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On-the-Job Injuries: When You Don’t Realize You’ve Been Hurt

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

When injuries on the job occur, the victim generally knows it. Workplace accidents happen on specific dates, and even workers diagnosed with repetitive stress injuries are frequently aware of when their symptoms arose, and what specific actions seem to trigger pain. This is one of the reasons that workers’ compensation laws impose maximum times after…

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Getting a Shot Can Hurt More Than You Think

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

Nobody likes getting shots. No matter how skilled the person doing the injecting may be, they hurt – and some hurt a lot. The fear of going to the doctor and getting a shot is something that starts when we’re little and our parents take us for vaccinations, but we were given lollipops and stickers…

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New Jersey Man Wins Multi-million Dollar Age Discrimination Verdict

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

America’s workforce is aging, and this means that while employers gain the benefit of more experience and accumulated knowledge, they also are confronted with having to pay the higher salaries that build over decades of loyal service. In many cases, companies are responding to increased overhead by taking discriminatory actions against older workers, and this…

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Shingles Vaccine Injuries Spur Lawsuit

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

Television viewers and magazine readers are constantly being bombarded with pharmaceutical advertising. Among the most recent and notable of these are ads for a shingles vaccine called Zostavax manufactured by drug giant Merck. The company’s initial ads were humorous, featuring sports notable Terry Bradshaw talking about his own experience with shingles, but these have been…

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What You Need to Know About Vaccine Injuries

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

Vaccines have been proven to provide powerful and effective protections against some of our most serious diseases and illnesses. They work by introducing a substance – usually a weakened or killed form of the disease – to stimulate the body’s immune system response to the disease if it encounters it again. Though vaccines represent an…

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New Jersey On-the-Job Injuries on the Rise

Posted on May 5, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued their report on the number of fatal work injuries in 2015, and it shows a 10 percent increase for the state of New Jersey. This study, which relies on a combination of state, federal, and independent data sources for verification and accuracy, reflects that the Garden State’s…

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Superior Court Judge Files Hostile Workplace Lawsuit Against New Jersey State Judiciary

Posted on May 4, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

One would expect that members of the New Jersey state judiciary would be particularly attuned to laws regarding workplace discrimination. But according to a lawsuit filed by state Superior Court judge John Russo Jr., his removal from the bench was a result of a hostile work environment. Russo is suing the court and some of…

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Is It Possible to File a Personal Injury Claim Against Your Employer When You’re Hurt At Work?

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

When an employee is injured on the job, it is commonly understood that workers’ compensation will be there for them, providing for their medical expenses and lost wages. But the safety net that workers’ compensation was supposed to provide has been chipped away over the years, with benefits deteriorating and more and more employers and…

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Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore Lawsuit

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

Our firm is currently investigating claims of severe injuries, serious infections, and other potentially life-threatening complications related to injections given to patients at the Osteo Relief Institute of Jersey Shore, located in Wall, New Jersey.  The Monmouth County Board of Health and other state and federal agencies are also investigating a recent spate of patient…

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What to Do After a Workplace Injury

Posted on December 25, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Do you know what to do if you are injured at work? Depending on where you work, there may be a specific program in place to help prevent work-related injuries. Even so, once an accident does occur, it’s important that you follow proper protocol for reporting it as well as protecting yourself. If you experience…

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What No-Fault Insurance Covers in New Jersey

Posted on December 18, 2016 by CustomerBloom

As is the case in most states, drivers in New Jersey are required to carry basic auto insurance. If you operate a motor vehicle in the state of New Jersey, it’s important for you to be aware of what it means for this state to be a no-fault insurance state, as well as what that…

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Remington Rifle Trigger Defect

Posted on December 13, 2016 by CustomerBloom

If you own a Remington Model 700 Rifle, call us now at 866-957-5237! If you own a a Remington Model 700 Rifle, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help. It has been determined that The Remington Model 700 and a dozen other Remington rifles can…

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Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted on December 12, 2016 by CustomerBloom

Regardless of your diligent efforts to handle your accident insurance claim or personal injury case on your own, there may come a time when you need the assistance of an attorney. This could be due to an insurance company refusing to pay you fair compensation, complications related to your claim, or the seriousness of your…

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E-Cigarette Use Among Adolescents Now a “Major Public Health Concern” According to Surgeon General

