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September 2015 Archives

Do workers' compensation benefits cover long-term disability?

According to one study, many injured workers settle their workers’ compensation cases before realizing that they have a disability. Specifically, a disability diagnosis may occur one or even two years after the accident. Unfortunately, once a workers’ compensation claim is closed, workers may be barred from reopening it. Accordingly, the study questions whether workers’ compensation benefits should be designed differently, in order to account for delayed post-injury symptoms.

What can be done in the wake of a car accident?

When you get into a car accident, a lot is going through your mind. Most car accidents are minor in nature, and thus only a little property damage is involved. But there are obviously some very serious car accidents that can occur. In such severe car accidents, some of the tips we are about to list may not be applicable. For many wrecks, though, these post-accidents steps are very important.

Does workers’ compensation ever intersect with disability law?

When a severe illness or accident renders an individual unable to work, he or she may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The two primary disability programs administered by the SSA are Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income. SSDI benefits require a qualifying work history, whereas low-income recipients may be eligible for SSI benefits.

Do criminal and civil claims ever arise from the same car crash?

When another driver’s negligence rises to the level of recklessness, criminal liability may attach, in addition to potential civil claims. Yet recreating another driver’s actions may prove challenging in either context. Crash experts may reconstruct the scene, but in some instances, unexplained accidents may simply be imputed to a driver’s negligence. 

Does New Jersey law protect pedestrians from negligent drivers?

Readers may be surprised to learn that pedestrian injuries or deaths are the second largest category of motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey. The data, compiled by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, offers several theories for this alarming statistic.

Do other drivers pose a danger to New Jersey motorcyclists?

Although motorcyclists may share equal rights with other drivers, a motorcycle is no match for a passenger vehicle or truck in a motor vehicle accident. New Jersey authorities are cognizant of this vulnerability and have devoted a page to motorcycle safety on the state’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety website.

Can third-party liability attach to a robotic coworker?

If you have been injured on the job, seeking workers' compensation benefits generally starts with notifying one's employer of the accident. However, it's also a good idea to consult with an attorney who can help to document the facts of the workplace accident. An attorney can also advise you of other potential sources of relief.

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