Atlantic City & Cape May Personal Injury Law Firm Newsletters

Construction Accidents and Injuries

With all its heavy equipment, machines, ladders and scaffolding, it is no surprise that the construction industry has one of the highest worker injury rates of any industry. Many factors contribute to construction accidents, including untrained workers, poor site conditions and unsafe equipment. Injuries range from falls, burns, electrocution, exposure to asbestos and toxic chemicals and even death. Construction workers depend on their employers for a safe work site. Despite regulation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), thousands of workers suffer severe and fatal injuries every year on construction sites. Preventing Construction Injuries The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 governs workplace safety and OSHA enforces its regulations. According to OSHA, one in ten construction workers suffers injuries each year, with falls being the leading injury Workers between the ages of 25 and 34 are most likely to suffer injuries on-site Most construction site injuries involve workers’…
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Can Medical Malpractice Be Confidential?

Atlantic City Personal Injury Attorneys Explore Confidentiality According to a ruling last month by the New Jersey Supreme Court, hospitals have a legal right to some confidentiality in the event of a medical malpractice lawsuit. A 4-3 court decision upheld the Patient Safety Act of 2004, which encouraged hospitals to learn from their mistakes in order to prevent them from happening again. Therefore, they are not required to release information on their own internal examination of any potential malpractice. Why is Medical Malpractice Confidentiality Allowed? The reason behind the decision is to protect persons who may be at fault for a malpractice incident. Proponents of the Patient Safety Act argue that confidentiality allows the person who made the mistake to speak freely about his or her errors. They claim that the threat of impending punishment is likely to cause medical professional to cover their mistakes, which will not allow a…
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The Need for Improved Underride Guard Regulations

Underride collisions are an especially dangerous type of truck accident. Each year in the United States, underride collisions kill approximately 423 people and injure approximately 5,000 others, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An underride collision involves a passenger vehicle fully or partially passing under a tractor-trailer. The passenger vehicle can be crushed or have its roof sheared off, which poses a serious threat to all occupants in the vehicle, including the risk of decapitation. Victims of underride collisions may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries or for their loved one’s wrongful death and can learn about their legal rights from an experienced Atlantic City injury attorney. Underride Guards Underride guards, long pieces of steel attached to the rear, front and/or side of a large truck, are intended to prevent underride from occurring in the event a truck and passenger vehicle collide. The U.S. currently…
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Product Liability: Who is Liable?

If a product is on the market for consumers to purchase, it means it has passed strict federal government standards and must be safe to use. Unfortunately, that statement is not always true. From automobiles to kids’ toys, defective and recalled products are in the headlines more than ever. Often times, consumers have already suffered significant injuries by the time the recall has occurred. Whom Can I Sue in a Product Liability Claim? A defective product is a product that is unreasonably dangerous, does not carry sufficient warnings or the manufacturer fails to provide complete or adequate instructions for the product’s use. The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is the government agency that tracks injuries and deaths from defective products. Some noteworthy CPSC findings: Product liability cases have the second-highest median in damage awards at $300,000 – second only to medical malpractice cases In December 2005, Dell recalled…
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