September 24, 2015

Regional Hospital Accused of Abusing Employees

In a new report released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), officials at Bergen Regional Medical Center are accused of failing to protect staff members from excessively violent patients and disregarding employee injuries.

As first reported by, OSHA tracked eight separate incidents from February to June of this year after being alerted by employees of the facility. In each situation, nurses suffered bruises, cuts, bites, punches and were exposed to blood-borne pathogens. In some instances, staff members were even cornered in patients’ rooms, unable to get to safety. OSHA issued the facility a $13,000 citation on August 18. The director of OSHA’s office in Hasbrouck Heights stated, “It's clear that this facility's workplace violence program is ineffective and should be improved immediately to protect employees and ensure a safe workplace."

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August 24, 2015

The Dangers of Faulty Home And Garden Equipment

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently announced a recall of over 1,700 John Deere lawn tractors. The recall concerns a faulty brake arm that can fail while the vehicle is in motion, making it a potential crash hazard. The recalled mowers were sold between May and August of this year at stores nationwide for anywhere between $1,700 and $2,700. If you or a family member purchased one of these machines, it is highly recommended you stop using it and contact a local John Deere dealer for a free repair. Failing to do so could result in serious injury or death.

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June 15, 2015

According to Study, Sleep Helps Brain Injury Patients Form and Keep Memories

A study published recently in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that although traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can disrupt sleep, patients who can sleep after a TBI receive the same memory-consolidating benefits of sleep as their peers without brain injuries.

Disruptions in sleep and memory are common symptoms after a traumatic brain injury. Even patients who suffer a mild TBI may struggle to sleep well and to remember things. In most people, sleep helps the brain retain information it has learned during the day. Researchers wanted to know whether people with TBIs would also find it easier to remember things after they slept, even though the TBI did affect their sleep.

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May 11, 2015

How Serious Are Whiplash Injuries After a Car Wreck?

“Whiplash” is the name given to head and neck injuries caused by a sudden, violent movement of the head. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates that as many as three million whiplash injuries occur every year in the United States, and that about 20 percent of all vehicle occupants involved in rear-end car crashes experience whiplash symptoms.

Whiplash can be tough to diagnose for several reasons. First, not all whiplash symptoms appear immediately after an accident. Bruising, swelling, torn tissues, and other damage may not be obvious for a few days.

Next, there is no single definitive medical test that can pinpoint whiplash. Instead, tests like X-rays can help rule out other causes of neck pain and swelling, like fractured bones. Medical personnel must also be careful to get a complete patient history, if possible, to help them identify whiplash more easily.

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April 13, 2015

Traumatic Brain Injury by the Numbers

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults under age 44, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. Car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports injuries top the list of TBI causes. Currently, about two percent of the U.S. population, or 5.3 million people, live with disabilities caused by a TBI, and TBI claims about 52,000 lives each year – or about one thousand people each week.

The more you know about traumatic brain injury, the better equipped you become to protect your rights or the rights of someone you love after a catastrophic accident. Here are some more sobering statistics about brain injury:

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March 19, 2015

New Jersey Workplace Deaths Declined in 2013, Says Study

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its workplace injury and death data for 2013. The numbers show that work-related deaths dropped 17 percent in 2012 in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, according to a recent article in the Insurance Journal.

The total number of deaths measured by the study was 152 in 2013, compared to 184 deaths in the same geographic area in 2012. The five-year average for yearly work-related deaths was 163 per year, although the number has ranged from a high of 236 deaths in 2014 to a low of 145 deaths in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The trade, transportation, and utilities sectors accounted for 51 of the total deaths in 2013, while the construction industry had 36.

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February 2, 2015

Preventing Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents and injuries increase in the winter, especially in the snowy and icy New Jersey weather. Workers are not immune to the increased risk, whether they work indoors or out.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most general industry accidents are slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. They cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths nationwide every year and make up one-quarter of all workplace injury claims.

Slip and fall accidents in the workplace can be prevented. Here’s how to reduce the risk this winter season:

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January 5, 2015

Protect Yourself from Winter Weather Slip and Fall Accidents in New Jersey

The winter weather in New Jersey opens up the prospect of sledding, skiing, building snow forts, and other exciting adventures for the whole family. Yet a day of fun – or even a day at work – can turn into a tragedy in an instant if a slip and fall accident occurs. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, or worse, result in permanent disability or death.

You can help protect yourself and others from slip and fall injuries this winter. Keep these tips in mind:

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December 8, 2014

Fair Haven Councilman Killed in Bicycle Accident

Fair Haven Councilman Jerome Koch, 63, suffered fatal injuries when a car struck his bicycle. According to an news report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on River Road near Elm Place in Fair Haven. He was pronounced dead the day after the crash at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. It is unclear what caused the crash, but it does not appear from the report that the driver will face citations for the crash.

Even skilled and experienced riders can suffer fatal injuries in the event of a crash. Bicyclists are simply not provided enough protection to survive a major collision. This is why all bicyclists would be well advised to:

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November 4, 2014

New Jersey Motorcyclist Killed by Deer

A 36-year-old Hillsborough man was killed in a New Jersey motorcycle accident when his 2008 BMW R12 collided with a deer. According to a news report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred near the former Gibraltar Rock Quarry entrance on County Route 601 in Montgomery Township. Officials say he was ejected from his motorcycle after colliding with a deer. He was treated at the scene and admitted in extremely critical condition in New Brunswick. Later that day, he died from his injuries.

As the temperature begins to drop, we can expect an increase in the number of deer-related traffic accidents. In fact, autumn is when the most New Jersey deer accidents occur. Deer often act unpredictably during the fall as it is their mating season.

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October 20, 2014

Workers Injured in New Jersey Factory Explosion

Several people were injured at a New Jersey factory when a four-alarm blaze broke out following an explosion. According to a CBS New York news report, the factory accident occurred at Crest Foam Industries on Carol Place in Moonachie. Of the 17 employees in the factory, four were hospitalized with head injuries after the explosion. Officials worried that dangerous toxins may have been released into the air, but tests proved negative. An investigation is underway into the cause of the explosion, but officials know that workers were mixing hydrogen and oxygen to make polyurethane foam at the time of the accident.

Polyurethanes are a type of reaction polymer that is produced through chemical reactions. If water is present in the reaction mixture, it can create foam. Fully reacted polyurethane polymer is not considered dangerous, but it is a combustible solid that can be ignited. Furthermore, some polyurethane foam contain hazardous or regulated components.

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October 13, 2014

Teenager Killed in New Jersey Truck Accident

A 19-year-old Bridgewater man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his 2005 Dodge Ram burst into flames after being struck by a 2015 Mack truck. According to a an Associated Press news report, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 22 at Cramer Avenue in Green Brook. Officials say the pickup was stopped for a red light when the larger truck plowed into it. The teen's pickup burst into flames, and he was fatally injured.

Whenever someone is killed in a New Jersey car accident, it must be determined who was at fault and how the crash could have been prevented. In many cases, the cause of the crash is driver error. A moment of distracted driving, for example, is all it takes for roadway and traffic conditions to change and for an accident to happen. Therefore, investigators will typically look into if the at-fault driver was distracted, speeding, impaired, fatigued or otherwise careless. Depending upon the results of the investigation, the driver may face traffic citations or even criminal charges.

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