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Being injured at work can be demoralizing because it can prevent you from earning wages during your recovery period. If you were seriously injured, you may even need to consider a change in career due to your being unable to physically continue your profession.

Workers' compensation insurance is a type of coverage that is available to the majority of workers in the United States. It provides a financial safety net for those who are struggling due to injuries that they acquired at work. Eligible injured workers can gain compensation for all medical expenses that were related to the treatment of the injury. They may also be able to gain compensation for a portion of the wages that they lost.

New Jersey drivers to see big changes to DWI laws

State lawmakers in New Jersey recognize drunk driving as a serious statewide issue. They wish to reduce the risk to the public from intoxicated drivers while at the same time not placing an unreasonable burden on individuals trying to hold down jobs and take care of their families. To that end, the governor recently signed a bill into law that will expand the use of ignition interlock devices in addition to revising other drunk driving penalties. 

The new law goes into effect on Jan. 1st, 2020. It requires an ignition interlock device for anyone found to have committed DWI, even if it is the first offense. The duration of the IID requirement depends in part upon the driver's blood alcohol concentration at the time of the arrest. For example, the law will require a driver to install an IID on his or her vehicle for seven to 12 months if test results indicate a blood alcohol level from 0.10% to 0.15%. A first-time offender with a BAC over 0.15% must install an IID for nine to 15 months. However, a first-time offender with a BAC between 0.08% and 0.10% need only install an IID for three months. 

When are defective car parts recalled?

Understandably, you likely expect your car to get you anywhere you need to go in New Jersey safely and without hiccups. Unfortunately, manufacturing errors do occur, and some can be dangerous. If your vehicle has a safety-related defect, you might even be dealing with an auto recall.

What is an auto recall, exactly? To explain this, FindLaw first takes a look at what safety-related defects are. These are any defects that affect parts of the car that are crucial to control of the vehicle. Examples include steering and braking, or systems that are crucial to the safety of the driver like seatbelts and airbags. These defects are not always severe enough to result in a recall, though.

Dealing with whiplash after a rear-end car crash

When another New Jersey driver hits your vehicle from behind, you may experience whiplash, which occurs when something causes your neck to move back and forth forcefully, causing damage to neck tendons and muscles. At Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we understand that rear-end collisions are a common cause of whiplash, and we have helped many clients who experienced whiplash and other injuries due to another driver’s negligence pursue appropriate recourse following a car crash.

According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash can range broadly in terms of severity. While, in some cases, symptoms associated with whiplash begin to subside in a matter of weeks, in more serious cases, the symptoms can last for months, years or even longer. How might you know if you suffered whiplash in a rear-end collision?

Dealing with crush injuries

New Jersey construction workers face many unique dangers. One possible risk a worker can face on the job is that of a crush injury, which can cause huge amounts of damage to the entire body and result in a long and potentially painful recovery period.

FindLaw takes a look at some of the injuries most commonly seen among construction workers. Two of them are called "backovers" and "crushed-betweens". These injuries typically relate to being backed over by a large vehicle, or pinned between two vehicles or a vehicle and a solid object. This can be the result of negligence on behalf of any site overseer or supervisor. It may also be the fault of a driver.

How can you protect your hands from repetitive stress injuries?

Regardless of the work you do in New Jersey, whether you perform manual labor or have an office job, you may be at work for repetitive stress injury to your hands and wrists. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the symptoms of repetitive stress injuries to the hands include numbness, tingling, weakness, stiffness, swelling and sensitivity to variations in temperature. If you experience symptoms such as these, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If you believe your condition to be work-related, you should also take immediate steps to file a workers' compensation claim. 

A number of factors may put people at risk for repetitive strain injuries. Some include work-related conditions such as exposure to excessive vibrations or extreme cold. Prolonged computer use is also a potential risk factor. Other risk factors are not related to a person's work and therefore more difficult to control. For example, people with small wrists may be more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome and feel the effects more keenly. 

How much can an animal bites cost you?

Pet-owning residents of New Jersey have a responsibility to ensure that their pet does no harm to visitors on their property. Unfortunately, your safety cannot always be guaranteed. If you have been bitten by someone's pet, we at Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., are here to discuss what the costs may actually be.

It's the unfortunate truth that many people who are bitten by household pets never pursue damages for it. This can be for a number of reasons, including knowing the owner of the pet, or not understanding how serious the bite and its related costs are until it is too late.

Watch out for the fatal four at your New Jersey construction job

Construction has a long-standing reputation as a profession that is both physically taxing and very dangerous. Construction workers have to deal with one of the highest rates of injury and death on the job, which is why they often command excellent wages for the hours that they work.

Certain accidents are exactly that. They are unpredictable flukes that no one could avoid because of unusual or random circumstances. However, many accidents, particularly fatal accidents, on construction worksites relate directly to one of the four workplace dangers known as the fatal four in construction.

Pit bulls' owner arrested after fatal attack

Any person in New Jersey who has heard others talk about pit bulls know that emotions can run high on this topic. Many people argue vehemently that this breed of dog can be just as loving, sweet and docile as any other type of dog. They assert that the nature of a pit bull or of any dog has more to do with how it is raised than what breed it might happen to be or include. Despite these assertions, it is a fact that pit bulls remain involved in more attacks than any other type of dog. 

One woman in Barnegat Township is not only mourning the loss of her beloved dog but had to watch her dog be mauled to death by two pit bulls. As reported by News 12 New Jersey, the woman was out on a Sunday afternoon taking her dog for a walk. Her dog was on a leash as is required by law. Without any warning or provocation, two pit bulls came out of almost nowhere and attacked her dog.

FMCSA and DOT at odds over trucker drive time limits

Most people in New Jersey have seen, read or heard reports about tragic accidents that have happened in which tractor-trailers have collided with regular-sized passenger vehicles, motorcycles, pedestrians or bicyclists. It is not hard to understand how people in other vehicles, on bikes or on foot face serious disadvantages when these events happen. This is one of the reasons that the government has developed a series of rules designed to improve trucker and public safety.

Combatting fatigue among truck drivers has been a priority for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In the past few years, the agency has developed and instituted its Hours of Service rule which outlines provisions for the length of time a trucker may work each day and each week. There are also limits on how many working hours may be spent driving, how long break periods must last and when breaks must be taken.

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