What you need to know
- A man who fell from a cliff in New Jersey and was saved by his Apple Watch has lost his attempt to sue Monmouth County.
- James Prudenciano fell from a cliff and suffered three fractures in his back as well as a broken leg.
- A judge tossed his suit because it was filed late, and rejected a claim the man was too injured to seek an attorney and file a timely complaint.
A man who credited his Apple Watch with saving his life after a major fall in a New Jersey park has had his suit against the county thrown out because it wasn't filed within the required 90 days.
In October 2019 Prudenciano fell from a cliff into a river while on a date in Hartshorne Woods Park in Middletown. He broke his back in three places but his Apple Watch alerted emergency services to the fall, allowing him to be rescued. At the time, Prudenciano said that he credited his Watch with saving his life.
Prudenciano went on to sue Monmouth county over claims the trails were poorly maintained, marked, and lit, however, a judge tossed out the case because it wasn't filed within the required 90 days. Lawyers ford Prudenicano told the court he was bedridden and immobile for three months, hence why the suit was not filed in time. However, the original judge in the case and an appeal court both ruled that Prudenciano should have been able to get legal help and file his case in time, as evidenced by the fact he appeared on TV to conduct two interviews with news outlets:
Apple's health and emergency alert features continue to be one of its best Apple Watch features in devices like the Apple Watch Series 7. Last week a story of a young woman in Sydney emerged after a thyroid problem she had went unchecked for two months despite her Apple Watch picking up on her dramatic change in health.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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