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Mistakes to Avoid After a Slip and Fall

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New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers: Mistakes to Avoid After a Slip and FallA slip and fall accident can be embarrassing. It can also result in extensive injuries that affect your independence, lifestyle, and income if you are unable to work. Whether you fall at a residence or business, here are some mistakes to avoid after your slip and fall.

Do not fail to report it. Put your embarrassment aside and report your slip and fall rather than leaving the premises. Report the incident to the correct person, such as a manager or storeowner, and make sure to ask the manager for a copy of the incident report.

Do not be afraid to ask for a witness’s help. Don’t be ashamed to ask witnesses for their contact information in case they need to make a statement to prove your injury claim.

Do not fail to gather evidence. If you can, take pictures of the hazard that caused you to fall, such as a wet and slippery floor, ice, snow, loose carpet, or items on the ground. Be sure to take both close-up and far away photos to help prove…

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Car Accidents Spike With Opioid Use

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: Car Accidents Spike With Opioid UseThe misuse and addiction of prescription drugs has been dubbed one of the largest public health crises to date, and is ongoing and rampant in America. Much talk is centered on fatal opioid overdoses; however, it was recently discovered that overdoses are not the only cause of fatality for users. Columbia University conducted a study that linked the increasing number of fatal car accidents to opioid usage.

Not surprisingly, research shows that 100 million people took some type of prescription drug in 2015. Oftentimes, narcotic medicine is prescribed to pain patients to correct a symptom, but it does not treat the underlying cause. By the time the underlying cause is identified, the pain turns from acute to chronic, requiring long-term drug use and ongoing care. Sadly, many of these patients unknowingly become addicts.

Opiate Addiction Starts Quickly

People can become addicted to narcotics after merely three days of use, which is why the prescription drug crisis is considered an epidemic. It is essential that pain patients seek medical attention immediately. Being treated quickly increases the likelihood of being cured without…

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Pedestrian Detection Systems

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New Brunswick Pedestrian Accident Lawyers: Pedestrian Detection SystemsA driver only needs to take their eyes of the road for a fraction of a second for a pedestrian accident to happen. They may be distracted by kids in the back seat, changing the radio station, social media or an incoming text, or even trying to operate a hands-free cell phone. To make our roads safer for everyone, the Volpe Center at the U.S. Department of Transportation has been performing research into PCAMS—pedestrian crash avoidance/mitigation systems. These systems are believed to be able to reduce up to 5,000 pedestrian accidents and prevent over 800 fatalities every year.

A team of experts at Volpe focused their study on the benefits of PCAM systems. They examined real-world pedestrian crash data, and tracked PCAM systems manufactured by multiple manufacturers. There are a wide variety of PCAMS currently on the market. Researchers looked at systems that provided both audio and visual warnings. Two of the systems studied only provided a visual alert to the driver, and one only provided an audio alert to the pedestrian about to be struck. Because no one can predict…

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Autonomous Vehicles

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: Autonomous VehiclesTechnological advances meant to simplify everyday tasks are sweeping the nation, but they do not come without drawbacks. One of the most controversial improvements is the introduction of autonomous vehicles, also referred to as robo-taxis. Because this technology is new and extensive testing is still needed, many people are concerned with the immediate societal impacts these self-driving vehicles could have.

Unveiling a massive number of autonomous vehicles on the road can cause a number of challenges including major job losses for commercial drivers, as well as a surplus of traffic linked to robo-drivers. Ethical decisions also come into play and researchers wonder what will happen when autonomous vehicles encounter no-win situations. In one such scenario, a pedestrian would intercept the path of a self-driving vehicle, and the computer system in the vehicle would have to decide whether to hit the pedestrian, or swerve and possibly hit pedestrians on a crowded sidewalk instead. Although seemingly far-fetched, this dilemma could become a rapidly deployed epidemic if it happens in the real world and goes viral.

