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Toms River, New Jersey, Personal Injury Blog

The dangers of driving near home

Since people usually drive near where they live, it makes sense that most crashes occur within 25 miles of the home. However, it is also easy to get complacent after taking the same route multiple times. This can lead to tuning out and making mistakes. New Jersey residents might like to know how to stay safe when driving familiar routes.

Driving in the same locations often leads to muscle memory habits. To avoid a collision, it is important to remain alert. Staying vigilant is critical because all it takes is one unpredictable element in a familiar place to cause a crash. These elements could include bad weather, a mechanical malfunction, an animal in the road or another driver. To stay safe, one should wear a seat belt.

Daytime running lights may help to reduce accidents

Many New Jersey motorists are seriously injured in car accidents that happen during the daytime hours. Research demonstrates that fewer people would be involved in accidents during the day if everyone used their headlights every time they drove.

Driving with the headlights turned on is only required at night and during inclement weather. There is no law requiring that drivers use them at all times, unlike in Europe and Canada. Researchers have shown that headlight use during the daytime hours results in a reduced incidence of accidents. It is thought that headlight use during the day helps to make cars more visible.

Did you develop a work-related disease because of asbestos?

For many years, exposure to asbestos was part of the job for people in a range of professions. For these unfortunate people, the potential for serious, even life-threatening diseases is very real. Mesothelioma, an aggressive and frequently deadly cancer, is often correlated to ongoing asbestos exposure.

For those who got exposed to asbestos in a professional setting, workers' compensation may be available when an asbestos-related disease develops. People in a broad range of professions, including mining, manufacturing, construction, chemical remediation, and even vehicle maintenance and repair may experience dangerous levels of asbestos exposure. It has been used for insulation, brake shoes, ceiling and floor tiles, paints, and even garden products and crayons.

Steps to prevent serious injury accidents

New Jersey employees face a variety of dangers in their workplaces. Traditionally, the approach to safety programs has been to report injury accidents, investigate them and to take steps to keep them from happening in the future. This approach misses steps that can be taken to prevent potential injuries before they happen, however.

Some safety experts are recommending a new approach in which workplace hazards are identified and programs are implemented to prevent serious injuries and fatalities before accidents ever occur. Many believe that this approach may do much more to help reduce the incidence of serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace.

Car crash avoidance technologies can work, research finds

New Jersey drivers could be safer with the widespread use of collision avoidance technologies, the results of a study indicate. Research by the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety shows that systems like lane departure warning signals and blind spot alerts can help to seriously cut the rate of car accidents and especially those that cause injuries.

The IIHS research indicates that vehicles with the warning systems installed had an 11 percent lower rate of single-car, head-on and sideswipe crashes, the type of accidents the technologies are best designed to prevent. Even more, these vehicles had a 21 percent lower rate of injury accidents. The findings were based on a review of more than 5,000 car accidents that took place in 2015 and that involved these types of crashes. The study found that over 55,000 injuries could have been prevented in that year alone if lane departure warning technology had been installed in all passenger vehicles around the country.

Failure to diagnose can make skin cancer much more dangerous

For New Jersey patients suffering from squamous cell skin cancer, one of the most important aspects of successful treatment is early detection. Squamous cell carcinoma has a very high cure rate with minimal damage when it is detected and removed.

However, when treatment is delayed or there is a failure to diagnose the cancer, it can metastasize to lymph nodes and organs. In these cases, an easily treatable form of skin cancer can even be fatal. It is very important for people with suspicious moles or skin blemishes to seek treatment from a doctor who can take a sample of the tissue and use a microscope to examine it. If cancer is found in the cells, treatment is required quickly.

Study finds common pipe repair method is hazardous

Utility workers in New Jersey and across the United States should be aware that a common method of pipe repair is more dangerous than previously thought, according to a study. The study was conducted by Purdue University researchers.

Cured-in-place pipe repair, also known as CIPP, is used to fix 50 percent of all damaged water pipes in the U.S. The process involves pushing a fabric tube treated with resin into a broken pipe and using ultraviolet light, steam or hot water to cure it. However, Purdue researchers tested the air quality at several sites in California and Indiana that were undergoing steam CIPP repairs and found that the emissions contained hazardous chemical compounds, including carcinogens. The results were surprising because the technology was previously thought to be safe.

Fat shaming by doctors could be hazardous to patient health

New Jersey residents rely on their doctors to be honest, informative and accurate when giving them medical advice. But some psychologists believe that medical doctors may do harm if they cross the line from advising lifestyle changes to what could be classified as shaming their patients. At issue is fat shaming, which, according to research presented to the American Psychological Association, can damage patients mentally and physically and may be a form of malpractice.

Researchers at Connecticut College reviewed patient reports of fat shaming by their doctors and doctors' biases towards obesity and how it relates to a patient's health. The research showed that doctors consistently tell overweight patients to lose weight, while other patients with the same medical issues are referred for blood work, CAT scans or physical therapy.

Back injuries at work could lead to permanent disability

You may have worked for years with a certain company, whether it's a construction business or an iron works company. Day in and day out, you faithfully perform your duties. Then, one day, you turn to the side or straighten up and feel an unimaginable pain in your back. You can barely hold yourself up, let alone carry and handle materials. You may feel tempted to try to push through the pain, but doing so could result in an even worse injury.

When you hurt your back at work, you should tell your employer right away. Whether it is a traumatic injury due to lifting or a repetitive stress injury after years of physical labor, you deserve medical care. That could mean chiropractic adjustments, surgery, physical therapy or assistance with pain management. If your employer doesn't have medical offices on site, you should seek out care at a nearby hospital or doctor's office. Once your injury gets substantiated by a medical professional, you can file a claim for workers' compensation.

Electric shock device could help drivers stay awake

Although New Jersey motorists may be aware of the dangers of drunk driving, many may not realize that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. In fact, it is estimated that falling asleep at the wheel is the cause of thousands of fatal accidents around the country each year. While some people who regularly drive while drowsy rely on coffee and loud music to keep them awake, others are looking for a more permanent solution to the problem.

A team of designers created a wearable piece of technology called Steer, which emits a gentle shock to the driver when it detects he or she is at risk for falling asleep at the wheel. The device was funded through Kickstarter where it was available for purchase for under $130. When it hits the market, the device is expected to retail for about $230.

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