Posted on December 9, 2016 by CustomerBloom

The use of electronic cigarettes (also referred to as e-cigarettes, vapes, and vape pens) is soaring in the US, especially among teenagers and young adults. Originally thought to be (and still often marketed as) a safer alternative to cigarettes, e-cigarettes have been found to contain nicotine, carcinogens, and other toxic chemicals causing the boom in…

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Common Work-Related Injuries and Compensation in New Jersey

Posted on December 6, 2016 by CustomerBloom

Each year, thousands of workers in New Jersey are injured on the job. Many workers are injured so severely that they are never able to return to work. This is damaging not only to the worker but also to his or her family. Most on-the-job injuries are preventable. Education is crucial to preventing work-related injuries….

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Opioid Crisis Widens, as Casualties Mount

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

There’s a drug addiction crisis in the USA.  Its origins aren’t back alley drug deals or organized crime.  Its origins are hospital emergency rooms and doctors’ offices all over the country.  Today in America, the drug addiction threat we face comes in the form of prescription opioids. Opioid overdoses. Most of us have been raised…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: What Happens to my Health Insurance Coverage While I’m Out on Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, your ability to receive employee health benefits can be impacted. Although New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law does not prevent your employer from discontinuing your benefits if you are no longer able to work, you may still be afforded some protections under the Federal Family Medical Leave…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Compensation for Injuries Caused by Coworker Negligence

Posted on July 30, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Many employees are already familiar with the concept of workers’ compensation: if you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to benefits that can include medical care, monetary payments for permanent damages and lost wages, or even ongoing treatment such as hearing aids. What some workers do not know, however, is that they…

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Why Do I Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you are considering filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI in New Jersey, it is essential to consider some things about the process. First, getting approved for disability benefits in New Jersey can be complicated and trying. There are a number of medical records that have to be gathered and numerous possible interviews…

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New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers: Common Mistakes People Make When Filing for Social Security Disability

Posted on July 23, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Applying for Social Security disability can be a difficult process. If you are applying for benefits, you must be able to establish the severity of your injury, and show how that disability impairs your ability to work. Making a mistake on your application can hinder your ability to collect a benefit or potentially decrease the…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law and Temporary Workers

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Since the 2008 recession, there has been an increase in the number of companies who look to temporary employees to perform work in factories, warehouses, and construction sites. If you are a temporary employee in New Jersey, you may be wondering what your legal rights are when it comes to workers’ compensation. The good news…

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Investigation Concludes that Worker Fatality Caused by Willful OSHA Violation

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Last summer, two roofing and sheet metal company workers fell during the course of their employment at Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, resulting in the death of one employee and serious injuries to the other. Earlier this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concluded its investigation into the incident, leading to a finding…

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Falls a Leading Cause of Death and Injury for Workers

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data lists falls as the leading cause of death for workers in the construction industry, accounting for 337 of the 874 fatalities recorded in 2014. Additionally, falls can also cause serious bodily injury, such as paralysis. For that reason, emergency medical responders have long treated all falls…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: I Was Injured at a Company Event; Am I Entitled to Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Most employers hold some sort of recreational or social activities throughout the year (for example, company softball tournaments or holiday parties), and injuries tend to occur at these events. Injuries at these types of events were once so common, that in 1980, the New Jersey Legislature enacted N.J.S.A. 34:15-7, which provides that injured employees will…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Boston Seafood Plant Worker Killed By Ammonia Leak

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

At a seafood processing plant in South Boston, five employees smelled ammonia at the end of their shift. They rushed to hit an emergency switch that was supposed to shut off the ammonia output valve, then darted out the door. But for some reason, the emergency shut off failed. Only four employees made it out….

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New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Chronic Pain

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Chronic pain can come in many forms. It can be related to a specific injury or illness, or it can have no known cause. It can affect specific body parts like your back, neck, or joints, or it can manifest itself as a general health condition, causing such symptoms as headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, and…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Claim Denials, Disputes, and Claims Petitions

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

The procedure for filing a workers’ compensation claim can be complicated. Workers’ compensation benefits may be denied or disputed for any number of reasons, and this can be frustrating for employees with legitimate work-related injuries. However, this does not have to be the end of the process. Under New Jersey law, employees have the right…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Three PSE&G Workers Injured in Gas Line Explosion

