The dog days of summer are here in New Jersey. Swimming pools, amusement parks, summer camps and movie theaters are all busy. In addition to being busy these institutions of summer typically employ a large number of young people. As the rate of employment for young people goes up in the summer, so does their chance of suffering a work injury, or dying, on the job.
There are an ever-increasing number of vehicles on our roadways. As the number of vehicles increases in New Jersey, the likelihood of being involved in an accident also increases. A recent truck accident on Interstate 78 serves to underscore this point.
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.
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.
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.