With the summer grilling season in full swing, you should take a minute and inspect your grill and grill cleaning brush, if you use one, before firing it up for your next barbeque. A small but serious (and painful) culprit has landed people across the country in emergency rooms and even emergency surgery over the past few years: tiny, metal grill brush bristles. The needle-like bristles come dislodged from brushes used to clean grills. Sometimes the bristles stick to the grill. The next time food is placed on the grill the bristles end up embedded in the meat or vegetables, which is then ingested by the unsuspecting barbecue guest.
Many members of the general public find themselves closer than ever to seemingly safe and suitable reservoirs and other waterways for recreational activities. As the population density of the United States continues to rise, previously remote waterways and hydraulic structures are now easy to access and are neighbors to residential communities. Reservoirs, waterways and other areas near dams are popular locations for recreational activities. Further, new hydraulic structures which change the character of the waterway may appear to create new opportunities for recreation
Recreational activities in rivers, streams and lakes are enjoyed by millions of Americans every year. Paddle sports and other water based recreational activities have dramatically increased in popularity over the past twenty years. The American Canoe Association reports that 202 million paddle trips occurred during 2012. It is estimated that at least fifty million Americans have experienced canoeing, kayaking and other paddle sports. Of these, at least four million people consider themselves avid paddlers. In addition, specific activities have surged substantially in popularity. For example, kayaking has experienced an exponential growth since the 1990s. It is expected that participation in kayaking, canoeing and boating will continue to increase. The barriers of entry to these sports have fallen. Kayaks, canoes and other craft are becoming less expensive and commonly available through “super” sporting good stores.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections recently added the names of corrections officers who lost their lives in the line of duty between 1894 and 1978. Until now, their stories were forgotten. Thanks to the efforts of Lt. Wayne Sanderson, the stories of these brave heroes will never be forgotten.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal focused on “how to stop hospitals from killing us”, the author, a surgeon at John Hopkins Hospital and a frequent writer on physician accountability, and highlighted a number of troubling statistics. While the Institute of Medicine’s estimate that 98,000 deaths occur annually from medical errors in the United States is well publicized, here are some statistics that you may not have heard.
One of the more difficult things that personal injury attorneys have to do is to explain to the family of someone who has died as a result of the negligence of another, how New Jersey law values their loss. Imagine that a loved one – a mother, father, child or spouse – has died as a result of an automobile accident or medical mistake.