The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, along with philosophy professor,…

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Common Eye Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

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New Brunswick Car Accident Lawyers: Common Eye Injuries Suffered in Car AccidentsCar accidents in New Jersey can leave victims suffering from many different types of injuries. These include broken bones, traumatic head injuries, burns, cuts, and eye injuries. Eye injuries can be particularly harmful to victims, potentially blinding them permanently.

Victims who suffer eye injuries in car accidents can seek compensation for their damages through either a personal injury protection (PIP) claim or via a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent parties responsible for their injuries. Which type of claim an individual files depends on the nature of their case and whether their injury goes beyond the “serious injury threshold.”

How Do Eye Injuries Occur in Car Accidents?

There are numerous ways a victim can suffer an eye injury in a car accident. One common cause of eye injuries is impact with an airbag. Although airbags often save lives, they can also injure collision victims. When a victim’s head impacts a deployed airbag with force, the victim can suffer injuries to the eye such as retinal detachment and traumatic cataracts.

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Addressing Pedestrian Accidents on Grove Street

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New Brunswick Pedestrian Accident Lawyers: Addressing Pedestrian Accidents on Grove StreetPedestrian fatality rates in car crashes have risen drastically over the last 10 years. From 2006 to 2015, the pedestrian fatality rate rose by 12 percent. One fatal pedestrian accident occurs every 1.6 hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The residents of Grove Street in Montclair, New Jersey know about fatal pedestrian accidents all too well. Since January 2014, there have been 16 accidents involving pedestrians on Grove Street, three of which were fatal.

Accidents at Grove Street

The crashes occurred at all times of day, though the majority of accidents were either in the afternoon or evening hours, between noon and 8:00 p.m. In just about every incident, the victim suffered some sort of injury. Additionally, in the majority of the car accidents, the pedestrian, driver, or a witness claimed that the pedestrian was in a marked crosswalk when they were struck.

In all states, drivers must yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk. In the absence of a crosswalk at an intersection, drivers must fully stop before reaching the intersection.

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The Fatal Four for Construction

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New Brunswick Construction Accident Lawyers: The Fatal Four for ConstructionOne in five worker fatalities occurs in the construction industry according to statistics available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The leading causes of these fatalities are the so-called “Fatal Four,” falls, struck-by object accidents, electrocutions, and caught in/between accidents. In 2015, these four categories were responsible for more than half of all construction worker fatalities. Every year 602 lives could be saved by being aware of the Fatal Four.

Falls

Accidents involving falls accounted for 38.8 percent of construction worker fatalities in 2015. Fall protection is number one on the list of top cited OSHA standards for the fiscal year 2016, scaffolding was number three, and ladders number seven. All of these contribute to the risk for workers falling. Slip and fall accidents, although generally not fatal can lead to serious injury and are also common on construction sites. Fall protection is required for workers at heights of six feet and above. Guardrails, safety net systems, and personal fall and arrest systems are all accepted methods of protection against fall accidents.

Struck by Accidents

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The Dangers of Escalator Accidents

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New Brunswick Personal Injury Lawyers: The Dangers of Escalator Accidents

The risk of injury can present itself in workplaces, homes, and public spaces across the nation. A staple of malls, the escalator is just one of these injury hazards. Although a well-maintained escalator poses few hazards when it is used properly, there is always the risk of a malfunction. When a property owner fails to maintain their escalators, accidents and injuries can occur.

Individuals injured on escalators can seek compensation for their damages by filing a personal injury claim. The circumstances of an accident determine which party is liable for the victim’s injuries. When an accident can be attributed to poor maintenance or a lack of safety equipment like handrails on an escalator, the property owner may be liable for the victim’s damages. It is also possible for an escalator’s manufacturer or distributor to be determined to be negligent and required to cover the victim’s damages via a product liability claim.

Defective Escalator Hazards

An escalator malfunction can be dangerous. In a recent case in Hong Kong, an escalator suddenly reversed, resulting in injuries to 18 people, including…

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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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