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Risky driving behaviors on the rise

Thanks to advancements in technology, cars on New Jersey highways and streets are safer than ever before, from airbags and lane departure warnings to automatic braking systems and 360-degree cameras. However, these safety features cannot protect drivers when they engage in risky behaviors. At Rosenberg, Kirby, Cahill, Stankowitz & Richardson our experienced attorneys represent clients seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents due to driver negligence.

The AAA Foundation 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index reports that while many drivers want to be safer on the roads, their activities while behind the wheel do not echo that sentiment. Distracted driving has taken center stage in recent years. When you are on the highway, and the driver next to you is using a hand-held cell phone, texting or reading an email, there could be severe repercussions if their attention wanders from the road for even a few seconds.

What is a repetitive stress injury?

Are you one of the many workers in New Jersey who suffer from the effects of a work-related repetitive stress injury? According to Medical News Today, this common condition goes by many different names: regional musculoskeletal disorder, occupational overuse syndrome, cumulative trauma disorder and repetitive motion injuries, to name a few. 

Regardless of what you call it, however, the causes are the same: repetitive tasks, vibrations, sustained or awkward positions and forceful exertions. As long as there has been manual labor, there have been repetitive stress injuries, although the first description of a repetitive stress injury in a medical text came from an 18th-century Italian physician who described 20 categories of injury among industrial workers. 

When can I sue for car accident injuries in a no-fault state?

New Jersey is one of only 12 states with no-fault insurance laws, allowing residents who are injured in a car accident to cover associated treatment or lost wage costs up to policy limits of their insurance -- no matter who is at fault for the accident.

But under what circumstances does this no-fault policy fail to cover expenses? Here are a few examples of when a victim of an accident should pursue a personal injury claim in court.

New Jersey's workers' compensation benefits

If you are employed in New Jersey, you should educate yourself about the type of assistance that you may seek should you be hurt while at work. As explained by the State of New Jersey Division of Workers' Compensation, the program provides benefits to cover medical costs and some wage replacement if you are unable to work either temporarily or permanently due to your injuries.

If you need urgent medical care, you are free to get that from the nearest emergency department. Beyond that, however, you must visit a provider approved by either your employer or their workers' compensation insurer. 

What should I know about job-related hearing damage?

Many industries can contribute to hearing loss for people of all ages. Whether you work in construction where jackhammers and work trucks assault your ears or in an office with the constant drone of machinery and radios in the background, your hearing can suffer. You and other New Jersey residents should understand the impact of job-related hearing loss.

Hearing loss is not limited to the physical inconvenience of being hard of hearing. Your ability to perform your job and your quality of life can suffer when you can’t hear as well as you used to. Hearing loss can cause depression as you feel left out of things that people with good hearing still enjoy, such as conversation and music. You might also be put in danger if you can’t hear an approaching vehicle or a safety alarm, and you could suffer anxiety and irritation by working in a place with constant or sudden bursts of loud noise.

Four injured in collision in Rochelle Park

Being involved in a car accident might seem to be an impossibility for many in Toms River. Most may trust that their own solid driving skills (which may include defensive driving techniques) will help to avoid collisions. While there may be logic in that line of thinking, it should also be remembered that people cannot control the actions of others, and all it may take is a slight show of negligence by one person on the road to cause an accident that ultimately involves multiple people. 

A recent multi-car collision that occurred in Rochelle Park serves as a stark reminder of this. Two vehicles (a tractor-trailer and a Honda Civic) collided on a state highway, following which the tractor-trailer struck a center divider which shot chunks of concrete that struck an approaching vehicle. The occupants of that car escaped, while the truck driver refused to accept any medical care. The four occupants of the Honda Civic all suffered injuries, yet all were reported as being in stable condition (despite one of them being ejected from the vehicle in the collision). 

Is an aggravated pre-existing condition covered by your employer?

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 53 percent of adults report they or someone in their household has a pre-existing condition. Unfortunately, workers' compensation can be denied to employees who need it the most. If your pre-existing condition is aggravated at work, you may struggle with pain and suffering, medical bills and other issues: Are you able to be compensated?

Businesses can redesign workplace for safety

Construction work is a dangerous job in New Jersey. In fact, it ranked as the second-most-deadly job in the state in 2016, according to news site NJ.com. Some 177 construction workers were killed on the job that year, with drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailer trucks the only category with a higher fatality rate, 250. In comparison, the third-most-dangerous occupation was the category of laborers and freight, stock and material movers, which claimed 73 workers that year.

New Jersey follows the national norm when breaking down the causes of fatalities, with roadway accidents the leading cause, followed by falls, slips and trips. Additional causes included contact with objects and equipment and exposure to harmful substances. Most often, upper body injuries were the most common occurrence.

Understanding permanent disability benefits in new jersey

As with many of the nation's laws, workers' compensation varies from state to state. While this allows each state its own freedom, it can also prove confusing and even overwhelming for employees. New Jersey employees who have been injured on the job often do not know where to begin. On top of a permanent disability, some must grapple with difficult employers or complex systems. Below is an overview of New Jersey's workers' compensation guidelines that may make it easier to navigate the process as a whole.

When it comes to permanent disability, victims are often left with more questions than answers. The Social Security Office of Policy points out that workers' compensation is the oldest social insurance program in the country -- largely without federal influence. With that said, programs can vary greatly in regard to rules and benefits. Most of the complexities lie in the category of permanent disability. The SSOP notes that permanent partial disability makes up over half of all workers' compensation cases, and that most states list a range of benefits offered for specific losses. 

Filing a wrongful death claim in New Jersey

When a loved one dies, the experience may prove heartbreaking. Yet when a loved one dies due to the negligent act of another person or company, the pain may require serious healing.

The state of New Jersey works to compensate you for your loved one's wrongful death. It is essential that when dealing with proof of negligence that you hire an experienced attorney to aid you in the process of seeking restitution. You face sadness and devastation after your loved one's passing, but an attorney can help you bring some monetary peace.

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