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Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in New Jersey

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Elizabeth, New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

As the premier workers’ compensation lawyers in Elizabeth, New Jersey, we at Mintz & Geftic have been representing the hardworking men and women of New Jersey for over 25 years. In this time, our workers’ comp lawyers have represented clients from all different industries who have suffered from work-related injuries.  This list includes construction workers, factory workers, truck drivers and many others that suffered some kind of personal injury while working.

Who is at Risk?

With all of our workers’ compensation experience, we can tell you that every single job contains some level of risk when it comes to work-related injuries.

We have seen workers’ comp clients working at a basic desk job get injured from a slip and fall accident at their office. In a case just last year, we helped obtain a large settlement for an office worker who suffered brain injuries in an auto accident. This settlement included $430k for negligence as well as $101k for workers’ compensation benefits, since this client was performing work-related duties when the accident occurred.

Of course, those working in jobs like construction are definitely subject to a higher level of risk than your typical office employees. In another case from last year, we had a client suffer work-related injuries when falling from scaffolding while at work. He endured multiple fractures to the skull, knees, wrists and face, along with a long list of other serious injuries. We were able to help the client obtain a settlement of a million dollars for negligence and an additional $136,500 for workers’ compensation benefits.

New Jersey’s Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

Okay, so which jobs were found to be the most dangerous in New Jersey? Check out this slideshow from NJ.com for a full breakdown. You can also click here to see why we think Santa should have been considered for the list.

If you work at one of the jobs on the list or you can think of any others that should have been included, please let us know here on our facebook page.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured while working, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us an email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our  workers’ compensation lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

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Bus Accident Driver Fatigue

Elizabeth, New Jersey Bus Accident Lawyers “I remember waking up in the hospital screaming. I have never screamed so much in my life,” she said. “I kept forgetting where I was and I would just scream and not stop because the pain was so intense.” (Ganim, Zamost, cnn.com)

The Bus Accident

The quote above is from Elora Lencoski describing the night in late 2013 when she was a passenger on a Greyhound bus that crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer, killing one woman and injuring dozens of other people.

Just 18 years old at the time and a talented opera singer ready to attend a top music school, Lencoski suffered catastrophic injuries in the bus accident. These accident-related injuries included a brain injury and badly hurt leg. But the most devastating injury to the young singer was the vertebrae in her neck that shattered, affecting her voice box, and seriously diminishing her ability to sing.

Some said their Greyhound bus driver had red eyes when she was taking tickets in New York. One man said he saw the driver doze off behind the wheel. Another driver on the same road saw the bus swerving and remembers thinking, “They are going to kill somebody.” (Ganim, Zamost, cnn.com)

As the excerpt above from CNN references, it is alleged that the Greyhound bus driver fell asleep at the wheel causing this horrible bus accident. As Elizabeth, New Jersey’s top accident lawyers, we at Mintz & Geftic have noted in previous blogs just how dangerous distracted driving can be, especially in this age of texting and smartphones. However, another major cause of deadly accidents and catastrophic injuries occurring on New Jersey’s roadways has been around far longer than cell phones, and that is driver fatigue.

A government study from 2012 found 37% of all passenger bus crashes were due to driver fatigue. Of the 184 fatal crashes involving a passenger bus from 2010 to 2014, five were due to driver fatigue, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Greyhound Not Following Its Own Rule – Bus Accident

Greyhound has had a rule in place that states drivers are supposed to stop about every 150 miles, get out and walk around the bus to help combat against possible fatigue. It would be great to see a company prioritizing the safety of its drivers and passengers with such a rule. However, CNN’s investigation discovered that the so-called rule is not enforced by the company.

In fact, in a deposition, their CEO testified that they have no system in place of actually enforcing the rule. He also acknowledged that some longer routes could have drivers going twice as far as 150 miles without stopping.

Another passenger who was riding the bus with Lencoski lost his leg and sued separately as a result of the bus accident. The jury in his case found that “Greyhound demonstrated reckless indifference to the safety” of passengers and drivers. The jury also faulted the company for “giving contradictory language in their rules and training” related to “fatigue level,” and not “enforcing their rules.”

