Category Archives: Wrongful Death

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Are Public Pools Responsible for Swimmer Safety?

Pool safety is usually only a concern in the summer season, when people commonly take to the water to beat the summer heat. However, in Princeton, New Jersey this issue has lingered into the fall as a lawsuit filed by the family of a drowning victim draws to a close. Are there any lessons to be learned from this swimmer…
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Are NJ Transit Employees Exceeding Safe Work Hours?

An ongoing investigation of NJ Transit may have uncovered more safety violations. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the inspection found instances of work-hour violations. The alleged violations involve engineers and various on-board crew. Specifically, inspectors discovered altered duty logs showing NJ Transit employees were violating hours-of-service rules. These violations and other factors may raise the risk of railroad…
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Hoboken Train Accident has Regulators Worried About Sleep Apnea

A federal investigation has discovered sleep apnea may have played a role in the Hoboken train accident. According to findings from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the train’s engineer was diagnosed with sleep apnea after the fatal September crash. People with sleep apnea experience interruptions in breathing while sleeping. This causes someone with the condition to wake up several…
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Does NJ Transit Have a History of Safety Issues?

New Jersey lawmakers, press outlets and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are investigating what caused the Hoboken train crash two months ago. These hearings and investigations suggest NJ Transit might have a poor history of following safety regulations. An FRA investigation found employees used phones, failed to carry out brake tests and did not stock trains with emergency tools. Some…
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This Technology May Have Prevented the NJ Transit Train Crash

New information strongly suggests the NJ Transit train crash in Hoboken two weeks ago was preventable. It is not yet known what caused this crash, but some safety officials and lawmakers are suggesting a positive train control (PTC) system could have prevented the accident. PTC systems prevent the common causes of train crashes. For example, PTC systems can prevent trains…
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How to Check on Family and Friends Near the Hoboken Train Crash

You have likely heard by now that a major crash in Hoboken, New Jersey has injured 75 people after a transit train slammed through a station during rush-hour. One person has died and others were taken to nearby hospitals with critical injuries. No details on the cause of the crash are known at this time, but witnesses describe the train…
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Tragic Bus Accident in Newark Injures Nineteen and Kills One

On August 19th, two New Jersey Transit buses collided in a T-bone accident, injuring 19 and killing one. The Newark bus accident occurred at the intersection of Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street. According to press reports, the driver of the No. 59 bus was traveling west on Raymond Boulevard when it broadsided the No. 13 Bus, which was heading north…
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death

Q: What is the difference between a civil case and a criminal case against someone who caused a death? A: A criminal case can only be brought by the government. The prosecutor makes a case against the person accused of a crime, seeking prison time or another punishment. The prosecutor must meet a higher standard of proof than in a…
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Monetary Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

Legal actions for wrongful death can be very complex, especially when the harmful acts of several parties contributed to an individual’s death. Some parties may settle the matter before the case goes to trial; others may see it all the way to a verdict. No matter who the defendant is, the amount and type of financial recovery the plaintiff can…
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The Wrongful Death of a Child or an Elderly Person

No matter what the age of the loved one you have lost, the grief is powerful. The law, however, often takes age into account when it assesses your loss. Because your loved one cannot be replaced, the law is at a disadvantage to truly compensate you. Money is one measure that the legal system can objectively use to reflect what…
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