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Cannabis and workers' compensation

Medicinal marijuana, commonly called cannabis for medicinal use, is legal in New Jersey. In a recent case involving a gentleman who suffered multiple workplace injuries, his doctor prescribed medicinal cannabis to relieve his pain. The workers' compensation insurer was ordered by a judge to cover the cost of the prescription.

The gentleman in question had suffered severe neck and back injuries that required the fusion of vertebrae. The employee had been taking opioids to relieve the pain but did not wish to continue them out of concern for the risk of addiction. His doctor provided the necessary documentation and a prescription to get his patient accepted into New Jersey's medical cannabis program. The patient paid for the initial prescription himself though the court has ordered that he be reimbursed.

Wrong-way car accident results in the death of a bagel maker

Wrong-way crashes can be horrific. A person driving in the right direction on a highway in New Jersey does not expect to see someone coming at them from the other direction. This happened to a young man on his way to work in Patterson at about 4:40 a.m. on Route 80 near Woodland Park. It resulted in a fatal car accident that took the life of a well-liked area shopkeeper.

An area bagel shop owner was on his way to work early one morning. He was driving a Honda CRV. The other vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, was headed the wrong way on Route 80 and struck the Honda.

Workers' compensation claims often involve chemical exposure

The prompt action of various emergency services in New Jersey prevented a tragedy on a recent Thursday morning. This incident involved exposure to toxic fumes -- something that has led to many workers' compensation claims over the years. In this case, 50 employees in an industrial facility were evacuated before anyone suffered severe harm.

According to an incident report, the hazmat team of Middlesex County and firefighters responded to an industrial work site in the township of Edison at approximately 11 a.m. Reportedly, employees of a manufacturer of diesel fuel injection parts were sickened by noxious odors. Emergency workers determined that the toxic fumes came from two leaking 55-gallon drums -- one containing a cleaning solvent for motor parts, and the other one leaked kerosene.

Wrong way driving can cause a drunk driving accident

In spite of wrong way and do not enter signs on access ramps to highways, drivers can still end up driving in the wrong direction on a highway in New Jersey.  Particularly if alcohol is a contributing factor, a drunk driving accident can result. Such a crash occurred recently on Route 36 in Middletown.

A gentleman from Monmouth County was heading east on Route 36 when he was hit by an SUV traveling west. The accident happened shortly after midnight. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital and was treated and released. The driver of the vehicle that he hit was also taken to the hospital where he died about an hour after the crash.

Inadequate safety can result in a premises liability case

Keeping the power grid up and running in New Jersey is a critical task performed by dedicated employees. Working in an electrical power environment carries some risks. While employees may be aware of the risks, they also have a right to expect to be safe while on the job. Failure to adequately provide for safety may result in a premises liability case.

At a power plant in Mount Laurel, the expectation of worker safety was not met. An employee was tragically killed when he was pulled onto a conveyor belt. The company is facing $125,460 in penalties.

Take care near tow trucks to avoid a car accident

When a serious accident happens in New Jersey tow truck drivers are often called upon to remove damaged vehicles. This can be a dangerous undertaking, particularly on a busy highway.  That was the situation after a car accident on Route 287 near Bridgewater on a recent afternoon.

A tow truck driver had been called to the scene of an earlier accident to clear a damaged vehicle from the area. The tow truck driver was standing behind his truck and preparing the damaged vehicle to be towed. He was hit by a passing car, a Chevy sedan. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hit-and-run car crash shuts down a highway

As long as there are cars and drivers in New Jersey there will be car accidents. Accidents are always scary. When more than one vehicle is involved the fear factor can escalate. Add injuries and a hit-and-run driver to the mix and a very frightening situation can come about as the result of a car crash.

Such was the case in an accident near Manchester last week where a multiple car accident closed State Route 70 in both directions for several hours. There were three vehicles involved in the accident. The vehicles were a Ford Fusion, a Honda Civic and a Toyota Rav 4. According to witnesses, the Ford crossed over the double yellow line and hit the Honda, and the impact from that collision caused the Honda to collide with the Toyota. A witness said that the driver of the Ford fled the scene as a passenger in another car, but he was later apprehended.

Warm weather can contribute to a drunk driving accident

This winter was a long cold winter in New Jersey and most of the country. When May arrived, and with it warmer temperatures, people ventured out of their houses. No one expected to be the victim of a drunk driving accident. A gentleman from North Brunswick was walking recently when he was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a 52-year-old woman.

The woman driving the car was charged with second-degree reckless manslaughter and second-degree vehicular homicide. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey announced the charges. The driver had previously been charged with driving while intoxicated.

Tragic truck accident interrupts school field trip

It is spring in New Jersey. The school year is winding down and it's the season of field trips. Parents sign permission slips, say 'have a good time, behave' and send their kids off for another day at school.  No one expects that their children will be involved in a horrific truck accident.

On Thursday, May 17, at about 10:30 a.m., a group of middle schoolers were on their way to Waterloo Village, a restored historic town. The bus they were riding in collided with a dump truck. The school bus was equipped with seat belts. The accident occurred on westbound I-80 near Mount Olive.

Man suffers animal bite from loose dog

Pets can bring joy and love to a family home. However, they can also bring terror to an individual in the event of an unexpected attack. An animal bite can leave lasting impressions, physically, mentally and emotionally. Suffering from an injury caused by an animal can also cause an individual financial repercussion. One New Jersey man is still recovering physically and financially from a dog attack that disfigured his face last year.

Last fall, the man recognized his neighbor's dog, a male American Bully, running loose in his yard. Since it had not been the first time seeing the dog run free, the man retrieved a leash in an attempt to catch the dog. As the pet was coming dangerously close to his own dogs, the man tried to fasten the leash to the dog's collar. The animal then lunged at the man's face, biting his nose and cheeks, causing blood to spill.