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November 2019 Archives

Burnout among workers is now a diagnosable condition

In New Jersey, as elsewhere, burnout is becoming a problem for many workers across a range of industries. Burnout is now a diagnosable condition according to the World Health Organization. The WHO defines it in its occupational context as a syndrome arising from poorly managed workplace stress that leads to feelings of physical exhaustion and a great mental distance from one's job.

Holidays are peak times for dog attacks

Around holidays, parents of small children have plenty of tasks to occupy them in their preparations for the celebrations. With all the frantic activities that happen on holidays, they may no longer be paying as close attention to what's going on around their children in relatives' homes.

Number of large truck accident deaths on the rise

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data showing that the number of accidents causing trucker fatalities is rising. According to the NHTSA, 885 truck occupants were killed in crashes during the year 2018, representing an increase of nearly 1% over 2017 and the highest number of truck occupant deaths since 1988, when 911 large truck occupants died in crashes. The overall number of fatalities related to large truck crashes in New Jersey and other states also rose.

Child injured in zip lining accident sparks lawsuit

Hazardous conditions can cause injury and death in New Jersey and across the nation. Those responsible for the safety of others must take steps to mitigate the risk. This is especially true with certain activities such as zip lining. Since these recreational locations are often marketed to children and families, people who have been hurt as a Florida 10-year-old recently was should know what steps they must take in the aftermath.

Overview of the process for making a workers' compensation claim

Employers in New Jersey carry workers' compensation insurance to provide benefits to workers hurt or killed on the job. The benefits generally pay for medical treatments after a workplace injury or illness occurs. Injured workers who miss work due to an accident or illness will likely qualify for benefits that pay roughly two-thirds of their salaries until they can return to work. When workplace accidents result in deaths, the insurance could cover burial expenses and provide a death settlement to a family. To collect these benefits, an injured worker must initiate an insurance claim within the deadlines established by the policy.

Beware of shoppers' injuries this Black Friday

Do you know that some retailers don't begin to turn a profit each year until Black Friday — the day after the nation celebrates Thanksgiving? It's true. This day dedicated to unabashed consumerism often marks the point in the year where retailers move from indebtedness to solvency due to the crush of holiday shoppers seeking rock-bottom bargains.

Workers' comp benefits for injured employees

When people are injured in a New Jersey workplace, they may face medical bills and be forced to spend time away from the job. The workers' compensation system entitles people hurt at work to receive benefits that can defray these mounting expenses. For example, workers' comp generally covers medical care, including bills, prescriptions and travel to the hospital. In some cases, workers may need to use specific doctors to treat their injuries for a certain period. In order to protect their rights, injured workers can also report workplace accidents right away and receive prompt treatment.