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Coaches and schools must prioritize safety

It is back-to-school time for kids around New Jersey. That means kids are gearing up for the classroom, sure, but it also means fall sports. Whether your child likes football or soccer, volleyball or cross-country, it is important that schools and athletic institutions follow certain safety rules.

 

Mobile crane accidents increasing with construction projects

While there are many benefits to the continued rise in construction in New Jersey, one side effect is the proliferation of construction vehicles on New Jersey roads. Unfortunately, this can lead to more than just traffic congestion. While the majority of these vehicles arrive safely to their destination, the sad truth is that accidents involving large construction vehicles often involve devastating injury.

This is particularly true of mobile cranes, which are increasingly being used on residential and commercial development projects throughout New Jersey.

Get help to navigate the complex world of workers' compensation

Workers' compensation is unlike many other disability programs -- and many employees aren't well-informed about the type of benefits that are available.

Here are some important facts that you need to know about your right to compensation and benefits if you've been injured on the job:

Think twice before you get in that hotel hot tub

Looking forward to your vacation? That's awesome -- but you might want to save a little money and skip the hotel with the hot tub in favor of something a little less dangerous -- like swimming with sharks.

Seriously. Hot tubs are some of the least healthiest places to put your skin. If the fact that there's even an infectious disease (complete with pus-filled blisters) called "hot tub rash" isn't enough to dissuade you, maybe the following information will help:

  • Another common bacteria found in the warm waters of hot tubs is Legionella, which causes the potentially fatal lung condition known as Legionnaires' disease. The bacteria is carried up from the steam or mist of an infected tub -- meaning you don't even have to get in a tub to get sick.
  • Any hot tub you share with others is almost guaranteed to contain fecal matter swept off the skin of the participants. No matter how close you are to your friends, you probably don't care to share quite that much.
  • Even a properly disinfected hot tub is often no match for the personal beauty care products that most people wear. Lotions, creams, sunscreen and more all affect the disinfectant's ability to properly function.
  • It takes a tremendous amount of chlorine to shock the bacteria into submission -- if you're dipping your body into that chlorine, you may be damaging your skin. Even then, the chlorine may not kill a couple types of parasites that are capable of causing diarrhea for weeks at a time.
  • Staph infections are common as a result of hot tub use. Any small open wound, even a paper cut, can be the entry point for an antibiotic-resistant infection.

Seek help for repetitive strain injuries to your neck

What's behind that constant headache that seems to be with you every night? Why are you losing strength in your grip and feeling numbness in your fingers?

You may be suffering from an injury to your neck without even knowing it. Many people brush off the warning signs of a neck injury because they simply don't realize the amount of damage that can be done through years of repetitive motion while on the job.

Lessons from London's high-rise fire

The deadly London high-rise fire that killed 79 people on June 14, 2017, led to numerous questions. Why did the fire spread so quickly? Were there proper safety protections in place, such as sprinkler systems, fireproof doors and flame resistant building materials?

The fire started when a refrigerator on the 24th floor exploded. The fire spread to the window, and the outside siding caught fire, spreading upward to higher level floors. Apartment complexes can be dangerous places when there is a fire, particularly for residents on higher levels. If the building is up to code and regulations are properly followed, it can save lives. Unfortunately, in many high-rises, such as the Grenfell Tower in London, the safeguards in place to prevent casualties from a fire are lacking.

Driving mode becoming new feature on smartphones

The human brain is wired to respond to random rewards. This is the underlying reason for the frequent need many of us feel to check our phones regularly. The notification of a new multitude of likes for your Instagram post, a new Tinder match, or a text message can be hard to ignore. It is why the average person checks their smartphone every 15 minutes or less.

It is hard to ignore your phone even when you shouldn't be checking it, such as while driving.

Investigative report reveals problems in rental housing

Asbury Park Press has investigated the state of rental property in New Jersey, and found it lacking.

This will not come as a surprise to our clients, many of whom daily suffer through horrible living conditions, including structural damage that can leave children and families devastated by injury. The report has helped to shine a light on the state of rental properties in New Jersey. While the focus was on Asbury Park for this report, similar conditions can be found across the state

More opioids are leading to more accidents

The unfortunate truth is that New Jersey, like many states, is facing an opioid crisis. Data compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality show that New Jersey has one of the highest numbers of opioid-related emergency room visits in the nation.

In addition, many black-market pills, which people resort to when they can no longer obtain a valid prescription, may contain other drugs, including heroin, which is often cheaper and easier to get than prescription medication. Other opioids that have appeared recently in the state include tetrahydro fentanyl and acrylfentanyl. Even an opioid used to tranquilize elephants that is 5,000 times stronger than morphine has made it into New Jersey.

What to do if a dog bites your child

Children are particularly susceptible to dog bites. Kids, particularly if they have had past experience with friendly dogs, may assume all dogs are comfortable being petted. Children do not realize that dogs can become frightened by strangers and may not know how to approach a newly met animal.

Dog bites can be serious. Wounds are susceptible to infection. If bitten in the hands, there can be lasting damage, including nerve damage. Facial wounds can leave scars. In addition, children often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after a dog attack.

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