Hospitals and doctors must share the facts of their treatment with patients who are suing for medical malpractice and cannot hide behind a landmark state law that permits a confidential examination of why mistakes occurred, according to the state's highest court. The state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday clarifies the intent of the Patient Safety Act, a 2004 law that encouraged medical professionals to have frank discussions about "adverse events," with the goal of preventing future errors. Those discussions and any written analysis from them are still private, according to the decision. But the ruling states patients are entitled to the facts contained in medical records and a "narrative that specifies where responsive information may be found." That is a major victory for consumer rights, said Attorney Ernest Fronzuto of Woodland Park, who sued three doctors and Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains. "The intent was never to shield facts from patients," Fronzuto said … [Read more...] about N.J.’s top court delivers ‘huge victory’ for patients who sue hospitals and doctors
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Hannan Adely and Dave Sheingold NorthJersey Published 11:30 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 New Jersey is one of the country's most diverse states, but many school districts don't reflect the makeup of the counties where they are located, and the resulting divide has left many students learning in a racial bubble. A Record analysis found that school segregation is most extreme in three northeastern counties — Passaic, Essex and Union. The divide in these counties stands out because of their large minority populations and wide disparities in wealth and poverty. But North Jersey isn't alone. Segregated districts are found across the state, especially in cities like Paterson, Newark, Trenton and Camden, where children go to schools where white students are virtually absent. Often, districts just a few miles apart have vastly different income levels and ratios of white and minority students. Look up the racial makeup … [Read more...] about How segregated are New Jersey’s schools and what can be done about it?
If a New Jersey police officer makes a driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest today, the driver has a better chance of getting out of the charge compared to a decade ago, statistically speaking. Conviction rates are generally high in the Garden State -- in 2008, 85 percent were found guilty of their DWI charges, and had to accept license suspensions, big fines and more. But over the last 10 years, that rate slid to 71 percent, according to data from the state judiciary. At the same time, the percentage of DWI charges that were dismissed has more than doubled to 24 percent in 2017. Most of the time, those drivers are pleading to a different charge, like reckless driving. So why are more DWI charges getting dismissed now? Experts in New Jersey DWI law said there are several contributing factors, but the most supported theory is that the number of people being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs is going up. "The state has a harder time proving those cases," said retired … [Read more...] about DWI dismissals in New Jersey are on the rise. Here’s why
Eric Richardson, 32, was indicted on Thursday, officials said. (New Jersey Attorney General's Office) A New Jersey state trooper was indicted on Thursday after he allegedly completed “improper stops” on two women and tried to convince them to give him their phone numbers, officials said. Eric Richardson, 32, of Camden, was charged with official misconduct, criminal coercion, tampering with public records or information, falsifying or tampering with records, wrongful access/disclosure of information and obtaining information from a motor vehicle record, a news release from the state’s attorney general’s office said. A probe into Richardson was started after the reported incidents with the two women were discovered, the office said. “He allegedly stopped each woman repeatedly and deactivated the dashboard camera in his car during some of the stops,” the news release said. One woman was allegedly pulled over three separate times, the last … [Read more...] about New Jersey state trooper indicted, accused of pulling women over, asking for phone numbers
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest A closer look at push for stronger New Jersey gun laws raises questions of effectiveness New Jersey Democrats are moving quickly to advance six bills to strengthen New Jersey's already strict gun laws. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 10 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Dustin Racioppi and Nicholas Pugliese, NorthJersey Published 8:00 a.m. ET April 1, 2018 | Updated 12:30 p.m. ET April 3, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 10 COMMENT EMAIL MORE After eight years of opposition from Republican Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey … [Read more...] about A closer look at push for stronger New Jersey gun laws raises questions of effectiveness