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Is it true that dog owners get "one free bite"?

Once upon a time, dog owners could escape responsibility the first time their pet attacked a person. Sweet little Rover never bit anyone before. He just snapped. We had no idea he would do that.

That is no longer the law in New Jersey. Dog owners are legally responsible for dog bites, period. Even if the animal is a "first-time offender."

Failure to provide care can result in medical malpractice

When a family member is in severe discomfort and pain loved ones will look to the medical community in New Jersey to relieve the patient's suffering. Families expect medical professionals to act in good faith and to advise the concerned loved ones of any risks involved. The doctors will also typically assess a patient's condition to undergo surgical procedures before performing surgeries. Failure to do so may result in a medical malpractice suit.

This was the case in a recent instance where a woman died following spinal surgery. The woman's surgery had been delayed due to a skin infection. The day of the scheduled surgery, the patient's white cell count was high, which can indicate the presence of an infection. The surgeon went ahead and performed the procedure.

Failure to deliver care results in a wrongful death suit

There are many group homes across the country and in New Jersey, and they exist for multiple reasons. They are normally professionally staffed to care for the people entrusted to them. In a tragic occurrence in a group home, the staff failed in their obligation to care for a resident, and it resulted in a wrongful death suit.

A young woman, a resident of the group home, had been the victim of a rape while she was housed in a halfway house that was also being used as emergency housing for released sex offenders. The woman lived in the group home following the attack. The young woman was required to stay in the home, and she committed suicide while a resident there.

Half of fatally injured drivers test positive for drugs

Drugs in the system does not always mean impairment

A new report reveals that nearly half of fatally injured drivers test positive for drugs - marijuana, opioids or both.

Traces in the bloodstream do not necessarily mean the driver was impaired at the time of the crash. But the percentages of those with drugs in their system has risen sharply over the last decade. Drug use may surpass alcohol as a leading factor in preventable fatalities.

Assisted living centers are being held accountable, too

While nursing home negligence cases used to be one of the largest concerns in legal cases of personal injury involving the elderly, these case are being eclipsed by the rising number of cases of negligence in assisted living centers. A recent article by McKinght's Senior Living discussed a recent shift in cases involving negligence from the nursing care facility setting to assisted living centers.

Neville Bilimoria of Duane Morris LLP was quoted as stating, "the number of assisted living cases has eclipsed the number of nursing home negligence cases in the county I'm in, which is pretty remarkable," he said.

Carbon monoxide detectors defective

Carbon monoxide poisoning is silent, odorless, and potentially deadly. There was a major event of this kind sickening a dozen people just last year in Flanders. A carbon monoxide detector is a valuable precaution in every home to warn you of this dangerous problem.

But the most popular brand in many online stores has been removed because it just doesn't work. Millions of them are out there supposedly bringing peace of mind to families everywhere, but they don't do the job. If you have one of these and have had symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, you need to take action right away.

When an alcohol server is liable

The state of New Jersey has been doing everything it can to stop drinking and driving. But one of the most effective tools that it has is probably the oldest one of all, what is often called a "dram shop law." This centuries-old law holds a bar is liable for the damages caused by anyone that is served alcohol after they are visibly intoxicated.

In New Jersey, this also extends to anyone servicing alcohol at a party, something called "social host liability." If you hold a party, you are responsible for cutting off any guests who appear drunk from even serving themselves. And If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you may have a good case against someone who has over-served the person who caused you harm.

Swimming pools are dangerous

There's nothing like a quick dip in the pool on a hot summer day. Roxbury and Succasunna are blessed with a lot of pools, both public and private, along with the many lakes in the region.

As inviting as they are, they can also be very dangerous. Safety is absolutely critical and easy to overlook. If you or a loved one have been injured at a lake or a pool, you need representation.

Take care driving over the summer

Summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying the long, lazy days. Sadly, it's also the deadliest time on the roads. The 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day see more accidents than any other time of the year.

The worst period of all, around Independence Day, is coming up. With many people taking a long vacation it may even be worse this year than most. It's important to be careful on the roads and watch out for drunks and other problem drivers.

Back pain leads to a medical malpractice suit

Millions of Americans suffer from some level of back pain in New Jersey. Some of these cases are caused by scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. Scoliosis can be mild or severe and, in some cases, surgery may be suggested as a possible remedy. Such is the situation in a current medical malpractice suit.

In the case, a woman suffering from scoliosis consulted a spinal surgeon and was recommended to undergo surgery. The surgery left her in more pain and resulted in a second surgery being performed. A review of her case by another surgeon indicated that the initial surgery was not needed as the woman's curvature was not severe enough to warrant the surgery. The surgeon who performed the initial operation had his privileges suspended at other hospitals for similar circumstances.

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