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WARNING FOR PARENTS: 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

New Jersey Accident Lawyers

Editor’s Note: If you are driving right now, thank you for clicking on our article but please put off reading it until later. While it might further illustrate our message, we wouldn’t want anyone getting in an accident while reading about distracted driving.

As one of New Jersey’s top accident law firms, we at Mintz & Geftic always pay close attention to the hazards that drivers face on the roadways of the Garden State. In the past year, we have shared several posts dealing with this important topic.

We have discussed the dangerous New Jersey road conditions that are found on holidays like Memorial Day Weekend and the 4th of July.

We put on our meteorologist hats this past January (or maybe just watched the Weather Channel) and predicted the Blizzard of 2016, then told you about the top winter driving myths.

We wrote about Greyhound not following their own rules and bus drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

We told parents of young children about seat back failure and the risk it presents for kids sitting in the back seat.

Finally, one year ago this month, we first addressed distracted driving and urged New Jersey drivers to Put Down the Cellphone. In the past year since that post, what was a serious danger has developed into a full-blown epidemic that is causing accidents and taking lives at an alarming rate. (Side note – are there any epidemics that aren’t full blown?)

DISTRACTED DRIVING – FULL-BLOWN EPIDEMIC

When it comes to distracted driving, the latest reports and accident statistics are absolutely startling. These reports become even more startling when people start to realize that each number isn’t merely a “statistic”.  These numbers can be your friends, your coworkers, your neighbors….and sadly for many parents, these numbers can be your children.

Distracted driving has reached such dangerous levels that CNN has devoted a weeklong series on their website to the subject, titled “DWD: Driving While Distracted”.

We are going to provide our own series of blogs as well here on our website, citing excerpts from CNN while offering our own commentary as it relates to drivers in New Jersey. Today, we will address the risks for teen drivers.

The 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

We are in the middle of this year’s 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers, which are the days that come between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

From 2010 to 2014, more than 5,000 people have died in crashes involving teen drivers in those 100 days, AAA said today. A new study by the association’s Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that nearly 60% of teen crashes involved distracted drivers. AAA says that over the past five years, the average number of crashes involving drivers ages 16-19 increased 16% per day during the “100 deadliest days,” compared with other days of the year. (CNN)

There are a number of reasons why these days bring about more accidents for teen drivers. Kids are out of school, which typically means they have much more free time. Instead of driving to and from school, teens are now driving to beaches, amusement parks or other places where they’re probably not as familiar with the roads. Driving on new roads is a factor, but one of the main reasons for the risk increase during those 100 days is that teens might be driving more frequently with more of their friends.

Passengers increase the risk of a teen driver having a fatal crash by at least 44%, according to the National Safety Council. (CNN)

Parents are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of distracted driving when it comes to texting and the use of cell phones. However, parents might not always be as focused on the danger that comes with an increased number of passengers.

A 2014 study found that loud conversations and horseplay between passengers were more likely than technology to result in a dangerous incident involving teen drivers. When there was loud conversation in the car, teen drivers were six times more likely to need to take actions like making an evasive maneuver to avoid a crash. When there was horseplay in the vehicle, they were three times more likely to get into a similarly serious episode, according to the study.

In upcoming blogs, we will continue to address the important facts when it comes to Distracted Driving.

 

 

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Medical Malpractice – $3.2 Million Secured By Mintz & Geftic

August 1, 2016 – We are very pleased to congratulate Mintz & Geftic’s partner Bryan H. Mintz. After four years of a hard fought legal battle involving complex medical issues, Bryan secured a $3.2 Million settlement in a medical malpractice case brought on behalf of our client, a 14-year-old girl from Hillside, New Jersey. An Essex County Superior Court Judge approved the settlement on June 30, 2016.

When she was just 16-months-old, our client was misdiagnosed with a viral illness and sent home from the emergency room. It turned out that she had bacteremia at the time of that emergency room visit and required further workup and antibiotics. Bacteremia is an invasion of the bloodstream by bacteria.  In this case, the bacteria turned out to be streptococcus pneumoniae.

As a result of the misdiagnosis at the New Jersey hospital emergency room, there was a delay in treatment at a point when timing was absolutely critical. Consequently, the young girl had to undergo multiple surgeries and placement of a feeding tube for many of the years that followed. She now has chronic kidney disease.

The settlement monies will fund a short term trust and an annuity to ensure that all of this child’s needs are met during her lifetime.

Elizabeth, New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers

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

Our medical malpractice 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.

We Will Fight For You!

 

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Heat Wave for New Jersey – Hazard for its Workers

New Jersey Heat Wave Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Mintz & Geftic – lawyers for New Jersey workers

The Heat Wave is coming. When summer arrives in New Jersey and the invades the Garden State, there’s plenty of things we can count on occurring each and every year.

People will be driving down the Garden State Parkway to enjoy time on the New Jersey beaches.

Families will be walking along the boardwalks of Point Pleasant, Seaside and Wildwood.

Nature lovers will be heading to some of New Jersey’s best hiking trails, while others might be tubing down the Delaware River.

