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Workers’ Compensation Benefits After Getting Fired

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Highland Park Workers' Compensation Lawyers: Workers’ Compensation Benefits After Getting FiredWorkers’ Compensation laws are tricky for the average person to navigate. After sustaining a workplace injury, many employees question their job security. If an injured worker is out of work, an employer typically must fill the vacant position to keep things running smoothly. A more proficient employee could fill the role or job tasks could shift, leaving the injured worker to wonder what will be waiting for them upon their return, or question if their employer is looking for someone to replace them. Injured workers might think their employer can fire them for being reckless and getting injured on the job, or for not being able to report to work due to an injury.

Legally, employers are not allowed to fire injured workers or they will be subject to a lawsuit for retaliation. Typically, employers will put injured workers on light duty or shift their job responsibilities to a lesser role to accommodate the injury if possible. In certain instances, a worker may be placed on permanent leave from a job due to a long-sustained…

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Town Council Wants Dangerous Curvy Road Straightened

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: Town Council Wants Dangerous Curvy Road Straightened

In West Milford, New Jersey, town and state officials are at odds over whether a curvy stretch of road should be straightened, and who should pay for the construction. The New Jersey Department of Transportation approved a plan that included paving a two-mile length on Route 23 and removing one of several U-turns along the highway. The West Milford Town Council responded by unanimously defeating the resolution for the repairs because it did not include a plan to straighten a section of the highway containing reverse curves, or “S-curves.” The S-curves are known to be the site of many local car accidents.

Route 23 and Growth in West Milford

The stretch of road in question was once a two-lane highway. As the area expanded and the surrounding population grew, two lanes were added. As a four-lane highway planned around the original curves, cars were pushed toward the outer lanes in a pattern that seemed to increase accidents. In 2015, 10 percent of crashes in West Milford occurred near the entrance to the S-curves. Back in 2012,…

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When Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Start?

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Highland Park Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: When Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Start?For those filing a Workers’ Compensation claim for the first time, there may be many questions about how the process works, one of which may be, when will I begin receiving benefit payments?

In most states, employers are obligated to pay medical bills for a work-related injury, even if it has only just been filed and not yet processed. As soon as your claim has been accepted by the state, your employer, or your employer’s insurance company, you are then eligible for all other allowable Workers’ Compensation benefits. The benefits you receive depend on your case, such as what kind of injuries you have, how severe they are, and whether you can return to work.

If You Are Injured at Work

If you sustain an injury while on the job, you should immediately notify your employer and seek medical attention from a professional. You do not need to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to see a doctor. You can be treated for your injury and the doctor will document your condition. If you receive medical bills for doctor…

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Sideswipe Accidents

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: Sideswipe AccidentsSideswipe car accidents are among the most common traffic accidents. The National Safety Commission defines a sideswipe accident as a collision taking place when two vehicles traveling in a parallel manner meet. Each year, more than 242,000 sideswipe accidents occur in the United States, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The following are the most common reasons why sideswipe crashes happen:

  • Distracted driving: texting, talking on the phone, or changing the radio station.
  • Impaired driving: driving while impaired from alcohol, drugs, or lack of sleep.
  • Inattentive driving: running a red light, making a turn against traffic without waiting until it is safe to do so, failing to yield or come to a complete stop at a four-way intersection, or failing to look both ways before turning right at an intersection.
  • Reckless driving: defined as driving a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others. In New Jersey, this violation is usually charged along with excessive speeding and drunk driving

The resulting crash from sideswipe accidents may cause serious, and sometimes…

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Protect Workers from Heat Stroke

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Highland Park Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Protect Injured WorkersAs temperatures rise, many of us retreat indoors to air-conditioned comfort.  For the men and women who spend their workdays outside in the summer sun, that is not an option.  In 2014, more than 2,600 workers across the country suffered heat-related illnesses. Employers need to be vigilant about protecting employees from the risks of heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses cause serious injuries and can even be fatal if left untreated.

Signs and symptoms of heat stroke

Without water and rest, workers are at risk for certain heat illnesses. Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling off. In severe heat, sweating may not be enough to decrease the body’s temperature. The first signs of heat illness are dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, cramps, nausea, and rapid heart rate.

