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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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“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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History buffs have a lot to love in New Jersey. One of the thirteen original colonies, the state’s reputation as the “Crossroads of the American Revolution” is founded on battlefields, historical houses, and other sites that preserve and recreate our nation’s past.

But it’s also home to some slightly weirder historical preservations. If you’ve seen the battlefields and can’t stand the thought of one more day at a museum, try checking out these offbeat historical finds:

1. Alexander Hamilton’s Death Rock

Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father whose face graces the $10 bill, is buried in Trinity Churchyard on Broadway in Manhattan. But the rock onto which he collapsed after being mortally wounded in his famous duel with Aaron Burr is still located in Weehawken, New Jersey. Currently, it sits at the end of Hamilton Avenue, after train tracks were run through the original dueling grounds in 1870.
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New Jersey SpringThe calendar may say that the spring season has officially arrived, but the winter weather continues to hold out in New Jersey as snowstorms continue to pass overhead. Despite the chilly temperatures and seemingly inescapable snowfall, at Lependorf & Silverstein, we can’t help looking forward to the warmer days of spring that are sure to arrive. It might just be a little later than expected.

In anticipation of that day, here are just a few of the top activities and destinations to enjoy this spring in New Jersey.

Down the Shore

There’s nothing better in the springtime than heading down the shore to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and saltwater taffy. From the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk up north to the Wildwood Boardwalk in the south, there are plenty of stops along the way that offer a variety of quintessential Jersey shore activities, including beachcombing, shopping, sunbathing, and riding a rollercoaster or two.
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As New Jersey is blanketed by yet another inch of snow, residents across the state find themselves trapped indoors, watching for signs of spring. While the “polar vortex” may have caused work and school to be canceled for many, that’s little consolation for the restlessness and general unease of spending another day cooped up at home.

Here are a few tips to help you get through the seemingly unending winter chill.

A Change of Scenery – While it may seem like it’s too simple to be effective, rearranging the furniture throughout your home will make each room feel fresh. Purge items that go unused and breathe a sigh of relief.

Get Creative in the Kitchen – Remember all those nights you’re too exhausted to step foot in the kitchen, let alone prepare a meal? Now that you have hours to kill, spend your time testing out new baking and cooking recipes. Added bonus? There’s nothing that will make you more glad to be home than the smell of fresh baked goods.
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On November 30, seven cars on an 84-car train derailed over Mantua Creek in Paulsboro resulting in the spillage of thousands of gallons of vinyl chloride. More than 200 homes were evacuated and dozens of people were examined in area hospitals for side effects or symptoms of toxic exposure. According to an ABC7 news report, the derailment has encouraged officials to demand inspections of rail bridges throughout New Jersey. Currently, rail companies in New Jersey conduct their own inspections and report on their own accidents. Officials are looking into whether more governmental oversight is needed when it comes to these bridges.

When New Jersey railway companies fail to properly inspect, maintain, and repair their trains and railroads, the resulting consequences can be catastrophic. Train derailment can lead to devastating collisions or the release of toxic gases or liquids that can have adverse public health effects.
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NJ Personal Injury Claim TipsMillions of Americans log onto Facebook and Twitter every day to post about their lives. It is common for individuals to share what they are feeling and talk about issues that they are dealing with in their day-to-day lives. If you have been hurt in a car accident or slip-and-fall incident in New Jersey, one of your first instincts may be to talk about the incident through social media. However, it is important to realize that anything you post on Facebook or any other social networking site can be used against you if you choose to file a personal injury claim.

Here are a few tips to help you make some important decisions with regard to social networking when you have a pending personal injury claim.
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New Jersey Personal Injury Social Networking MistakesIf you have been injured in a New Jersey accident, it is important that you watch what you say because the insurance company responsible for your potential settlement is likely to scrutinize your every move. Insurance adjusters have it in their best interests to find reasons to deny your claim. Therefore, what you post on a Facebook page or Twitter feed about the accident can be just as damaging as what you say on the phone to the insurance company while discussing your claim.

One of the major factors that could affect how much compensation is available for your injuries is if you were partially responsible for the accident. For example, if you post a photo on Facebook showing you drinking with your buddies the night of the accident, the insurance adjuster may use that to show that your negligence caused the accident. Such posts can seriously jeopardize your personal injury claim.

Another important part of an injury claim is proving how much suffering you have endured following the accident. Therefore, posting photos of yourself playing a sport, skiing, or lifting weights may hurt your argument that you are undergoing severe physical suffering since the accident. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in New Jersey can help you avoid the many potential pitfalls in this process.

New Jersey InjuryHave you been injured in a New Jersey car accident? Was the other driver at-fault for the crash? Are you wondering if compensation is available for your medical bills, lost wages and other related losses? Under New Jersey law, victims of negligent drivers may hold the at-fault motorist accountable for the losses suffered in the crash by filing a personal injury claim. Victims of negligent drivers should contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will help them determine how much their potential claim could be worth.

No two cases are the same, but in general, the most serious injuries result in the largest settlements or awards. The goal of civil litigation is to help a victim of negligence recover monetary compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses he or she has suffered and to hold the at-fault party liable. All physical, financial, and emotional losses will be taken into consideration. The damages should include not only the current medical expenses the victim is facing, but also the cost of future medical and rehabilitative treatment required for a full recovery.

The victim can also pursue compensation for all of the wages lost because of the accident and time spent away from work during the healing process. Additional compensation should be available for those who are disabled and unable to work because of the injuries suffered. A skilled personal injury attorney can also help calculate non-financial losses, such as physical pain and mental anguish. The court will take into consideration the type of negligence involved and how much compensation was given to victims of similar injuries.