Category Archives: Personal Injury

Multiple Injured, 1 Killed in Jefferson Crash

A 25-year-old Vernon woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash January 14, 2019 on Green Pond Road in Jefferson, New Jersey. A 36-year-old Budd Lake woman also sustained serious injuries. She was transported by medevac to Morristown Medical Center and listed in critical condition.

Police believe that the accident occurred when one of the drivers crossed into the opposite lane, struck a vehicle and rolled over before her vehicle struck a second vehicle head-on. This collision resulted the first vehicle to roll over and off the road into an embankment.

This crash is under investigation by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Jefferson Township Traffic Safety Division.

The following emergency personnel responded to the scene of the accident: Atlantic Air 3 and Hackensack Air 1, Jefferson Township fire companies 1 and 2, the Jefferson Rescue Squad, Milton First Aid Squad, Jefferson Township OEM, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office CIS, West Milford Fire Department and Morris County Road Department. 

Sky Express Bus Accident Kills Four, Injures Many

A driver for Sky Express, a discount interstate bus service was set to appear in a Virginia court on July 6, 2011 on charges stemming from a May crash on Interstate 95 that killed four passengers and injured dozens more.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of New York City is charged with four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal crash about 30 miles north of Richmond. Cheung admitted to police that he fell asleep at the wheel when the Sky Express bus bound for New York swerved off the highway, hit an embankment and overturned with 60 people aboard.

Virginia State Police have identified those killed in the crash as Denny Estefany Martinez, 25, of Jersey City, Karen Blyden-Decastro, 46, of Cambria Heights, N.Y.; Sie Giok Giang, 63, of Philadelphia; and Josefa Torres, 78, of Jamaica, N.Y.

Evidently, transportation Department officials were in the process of shutting down the company at the time of the crash, but had given the Charlotte, N.C.-based company an extra 10 days to appeal an unsatisfactory safety rating. A timeline released by the Transportation Deartment indicated that without the extension, Sky Express would have stopped operations the weekend before the crash. In response, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has directed the department to stop extending appeals periods for operators found to be unsafe.

Immediately following the crash, federal officials shut down Sky Express and issued a cease-and-desist order against the company after finding it was trying to circumvent the sgut down by selling tickets under different company names.

Sky Express is just one of the companies in the sometimes seedy industry of inexpensive buses that travel the country offering cheap fares. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records, Sky Express buses have been involved in four crashes with an injury or fatality in the last two years. The company also has been cited for dozens of violations of drivers being fatigued over that same time, ranking it in the bottom 15 percent of commercial motor carriers.

Clearly, it was only a matter of time before a tragedy like this occurred. This accident probably could have been avoided if Sky Express had adhered to the rules regarding the amount of time drivers are permitted to drive in a 24 hour period and setting strict guidlelines to ensure safety procedures are followed. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negilgent bus or limousine company, it is important that you speak with an experienced accident attorney. Contact a New Jersey Bus Accident Lawyer today for a free consultation.

FDA Warns Patients & Doctors about the Dangers of Transvaginal Mesh

On July 13, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an urgent public notice advising patients and their healthcare providers to consider alternatives to transvaginal mesh. The advisory also noted that the FDA will be meeting to discuss a potential ban on the mesh. The FDA was prompted to issue this warning after receiving more than 3,875 injury reports associated with the mesh, three of which involved fatalities, from 2005 to 2010.

Transvaginal Mesh is a medical device implanted surgically to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), conditions that may occur after childbirth and pregnancy. In 2010, more than 75,000 women had vaginal mesh surgery to repair POP.

Recent research shows that at least ten percent of women who have received vaginal mesh implants suffer from mesh erosion within 12 months of surgery and more than half of these patients require additional surgery to remove the mesh following complications.

We represent hundreds of clients allegedly harmed by transvaginal mesh and bladder sling products in filed cases against numerous large corporations as including but not limited to C.R. Bard, Inc., Ethicon, Gynecare and Johnson & Johnson. In fact, our attorneys have been named liaison counsel (lead counsel) in the cases against Ethicon, Gynecare and Johnson & Johnson and we are actively litigating against other manufacturers as well.

