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Construction’s “Fatal Four” cause majority of worker deaths

When you show up to work each day on a New Jersey construction site, you probably do so with an understanding that you will face certain job-related hazards that expose you to potential injury or even death. At Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC, we understand that many construction worker injuries and deaths result from similar circumstances, and we have helped many construction workers and their loved ones pursue recourse following work-related injuries and fatalities.

Per the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, almost 60% of construction worker deaths that occurred in 2017 stemmed from situations involving what are known as construction’s Fatal Four. Estimates suggest that learning how to eliminate these four dangers could save nearly 600 construction worker lives every year, so employers have a duty to work to minimize risks associated with the Fatal Four to the fullest extent possible.

Should medical providers have a duty to non-patients?

There are specific factors necessary to file a medical malpractice claim. Possibly the most important element is to prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed before the injury. This is what links the negligent medical professional to their legal liability.

However, one New Jersey family wants to sue a doctor they had no legal relationship with whatsoever.

Federal government aims to monitor trucker fatigue

If you are like a lot of people in New Jersey, you may wonder just how many hours a commercial trucker drives at any one time. Many people talk about how truckers might get tired because of the long times for which they are on the road and because many of their driving hours are in the dark. This can lead to serious risks if big rigs are operated by drivers who might be sleepy.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration actually has a rule in place called the Hours of Service rule that is ideally designed to prevent trucker fatigue by limiting the number of hours that can be driven consecutively. The rule also outlines the maximum number of hours that can be worked in a day and in a week.

What is a meniscus tear?

Knee pain following a slip-and-fall accident in New Jersey may be a sign of a meniscus tear. According to WebMD, tears to the meniscus are among the most common knee injuries. They often occur during athletic activities, but any sudden twisting motion of your knee has the potential to cause a meniscus tear. Because the meniscus becomes weaker with age, your risk of a tear goes up as you get older. 

The meniscus is a crescent-shaped structure made of cartilage that provides stability and cushioning to your knee joint. Each of your knees has two menisci, one on either side. A sudden or violent twisting motion of your knee, as might occur with a slip-and-fall accident, can cause an impact to your meniscus that results in a piece of the cartilage tearing off. 

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