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Certain occupations tend to be more dangerous than others, exposing workers who perform important services to possible injury. Around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, three contractors from the Cream Ridge Construction Company in Hackensack were installing a new gas line for PSE&G when there was an explosion. The accident happened on Goldsborough Drive and…

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Are Public Employees Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Many public employees put themselves in harms way every day to serve the public. Police officers, firefighters, sanitation workers and corrections officers in particular face a much higher probability of being injured on the job than those in other professions. Even teachers may be at an increased risk compared to office workers, as their job…

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New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers: Filling Out Your Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Questionnaire

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits in New Jersey, you will need to fill out the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) questionnaire. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses your responses to evaluate how severely your disability affects your life—how well you can engage in activities like getting dressed, grooming yourself, cooking, shopping,…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Scissor Lift Safety

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Scissor lifts are portable, hydraulic-powered platforms that can be raised into the air directly above the base. They are used to raise workers to heights that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. The platform—a large work area known as a “scissor lift table”—is attached to a moving piece of equipment. Scissor lifts don’t go as high as…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Looking at Work-Related Eye Injuries‏‏

Posted on July 3, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

On an average working day, between 1000 and 2000 Americans suffer eye injuries on the job. These injuries lead to medical treatment, missed time at work, lost production time, and Workers’ Compensation claims. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that the total cost related to eye injuries in the work place is over…

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What is the Difference Between SSD and SSI?

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

There are several different types of Social Security Disability benefits/programs. The two most common types are Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Social Security Disability is the most commonly-recognized disability benefit. To qualify for SSD, an applicant must first meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.” The Social Security Administration deems you…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Nurse Assaulted by Patient at New Jersey Hospital

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Recently, a 29-year-old patient at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, New Jersey lashed out at hospital staff, kicking a nurse in the stomach, and spitting at a security guard. When the police arrived on the scene around 4:00 a.m., the patient violently resisted arrest, head-butting the officer. About three hours later, while the patient…

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Do I Need a Lawyer to File for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you are physically or mentally disabled and can no longer work, you may be eligible for disability benefits—income that can help your family pull through the tough times you are experiencing. Filing for Social Security Disability benefits can be daunting and intimidating. Applicants must fill out seemingly endless forms filled with language that can…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss OSHA Workplace Reporting Requirements

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Starting soon, new workplace reporting requirements, pursuant to Federal Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) regulations, will take effect on August 10, 2016 and January 1, 2017. OSHA recently issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection responsibilities for employers that will better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. The…

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Space Heater Safety Issues

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

During the transitional period between late winter and early spring, many people rely on space heaters as a cost-effective way to add warmth to a room without having to heat their entire house. However, faulty space heaters or space heaters that are used improperly can pose serious fire hazards. According to the Consumer Product Safety…

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New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers: Study Finds More Than Half of All Motorists Engage in Risky Driving

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you think driving has gotten more dangerous—more speeding, more distracted drivers—you’re right.  A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered that a staggering 87 percent of drivers engage in unsafe behaviors like driving while drowsy, speeding, or running red lights. The results were published in the AAA Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture…

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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Hospital Pharmacist Charged With Replacing Morphine with Saline Solution, Exposing Patients To HIV and Hepatitis

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, New Jersey has sent letters to over 200 former patients, warning them that a former hospital pharmacist who stole morphine may have exposed them to communicable diseases, including HIV and/or hepatitis. A former pharmacist at the hospital, Frederick P. McLeish, allegedly diverted intravenous morphine, fentanyl and hydroxyzine tablets for…

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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Nurse Botches Workplace Flu Clinic By Re-Using Syringes

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

In the fall of 2015, a New Jersey nurse made headlines after it was discovered that she had used only two syringes to administer the flu vaccine to 67 people. Although to date, no one has contracted any illness as a result of her actions, the people who received the vaccine were advised to get…

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Woman Assaulted by Her Ex-Husband in Workplace Parking Lot Denied Workers’ Compensation

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

A caseworker employed by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS, or the Division, now referred to as the Division of Child Protection and Permanency) was recently denied Workers’ Compensation for injuries she received after being assaulted by her ex-husband in a parking lot at her workplace. The court determined that she…

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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers Discuss Hospital Acquired Infections