If you have been injured as a result of a transvaginal mesh or TVT implant, contact New Jersey Defective Medical Device Lawyer today for a free consultation.

Manchester Car Accident Injures 5 People

On September 1, 2011 two people were critically injured, with three other still in serious condition after a two-vehicle crash on Route 70 in Manchester, New Jersey. The driver of one of the vehicles, Charles E. Flickinger, of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania was driving on Route 70 West near Washington Avenue at dusk when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a pick-up truck traveling east. Flickinger had four passengers in the car at the time of the crash; Linda Warbington (his fiance), Warbington’s two children, a 4-year-old boy and an 18-month old girl, and Rita Keller, of Manchester.

Flickinger and Keller were taken by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune where Flickinger is in critical condition with internal injuries and broken bones and Keller is in serious condition. The 4-year-old boy, who was in a car seat at the time of the crash was taken to Jersey Shore University Hospital and remains in criticial condition. Warbington and her 18-month-old daughter have been taken to Jersey Shore University Hospital where they are both in serious condition. The driver of the pick-up truck that was struck, Joseph Lacarrubba, was taken to Kimball Medical Center for minor injuries.

The accident is still under investigation by the Manchester Township police department and it is still unknown why Flickinger veered into oncoming traffic. No charges have been filed at this time.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important that you speak with an experienced accident attorney. Contact a New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer today for a free consultation.

More than Dozen Deaths in Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak

More than a dozen people have died from possible listeria outbreak that has been linked to Colorado cantaloupes. If these estimates prove accurate, this outbreak will be the most deadly in the last 10 years.

The CDC said last week that more than 50 people have been sickened and 8 deaths have been traced to the cantaloupe listeria outbreak. Since then, state and local health departments in 4 other states have reported six additional deaths that may be linked to the outbreak.

The contaminated fruit has been traced to Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado, which recalled the contaminated cantaloupes in early September. The FDA reportedly has found listeria in samples of Jensen Farms’ cantaloupes taken from a Colorado store and on samples taken directly from the farm’s packing facility. Tests confirmed that the samples matched strains of the disease found in victims around the country.

According to the CDC:

In the United States, an estimated 1,600 persons become seriously ill with listeriosis each year. Of these, 260 die. The following groups are at increased risk:

  • Pregnant women: Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely than other healthy adults to get listeriosis. About one in six (17%) cases of listeriosis occurs during pregnancy.
  • Newborns: Newborns suffer the most serious effects of infection in pregnancy.
  • Persons with weakened immune systems from transplants or certain diseases, therapies, or medications.
  • Persons with cancer, diabetes, alcoholism, liver or kidney disease.
  • Persons with AIDS: They are almost 300 times more likely to get listeriosis than people with normal immune systems.
  • Older adults

Healthy children and adults occasionally get infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.

If you or someone you love has been sickened or died as a result of consuming fruit contaminated by Listeria, it is important that you contact a New Jersey Food Poisoning Attorney immediately. Contact us for a FREE consulation today.

Understanding Your NJ Car Insurance Policy – Part 1: Liability Insurance Coverage

Understanding you New Jersey car insurance policy is important. Unfortunately, most people don’t pay much attention to anything other than how much their premiums are until after they are involved in a car accident, and at that point it is too late.

To ensure that your car insurance policy provides the protection you need, you first need to be able to understand the various types of coverage that are provided. I know…that is easier said than done. Insurance documents contain a bunch of legal terms that are in comprehensible, and they provide little or no explanation. In order to help New Jersey residents understand the car insurance coverage terminology used in their policies – and how they can affect them – I will be writing a series of blog posts about the most common features of your NJ car insurance policy.

Today I will be covering the Liability Insurance coverage of your car insurance policy. Liability insurance is coverage for damages you (or in some cases your vehicle while being operated by others) cause to people or property. Liability insurance can be classified into two types of coverage: (1) Bodily Injury Liability and (2) Property Damage Liability.

