Workers’ Comp and Company Events—Are You Covered?

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When evaluating Workers’ Comp claims, the New Jersey courts closely evaluate the location, circumstances, and nature of work events that lead to an injury. There is a distinct difference in the approach to mandatory work activities vs. voluntary work activities.

Scenario 1: You are on the company softball team. During the last game, you are just about to run for home base when the batter’s ball strikes you in the head, knocking you out. You develop a subdural hematoma and have to have emergency surgery. Does Workers’ Comp cover you?

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Exploding Batteries in Galaxy Note 7 Force Recall

Posted in Burn Injuries, E-Cigarette, Product Liability

Recently, Samsung voluntarily recalled millions of its Galaxy Note 7 phones because the batteries were catching fire and causing injuries. This decision was made at a crucial time—right before the launch of competitor Apple’s new iPhone. Why did they do it? Because within two weeks of its release there were 35 cases of the phone exploding or catching fire. Although that does not seem like a large number of incidents from millions of units, Samsung made the conservative call in light of growing reports of injuries from lithium battery malfunctions in other electronic devices.

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E-Cigarette Explodes in Woman’s Purse

Posted in E-Cigarette, Product Liability

Sunday there was yet another e-cigarette lithium battery explosion—this time in woman’s purse while she was shopping. Mara McInerney’s handbag exploded with the sound of a “gunshot,” pouring thick black smoke and sending other shoppers scurrying away from the blast. It was the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a day when people’s nerves were already on edge. According to an NBC 4 New York article, McInerney was terrified; “It was 9/11. I thought someone had put something in my bag.” It turned out the lithium battery in her vaporizer exploded burning her designer bag into fragments. Luckily the flaming bag didn’t burn her hands and face as well. The New Jersey woman is even more thankful it didn’t explode while her four year old daughter was reaching into the bag to get a toy or a piece of candy.

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Can Red Light Cameras Actually Save Lives?

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Red light cameras have become a hot topic in many states. Some people view them as a safety measure, whereas others view them as only a moneymaker for municipalities. Even still, others view them as unwanted governmental intrusion into citizens’ private lives. As a result of the criticisms raised over the cameras, some states have opted to turn them off.

As some states have started to turn off the cameras, new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that turning off red light traffic signal cameras actually costs lives. The Institute’s research shows that red light programs in 79 large U.S. cities saved nearly 1,300 lives through 2014.

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Morning-After Hangover Accident Results in Judgement Against Driver & Night Club

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you think you think you can drink heavily all night and be okay to drive in the morning you may end up seriously injuring someone on your way to work. And if you are the bar or restaurant that served that drunk driver, you remain open to liability lawsuits. Worse than either of these is the result for innocent drivers who are caught in the ensuing accidents from “morning-after” drunk drivers.

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2016 Roar to the Shore Bike Rally

Posted in Motorcycle Injury, Stark Events

Roar to the Shore is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This event covers every inch of wildwood with vendors, music, bikes, and games. Visit the Stark & Stark tent and join The Riders’ Lawyers as they answer any questions you may have about the differences between an automobile policy and a motorcycle policy as well as carrying proper and adequate insurance coverage. Bring your declarations page for a FREE on-site evaluation.

The team will also be presenting free informational seminars about insurance on both Friday and Saturday at 1:00pm and 3:00 pm at the Stark & Stark tent. Stop by the tent at the following times for a chance to win a raffle for a Battery Charger/Engine Starter

  • Thursday – 1pm and 3pm
  • Friday – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
  • Saturday – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
  • Sunday – 12pm and 2pm

Entrants may only win once during the weekend and must be present at the booth during the drawing in order to win.

Visit the website for more details about this event.

 

New Jersey Doctors Should Be Aware of Workers’ Compensation Issues

Posted in Workers' Compensation

For any doctors who treat workers’ compensation patients, there are several issues they should be aware of in order to effectively provide treatment to these injured workers in New Jersey. If you are injured at work and getting medical treatment, the issues below are crucial for you to understand and discuss with your doctor if necessary: Continue Reading

Healing the Skin after a Burn Injury

Posted in Burn Injuries

The skin is an amazing organ, and the largest in the body. It not only protects internal organs and prevents infection by bacteria; it also regulates temperature, fluid balance, and Vitamin D production.

When the skin is burned, this functionality is impaired—particularly when the burn damages the interior layers of the skin. Burn victims must be kept warm to avoid hypothermia, must be hydrated, and their skin must be protected. In severe burns, the skin is at risk from infection at the open wound site and from surrounding dead skin that could affect healing. In many cases, the doctors and nurses use “debridement” to help remove dead skin so the patient can heal.

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After Tesla Autopilot Death: Could Self-Driving Cars Actually Make the Roads Safer?

Posted in Motor Vehicle Accidents

In decades ahead, driverless cars may be the new norm in America. Recently, Tesla Motors discloses the first-known death caused by a self-driving car. In that accident, the driver put his car into Tesla’s autopilot mode. The autopilot mode is able to control the car during highway driving. The car’s sensors apparently failed to distinguish a large, white 18-wheel tractor-trailer crossing the highway. The car attempted to drive full speed under the trailer, and the bottom of the trailer impacted the windshield of the car.

A police report stated the top of the vehicle was torn off by the force of the collision. However, the truck’s driver was not injured. Tesla noted that this was the company’s first known autopilot death in approximately 130 million miles driven by its customers. Tesla further noted that within the US, among all vehicles driven, there is a fatality every 94 million miles.

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Stark & Stark Attorneys Recognized in 2017 “The Best Lawyers in America” Rankings

Posted in Stark News

Best Lawyers announced “The Best Lawyers in America” rankings* for 2017, and 17 Stark & Stark attorneys have been named for the following practice areas: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Bankruptcy Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Corporate Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Litigation for both Defendants and Plaintiffs, Real Estate Law, Trusts and Estates, and Workers’ Compensation Law.

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