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

What Is a Hospital Acquired Infection? A hospital acquired infection is an infection that occurs in a hospital patient that is not associated with the diagnosis or health issue that they have been admitted for. For example, when a patient is admitted to the hospital for chest pains but ends up with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus…

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New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyers: Report Hazardous Property Conditions‏

Posted on May 14, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

New Jersey premises liability law requires owners of businesses, private homes and other properties to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition for others. When a property owner is aware of a dangerous condition on his or her property, yet they fail to address it, they can be held responsible if someone becomes seriously…

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A National Approach to Traffic Safety Laws May Save More Lives at a Lower Cost

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

A recent study conducted by the RAND Corporation finds that using a national approach to adopting traffic safety laws is more cost effective than when each state uses its own approach. The RAND Corporation is a non-profit research organization dedicated to developing solutions to public policy problems in order to make communities throughout the world…

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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers: California Doctor Convicted of Murder for Overprescribing Prescription Painkillers

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

When people think of deaths due to drug overdoses, the image of street drugs like heroin or cocaine often come to mind, but did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44 people in the United States die every day as a result of prescription drug overdose? The United…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Workers’ Compensation and Sexual Harassment

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

In some instances, an employee who suffers sexual harassment at work may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits, at least when they allege that the harassment led to “bodily injury.” However, filing for Workers’ Compensation may preclude victims of sexual harassment from also filing a civil lawsuit on the basis of the sexual harassment. This…

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Improving Patient Safety Through More Efficient Medical Device Recalls

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Imagine that you have a pacemaker. Then imagine that you find out that a certain type of pacemaker is being recalled because it is fitted with a defective component and has been determined to be unsafe. How will you know whether your pacemaker is included in the recall? How will your physician know? In 2013,…

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New Jersey Defective Hoverboard Lawyers: U.S. Government Declares All Hoverboards on the Market Defective and Hazardous

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

In the past three months, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received reports that 52 hoverboards caught fire, causing over $2 million in property damage. On February 18, 2016, the CPSC issued a letter to manufacturers, importers, and retailers of self-balancing scooters, urging them to either comply with safety standards, or face being recalled…

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New Jersey Defective Product Lawyers Discuss Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Recall

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Everyone has been annoyed by a product that inexplicably breaks or malfunctions.  But what happens when that product malfunctions and injures you or someone else?  Unfortunately, that is the reality many Americans face on a daily basis.  From seemingly benign household items like peanut butter, baby cribs and tires, the list of products that have…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Vocational Rehabilitation

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

When a worker becomes disabled as the result of an on-the-job injury, he or she may need assistance finding new work that can be performed with their disability. Vocational rehabilitation is a covered benefit paid for by employers under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law. It can provide an injured worker with the training needed to…

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Consumer Reports Lists The 10 “Worst” Cars of 2016

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Every year, Consumer Reports presents a list of the top 10 worst cars on the market. To determine a vehicle’s overall rating, Consumer Reports factors in a car’s road-test score, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety (including government and insurance industry crash-test results). Many of the cars on this year’s list received a “Poor” score on…

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New Jersey Work Injury Lawyers: Workers May Not Recognize Signs of Occupational Hearing Loss‏

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

A recent study published in BioMed Central Public Health examined the relationship between hearing loss and noise exposure in the workplace. The researchers, who reviewed four years’ worth of data from factory workers and firefighters in South Korea, concluded that some employers should consider implementation of hearing loss prevention programs because a loud work environment…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: New Law Seeks to Increase Benefits for Injured Corrections Officers

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

  Recently, there has been an increase in inmate violence against corrections officers. As it stands, officers who are injured in the line of duty are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Lawmakers, however, are recognizing that a violent inmate attack is different than a typical Workers’ Compensation injury like an on-the-job slip-and-fall accident. A new…

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Personal Injury FAQ

Posted on May 9, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Why You Should Speak With Us About Your Potential Injury Case Knowledgeable legal advice is a critical early step in protecting your rights to receive compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at law offices of Shebell & Shebell, L.L.C. have more than eight decades of combined experience providing the advice and guidance that injury victims…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss New York Crane Collapse: Focus on Worksite Safety

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

On Friday, February 5, 2016, a 15-story construction crane crashed down on a Tribeca street, killing a Harvard-educated Wall Street worker and injuring three others. The crane smashed into several buildings before it hit the street, crushing cars parked across a two-block radius. The police and New York buildings department are currently investigating the accident,…

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New Jersey Products Liability Lawyers Discuss Dangers of Mobile Medical Apps

Posted on April 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Developers of mobile medical apps (MMAs) are increasingly trying to replace existing models for medical diagnostics and treatment. There is an astonishing array of MMAs on the market, many of which are available for free on iTunes. Examples include: Heart and blood pressure monitor apps (many of which rely only on an iPhone, and do…

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Are Personal Injury Awards and Settlements Taxable?