New Jersey Bodily Injury Liability Coverage

Bodily Injury Liability Coverage pays for any physical injuries or death of another individual (including passengers in your vehicle) in an accident for which you were responsible. However, this coverage does NOT cover injuries to you or any other covered driver. It also does not apply to any property damaged. Bodily Injury coverage will cover medical bills, pain and suffering judgments, and loss of income.

I know what you are thinking, “how much liability coverage do I need to have?” Well that is the million dollar question, and frankly the answer is different for everyone. New Jersey does not have minimum amount of coverage required, but the “Standard Policy” minimum is at least $15,000/$30,000 (sometimes shown as “15/30” on an insurance declaration page) of Bodily Injury Liability coverage. This is the minimum amount of coverage you must have and for most people that is nowhere near enough. The first number is how much coverage is available for an injured person and the second number is the total coverage available per accident. So, if you were in an accident that was deemed you fault and three people were injured, the maximum any of them could recover from your insurance was $15,000, but your insurance will not pay any more than $30,000 total. Now that you understand the basic principle, let’s look at an example of what it could mean if you don’t have enough Bodily Injury Coverage.

Imagine that you are involved in an accident where you strike and kill a pedestrian and the accident is deemed you fault. If you only had the New Jersey minimum 15/30 coverage you could be in serious trouble. As you can imagine, $15,000 is not sufficient compensation for the family of the victim that was killed. If the case were to go to trial and a $500,000 judgment was entered against you in that case, the insurance company would pay $15,000 and you would be responsible for the remainder. That could mean having your home or property seized and sold, wages garnished and other unpleasant possibilities. Frankly, the more you have to lose, the more coverage you should purchase. One of the car insurance industries’ biggest secrets is that to raise your coverage from $100,000 to $500,000 will not increase your premiums all that much, but additional protection it provide you is certainly worth the few extra bucks. To further protect yourself there are other options like Umbrella Policies, but we will have to leave the discussion of those for another day. You should talk to your insurance agent immediately about increasing your coverage to the most you can afford to purchase.

New Jersey Property Damage Liability Coverage

Property Damage Liability Coverage is similar to Bodily Injury Liability in that it covers damage caused by you. However, instead of covering injuries to people, this covers damage to the property of others. While this typically comes into play when you damage another vehicle, it will also cover real property, like running over a mailbox. It is important to that you understand that this coverage will NOT cover damage to your own car.

New Jersey requires vehicle owners to carry at least $5,000 of Property Damage Liability Coverage. However, as before the mandatory minimum is not nearly enough for most people. You know what some cars can cost these days. If you cause an accident that totals an expensive luxury car and you have only the minimum amount of coverage you are going to be on the hook for the remainder.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident you should contact a New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer today for a free consultation.

The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. As always, you should consult an attorney before making any decisions regarding your car insurance coverage.

NJ Motorcyclist Alice King Dies in Crash Caused by Making Left Turn

Alice King, a 47 year old resident of Hopatcong, died as a result of a motorcycle accident that occurred on October 7, 2011 in Mount Olive, New Jersey. The accident occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m. when King was traveling Route 46 East. As she approached the intersection of Old Wolfe Road, another driver identified as Virginia Howard, 62, of Budd Lake, attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of King’s motorcycle. Unfortunately, King was unable to avoid Howard’s vehicle resulting in her motorcycle striking the passenger side and ejecting King from the bike. The Mount Olive Police investigation determined that King had the right of way when her motorcycle struck the passenger side of the car.

King was transported by ambulance to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, where she died shortly after arriving from her injuries.

Mount Olive Police are still investigating this accident and to date no charges have been filed. Regardless, of whether criminal charges are filed against Ms. Howard, King’s family certainly has a viable civil action against Howard for her negligence that resulted in King’s death. Under New Jersey law, a person seeking to make a left-hand turn has the duty to seek an opportune moment and to exercise a degree of care in proportion to the increased danger involved in the turn. Clearly, Ms. Howard was negligent in that duty, which unfortunately ended in the accidental death of Alice King.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey motorcycle accident, it is important that you speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Two Hightstown Residents Perish in Limousine Accident

Monroe Danbury and his wife, Mirelle Danbury of Hightstown, New Jersey were involved in a fatal limousine accident on October 11, 2011. The couple were in a Lincoln Town Car owned by a Limousine service and were on their way to the airport when the crash occurred. The police investigation has revealed that the limo was travelling on Route 130 South in Bordentown, New Jersey when it inexplicably struck the rear of a tractor trailer loaded with construction equipment. The Limo suffered heavy front end damage that confirmed the severity of the impact.

