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Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death, study says

When a person in New Jersey is seriously ill or injured, they put their full trust in the medical professionals caring for them. After all, doctors, surgeons, nurses and pharmacists go through years of schooling to obtain licenses to practice in their chosen profession. Moreover, they have the specialized skills and knowledge about a person's illness or injury that the average person does not have. However, medical mistakes are still made all too often, sometimes with deadly results.

According to a Johns Hopkins study, over 250,000 individuals in the United States pass away each year due to medical mistakes. This makes medical mistakes the third highest cause of death, following heart disease and cancer. Some studies even claim that there may be as many as 440,000 fatalities every year in the U.S. due to medical mistakes. This discrepancy is due to the fact that human error is not always listed on death certificates.

Have you found the perfect business to buy?

Purchasing an existing business is an exciting prospect. You have visions of putting your own stamp on the enterprise and building it into a great success. However, several steps are in order to ensure that this business is right for you and will be a good investment.

Start with the past

How do mergers differ from acquisitions in New Jersey?

Many people in New Jersey hear the terms "merger" and "acquisition" but may not know exactly how these two business transactions differ from one another. Therefore, it is useful to understand the legal definitions of "merger" and "acquisition" to better understand how two businesses can join together to increase their value.

A merger takes place when two separate businesses combine to form a completely new business. Each business consolidates its resources and assets, and the newly formed business will have new ownership and a new structure of management (albeit, usually consisting of members from each of the original businesses). It is not necessary to have money to complete a merger, but each business's individual capacity to make its own decisions will be diluted.

Bakers sue New Jersey for right to open business from home

Business lawsuits can come up in the most unusual of ways. For example, one might think nothing of a mom trying to start her own home-based business selling baked goods. It may be her intention to start her business from home, and once she has raised enough revenue, move her operations to a brick-and-mortar shop. However, it may come as a surprise to some that New Jersey is the only state in the nation where it is against the law to sell cookies, cakes, muffins and other baked goods made at one's personal residence (although nonprofit bake sales are still legal).

The state justifies the law as needed to protect public health. If an entrepreneur wants to sell homemade baked goods, they have to have a licensed "retail food establishment" or a commercial kitchen outside of their own household kitchen. These are very expensive mandates for entrepreneurs who simply want to develop their own bakeries from the ground up.

Several parties may be at fault in an overloaded truck crash

If an overloaded 18-wheeler suddenly swerves out of its lane and into your car, is the truck driver the only party responsible for the crash?

A thorough investigation may turn up other parties who will share the burden of responsibility for any injuries you may suffer.

Can I sue if I was partly at fault for the accident?

You’re driving down the road late at night, feeling relaxed with the radio blaring one of your favorite songs. Without you even realizing it, the speedometer slowly inches upward. The light up ahead is green, so you hardly give it a thought as you zip through the intersection, going 15 miles per hour faster than the posted limit.

The next instant, your drive home is shattered by a horrific impact, and your car is whirled around. It comes to rest on the shoulder, facing the wrong way. Only later do you discover that the driver who plowed into the side of your car was under the influence of alcohol.

We know bedbugs aren't just the stuff of nursery rhymes

It may well be that the closest experience most people have with bedbugs comes from the old rhyme. You know the one. "Good night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite." The poem has been around for a long time. Some experts trace its roots to the 19th century.

That might leave you feeling that this blood-sucking insect has been relegated to the past. It has not. And as evidence, consider that in January, pest control company Orkin issued a list of the top 50 cities in the U.S. suffering from bedbug infestation. New York comes in at number 8. No New Jersey metro areas make the list, but others in the region include, Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut and Philadelphia.

Pedestrian struck by car in New York while crossing street

Pedestrians are exposed to greater injury than those in vehicles when involved in accidents due to their relative lack of protection. It is therefore important that drivers and pedestrians alike apply the appropriate level of care in their actions to prevent any unnecessarily risky situations.

Truck jackknifes and strikes two vehicles in New Jersey

Tractor-trailers are relatively large and heavy compared to other motor vehicles on the roadway. Because of this, they can inflict significant damage and injury when involved in an accident. It is therefore imperative that truck drivers are extremely careful in their actions to avoid creating unnecessarily dangerous conditions.

New Jersey teen recovering from brain injury through wrestling

Brain injuries can be caused by many different circumstances including car accidents or playing sports. Regardless of the cause, the impact and treatment of such an injury is unique to the type of injury sustained.

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