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Beware of investigators' tactics when on workers' compensation

Do you ever get the feeling that someone may be watching you?

If you're on workers' compensation due to an injury, that might not just be a random feeling. You may actually be under surveillance by an investigator hired by the insurance company.

Why are child passengers safer in some states than others?

Responsible parents would like to believe that their kids are equally safe in their vehicles no matter where they live. However, a recent study by Brigham and Women's Hospital found a considerable difference among states in the percentage of fatal accidents involving children.

The good news for New Jersey residents is that our state has the third lowest traffic death rate for children in the country. In fact, four of the five safest states are in the Northeast. The five states with the highest rates are predominantly southern and western ones.

How pedestrians and drivers can protect themselves from accidents

In New Jersey, all motorists are required to stop for pedestrians walking inside of marked crosswalks under state statute 39:4-36. Anyone who fails to do so faces a two-point deduction on his or her license, a $200 fine, insurance premium increases and up to 15 days of community service.

Motorists aren't the only ones that are required to remain vigilant, though. Under state statute C. 39: 4-32 and 33, all pedestrians are required to both obey street signals and properly use marked crosswalks.

Man files premises liability suit because of mannequin scare

If you opened your hotel room door to find a person standing in a dark corner, you would probably flee in fright. One premises liability victim did just that - and now he is seeking damages from a hotel on the Las Vegas strip because of the incident. The catch? The "person" was a decorative mannequin that was displayed in a glass case. Now, the victim is seeking financial compensation from the Planet Hollywood hotel in this highly unusual case of hazardous conditions.

Reports show that the victim entered his room in May 2015, and he was shocked to find what he thought was another person in the hotel suite with him. The man fled the room, presuming that the mannequin was a real person who meant to do him harm. In the process, the victim apparently suffered serious injuries, including damage to his limbs and nervous system. Legal documents are not specific about the nature of the injuries the man endured.

Postal carriers' injury increasing from dog bites

On the heels of National Dog Bite Week in April, discussing injury related to dog bites and postal workers simply makes sense. One of the most vulnerable victims for personal injury from dog bites is your postal worker. Postal Service representatives rank just behind senior citizens and children when it comes to frequency of dog bites. Now, with increasing rates of package delivery throughout the nation, postal workers suffer a growing risk of permanent injury because of dog bites.

Why, exactly, are dogs so dangerous for postal carriers? It all comes down to dog psychology. When the postal carrier comes, the dog barks - and then the carrier leaves. In the dog's mind, the animal is chasing away the postal carrier. This perceived power can sometimes lead to escalating bad behavior. In fact, so many postal carriers say that the last thing they hear from owners is, "My dog does not bite."

Man killed, 6 injured in premises liability tree accident

Should property owners be held responsible if someone gets hurt by a falling tree limb on their property? That is just one of many questions to arise after a premises liability accident on Mother's Day in Passaic, New Jersey. A "flash storm" incident left one man dead and several others injured after lightning struck a tree and caused branches to fall on the victims.

Official reports show that a 28-year-old man died because he was struck in the head by a falling tree branch. Six other people were also struck by limbs at the celebration, and all of them were treated at local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. This was just one of several similar incidents throughout the city - police officers shut down other streets because of falling branches damaging vehicles and obstructing thoroughfares.

Work accident victim suffers 30-foot fall at NFL Draft

A New Jersey employee is recovering from job-related injuries after falling from the roof of a stage during the NFL Draft. The 27-year-old man may be eligible for workers' compensation because of injuries associated with the fall. He suffered broken ribs and a lacerated spleen, according to official reports. The injuries occurred in Philadelphia, but the man is employed by a company based in New Jersey.

The company, which does not have a record of safety violations, is now under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its failure to protect its worker. The victim reportedly fell 30 feet from the top of the stage. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition. It is not clear whether the man was wearing appropriate safety equipment or if he had been trained to work at such heights.

How to determine if you are a victim of negligent maintenence

Suffering injuries, both physical and emotional, in any type of accident is difficult, but it can be incredibly frustrating to know that you suffered because of the negligent or reckless actions of another party. In some cases, it is not a direct action that causes you harm, but rather negligent maintenance is to blame.

Your accident and injuries could be the result of negligent maintenance if you were hurt in a slip-and-fall accident or other incident in which dangerous conditions caused you harm. It can be difficult to validate a claim of negligent maintenance, but you will find great benefit in seeking experienced legal help if you wish to pursue compensation.

Amtrak conductor seeking workers' compensation after fall

An Amtrak conductor is seeking financial damages after a workplace injury accident left her with serious injuries while unloading baggage. The New Jersey woman is seeking workers' compensation after she suffered spinal injuries, experienced a concussion and lost teeth in the train's baggage car. The 58-year-old employee is seeking financial damages of more than $150,000 in connection with the incident.

Reports show that the woman was injured when she tripped while walking between the bulkhead door and interior door of the baggage car while retrieving luggage in August 2016. She says she tripped because of poor lighting, missing handholds and an uneven floor. The fall caused her to suffer major injuries to her head and spinal area, and the woman has undergone surgery to repair discs in her back. The woman has been unable to work since the accident.

Man dies after being hit by New Jersey train

A man suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a light rail train on April 21. The victim, who was struck while walking along an isolated section of the tracks in Jersey City, was likely trespassing at the time of the incident. Official reports have not yet revealed the man's age or identity.

Authorities say that none of the passengers on the train was injured, but service between Danforth Avenue and Liberty State Park was suspended while an investigation commenced by the New Jersey Transit Police Department and Jersey City Police. Dozens of light rail passengers were forced onto buses while authorities attempted to determine the cause of the incident.