When you have been hurt on the job, you have the right to seek benefits under workers' compensation laws. It's important to understand, though, that the workers' compensation laws only apply to injuries caused by the negligence or your employer or a co-employee. If you are injured by the wrongful acts of a third party, you can file a lawsuit in court to recover damages and you won't be limited or restricted by your workers' compensation recovery.
In New Jersey, as in other states, under what is known as "premises liability," the owner of commercial or residential property has a duty to maintain the premises so as to minimize the risk of injury to anyone legally on the property. Until 2013, the owner of property was only responsible for hazardous conditions on his or her property. A New Jersey Superior Court ruling has changed that, at least with respect to businesses and subcontractors.
Most people think that distracted driving is limited to driving while texting, but it takes many other forms as well-putting a CD in the stereo, trying to break up a fight in the backseat, or simply watching the scenery, rather than the road. The bulk of accidents involving distracted drivers, though, involve the use of handheld devices. According to a U.S. Department of Transportation website-www.distraction.gov-nearly 700,000 drivers may be texting, talking or looking up something on a handheld device at any given moment.
It's a pretty common occurrence for contractors, subs and suppliers to leave materials strewn across a construction site. But just because it happens doesn't mean that you can't rightfully seek compensation when you've been injured as a result.
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If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a commercial truck, such as a 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer or semi, the process for obtaining compensation for all your losses will look similar to a car accident claim, but may also have substantial differences.
OFFICIALS FEAR DRAMATIC RISE IN MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Gas prices have dipped below $2.00 a gallon in many communities across the country, the lowest they have been in more than five years. Another statistic that has government officials worried, though-the last time gas prices were this cheap, there was also a dramatic increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents nationwide. Before the plummeting of gas prices in 2009, officials had seen more than four consecutive years of declining rates of death and injury in motor vehicle accidents. Throughout the time prices remained low (2008-2009), accident rates remained high. As soon as fuel prices went back up, accident rates dropped precipitously.
The Common Types of Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents
An on-duty NJPD officer clocking for speeders was killed last month when a tractor-trailer vehicle rear-ended his parked car on a highway shoulder, without attempting to stop prior to the impact - according to the roadway evidence at the scene. At the time of his death, Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, was the second officer to perish within the line of duty that month, said prosecutors.