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You can appeal a workers' compensation claim denial

You got hurt at work, which would be upsetting enough on its own. Unfortunately, your employer has decided to deny your workers' compensation claim. You might feel a sense of hopelessness about how you will cover your costs or anger that your employer would put you in this situation.

There are many reasons why a workers' compensation claim denial could happen. For example, maybe someone in the office didn't file your report properly after your injury. Other times, the company could be trying to avoid paying out on your claim to keep costs low. A workers' compensation claim could increase the amount of premium your employer pays for the insurance that protects the staff.

Teen driver-involved crashes increase during “100 Deadliest Days”

For teenagers across New Jersey, the onset of summer typically means more time and freedom to do what they please. For everyone else, though, it means more teen drivers will be making their way to the state’s streets and highways, and this can mean big trouble for the motoring public. At Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we understand that road fatalities stemming from incidents involving teen drivers spike sharply during the summer, and we have helped many people involved in, or who lost loved ones in, crashes involving teenagers pursue recourse.

According to AAA, teenage driver-involved fatal car wrecks spike 14% in the summertime when compared with the rest of the year. In fact, the dangers associated with driving between Memorial Day and Labor Day are so substantial that the time period has become known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.” If you have teen drivers living in your home, educating them about the dangers associated with driving, taking care to cover hazards associated with nighttime driving, distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving and so on, may help you reduce their chances of becoming a statistic.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur anywhere in New Jersey where the burning of fuels takes place. It can take place in homes or businesses, as well as on construction sites. Because carbon monoxide has no odor, taste or color, it can be difficult to detect, and poisoning can occur before you realize it.

Because the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can be life-threatening or cause permanent disability, it is important to recognize the symptoms in yourself and other people. According to the Mayo Clinic, these symptoms include the following: 

  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion 
  • Dizziness
  • Dull headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shortness of breath

Can a fall from a ladder change your life?

If your job in New Jersey requires frequent use of a ladder, you likely use it plenty of times in a work shift while barely considering the dangers unique to ladders. Unfortunately, all it takes is one incident to cost your health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) take a look at ladder fall injuries in relation to occupations. High risk jobs can include police officers, firefighters, and construction workers. Ladder accidents can happen for a number of reasons and may include equipment that hasn't been maintained by proper authorities, a lack of safety training, or a failure to provide accurate warnings about the terrain you may be working in.

Does whiplash pose hidden dangers?

As a resident of New Jersey who has gotten into a crash, you may be suffering from symptoms of whiplash. Though whiplash is sometimes treated as an injury that is comparatively easy to handle, it can actually have a lasting impact on your health.

As Mayo Clinic points out, whiplash is a neck injury that happens when your neck and head make sudden, whip-like movements such as when you are rear-ended by another car. They are also known as neck strains or sprains, which may bring to mind injuries that are relatively easy to recover from.

Surprisingly, summer driving leads to increased fatalities

If you were to ask the average New Jersey driver when the most dangerous days on the road are, they would probably give you an answer that involves the winter months. After all, anyone who has lived through even a single New Jersey winter understands that blustery weather and slippery road conditions can spell disaster for drivers.

However, the reality of determining the most dangerous days to drive is more complicated than just looking at the weather. In order to determine what days are the most dangerous, it was necessary to collect data over a number of years and look at the average number of deaths. The results from an analysis of collision-related deaths will probably surprise you.

What is a dooring accident?

As a bicyclist in New Jersey, you already know you face numerous dangers when riding your bike. Whether you ride in congested areas or prefer to take your bike out in the country, an accident with a motor vehicle can be devastating. Being doored is just one of the many hazards that can unexpectedly come your way when you are on your bicycle.

What exactly is dooring? As the League of American Bicyclists explains, dooring occurs when someone opens a vehicle door into a passing bicyclist or just as the cyclist approaches the vehicle so he or she has no time to avoid a collision. Usually, the motor vehicle is parked, and those inside the car or truck fail to check for approaching bicyclists before opening their door. A dooring accident can cause a serious injury or even be fatal to bicyclists, especially if they are riding fast.

Protecting children by teaching them how to behave around dogs

For many children in New Jersey, sighting a dog is something to be excited about. Often, a child's reaction to noticing a four-legged friend may be to immediately run up to the pet and attempt to pet it. However, parents and guardians should be encouraging their children to be cautious when approaching an unknown animal and to ask for permission before they try to pet the animal. 

Because one can never be sure that an animal, they have never met is going to be comfortable with being approached, it is imperative that people take precautions and respect the animal's boundaries to protect themselves from a preventable bite or injury. Because children are much more likely to startle a dog with their quick and sometimes noisy behavior, parents should make it a priority to teach their children about what behaviors are appropriate around dogs and which should be avoided to reduce their risk of being hurt. 

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Like many drivers in New Jersey and elsewhere, you may understand how easy it can be to get distracted while behind the wheel. A distraction you did not intend can come out of nowhere, such as a serious accident that is all too tempting to stare at as you go by. At the law office of Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we also understand the prevalence of driving distractions, as well as how dangerous they can be for you and others.

This is why the National Safety Council and other agencies designate times for people to be aware of safety problems and educate themselves on how to prevent them. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, as the NSC explains. This month, you may want to refresh your knowledge on the different types of distractions you can encounter any time on the road, as well as how to avoid becoming distracted. For example, you may want to remind yourself to keep your eyes on the road if you drive past an accident or some nice scenery. Understand that such actions as tuning your radio station, turning to address a couple of arguing children in the back seat or eating food behind the wheel can also distract you. As you may also know, using your cellphone and texting while driving are especially dangerous.

What can you expect with a rabies vaccine?

Most people in New Jersey will never have to worry about getting a rabies vaccination. Unlike most vaccines, you typically only receive a rabies vaccination following a possible exposure. According to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, exposure to rabies involves contact with the saliva of an infected animal, which usually involves a bite but could also result from an infected animal licking an open wound on your body.

Even if you do receive a bite from an animal, however, it does not necessarily follow that you will need to receive the rabies vaccine. If the bite came from a pet with a verifiable immunization record, or if the animal remains in the neighborhood and/or in containment and shows no symptoms after 10 days' observation, you do not need a rabies vaccination. 

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