Posted on April 2, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

It’s that time of year again—tax time. As lawyers who help injured victims get compensation for their injuries, we are often asked whether settlement awards are taxable. Although we cannot give tax advice, we hope that this general overview is helpful. Personal Injury Awards and Settlements Are Generally Not Taxable Whether your settlement or damages…

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Airbag Poses Deadly Safety Risk — Many Affected Vehicles Have Not Been Recalled

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Nine people have died in the United States as a result of exploding Takata-brand airbags. Numerous serious injuries have also been reported. Evidence shows that the problem is caused by an inherent design flaw of the material used to inflate the bags—ammonium nitrate. Although it is unclear what exactly is causing the ammonium nitrate propellant…

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Young Workers at Risk for Occupational Injury

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Teenage and young adult workers account for a significant portion of New Jersey’s workforce. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young workers may be more susceptible to on-the-job injuries than their adult coworkers for a number of reasons. However, many young workers are unaware of their legal rights. Most young workers…

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New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss The Difference Between SSI and SSDI

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal assistance program that provides income to elderly, blind or disabled persons with limited income and resources. The program is managed by the Social Security Administration, and financed through general tax revenues. You do not need to have any specific work history to qualify for SSI benefits. Social Security…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: How Long Does It Take To Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits After a Work-Related Accident or Injury?

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you have been injured on-the-job, benefits for medical treatment are available immediately. However, other benefits, such as temporary disability payments to cover lost wages, will not be available until a claims examiner approves your claim. If a claim is approved, an injured worker can expect to receive benefits in about two weeks.   If…

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Am I Entitled to Workers’ Compensation If I Am at Fault for My Own Injury?

Posted on March 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Yes. Injured Workers Are Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Regardless of Who Was At Fault. Unfortunately, some employers will look for a reason to deny any Workers’ Compensation claim that comes their way in an attempt to keep their premiums low. Some employers are known to unlawfully contest claims on grounds that the injured worker was…

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Amusement Park Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

As spring is upon us and the weather warms up, we can all look forward to going to amusement parks and boardwalks this summer. Although amusement parks are fun, they can also be very dangerous. When you think of theme park injuries, you might think of people being injured on rides. However, it is actually…

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New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers: Is There a Link Between Diabetes Medication and Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

A relatively new class of drugs called “incretin mimetics” have clear benefits for people suffering from diabetes, but many are wondering whether they also raise a person’s risk of pancreatic cancer. Incretin therapies mimic natural human chemicals called incretins that increase a person’s insulin levels to keep blood sugar in check. Incretin agents have relatively…

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New Jersey Surgeon Under Suspicion of Malpractice Loses Medical License Due to Substance Abuse

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

A vice president of the hospital’s surgical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (RWJ) has lost his medical license and is facing litigation for medical malpractice that resulted in the death of at least one patient. According to the State Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Vijay Vaswani admitted to using cocaine a…

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Insurance Companies Are Eroding The Doctor-Patient Therapeutic Relationship

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Studies have shown that over the last 30 years, patients have become increasingly less satisfied with the care they receive from their primary-care doctors. It is a familiar feeling—when you show up for your appointment, your doctor really doesn’t have enough time to talk with you. They brusquely rush into the exam room, rarely look…

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New Jersey Superior Court Addresses Whether An Assault by a Coworker Gives Rise to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Posted on March 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

In general, when an employee assaults a coworker on work premises, the victim is entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. But a recent New Jersey Superior Court case addresses a very unusual situation, where one coworker cheated another in a pyramid scheme, and a subsequent confrontation led to an assault. The court found that because the…

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N.J. Appellate Division Weighs in on Workers’ Compensation Lawsuit Against Walmart

Posted on March 6, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Not all injuries that happen at work are compensable under Workers’ Compensation law. On April 26, 2010, 36-year-old Colleen Fitzgerald was walking around a South Jersey Walmart doing her job when she felt a “pop” in her lower back. As a zone merchandising supervisor (ZMS) for the store, some of her duties included working at…

