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New Jersey: Lowest in Accident Deaths, But Thousands of Injuries Still Occur

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New Jersey: Lowest in Accident Deaths, But Thousands of Injuries Still Occur

A report from the National Safety Council in May 2013 found that New Jersey has the lowest rate of deaths in the country from accidents. This includes the totality of deaths due to car accidents, unintentional drug and alcohol overdoses and slip-and-fall incidents. Remarkably, the low auto accident death rate is attributed to traffic congestion… Read More »

Victim’s Failure to Use Seat Belts Irrelevant to Driver’s Liability in New Jersey

New Jersey has historically left a question mark in car accident liability cases, one that pertains to “intervening cause.” This speaks to cases where a reckless driver was clearly responsible for an accident, but when something else — a passenger failing to wear a seat belt, for example — could be blamed for increasing property… Read More »

New Jersey DUI Blood Sampling Law in Flux

The common police tactic of getting blood or urine samples from individuals suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) is currently in flux. Depending on what works its way through the New Jersey legislature, and how that holds up through court tests, such evidence gathering may not be permitted in the future. Current procedures have… Read More »

Motorcycle Safety Increased by Training Programs

Let’s start with the facts, compiled by the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety. Between 2003 and 2007, 377 motorcyclists died on New Jersey roads. Between 2003 and 2007, motorcycle registrations increased by 17 percent. Annually an estimated 2,500 motorcycles are involved in crashes in New Jersey. Recklessness is an element in motorcycle… Read More »

Where Does Your Job Begin?

On May 9, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Hersh v. Morris County, to decide physically where employment begins. Ms. Hersh, an employee of the County, was assigned a scan card to allow her access to a parking garage where the County maintained parking privileges for its workers. On… Read More »

Potential Narcotics Abuse in Workers Compensation Treatment

Injured workers suffering from pain are often prescribed opioids, highly addictive medications that can lead to long-term dependencies. Pain management during treatment is essential to healing. How to balance the risk of addiction and the proper treatment for chronic pain requires patient and medical vigilance. New York and Louisiana have the highest rates of prescribing… Read More »

Facebook Postings are Admissible Evidence in New Jersey

Decades ago suspicious employers doubting disability claims would send out private investigators to surreptitiously photograph a claimant mowing the lawn or practicing golf strokes. Today it’s just a matter of asking for access to social media sites like: Facebook Twitter eBay Tumblr Instagram At least according to a magistrate in federal district court in Newark,… Read More »

Wounded Warriors Can Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits, Too

Injured veterans are eligible for expedited Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Any veteran wounded after October 1, 2001, no matter the cause or place of the injury is eligible for these services.   Even veterans in active duty status and receiving military pay might still be eligible for SSD. The determining factor, of course, is… Read More »

New Jersey’s State of Well-Being

What constitutes well-being? Well-being is more than just being free from disease. According to the World Health Organization, health is “…not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but also a state of physical, mental and social well-being.” According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, well-being is comprised of six measurements: Life Evaluation Physical Health Emotional… Read More »

Social Security Disability Claimants Double in Twenty Years

In the last two decades the number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) has more than doubled from 5.2 million to 11.7 million by the close of 2011. Analysts explain the rise two ways: the aging Baby Boomer population is now more prone to illness and accidents, and the fact that more women… Read More »