When police arrived on the scene the limo was still wedged under the rear of the truck and it was immediately apparent that the passengers were severely injured. Ms. Danbury was pronounced dead at the scene, while her husband and the limousine driver, identified as Jesse L. Graves of Trenton, New Jersey, were taken to RWJUH in Hamilton for treatment. Due to the severity of his injuries, Mr. Danbury was transferred to Capital Health Regional Medical Center to undergo emergency surgery. Unfortunately, Mr. Danbury’s injuries were too severe and he died during the surgery.

The limousine driver suffered a broken arm and hand in the crash. Police have advised that their investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed at this time. However, clearly Mr. Graves was distracted by something that resulted him negligently crashing into the rear of the tractor-trailer. In a strange twist, yesterday was “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day,” a where cities and states around the country seek to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving and danger that it poses to everyone.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a limousine accident as a result of the negligence of the limousine driver or employee, it is important that you speak to a New Jersey Limousine Accident Lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact our law firm to day for a FREE consultation — (973) 228-0391 or mmendelsohn@mskf.net .

Linden Couple in Serious Condition After Crosswalk Collision

A couple from Linden, New Jersey were seriously injured on October 25, 2011 when a pickup truck struck them as they crossed North Wood Avenue in Linden. Su R. Choo, 88, was walking with his wife Soonok Chuang, 84, east across North Wood Avenue in the crosswalk when they were hit by a silver 2011 Toyota Tundra operated by Tomasz Leszczyk, of Edison, New Jersey. Leszczyk was making a left turn from Elizabeth Avenue on to North Wood Avenue when the collision occurred around 6:20 p.m. Both Choo and Chuang were transported to University Hospital Newark by ambulance. As of October 26th, Choo was still listed in critical condition and Chuang was listed in serious condition. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

Linden police have advised that this tragic accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed yet. Regardless, of whether criminal charges are filed against Mr. Leszczyk, the victims certainly have a viable civil action for his negligence that resulted in their injuries. Under New Jersey law, a person seeking to make a left-hand turn has the duty to seek an opportune moment and to exercise a degree of care in proportion to the increased danger involved in the turn. Additionally, drivers have an obligation to yield to pedestrians lawfully crossing in a crosswalk. Clearly, Mr. Leszczyk was negligent in those duties, which that unfortunately resulted in Choo and Chaung’s severe injuries..

If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey pedestrian accident, it is important that you speak with an experienced car accident attorney. Contact us today for a FREE consultation

When to File a Personal Injury Claim

After a person has been injured in an accident, they may have many questions regarding their ability to file a personal injury claim and when the appropriate time to file will be. If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by another person’s negligent actions, immediately talk to the legal team at our firm.

A Newark personal injury attorney from our office can show you the proper steps to take in filing a claim and inform you as to your rights and the statute of limitations. When filing a personal injury claim, you must do so within a certain time period, and you will only have one chance to secure the claim in full.

After an accident occurs, you should seek medical treatment, and then talk to a personal injury lawyer immediately after. Having a loved one talk to a lawyer on your behalf will be just as beneficial.

Your attorney will begin working on your claim immediately and start the investigations that are necessary. From here, your attorney will be able to do all of the work while you recover from the accident.

To learn more about filing a personal injury claim, contact a Newark personal injury lawyer at our office today.

$5 Million Settlement Against New Jersey DYFS for Allowing the Physical and Sexual Abuse of a 2 year old

On December 16, 2011, a jury in the Superior Court in Mercer County New Jersey awarded a verdict of $3.25 million in favor of a minor child who suffered extensive physical and psychological abuse while in DYFS’s custody. Prior to the punitive damages phase of the case, the parties agreed to settle the case for $5 million.

