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Sleep Apnea May Be Making Your Commute Unsafe

Is sleep apnea making your commute unsafe? Taking the train is a fact of life in New England. But did you know that by getting on the train, you may be exposing yourself to danger caused by undiagnosed sleep apnea? According to New Jersey Transit, more than 40 train engineers have been sidelined after being tested for sleep apnea following the deadly Hoboken train crash last year. The crash happened when a train slammed into Hoboken Station at a high rate of speed. One woman was killed and over 100 people were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board later diagnosed the engineer with sleep apnea, which may have contributed to the deadly accident. After that crash, NJ Transit altered aspects of its sleep apnea screening process. 373 engineers were screened over the course of the last year, and 57 of them were referred for sleep studies. Of those 57, a…
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What Do I Do If I Am Injured in a Pedestrian Hit-and-Run?

Dead pedestrian after a car accident in the street A Brick, Jersey man recently suffered serious injuries in a road rage-induced hit-and-run accident behind a convenience store. The incident happened on November 7 in the morning hours. According to police, the victim was struck by an older-model black Volvo four-door sedan. The malicious act is believed to have damaged the Volvo’s windshield and sideview mirror. Police are seeking the vehicle, which may have a partial New Jersey plate reading F56. Police are asking anyone who may have information to call and report. Struck by a Vehicle as a Pedestrian in New Jersey Drivers are required to stop and render aid if they are involved in an accident. However, some choose instead to commit a crime and flee the scene, often leaving behind injured drivers or pedestrians in need of immediate assistance. If you are struck by a vehicle as a…
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When is a Medical Injury Considered Malpractice?

A 16-year-old New Jersey teen was recently awarded $17 million after suffering damage to her thalamus during a medical procedure. The incident occurred when the teen was seven years old. She was hospitalized with pneumonia so severe that one part of her lung was beyond the point of treating with antibiotics. Instead, her medical care providers decided to remove the diseased portion of the lung. After the removal, a pediatric pulmonologist allegedly failed to properly wean the teen off of her sedation, which she had been on for 10 days. After her ventilator was removed, the teen stopped breathing, unnoticed by the doctors. By the time doctors acted, the teen’s heart had stopped. During a 35-minute period of unconsciousness, the teen suffered damage to her thalamus. That damage continues to affect her every day. She struggles to do most normal routine tasks; for example, when sworn in to testify against…
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