When are New Jersey Businesses Liable for Drunk Driving Accidents?

Posted on April 28, 2018 by Donald G. Targan & Associates
We explain drunk driving accidents and liability.

Drunk drivers kill an average of 10,000 or more people in the US each year. Some of these fatal car accidents occur because businesses overserve patrons who are already intoxicated. Like many other states, New Jersey has what are called “dram shop laws.” These are laws that can make a business liable for continuing to serve patrons who are intoxicated. New Jersey businesses may be liable for drunk driving accidents if: The individual who was served alcohol was visibly intoxicated. The business knew or should have known the person they were serving alcohol was under 21 years old. We recently obtained an $875,000 settlement against a New Jersey business in a classic dram shop case. In this instance, we conducted a thorough investigation to determine the drunk driver’s impairment before he injured our client. You can read more about this case by continuing to explore our website. What About Social…
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What Are the Worst Surgical Mistakes?

Posted on April 21, 2018 by Donald G. Targan & Associates
We explain the worst surgical mistakes that can occur.

If you read last week’s blog, then you may have an understanding of how surgical errors can harm patients. However, retained surgical items is only one type of surgical error responsible for injuries and deaths each year. Additional types of surgical mistakes include: Wrong-site surgery: This type of surgical mistake is exactly what it sounds like. Surgeons may perform a procedure on the wrong part of the body. Hospitals can avoid this type of mistake by utilizing a pre-operation checklist and by clearly marking where to operate. Wrong-patient surgery: Believe it or not, there are instances where surgeons operate on the wrong patients. There was a recent medical malpractice case covered by the press where an 89-year-old woman died after receiving an unnecessary brain surgery. Doctors had confused the woman with another patient. Wrong surgical procedure: Surgeons can also perform the wrong type of procedure on a patient. For example,…
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What Happens When Surgeons Leave Objects Behind?

Posted on April 14, 2018 by Donald G. Targan & Associates
Harmed by a surgical error? Call our New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys.

There are certain types of surgical errors that are dubbed “never events” because they are so egregious that they should never occur. One type of surgical never event involves doctors leaving behind equipment inside of patients. As you can imagine, the consequences of this type of error are often horrific for patients and their families. CNN recently published a story describing what can happen when objects are left behind after procedures. The article describes the story of a woman who had two surgical sponges left inside her for at least six years. She initially went to a primary care clinic in Japan with complaints that she had experienced bloating for three years. Doctors found the surgical sponges after ordering a CT scan. By the time the sponges were found, they had attached to the woman’s organs. It is suspected the sponges were left behind after a Cesarean section. Cases like…
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