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Workers' compensation for volunteer first responders

First responders run toward the fire, or the crash, or the gun shots. While many are paid employees, many – particularly among firefighters, are volunteers. This is true in New Jersey and around the country. While paid employees are eligible for workers' compensation if they receive an injury on the job, volunteers have not enjoyed the same protection.

In a recent case, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that volunteers should receive short term disability benefits if they are injured in the line of duty. The decision applies regardless of whether the volunteer is otherwise employed at the time of the injury. Prior to the court's decision, volunteer first responders only received compensation for injuries if they were employed outside of their volunteer activities.

Spring brings with it the chance of a car crash

Spring has arrived and with it the arrival of motorcycles on New Jersey roadways. Traffic in New Jersey is always heavy and becomes more congested in the spring and summer with motorcycles and sports cars that had been garaged for the winter. Drivers should be conscious of this and be on the lookout for these vehicles in order to avoid a possible car crash.

A recent accident in Liberty Township took the life of a motorcycle rider. The motorcycle was heading east about 5:30 in the evening. A car was coming toward him in the opposite lane. The car turned left and reportedly failed to yield to the oncoming motorcycle.

Risk of car accident part of St. Patrick's Day revels

St. Patrick's Day has come and gone but for some the memory of the annual rite of spring will not fade quickly. Alcohol has become, for some, an integral part of the day's festivities in New Jersey, and along with this comes the increased chance of being involved in a serious car accident. One such accident happened in Newark early on the morning of St. Patrick's Day.

A 20-year-old man was driving around the area at about 1 a.m. The car struck another vehicle causing significant damage to both vehicles. The driver of the other car was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the 20-year-old's car was seriously injured and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Drunk driving accident is no picnic

Spring is coming and people are anxious to get out of their houses and enjoy nice weather, driving without snow and ice, and maybe having a drink or two. Sadly, some will have the drink or two and perhaps not realize that it impairs their ability to safely drive a vehicle in New Jersey. This may have been the case in a reported recent drunk driving accident in Madison.

A 25-year-old man was driving one recent evening. A Madison patrolman was sent to investigate the report of a crash in the area. When he arrived, he reportedly encountered the man and two parked cars that both had significant amounts of body damage. The 25-year old was sitting in a third vehicle.

Drunk driving accident results in tragic death

Spring is coming and people are enjoying the warmer temperatures and taking the opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise after a long winter. A man and wife were crossing a road on a recent evening. Maybe they were on their way home, out for a stroll or going shopping. Whatever their destination, they never got there as they were struck and killed in a New Jersey drunk driving accident.

The couple lived in the Atlantic Highlands. She was a teacher's aide and they both were regarded as wonderful members of the community. The school is grieving the loss of one of their own.

OSHA changing reporting regarding work injury or illness

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to help ensure the health and safety of New Jersey's and America's work force. One way this is accomplished is through annual electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses that identify locations that have experienced these issues. This enables an employee to know if a work injury or illness was experienced at his or her place of employment because the information is public.

The electronic reporting has been conducted through the submission of three electronic forms. One form is a summary of incidents, and the others provide detailed information on what happened. In a recent rollback, OSHA has reduced that requirement to submission of the summary form only. Six states, including New Jersey, have brought suit, arguing that employees have a right to know about dangerous conditions in the workplace.

An animal bite can result in a civil suit

Dogs are often referred to as man's best friend. When they are properly trained and cared for, this can certainly be true in New Jersey. Dogs are also very strong animals who can be excitable and dangerous if not properly restrained and in the control of their owners. An animal bite may result that can cause serious injury or illness.

A recent dog attack resulted in injuries to three children and one adult. The children were walking to school with an adult when the attack occurred. The injuries to the children, ages 9, 11 and 12, were believed to be non-life threatening. The children were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Congested traffic has caused many a car accident

Few people will dispute the fact that New Jersey traffic is dense and very congested. While defensive driving can protect one in many situations, in instances of rush hour maneuvering and distracted drivers, a car accident may not be avoidable. One such accident took the life of two people in recent morning rush hour accident.

The two people were passengers in a ride-sharing car on Route 9 at about 6 a.m. when the accident occurred. The ride-sharing vehicle was rear-ended by an SUV and pushed into another vehicle in the next lane. That driver and a person in the SUV were injured.

Drugs may have caused a recent car crash

Car accidents are all too frequent occurrences in New Jersey. The causes are many and a recent fatal car crash is believed to have been caused by a near fatal drug overdose. The accident happened on a recent morning on Route 23 and New York Avenue in Wayne.

The driver of a Honda Pilot reportedly suffered a drug overdose and lost control of his vehicle. He collided with another car that was driven by a man traveling with his son. One vehicle reportedly rolled and looked like it caught fire. That vehicle ended up coming to rest in a gas station after hitting and killing a gas station attendant.

Drunk driving accident takes the life of a motorcyclist

Attempts to reduce accidents and fatalities related to drunk driving are never ending in New Jersey. A tragic case was recently settled in court. It resulted in substantial jail time for the driver accused of being involved in a drunk driving accident and causing the death of another person.

The driver, a 51-year-old male from Princeton, was accused of driving his car into a motorcycle and killing the rider, who was a 55-year-old man from West Windsor. The accident happened about 1:00 in the afternoon. The driver of the car fled the scene and collapsed in the median a few hundred feet away from the crash.