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Day care workers face on-the-job muscle strains, sprains

Child care workers in New Jersey day care facilities have to be pretty flexible and fit. They need to be able to get down to the level of small children in order to interact with them. They also have to be able to lift up the children for diaper changes, to give comfort and to remove them from different areas in the day care center.

All of that bending, lifting and stooping can play havoc on a child care worker's musculoskeletal system. If they make a wrong move, they could face injuries that can be at least temporarily disabling.

Car accidents: Answers needed when filing a claim

If you suffer injury in a New Jersey auto collision, you will no doubt be speaking with police officers, health care workers, insurance agents and other support personnel. Car accidents often prompt personal injury claims in civil court. This is because state law allows recovering accident victims or immediate family members of fatally injured victims to seek compensation for damages when the evidence suggests the negligence of another was a causal factor in an accident.

In the immediate aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, there are often more questions than answers when investigators arrive at the scene. It can take days, weeks, even months to determine who or what may have caused a particular collision to occur. In many instances where people have suffered injuries, driver negligence is often a direct cause.

Workers' compensation: Amputation hazards

Workers in the manufacturing industry will always be at risk of suffering amputation injuries. A significant percentage of workers' compensation benefits claims filed in New Jersey and across the country involve work-related amputation injuries. Employers are responsible for employee safety, which means that all the necessary protective devices must be present on machines and equipment with moving parts.

Furthermore, employees must get safety training that will inform them of potential hazards and protect themselves from catastrophic injuries. Although most work-related amputations involve fingers, many workers lose their hands, feet, toes or other body parts. Most of these injuries result from workers making contact with moving or rotating parts, or repairing or cleaning equipment without turning off the power.

Motorcycle accidents: Police seek help in solving biker's death

With the onset of warmer weather, bikers in New Jersey and elsewhere are taking to the open roads. Bikers say there is nothing as thrilling as riding a motorcycle. However, specials skills are required because motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye -- often with catastrophic consequences.

Crash investigators in Hackensack asked for the help of people who witnessed a fatal motorcycle accident on a recent Friday evening. According to the county prosecutor, officers responded to the crash scene at approximately 11 p.m. They arrived to find a motorcyclist who had crashed into a wall. The biker succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Car accidents: Big rig driver arrested after leaving crash scene

Leaving an accident scene can have severe legal consequences. Fortunately, sooner or later, law enforcement catches up with most hit-and-run drivers who flee the scenes of car accidents. Following the death of a 21-year-old woman on a recent Thursday, the New Jersey State Police announced that the driver of a tractor-trailer was arrested for allegedly fleeing the scene after striking a woman on Route 95 in the Fort Lee area.

Reportedly, the woman and other family members were heading to Teaneck Township in two separate vehicles when her vehicle collided with another car at about 10:30 p.m. Her parents, who were in the second car, following their daughter, witnessed the tragedy. They reported that the 21-year-old woman stepped out of her car, and the big rig struck her while she was using her cellphone, calling her mother.

Bike injuries can be more serious than you think

Have you ever gotten "doored" by a car as you were cruising along in the bike lane obeying all traffic laws? This is a very common bicycle injury. If it happened to you, you are lucky to walk away with a few scrapes, bumps and bruises.

Some cyclists are not that lucky. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1,000 cyclists were killed while riding here in America in 2015. Furthermore, the number of cycling injuries was close to 467,000 in that same year.

Critical steps to take after dog bite injuries

The ramifications of dog attacks can be considerable, with significant financial, legal and medical consequences. Victims of dog bite injuries who are unsure of their legal rights to recover damages may be uncertain of the critical steps to take after a dog attack. New Jersey is one of the states with a "strict liability" law when it comes dog attacks.

Although medical care is critical, it is essential to exchange information with the dog owner, if possible. Even if only contact details are exchanged at first. The victim can get further information later, such as the dog's vaccination history. It is crucial to know whether the dog's rabies vaccinations are up to date.

An attractive nuisance can lead to premises liability claims

With the arrival of summer, property owners in New Jersey may want to look at any potential dangers that could cause injuries to unsupervised children around their yards. These are called attractive nuisances that include anything that could attract neighborhood children to come onto the property for a closer look. However, if such incidents cause injuries, the property owner could face full financial accountability through a premises liability lawsuit.

A ride-on lawnmower left in the yard could cause injuries. A ladder left propped up against a garage, or house wall could also attract kids. Trampolines, swimming pools, playsets and treehouses should be enclosed to prevent unsupervised use.

Material handling injuries cited in workers' compensation claims

Workers in the warehousing and fulfillment centers in New Jersey face a host of workplace injury risks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates safety standards for this industry, holding employers responsible for the safety and health of employees. However, workers' compensation claims citing material handling injuries continue to be filed.

The steps employers should take to protect workers include minimizing ergonomic risks that cause fatigue. The frequent bending and twisting, along with repetitive lifting, stretching, carrying and placing of heavy or awkwardly shaped products cause chronic exhaustion and musculoskeletal disorders. Protection like gloves, eye protection, safety boots, helmets and other personal protective equipment can limit the injuries. Upgraded equipment such as forklifts and conveyor belts can make work processes safer and more efficient.

Motorcycle accidents: Biker dies after crash with farm tractor

A 55-year-old biker lost his life recently after a collision with a farm tractor. Motorcycle accidents like this one in New Jersey typically give rise to many unanswered questions, which can only be answered after reconstruction of the incident. Reportedly, the crash occurred at about 7 p.m. on a recent Wednesday on Route 57.

According to a preliminary accident report, the eastbound motorcyclist collided with a westbound farm tractor hauling a corn planter. However, the circumstances that led to the crash are yet to be determined. First responders arrived at the scene, and paramedics treated the biker before he was transported to a medical facility. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries later. The 62-year-old operator of the tractor was not injured.

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