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Harvard Study Finds Link Between E-Cigarettes and Popcorn Lung Disease

Posted on February 27, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigs or e-cigarettes, have been touted as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes since they came onto the market in 2004. However, new research from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that e-cigarettes may be linked to an incurable condition called “popcorn lung.” Although people can be seen “vaping” (smoking…

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Are Employees Injured In Work-Related Car Accidents Entitled to Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on February 25, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

In certain circumstances, an employee may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits if they are injured in a work-related car accident. The question is, what is a work-related car accident? If you are injured while driving to work, are you eligible for benefits? What if you are in an accident while on a business trip?…

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Parents of Lead-Poisoned Toddler File Lawsuit

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers: Parents of Lead-Poisoned Toddler File Lawsuit The dangers of toxic lead exposure have been receiving a great deal of attention in the news lately, ever since the drinking water in Flint, Michigan was found to be tainted with high levels of lead—more than twice the levels considered to be toxic waste…

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New Jersey Amazon Plant Fined for Workplace Safety Violations

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

On January 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor fined Amazon $7,000 for various workplace safety violations at the new fulfillment center located in Robbinsville, New Jersey. This comes after several workers were killed recently in local Amazon fulfillment centers. In December of 2013, a temporary worker was killed in an Amazon fulfillment center in…

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How Older Adults Can Protect Against Slip and Fall Injuries

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone. Maybe you trip over a child’s toy left on the floor. Maybe you miss the last step on the stairs. In many cases the result of a fall is a banged shin and a bruised ego, but the risk of seriously injuring yourself in a fall increases…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss How Light Duty Work Can Affect Your Benefit Payments

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

New Jersey law requires employees who have been injured on-the-job to return to “light duty work” if it is offered by your employer and if your doctor releases you to perform the work. Often, this means that your employer will have to provide you with a reasonable accommodation for your disability, for example a lifting…

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New Law in New Jersey Makes it Easier To Expunge Criminal Records

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

On January 19, 2016, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a measure designed to ease the path toward expungement of criminal records in some cases. “Expungement” is “the extraction and isolation of all records on file” with courts, law enforcement agencies, jails and prisons. This new law will go into effect around the tax deadline…

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Airlines Ban Hoverboards Due To Dangerous Lithium-Ion Batteries

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Hoverboards (self-balancing electric scooters) have been everywhere in the news lately. There have been stories of people’s homes being burned to the ground because a charging hoverboard caught fire. Videos of hoverboards spontaneously exploding outdoors are going viral. Many online and brick-and-mortar stores have now pulled certain brands off of shelves to protect their customers….

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No Safety Regulations for Hoverboards Imported From China

Posted on December 30, 2015 by Shebell & Shebell

Hoverboards, also called self-balancing scooters, have flooded the American market—they are everywhere. Retailers are struggling to keep them in stock, and many celebrities have been seen riding the Segway-inspired devices. However, every day it seems that there are more reports of hoverboards catching fire and exploding. Although the cause of these fires is still under…

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Amazon Pulls Hoverboards From Its Site Due to Reports of Spontaneous Explosions

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Shebell & Shebell

Last week, Amazon.com pulled several brands of hoverboards from its US and UK websites due to safety concerns. Now, it has gone one step further, advising customers in the UK who purchased certain hoverboards to dispose of the defective devices.   Hoverboards are one of the most popular holiday gifts this year. People have described…

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Best Time To Hire An Attorney

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Shebell & Shebell

When to Hire a Monmouth and Ocean County Personal Injury Law Firm In the aftermath of an accident, most people try to manage their various insurance claims themselves. In the best of all worlds, their medical insurance claims pay for their injuries, their car insurance claims pay for any damage done to their motor vehicles,…

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Victims of Car Accidents Deserve Their Day in Court, Compensation

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Shebell & Shebell

There have been 42 reports of people dying in car accidents, to date – thanks specifically to a faulty ignition switch in some General Motors vehicles. Both GM and federal authorities are aware of the defect, yet there has been no move to fix the problem. Unfortunately, the victims’ families have felt the repercussions of…

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Proposal to Legalize Medical Marijuana Use in NY Spurs Debate about NJ

