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July 2019 Archives

What kinds of disability payments does workers' comp offer?

Too many people seem to believe that workers' compensation benefits only protect people in particularly dangerous industries. While it is true that people in certain fields are more likely than others to suffer severe injuries or fatalities on the job, you can get hurt at any kind of job.

In-vehicle tech can be distracting for older drivers

The audio commands and touchscreens used to control in-vehicle technologies are too distracting for many older drivers in New Jersey and around the country, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah. As a result, the authors of the study are calling on car manufacturers to develop designs that are user-friendly for all ages.

Colorectal cancer becoming more common among adults under 50

Researchers have found that more and more people under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. New Jersey residents should know that the results, which were published in the peer-reviewed journal CANCER, are based on the cases gathered in the National Cancer Database. The number of colorectal cancer cases among younger people has been steadily growing since at least the 1970s.

Causes of EHR-related malpractice claims

According to a recent study from the Journal of Patient Safety, about 30% of malpractice claims related to electronic health records (EHR) involve medication errors. The research clearly showed that there were adverse effects to using electronic record-keeping at all types of health care practices in New Jersey and other states. However, most cases of malpractice occurred in an ambulatory setting, and the majority of these errors were due to user mistakes, not systematic issues.

Allstate insurance ranks America's safest drivers

Motorists around the country were involved in approximately 6,452,000 traffic accidents in 2017 according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Auto insurance companies study data from NHTSA and other agencies when assessing risks in New Jersey and other parts of the country, and they sometimes release their findings to the public.

Fourth of July the worst holiday for DUI crash fatalities

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense in New Jersey, as anywhere else, and can lead to fatal car accidents. Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it appears that DUI-related fatality rates are their highest on the Fourth of July than during any other major U.S. holiday. From 2010 to 2017, a total of 1,192 people died in DUI crashes on the Fourth of July.

Don't ignore the signs of a workplace back injury

If you work in a physically active job, whether you are a transportation professional or someone who works in a manufacturing facility, you likely understand the risk that physical injury creates for your happiness and career. An injury that you suffer as part of your duties on the job could impact your ability to continue working.

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