He was awarded $23 million, and another $4 million in punitive damages. In addition, the jury tacked on $150 to its bus accident verdict to send a message that Greyhound wasn’t following its 150-mile rule.

We suggest checking out CNN’s article in full here, where you can watch their video and learn about more details about this bus accident and their full investigation.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers and workers’ compensation lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident or hurt while working, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us an email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our bus accident lawyers and workers’ compensation lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

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Video – Elizabeth, New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer

Watch today’s video where Elizabeth, New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer Bryan Mintz explains the important facts about workers’ compensation. Get helpful legal tips from an experienced Elizabeth, New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer.

Bryan Mintz, Martin Mintz and the entire Mintz & Geftic team have a great deal of experience when it comes to workers’ comp cases.  The Elizabeth, New Jersey workers’ comp lawyers at Mintz & Geftic fight for their clients every single day. We have represented clients from all different areas of labor, including truck drivers, union workers, construction workers, office workers, airline employees, factory workers and many others.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Workers’ Comp Lawyer

 

The most common injuries that workers’ compensation benefits typically pay for include:

  • Overexertion (excessive lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, carrying or throwing)
  • Slip and Falls
  • Being struck by an object (such as construction material falling from above).
  • Bodily reactions (injury caused by bending, climbing, reaching, sitting, slipping, standing or tripping without falling).
  • Being struck against an object (such as pushed into a door or wall).
  • Motor vehicle accidents.
  • Being caught in, under, or between equipment or objects.
  • Assault by another person.
  • Contact with extreme temperatures (for example, burns or frostbite).

We will help you understand your rights and fight for you against difficult employers and insurance companies. Call, email, or stop into our offices so we can begin helping you.

Elizabeth, New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured while working, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us an email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our  workers’ compensation lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

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Memorial Day Weekend Most Dangerous in Years?

Mintz & Geftic - Memorial Day Weekend Accident LawyersCheap gas prices and a reasonably robust economic climate are among the reasons that the 2016 Memorial Day weekend is shaping up as one of the busiest—and most dangerous—holidays in recent years. (Brad Tuttle, money.com)

As we begin this exciting Memorial Day weekend, many of us are looking forward to barbecues, pool parties or maybe even some time at the beach. For those of planning to hit the New Jersey Turnpike , Garden State Parkway or other New Jersey roadways on this holiday weekend, there are some important things that drivers need to be aware of.

As New Jersey’s car accident lawyers, we at Mintz & Geftic know all too well that holiday weekends tend to bring about some of the most hazardous conditions we ever see on the roads. Unfortunately, reports are indicating that this Memorial Day Weekend will be no exception.

Whether it’s car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents or pedestrian accidents, drivers need to be alert this Memorial Day weekend to help keep their families safe.

TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Here’s some interesting items we’ve come across regarding motor vehicle accidents on Memorial Day weekend. Please take note of these and remember to put down the cellphone!

1. A new report by the National Safety Council estimates that 439 Americans will be killed on the road this Memorial Day weekend, the highest number since 2009 and about 100 more than in 2014. (The final number for 2015 is not yet known.) Another 50,500 will be seriously injured, the report predicts.

2. The new report estimated that 104 of the 439 traffic fatalities could be avoided if everyone wore their seat belt.

3. AAA estimates that about 91 percent of New Jersey travelers expect to make their way by car, for a total of about 872,000 people, up 2 percent from last year. Nationally, 38 million will travel by automobile (dailyrecord.com).

4. Booze is a big factor; 44 percent of all traffic fatalities that occur over Memorial Day are alcohol-related (yahoo.com).

5. Texting behind the wheel is the behavior most likely to induce road rage from fellow motorists, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Expedia. Tailgaters and left-lane hogs tied for second place in terms of aggravating people on the roads (time.com).

New Jersey and New York Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our car accident injury attorneys serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.