Without treatment, heat stroke can develop quickly. Some symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature, flushed skin, confusion, convulsions, and fainting.  When the skin is dry and the body has stopped sweating, the person is likely suffering heat stroke. During a heat stroke, the body’s temperature…

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Most Common Slip and Fall Locations

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: Common Slip and Fall LocationsA slip and fall accident is a common type of accident that can happen to anybody. Elderly people are perhaps more prone to falling, but the truth is that under the right circumstances, a person of any age can incur injuries in a slip and fall.

In a slip and fall case, certain criteria must be met to pursue a claim under premises liability law. The owner of a property is responsible for maintaining it and keeping it safe for those using it. If a safety risk exists, then sufficient warning of the hazard must be given. If it can be proven that the owner of the property caused the unsafe conditions due to negligence, or knew about a safety risk and did not act to fix it, then there are grounds for an injured party to claim compensation. Another circumstance for a slip and fall case is when a hazard exists that the property owner as a “reasonable person” should have known about and fixed. These cases are often more common and…

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Self-Driving Cars and Safety

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers discuss self driving cars and safetyThe future of the auto industry seems to be in self-driving cars and trucks, also known as autonomous vehicles. By some estimates as soon as the year 2030, 60 percent of all cars sold in the United States could be self-driving vehicles.

Any new technology needs time to work out any product defects, and self-driving cars are no exception. The Tesla company is one of the front runners in developing autonomous vehicles and started testing its cars on California roads in 2016. Tesla founder Elon Musk has promised that by the end of 2017 they will demonstrate an autonomous road trip from Los Angeles to New York.

In May 2016, the first fatality involving a self-driving car occurred in Florida. The driver was using the auto-pilot function of the Tesla Model S when the car had an accident with a tractor-trailer. The top of the car was torn open when it drove under the trailer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation which determined that that there was no safety related defect….

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Swimming Pool Accidents

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New Brunswick Premises Liability Lawyers: Swimming Pool Accidents

As summer approaches, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with one of the most popular summertime activities–swimming. Many people are being subjected to electrocution in swimming pools. An electric shock is defined as an injurious, but non-deadly, exposure to an electrical current. When an electric shock is powerful enough to cause fatalities, it constitutes an electrocution. Electric shock or electrocution in a pool often happens because of faulty electrical work involving wiring, grounding, and bonding.

Electrical Issues: Wiring, Grounding and Bonding

The connection of wires to the pool lights, filter pump, and control systems, amongst other electrical equipment is referred to wiring. Bonding is the permanent joining of metallic parts to form an electrically conductive path. Grounding is essentially a safeguard to protect people against potentially dangerous voltage as it establishes a path for conducting electrical energy, so that in the event of a malfunction, the ground or a proxy conducting body may absorb some of the dangerous current.

Wiring, bonding and grounding are all governed by standards set forth by the National Electrical Code whom dictates…

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: Grounds for a Personal Injury Case

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: Grounds for a Personal Injury CaseSlip and fall accidents are not uncommon. Most of the time, these types of accidents are minor and cause nothing more than a bruised ego. However, some slip and fall accidents result in serious injuries, leaving the victim with lasting physical effects and substantial medical expenses. When should a victim take legal action against a property owner or occupier after a slip and fall accident? The answer is not always easy.

Visitors to a person’s home, or to a restaurant, theater, or other public space are expected to use common sense when navigating their way. If a person is texting on their phone while walking through a crowded store, he or she is likely to trip over an object on the floor or at least bump into another person. If the person who was not watching where he or she was going gets hurt, it may be difficult or impossible to hold the store owner responsible. Because slips, trips, and falls are an inevitable part of…

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: U.S. Road Fatalities Highest Since 2007

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: U.S. Road Fatalities Highest Since 2007The National Safety Council (NSC) has called for stricter driving rules regarding texting while driving and has additional suggestions to make roads safer. This follows the non-profit advocacy group’s latest report on 2016 fatalities on U.S. roads. Compared to the previous year, roadside deaths were up by six percent, an increase more than double that of 2014. In the first nine months of 2016, fatal car accidents were already eight percent higher than the same period the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Vehicle miles traveled increased by three percent as more motorists took advantage of lower gas prices to hit the road. However, the NSC indicates that this does not fully account for the six percent rise in deaths. The group released the results of driver surveys where motorists were asked about their driving habits involving everything from safety habits to distracted driving. A full 47 percent of the drivers surveyed admitted they were comfortable driving and texting. Some 16 percent did not always use a seatbelt when they drive,…

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