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Costly mistakes never to make after a car accident

In most cases, a car accident will result in minimal or no injuries to anyone involved. Unfortunately, New Jersey still sees its fair share of traffic fatalities. In 2017 alone, 625 people, including drivers, pedestrians and passengers, lost their lives as a result of traffic collisions, according to the New Jersey State Police

Even if you feel fine after an auto accident, you still need to see a doctor and follow some key steps. Failure to follow the proper protocol could drastically complicate your claim for compensation. Therefore, you never want to make any of these mistakes. 

Why are sprains and strains so common in the workplace?

You go to your job to earn a living, so it is disheartening when instead, you suffer an injury that leaves you unable to work. Two of the most common types of injuries to happen in the workplace are strains and sprains. These injuries are the top causes of workers' compensation claims, too, but why are avoidable injuries so common in the workplace? 

There are a few reasons why so many workers in the U.S. suffer from strains and sprains. Whether you are a teacher, a machinist or a nurse, you might be susceptible to this type of injury.   

3 important parts of a wrongful death suit

Nothing is more tragic than the unexpected loss of a loved one. It only exacerbates the pain if his or her passing was preventable, and another individual or entity's negligence caused it. This is often the case, though, in deaths that occur in the workplace. If you have recently lost a loved one under such circumstances, you should know that there is legal recourse available to help you handle the situation.

Filing a wrongful death suit may be your best option, and the following three elements comprise the most important aspects of a wrongful death case.

Reasons to have a lawyer help your workers' comp claim

People injured on the job should receive something as a means of compensation. This is especially true to first responders, who face an increased risk of sustaining injuries. It is for this reason the New Jersey Senate has recently crafted a bill that will change what first responders' compensation will cover. It will hopefully pass to give first responders and their loved ones greater peace of mind. 

When injured on the job, it is critical to file a workers' comp claim as soon as possible. Your boss should be aware of the situation shortly after the injury occurred, and you should receive all the paperwork you need to file a claim. Although everything may appear straightforward, you should still retain the services of an experienced attorney to assist you during this process. 

Workplace noise can compromise your health and hearing

There is something to be said for a little peace and quiet, you think as you head once again into your loud workplace. Like many New Jersey residents who do not enjoy the luxury of a quiet job, you wonder if there can be long-term effects of noise to your health and sanity. You might also be interested in learning whether workers’ compensation applies to the effects of a loud profession.

Many industries are typically associated with a high level of noise. These can include jobs in construction, mining, factories, the military, firefighting, health care or law enforcement. However, you do not have to work in one of these professions to suffer from a loud work environment. A job where there is constant chattering or background noise can disrupt your concentration and make you feel irritable and anxious. The following examples might apply:

  • A child care job where children are usually yelling, fighting, crying or screaming
  • A position in an office where your co-workers often loudly chat, gossip, laugh or bicker near your workspace
  • A job in a store, restaurant or bar where the music is loud and people need to raise their voices to be heard

Wrongful death damages in New Jersey may be expanded

In the state of New Jersey, as in other states, when someone's death is the result of liability on the part of another, there is the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit. Each state determines its own regulations regarding what types of damages are possible in these cases.

Legislators in New Jersey are looking at widening the options concerning damages available to plaintiffs who file a wrongful death lawsuit. This possible expansion could make it easier for grieving families to seek the specific types of damages that pertain to their case, which is not possible under the current law.

What benefits does New Jersey workers' compensation provide?

Workers who become injured on the job in the state of New Jersey are protected under the state's workers' compensation system. While most people are vaguely aware that a system is in place, many never look at the details or inquire about how the system works until they are directly involved with it through a workplace injury.

The workers' compensation system can be complex at turns, and people encountering it for the first time often have many questions about how it works and what benefits the system provides. Here are the basics about workers' compensation in New Jersey, how to access it and whether you need to seek the professional assistance of a workers' compensation attorney:

What construction workers need to know about asbestos exposure

As a New Jersey construction worker, you probably are exposed to asbestos every day while at work. Even if you wear a protective dust mask, you likely constantly inhale innumerable microscopic asbestos fibers on every job site. Over time, these dangerous fibers build up in your lungs and eventually can cause asbestosis, a debilitating lung scarring condition.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in many construction products and material. It breaks down over time and also is easily disturbed by such things as saws, sanders, drills and other construction equipment. Unlike most minerals, however, asbestos does not break down into simple dust. Its sharp microscopic fibers become airborne at the slightest indoor or outdoor breeze and disperse over a wide area, getting past regular dust masks and into your lungs.

Am I entitled to workers’ comp from an accident off the job?

As you know, workers’ compensation insurance exists to compensate you for your expenses and lost wages resulting from an accident you sustained at work. It is also in your employer’s best interests, as it protects New Jersey companies in most cases from litigation from an injured worker. However, what if you suffered an injury in a work-related accident that happened while you were off the clock or not at your workplace? Would you still be eligible to receive benefits?

Recently, your office ran out of printer paper and your supervisor sent you to the office supply store to purchase more. On the way there, you were in a car accident and received a minor injury. You were not at the office when the accident occurred, but because the injury happened while you were running a work-related errand, workers’ compensation should cover you.

Workplace rudeness might create more problems than expected

As you know, it is not pleasant to work with someone who is rude, condescending or abusive. However, rudeness in the workplace not only undermines productivity but can cause problems that affect your own wellbeing. You and other New Jersey residents may benefit from understanding the consequences of working with people who project their unhappiness onto others.

In a study cited by the Harvard Business Review, abusive behavior by a superior potentially did more damage than merely making the workplace unpleasant. In the experiment, 24 neonatal intensive care unit teams worked on a hypothetical situation involving a critically ill infant. Half of those in the study received neutral comments by a medical expert. In the other half, an expert insulted team members and questioned their abilities and professionalism. It may not surprise you to learn that the teams which endured taunts and insults performed poorly in comparison with the other teams. In fact, the fictional infant had a reduced chance of surviving when the teams experiencing demeaning and critical comments cared for it.

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