Specifically, the evidence established that the child, who was only 2 years old at the time, was beaten, suffered chemical burns, and was sexually abused after DYFS placed her with a known sex offender. DYFS was even aware of the abuse — and substantiated it — but left her in the care of the abuser and never came back to check on her. A neighbor called several weeks later to report that the 2 year old was found with her hands bound, beaten, and hanging from a hook on a door.

During the trial, the DYFS caseworkers admitted that they repeatedly violated state law and court orders in overseeing the child’s care, and that this is a common practice. Additionally, even after DYFS discovered the severity of the child’s injuries, they failed to provide her with the proper physical and psychological care for years afterward. The child, who is now 13 years old, will suffer severe physical and emotional scars for the rest of her life. Fortunately, the recovery from this settlement will enable the child to receive the necessary medical care and psychological counseling that would otherwise be impossible to afford.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligence or misconduct of DYFS or other state agencies, it is important that you speak to a New Jersey DYFS Abuse Lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact our law firm today for a FREE consultation .

Chesterfield Tragedy: 11 y.o. triplet dies when a school bus is struck by a dump truck

A bus carrying Chesterfield Elementary School students was travelling along Old York Road when a dump truck coming down Route 528 collided with the driver side rear of the bus. The collision spun the bus around, slamming the passenger side rear of the vehicle into a traffic light pole. The dump truck driver has been identified as Michael Caporale, 38, from New Egypt, New Jersey. The school bus driver is identified as John Tieman, 66, from Beverly, New Jersey.

The National Transportation Safety Board has joined the investigation into this accident, which resulted in the death of a sixth-grade student and injured 17 others, including the girl’s triplet sisters. The NTSB investigators are looking at the configuration of the highway, the signage on the highway, and the general area itself. An NTSB spokesman said that they became involved due to the fact that New Jersey is one of six states that has a seat belt requirement for school bus passengers.

The NTSB will be on scene for approximately one week, Kotowski said. After that, the group will return to Washington, D.C. where they’ll conduct a full investigation. Chesterfield Police Chief Kyle Wilson said the intersection of Route 528 and Old York Road has had 17 crashes in the last five years, including several this past year. In fact, one of the accidents — a two vehicle collision — happened just days after the fatal school bus accident. Clearly, authorities are seeking to determine whether the design of the roadway was appropriate and whether such design contributed to the accident.

Isabelle Tezsla, 11, was killed in the crash. Her triplet sisters, Natalie and Sophie, were taken along with another boy Jonathan Zdybel, also 11, to Cooper University Medical Center in critical condition after the accident. Cooper University Hospital has said that there was no change in the condition of two surviving triplets – 11-year-old Natalie Tezsla remained in stable condition while 11-year-old Sophie Tezsla remained in critical condition. The girls are the daughters of a New Jersey State Police trooper. A total of 17 students were injured in the 8 a.m. crash at the intersection of Route 528 and Old York Road after the bus was struck by a dump truck.

Toxicology blood samples have been taken from both Tieman and the driver of the dump truck, Michael Caporale, 38, of New Egypt, but no charges have been filed to date.

As a father, I cannot imagine what the Tezsla family is going through and my thoughts and prayers go out to them. If this accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, I hope that person is brought to justice and the family receives the compensation they deserve.

Nationwide Class Action Settlement Against Honda & Acura

A nationwide class action settlement with an estimated value of over $40 million was approved on April 13, 2012 by United States District Judge Katherine S. Hayden of the District of New Jersey, in the case of Alin v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Civ. No. 2:08-cv-04825-KSH-PS. Jon Alin, Robert Loughhead and Paul Feldman acting as the class representatives.

We represented over 2.4 million owners and lessees of over one million 2002-2007 Honda and Acura automobiles with defects in their air conditioning systems. The defects caused the air conditioning systems to stop working and required costly repairs that Honda and Acura refused to pay for under warranty. The comprehensive settlement provides tens of millions of dollars in reimbursements and vehicle modifications to be paid for by Honda and Acura, over $2.5 million in fees and expenses awarded by Judge Hayden to the attorneys representing the Settlement Class, and approximately $2 million in administrative expenses to be paid by Honda and Acura.

