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Fall victim may claim workers' compensation benefits

One of the biggest threats faced by construction workers in New Jersey is fall accidents. Many of the jobs done in this industry involve working at heights, and falls are reported to be the cause of a significant percentage of workers' compensation claims filed by construction workers. The prevalence of these accidents indicates the low level of compliance by employers with federal and state safety regulations.

Workers should not be allowed to work at heights without the appropriate fall protection that is securely anchored to arrest any falls that may occur. The presence of such protection will be questioned by investigators of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration when they look into a recent fall accident at a construction site in Union. Reportedly, an emergency call was made at about 9 a.m on a recent Wednesday, reporting a fall from the roof of a home.

Mediation can resolve child custody and parenting time issues

One of the most challenging aspects of a divorce is child custody and parenting time. While most New Jersey parents likely want what is best for their children, the prospect of one's relationship with a child being compromised may be too much to bear. However, making a battle out of it can prolong the process in which there will be no winners. The most appropriate manner in which to deal with this issue might be mediation.

Parents can choose to use mediation to resolve their issues, or it might be court-ordered. Unfamiliarity with the process may cause anxiety, and it may help to learn more about the process in advance. Preparation may include gaining information about the mediator and the demands or wishes the other parent may have. Take note that the sole purpose of the mediator is to encourage communication and compromise where necessary. The mediator may not provide any legal advice or guidance but may suggest solutions to help resolve contentious issues.

Distracted driving takes many forms, each of which are dangerous

Since you probably consider your safety to be of the utmost importance, like many others, you may choose to strictly adhere to New Jersey state traffic laws when out on the road. However, even the safest of drivers can find themselves in a collision, especially when encountering a negligent driver.

There are a multitude of circumstances in which an accident may occur. However, some types are negligence are more prevalent than others, and if another vehicle suddenly slams into you, chance are, you may be the victim of a distracted driver.

Personal injury claim may follow intersection collision

Car accidents can happen to anybody, at any time. Unfortunately, drivers on New Jersey roads will always be vulnerable, even if they obey all the rules of the road. The reality is that there will always be another driver who violates rules that are meant to prevent crashes that result in personal injury or death.

A 58-year-old Lebanon resident was recently reminded of the hazards on the road when he was involved in a collision at an intersection in Washington Township. According to law enforcement, the crash occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday earlier this month. An accident report indicates that it involved a sedan and a minivan.

Estate planning -- Is a Last Will and Testament really necessary?

New Jersey residents who want to ensure that their chosen beneficiaries receive their property upon their deaths might consider drafting a Last Will and Testament. Estate planning starts with a will, and dying without such a document will allow the state to choose beneficiaries who will then receive the decedent's property. Even if the person's estate plan is based on a trust, there will be a need for a will.

Without a trust, the individual's Last Will and Testament will include the details of the person's wishes for the distribution of his or her property. It will list the beneficiaries along with details about how and when they will receive their inheritances. It will also contain the name of the executor or personal representative that will ensure that beneficiaries receive their inheritances, along with what powers the executor will have. If the person has minor children, he or she can also name a guardian to take care of the children until they reach adulthood.

Family law: Staying together for the kids may not benefit them

There will likely always be parents in New Jersey and other states whose relationships with each other have deteriorated entirely, but they choose to remain together for the sake of the children. They might be unaware of recent international studies that confirm the findings of a 2012 American family law study. The consensus is that most children are not damaged by the divorce but rather by living in households where animosity is ever-present. In certain circumstances, children are better off after their parent's divorce.

The American Academy of Pediatrics found in a 2012 study that children who have the support and assurance of the ongoing love of both parents throughout and beyond a divorce actually benefit from it and find it easier to adjust to the new circumstances. When children remain in households in which conflict is prevalent, exposure to violence is often also present. Poor communication between parents along with poor co-parenting has proved to be a link in a significant number of children who develop emotional and physical ailments.

Personal injury: Alleged drunk driver causes fatal rollover crash

A fatal accident investigations unit recently responded to a scene of a wreck that killed two New Jersey women. Authorities say this was a single-vehicle accident that was allegedly caused by the negligence of a drunk driver. The driver is now facing criminal charges, and she may also have to face civil lawsuits of personal injury and wrongful death.

According to an accident report, the crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in Paramus when a car with four occupants rolled off Route 4. The cause is still under investigation, but authorities say the vehicle rolled several times and came to rest in the parking lot of the Bergen Town Center. The driver and her three passengers were ejected.

Should you put yourself first when estate planning?

As you work to create your estate plan, you may have your family in mind. You may review and inventory your assets, consider your loved ones' needs and desires, and determine who should receive which pieces of property. However, an estate plan can go far beyond simply deciding how to distribute your assets after death.

Your estate plan could prove immensely beneficial during your life as well as after death. If you take the time to consider your own potential wants and needs, especially when it comes to later-in-life health care, you may allow yourself to feel more at ease. Though you may want to put your children and other family members ahead of yourself, putting yourself first may allow you to create a solid estate plan.

Distribution center injuries? Workers' compensation will help

New Jersey workers who earn their incomes from working in distribution centers face many safety hazards. Although they may find comfort in knowing that they will be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if they should suffer on-the-job injuries, that is something most workers would rather not wish to happen. Safety authorities say good housekeeping can help prevent workplace accidents.

When risk assessments are done in distribution centers, three primary areas will be evaluated. The first is the cleanliness and organization to ensure all areas are free of clutter or trash. Next will be the work sectors, such as aisles and loading docks, to determine whether congestion occurs, and if so, what can be done to resolve it. The condition of storage shelves, pallets and more will be checked along with the state of repair of all equipment that is used for material handling.

A cycling accident doesn't have to flatten your financial tires

Whether as a preferred means of transportation or even as a hobby, many individuals choose to travel from place to place via bicycle. While cycling may have its benefits, such as avoiding traffic or providing a fun form of exercise, there may also be some level of risk involved, especially near traffic.

Perhaps you have been in a bicycle-vehicle collision, with a limited amount of protection available, accidents of this nature have a higher chance of ending in disaster. If the driver of the vehicle is at fault, you might wish to pursue compensation, potentially leaving you to wonder how to proceed.

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