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Technology errors in health care

If you are like a lot of people in New Jersey, you are concerned about the quality of the care you receive from a doctor or other health care professional. You deserve to feel that you can trust what you are told by medical professionals, especially when it pertains to a potentially serious condition or treatment. More and more, technology is being used in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions. Unfortunately, that technology cannot be counted on to always be error-free.

As explained by Forbes, artificial intelligence and machine learning is being built into many medical devices or programs. Some of these may be used as diagnostic tools and the outcomes of these may influence treatment recommendations. Last year, a leak of one company's internal documents identified algorithmic errors in a program. These errors were connected to inappropriate and even unsafe treatment recommendations being made for cancer patients.

Mobile phones are a distraction to bored commercial drivers

If you are like many Americans, you probably struggle to ignore your cellphone for the 30 minutes it takes to commute to work. Can you imagine not being able to respond to text messages or emails for an entire 8-hour shift? What if your shift could last as long as 13 hours?

That is the reality for commercial drivers in the United States. Truckers often work very long hours. While they are on the road, they have an obligation to follow certain rules. Among those rules is a total prohibition on the manual use of mobile phones.

Drunk driver kills one, injures another

People in New Jersey often eagerly await the long Memorial Day weekend as it ushers in the unofficial start to the summer season. The holiday commonly sees people getting together to remember those who have served the nation and enjoy time with friends and family. Unfortunately, a holiday weekend can also see drunk drivers taking to the road without regard for the safety or lives of others.

The friends and family members of a young woman just finishing her first year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are today left with nothing more than her memory due to the reckless and selfish choices made by an intoxicated driver. As reported by, the man drove his sedan into the oncoming lane of traffic along a stretch of Route 9 just before midnight, hitting another sedan in the process.

Is texting while driving still a problem?

New Jersey residents have likely heard about the many campaigns designed to end texting while driving. However, what is the actual impact these campaigns have made on the safety of the roads? Have they really brought down the level of threat that texting while driving poses?

While these campaigns have certainly brought more attention to the issue of texting while driving, certain sources like CBS News actually say that drivers continue to text while driving in spite of being aware of the dangers. A new survey has recently revealed that of the 98 percent of drivers who text regularly, 75 percent have admitted to texting while driving in spite of understanding the risks and knowing about the laws.

Does a workers’ comp injury need to develop in a single incident?

Workers’ compensation law has a number of deadlines and requirements that must be satisfied to grant benefits to an injured employee. Many of these have to do with the accident in which the injury occurred.

But, what about injuries you receive form work that can’t be attributed to a single incident? Can an injury that develop over time be compensated for?

Pursue compensation for your future recovery, too

How much will your injury really cost? Serious construction injuries require great commitment of resources and time if you wish to recover. Some issues come with the possibility of never making a full recovery, and that carries a cost of its own in pain, suffering and lost earning potential. As personal injury lawyers, it is our job at Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC, to help our New Jersey clients understand the true scope of their losses. 

Your case would probably begin with a look at medical bills, past, present and future. We believe that this practical and data-driven foundation is the best way to reach an agreement that might help alleviate our clients' suffering. Please read on for an estimate of medical costs for some common major injuries.

Construction’s “Fatal Four” cause majority of worker deaths

When you show up to work each day on a New Jersey construction site, you probably do so with an understanding that you will face certain job-related hazards that expose you to potential injury or even death. At Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC, we understand that many construction worker injuries and deaths result from similar circumstances, and we have helped many construction workers and their loved ones pursue recourse following work-related injuries and fatalities.

Per the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, almost 60% of construction worker deaths that occurred in 2017 stemmed from situations involving what are known as construction’s Fatal Four. Estimates suggest that learning how to eliminate these four dangers could save nearly 600 construction worker lives every year, so employers have a duty to work to minimize risks associated with the Fatal Four to the fullest extent possible.

Should medical providers have a duty to non-patients?

There are specific factors necessary to file a medical malpractice claim. Possibly the most important element is to prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed before the injury. This is what links the negligent medical professional to their legal liability.

However, one New Jersey family wants to sue a doctor they had no legal relationship with whatsoever.

Federal government aims to monitor trucker fatigue

If you are like a lot of people in New Jersey, you may wonder just how many hours a commercial trucker drives at any one time. Many people talk about how truckers might get tired because of the long times for which they are on the road and because many of their driving hours are in the dark. This can lead to serious risks if big rigs are operated by drivers who might be sleepy.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration actually has a rule in place called the Hours of Service rule that is ideally designed to prevent trucker fatigue by limiting the number of hours that can be driven consecutively. The rule also outlines the maximum number of hours that can be worked in a day and in a week.

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