This settlement is notable as it marks one of the few nationwide automotive class action lawsuits that have resulted in a settlement approved by a Federal Court. The settlement represents the culmination of more than 3 years of litigation and Court proceedings, and is a significant victory for consumers, as the relief extends to millions of Class Members who would have otherwise been denied any relief based on Honda and Acura’s prior warranty practices.

NJ Woman Killed in NY Accident

On May 27, 2012a car crashed into two other vehicles waiting to make a left turn then veered into oncoming traffic and hit a van head-on, killing a 66-year-old New Jersey woman. The accident occurred on Route 17 in Woodbury, about an hour outside New York City.

A 2000 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Jerome Stewart, 33, of Newark was headed south when it crashed into two cars that were waiting to turn into the Harriman Train Station. Sterwart’s vehicle then careened into oncoming traffic and hit a 2000 Chrysler van driven by 74-year-old Paul Force of Woodland Park. Force’s 66-year-old wife Sarah died later at a hospital in Suffern, NY. Mr. Stewart and two of his passengers were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Obviously, Mr. Stewart was operating his vehicle in negligent or reckless manner by failing to observe the stopped vehicles and colliding with him. When such an accident occurs, those that are injured have a legal right to sue the negligent driver for their injuries, pain & suffering, economic losses, and wrongful death. If you or a loved on has been injured as a result of a negligent driver, contact a Car Accident Lawyer today for a free consultation.

2 Year Old in Critical Condition After Near-Drowning in Pool

A two-year-old Ewing Township boy is in critical condition after being pulled from a swimming pool by family members on June 18, 2012. Family members initially reported the boy missing from the home on the 900 block of Terrace Boulevard just before 1:30 p.m. Immediately thereafter Police received another 911 call that a child was found unconscious in a neqarby pool. The boy’s cousin found the child and he was pulled out by family members before police and EMS arrived. An ambulance took the boy to Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, New Jersey for treatment. Further information on his condition and how long he was in the pool was not immediately available.

Police are investigating how the child got into the pool and whether the pool had the required gates and locks. The Police Department has advised that they are still interviewing witnesses and their investigation is continuing.

If a homeowner has a swimming pool without the proper safety barriers required under the appropriate building codes, they may be held liable for injuries that occur to minors that gain access to the pool. If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, it is important that you speak with an experienced swimming pool accident lawyer immediately. Contact us today for a free consultation.

8-Month-Old Baby Dies in Tragic Bus Accident in West New York

An 8-month-old baby died yesterday in a tragic accident when a bus on Boulevard East near 56th Street in West New York lost control and struck a lamppost, which in turn struck the baby who was in a carriage, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office said. The baby has been identified as Angela Paredes of 79th Street in North Bergen.

The Sheriff’s Office believes that driver distraction caused the fatality and speed may have been a factor. The driver, Idowu Daramola, 48, of New York, was issued summonses for reckless driving and for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle, but he was booked on the criminal offense of death by auto, a crime carrying a possible prison term of five to 10 years upon conviction

As if this tradegy was not sad enough, Angela’s mother, Maylin Hogo, witnessed the accident and had to watch as emergency personnel attempted to revive her. West New York Police Officer Michael Stetson said when he arrived to the scene, the mother was screaming hysterically and crying. The baby was bleeding from the head and there was no pulse, he said. He immediately applied CPR to the infant. “After CPR, she was gasping every third breath,” Stetson said of the child. Despite their efforts, baby Angela passed away in the way to the hospital.

The family of Angela, including her father Jairo Paredes, gathered at the Jersey City Medical Center this evening. Through hospital officials, they declined to be interviewed.

As a father of two, including a 5-month old, I can’t imagine how this family must feel and my hearts and prayers go out to them. In addition to being held accountable criminally, Mr. Daramola and his employer Sphinx must also be held accountable to Angela’s family in the civil courts. Her family cetrainly has a strong claim under New Jersey’s Wrongful Death Statute and depending on the facts, may have a claim for puntiive damages.