Monthly Archives: January 2018

$875,000 Settlement Against a Bar and Drunk Driver Resulting in Severe Spinal Injury

Targan & Pender obtained an $875,000.00 Atlantic County settlement against a bar and drunk driver. This was a “Dram Shop” case brought against an Atlantic County bar for serving a patron while he was visibly intoxicated. When the patron showed up at the bar, his blood alcohol level was already twice the legal limit. He should have never been served alcohol in that condition. Immediately, our firm began investigative efforts including sending a Notice to Preserve all Video to the bar in question. The review of that video proved that the drunk driver was served at the bar while he exhibited signs of visible intoxication, including swaying, blood shot eyes, and a disheveled appearance. The video also showed that the bartender served this individual two full pitchers of beer, ignoring the signs of intoxication. Closer review of the surveillance video showed that the bartender himself was drinking shots with other…
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Can A Medical Malpractice Claim Be Filed for a Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical mistake in the US. Although some diagnostic errors are minor in terms of the consequences they have on patients, some are serious or even life-threatening. Diagnostic errors involving cancer often fall into the latter category. How can doctors or other health care providers misdiagnose cancer? There are multiple reasons why this can happen. A doctor may not identify apparent symptoms of specific types of cancer. Lab technicians may fail to identify signs of cancer, such as abnormal cell activity during a biopsy. A biopsy is a type of procedure that tests for tissue and cell abnormalities. A doctor may fail to order diagnostic tests when a patient is showing apparent symptoms of cancer. Test results can also be misinterpreted. For instance, a doctor may misinterpret the results of an imaging test with an illness that is less serious. Mistakes can be…
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Can Lab Test Errors Cause a Medical Misdiagnosis?

Diagnostic errors are the most common medical mistake in the U.S. Doctors can fail to diagnose a patient, or they may provide a correct diagnosis after considerable time has passed. There is more than one reason why these mistakes occur by the thousands each year. Lab mistakes are one of many reasons why diagnostic errors can occur. Examples of lab test errors may include: Patient mix-ups: Patients with similar names may be confused by lab technicians. New Jersey’s Master Person Index was created, in part, to reduce these types of errors. Mishandling test samples: Lab samples could be contaminated or ruined if they are not stored or obtained correctly. Misinterpreting test results: Doctors and other health care specialists may misinterpret test results when making a diagnosis. Improperly performing imaging tests: Specialists can make mistakes while performing imaging tests. Errors made during an imaging test could lead to an incorrect diagnosis….
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