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Friday, August 3, 2018

Workers’ Compensation May Cover Medical Marijuana in NJ

What medications are covered under a workers’ compensation claim?

The legalization of medical marijuana in New Jersey has impacted many areas of life and employment. Recently, a New Jersey judge ordered that public employer Freehold Township should reimburse an employee for medical marijuana used to treat his muscular spasticity. This revolutionary workers’ compensation case could hold broader import for private employers and employees making..

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

NJ Bus Accident Survivor Calls for Improved Seat Belts on School Buses

Would three-point belts on school buses save lives?

The horrific fatal bus accident that happened last May has many people in New Jersey asking what steps can be taken to prevent school bus deaths. One teacher and one student were killed when a school bus driver collided with a dump truck in New Jersey.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Drowning in Student Loans? Bankruptcy May Soon Help

Can I discharge my student loans in a bankruptcy action?

Most college graduates today exit with considerable student loan debt. Over 44 million Americans owe student debts which amount to some $1.5 trillion, according to financial website Make Lemonade. The average student loan borrower today will have $37,172 in debt, an increase of $20,000 from 13 years ago. Student loan debt can be crippling, preventing graduates from saving money, buying a home, and establishing themselves.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Exploring the Dangers of Fatigued Driving

Is it unlawful to drive while overly tired?

Drowsy driving is a top cause of accidents nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 100,000 car crashes annually are caused by tired driving, resulting in 71,000 injuries and 1,500 fatalities.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

5 Steps to Keep Yourself Safe After a Car Accident

In the aftermath of a car accident, you will likely be confused, disoriented, and potentially injured. It is important that you know the basic steps you should take following a car accident in order to protect yourself and your legal rights. Not acting appropriately after a crash could leave you vulnerable to additional injuries or potentially diminish your later personal injury claim. Our

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Fault and the Fatal Southwest Airlines Accident

Who is at-fault for the Southwest plane accident that killed one passenger?

Recently, Southwest Flight 1380 suffered an engine failure that resulted in the death of one passenger and forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in order to save the lives of everyone else on board. Now, federal officials continue to investigate this fatal plane accident.
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Jersey Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers

What is the penalty for texting while driving in NJ?

New Jersey police officers have stepped up their efforts to end distracted driving as part of a national campaign entitled “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” The crackdown started on April 1st and will continue for the month of April and beyond. April marks National Distracted Driving Month, making it a perfect time for local law enforcement officers to increase enforcement of existing Read more . . .

Friday, April 13, 2018

NJ Court to Decide Whether Volunteer Firefighter Can Receive Workers’ Comp

Can I receive workers’ compensation benefits if I am injured while volunteering?

Volunteers change the world with their willingness to donate their time to help others. While many volunteers feel that volunteering has a positive impact on their lives, some volunteer positions come with risks. Those that volunteer in fire departments, rescue agencies, schools, and animal shelters, among other positions, could be injured while helping. Legal questions then arise as to who is liable for the injuries suffered by volunteers.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Examining Uber’s First Fatal Self-Driving Car Accident

Are self-driving vehicles safe?

A recent fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving vehicle is gathering national attention and concern. Accident reports reveal that the Uber vehicle was being tested in autonomous mode in Arizona.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Head-on Accidents in New Jersey

What are the top causes of head-on accidents?

Recently, a New Jersey Transit bus crashed head-on into a garbage truck, killing one and injuring four others. The accident happened in Essex County on Springfield Avenue.  Officials report that the bus driver died in the accident, while several others were seriously injured.  Fortunately, no passengers were aboard the bus at the time of the crash. This Read more . . .

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fed Government Makes Way for Self-Driving Cars

Are self-driving cars safer than traditional automobiles?

Once a thing of science fiction, self-driving vehicles are today widely regarded as the next generation of cars.  In a recent listening session held by the United States Department of Transportation, the federal government made it clear that they would not stand in the way of the development of autonomous vehicles.  As mega companies like Google continue to push forward in their quest to create a self-driving vehicle that could eventually be sold to consumers, drivers everywhere should give thought to what a future of self-driving cars could look like and whether these vehicles will reduce Read more . . .

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