugar (A1C) in adults with type 2 diabetes. Since the launch of the treatment, many Invokana lawsuits have been filed, citing dangerous side effects, including diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), heart problems, kidney damage, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, stroke, coma and death. Those who have … Read the rest

New York State DMV Urges Drivers Not to “Catch ‘Em All” While Driving

Citing a growing number of car crashes related to playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, recently issued a statement reminding drivers not to play the game and to focus on the road. This was reported by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Since the game launched on July 6, there have been pedestrian-related accidents as a result of people being distracted by the game but now, many people are bringing their mobile devices with them in their vehicles so they can “catch ‘em all.” Here … Read the rest

Children’s Toy Companies Recall Products due to Excessive Lead Levels

Recently, Far East Brokers and Consultants, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL has recalled its Leisure Way pink-butterfly-themed children’s camp chair and swings and LaRose Industries of Randolph, NJ recalled several of its Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations products due to excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal lead standard. Lead is a cumulative toxin that affects the body’s nervous system and bloodstream and is particularly harmful to young children.

Far East Brokers announced the recall of its children’s products due to excessive levels of lead found in the screen-printing on the fabric of the chairs and swings, which is … Read the rest

More Than 30 People Sickened by Recalled Flour Products

Thirty-eight people — including one person from New York — became ill in connection with recalled flour products from General Mills. Patch reported that many of these people contracted E. coli O121 after handling or eating uncooked dough.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 10 people were hospitalized, but no one was diagnosed with kidney failure and no deaths were reported. Although CDC officials recognized the outbreak back in February, the agency did not find the connections to the recall for another two months.

Those who are infected with E. coli O121 may develop hemolytic uremic … Read the rest

Electrical Accidents Rank Sixth Among All Causes of U.S. Work-Related Deaths

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related deaths in the United States and are both fatal and costly. Recently, the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) has taken actions to improve the safety of its workers through its new safety procedures. But the company’s actions have come under scrutiny, as the new measure has increased customer outages by 5 percent a year. According to Newsday, company officials have defended the practice as the reduced risk of serious on-the-job injuries and fatalities to its employees outweighs the minimal impact to efficiency.

Last June, PSEG enacted its new safety feature … Read the rest