Parents will be escaping for some weekend fun in Atlantic City, while others may opt for some much-needed R&R in Cape May.

Concert goers will be heading to the Garden State Arts Center (while still refusing to acknowledge that it’s now called the PNC Bank Arts Center).

And unfortunately, several New Jersey workers will be suffering from heat-related illness.

Occupational Heat Exposure – Deadly Risks

Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some even die. Excessive exposure to heat can cause a range of heat-related illnesses, from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Types of Heat-Related Illness

Heat Stroke

The most deadly heat-related illness is heat stroke. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. This may occur with little warning to the worker and leave him/her unaware that a crisis stage has been reached. When heat stroke occurs, employee’s skin is hot, usually dry or can have profuse sweating. His/her body temperature will be around 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and the worker can be confused, have seizures or lose consciousness.. Unless the worker receives rapid and appropriate treatment, brain damage and/or death can occur.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion is not as dangerous as heat stroke, but can quickly progress to heat stroke if the worker is not attended to immediately. Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, heavy sweating, elevated body temperatures.

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps usually affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture levels. Low salt levels in muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.

Heat Rash

Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. Heat rash often looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. It will usually appear on the worker’s neck, upper chest, groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.

Heat Wave Dangers – Who is at Risk?

Outdoor workers include any workers who spend a substantial portion of the shift outdoors. Examples include construction workers,, baggage handlers, oil and gas well operations, asbestos removal workers, electrical power transmission and control workers, landscaping and maintenance workers, plus many others that spend their days outside in the hot New Jersey summer.

New Jersey workers that are new to working outdoors are generally most at-risk for heat-related illnesses. It it critical for these workers to gradually increase their workloads and take more breaks more frequently.

New Jersey Heat Wave – How Hot is Too Hot?

The best measurement tool for New Jersey workers and employers to use in assessing the heat is the heat index. The heat index combines temperature and relative humidity into one number that reflects how hot the weather will actually feel.

From the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Heat IndexRisk Level
Less than 91°FLower (Caution)
91°F to 103°FExtreme Caution
103°F to 115°FDanger
Greater than 115°FExtreme Danger

IMPORTANT NOTE – The heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions. Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15° Fahrenheit.

New Jersey Employers Must Protect Their Employees

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat during a heat wave with precautions such as:

  • Providing workers with water, rest and shade.
  • Allowing new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
  • Planning for emergencies and training workers on prevention.
  • Monitoring workers for signs of illness during a heat wave or anytime that extreme heat is present.

Are your employers protecting you and your coworkers from heat-related illness during a heat wave? If not, you should contact the OSHA office nearest you.

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury).

If you have any questions on any of these laws please contact your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Mintz & Geftic today.

 

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 or as a result of heat-related illness, call our New Jersey lawyers 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!

 

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatrelillness.html

https://www.wcf.com/heat-related-illness

 

 

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4th of July in New Jersey – Top 10 Dangerous Facts

Mintz & Geftic - 4th of July Injury Lawyers

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The 4th of July weekend is here. The Fourth means family barbecues, parades, times with friends, enjoying the beaches of the Jersey Shore or maybe all of the above for some New Jersey residents.

Of course, as New Jersey’s top law firm for the seriously injured, we at Mintz & Geftic tend to look at the other things that also come along with the 4th of July; blowing things up, dangerous driving, drinking in the hot sun and maybe all of the above for some people in this case as well.

Here are 10 facts about the dangerous side of the 4th of July

Warning: the following list might be considered a buzzkill. Cue the Debbie Downer sound.

  1. 230 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the 4th of July.
  2. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. Hospital emergency rooms during the calendar year of 2013.
  3. When it comes to fireworks-related injuries, the body part(s) most injured are the hands and fingers. Giants’ fans know all about this danger.
  4. The type of fireworks causing the most injuries are firecrackers, accounting for 20% of all fireworks-related injuries. Believe it or not, sparklers are a close second with 19%.
  5. Furthermore, sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  6. Maybe not as surprising, men make up 74% of the people suffering from fireworks-related injuries on the 4th of July.
  7. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,900 reported fires, including 1200 structural fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires, culminating in 8 deaths, 40 injuries, and $32 million in property damage

    And as your top New Jersey accident lawyers, we had to include a few facts about the dangerous roads on the 4th of July….

  8.  The National Safety Council estimates indicate 466 people may be killed and an additional 53,600 may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend.
  9. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been tracking car crash statistics for over 25 years, and they show that, on average, 51% of all fatal automobile accidents on the 4th of July are related to alcohol. This is more than any other holiday.
  10. An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the 4th of July.

We had to finish with at least one fun fact to reward anyone that made it through that “cheerful” list.  We at Mintz & Geftic wish you and your families a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an 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.

 

Sources:

http://www.nsc.org/Connect/NSCNewsReleases/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=126

http://www.medicalbag.com/grey-matter/fourth-of-july-injuries/article/472651/

https://www.cpsc.gov//Global/Research-and-Statistics/Injury-Statistics/Fuel-Lighters-and-Fireworks/2013FireworksReport.pdf