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Workers' compensation may apply to carbon monoxide poisoning

Landscape workers in New Jersey face a certain number of risks. Heat stroke, and injuries from equipment are among those as is exposure to toxic fumes. A recent incident in New Jersey took the lives of two landscape workers. The tragedy was completely preventable if the company they worked for had adhered to safety guidelines and proper training procedures. Workers' compensation exists to aid in a situation such as this.

Two workers for a New Jersey landscaping firm perished when they were exposed to carbon monoxide. The gas exposure was the result of having started their gasoline powered-lawnmowers inside the trailer used to transport them. While the toxic gas is still present when the mowers are started outside of the trailer, it dissipates into the air and the toxic danger is alleviated.

An animal bite often a frequent occurrence in August

Dogs are often called man's best friend. They are known for loving their owners unconditionally, and the pet tales that can move one to tears frequently involve stories of dogs and their masters. Dogs, like people, can feel threatened or may react defensively if startled, frightened or overwhelmed. Sadly, this can result in a dog bite and a possible animal bite lawsuit in New Jersey and elsewhere.

New Jersey ranks high in the order of states where dog bites are likely to occur, and August is often the month with the highest number of reported bites. In 2018 the state was ranked 14th. Average payouts in suits brought against the owner of the biting dog was $72,000. Children are most often the victims of dog bites.

Two from high school community dead in drunk driving accident

Two members of an area high school community perished in a recent tragic crash in New Jersey. One victim was an alumnus of the high school and the other, riding in a different car, was a rising senior of the same high school. The driver of a car that is believed to have caused the crash was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the apparent drunk driving accident.

The driver of the car was driving with a friend in the early hours of a day during the 4th of July weekend. He reportedly rear-ended a pickup truck, and all who were involved in the crash suffered serious injuries. The car's passenger, a 29-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old girl who was a passenger in the pickup was also pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.

New law may provide first responders workers' compensation

First responders run toward danger when others are running away. They run into burning buildings or flood waters or other disaster situations that could cause them harm. Some of the harm they face is exposure to chemicals, bacteria or other contaminants that could cause a serious illness. A bill recently signed into law by the governor provides workers' compensation coverage for such illnesses in New Jersey.

The bill states that serious ailments contracted by first responders, including many cancers, can be presumed to have been caused by on-the-job exposure. Unless the employer can prove that there is a chance, greater than 50%, that the cause was not workplace related, the employee may be entitled to workers' compensation. Firefighters, EMTs, police and other emergency workers may all benefit from the new law.

Tragic truck accident leaves 11-year-old an orphan

Traffic on New Jersey roads appears to be getting ever more congested. When trucks are added to the mix the chance of being involved in a serious truck accident increases. A recent accident involving a car and an 18-wheeler resulted in the deaths of three people and left a young boy an orphan.

A family returning home from eating out on a Sunday afternoon was struck in an intersection along West Boulevard in Franklin Township. The impact caused both vehicles to veer out of control. They both went off the side of the road and the car flipped and became pinned under the cab of the truck.

Stressing over losing a job should not add to work injury

It is no secret that there are certain risks that accompany construction work in New Jersey. Hence the fact that safety equipment such as brightly colored vests and hard hats are required when working on a construction site. Regardless of precautions that one may take, accidents still happen. Accidents can result in a work injury that may require a person to take time away from work to recover.

An accident occurred at a construction site in Pequannock Township that resulted in crush injuries to a worker. He had been working in a trench when a retaining wall collapsed. The debris from the collapse fell into the trench, trapping the 61-year-old worker up to his waist and leaving him unable to move.

A fatal car accident is a too common occurrence during summer

The summer of a person's 17th year is typically filled with hope and anticipation for one's senior year of high school and what comes afterwards. Sudden death does not top that list in New Jersey, but for one 17-year-old rising senior and her family, it became a reality on a recent weekend. The story is all too familiar as her death was caused by a car accident, one of the many that continue to ravage the nation's highways.

The accident occurred early in the morning on a recent Saturday. The 17-year-old girl was the passenger in a pickup truck that was struck from behind. The impact injured the driver of the truck, and his passenger, the young girl, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Arrest made in fatal New Jersey hit-and-run car accident

Most people feel relatively safe as they attempt to cross, or walk near, the street. The feeling of safety typically comes with the knowledge that most drivers of motor vehicles will ensure that they do not do anything to cause injury. Unfortunately, when drivers in New Jersey and across the country engage in negligent behavior, pedestrians can become injured. Unfortunately, a pedestrian was recently killed in a recent hit-and-run car accident.

The incident reportedly happened during the late afternoon hours of a day in late June. According to reports, a vehicle struck a 68-year-old woman. The woman was transported to the hospital but ultimately passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the incident.

Crossing a street proves fatal in drunk driving accident

Drinking and driving do not mix. This is a known fact in New Jersey but accidents continue to happen. A man who reportedly struck and killed a pedestrian in a drunk driving accident was recently sentenced for the crime he committed.

A pedestrian out for a stroll, returning home or maybe on his way to meet friends, could not have known that the action of crossing a street would be his last. The man was 52 years old. He was struck and killed by the drunk driver as he entered the crosswalk in order to get to the other side of the street.

Tragic car accident results in three deaths

The opioid crisis continues to take lives in New Jersey and around the country. A recent tragic car accident took the lives of three people at an area gas station. A man and his son had stopped to get gas and ended up dead. The driver of the car who struck them was under the influence of powerful opioid drugs.

As a man and his son were stopped to buy gas, a car driven by a young man reportedly careened into the gas station and collided with the stopped car. The impact of the crash took the roof off of the stopped vehicle. The crash resulted in the deaths of the man, his son and a gas station attendant.