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Shebell & Shebell

The debate surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana in New Jersey is about to get hotter. This is because New York could soon follow in the footsteps of its border state and legalize the medical use of marijuana. NY State Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently unveiled a plan that will allow some hospitals in the state…

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NYU Study: Different Uses of Crack & Powder Cocaine in High Schools

Posted on December 20, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

A recent study by researchers at New York University and the NYU Langone Medical Center found that the use of crack and powder cocaine varies among high school students. The study examined data from annual surveys of high school seniors in 130 public and private high schools. The results of the study were published in…

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Don’t Text and Drive

Posted on December 8, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

Seems to me like the world is moving faster and faster.  Maybe I’m just getting older and slower… People — young and old — are plugged in to some form of electronic device for most of the day. Whether it’s a TV, radio, computer, ipod, iPhone, iPad, or some other type of “mobile device”, most are becoming slaves…

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Drug Court Provides a Pragmatic Solution to Drug Crimes in Monmouth County, NJ

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

Most people seem to agree that the “war on drugs” has not worked. Despite high rates of incarceration, drug-related crime in New Jersey continues to rise. The NJ Drug Court program, operating in every county in the state, offers a practical solution to what remains a major problem. Outspoken New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in…

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Five Popular Myths of Medical Malpractice

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

Source: triallawyercentral.com This year, widely circulated myths about medical malpractice (and the civil suits that follow) are being challenged. Dr. David A. Hyman, MD, JD, and Charles Silver, JD, point to 5 main claims that are actually myths. 1. “Malpractice crises are caused by spikes in medical malpractice litigation (in other words, sudden rises in payouts…

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When Can You Sue Outside of Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on October 25, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

If you’ve been injured at work, you’re probably being told that the only compensation you can receive is through your employer’s workers’ compensation policy. While this is generally true, there are certain exceptions to this rule that allow for an employee to file a work related injury lawsuit against an employer or others. These exceptions…

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Do I Really Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

Posted on October 10, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

If you’ve been injured or become ill on the job, you may wonder if you should deal with your workers’ compensation case on your own or whether you need a lawyer. While there is no requirement that you obtain a lawyer, in practical terms you will usually get more compensation and satisfaction if you do…

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IHI Global Trigger Tool for Measuring Adverse Events

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

Source: www.ihi.org The use of “triggers,” or clues, to identify adverse events (AEs) is an effective method for measuring the overall level of harm in a health care organization. The IHI Global Trigger Tool for Measuring AEs provides instructions for training reviewers in this methodology and conducting a retrospective review of patient records using triggers to…

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How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

Sometimes the care that’s supposed to help winds up hurting instead. It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical…

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Is Your Illness or Injury Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on September 22, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

Workers’ compensation provides benefits for workers who are injured, become ill, or die on the job. Here’s a look at what injuries and illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation: Injuries — As long as the injury occurred in the course of employment, it is covered by workers’ compensation. Many types of injuries are covered by…

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Are You Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on September 5, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

If you’ve been injured on the job or become ill because of your work, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. If you are eligible for workers’ compensation, you will be able to recover for your lost wages and medical bills. So, how do you know if you are eligible? There are three…

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Dealing with Your Employer After Your Injury

Posted on August 14, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

If you’ve been injured or become ill on the job and you want to file for workers’ compensation, you may worry about how to tell your employer. In most cases, your employer will be concerned for you and want you to receive the best care. However, in some cases, employers don’t receive the news well…

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How to Determine if Your Injury or Illness is Work-Related

Posted on August 8, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

In order to be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, you need to show that your illness or injury is “work-related.” Most of the time, it is easy to make this determination because if you were doing something that benefits your employer when you were injured or became ill, it will be considered to be work-related…

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How to Handle a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Posted on April 11, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

For many people, workplace danger is limited to stale coffee and boredom. But for others, work can include many hazardous situations. This is especially true in New Jersey. In 2010, there were approximately 110,000 work-related injuries and illnesses across the state, 78 of which resulted in an employee’s death. If you’ve been injured on the…

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What “Workplace Accident” Really Means

Posted on April 4, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

Workplace danger comes in many forms. For one New Jersey worker, it was a serious lab accident. This employee worked under contract for Picatinny Arsenal in the Energetic and Organic Materials Laboratory. But one morning, a workplace mishap turned the lab into a danger zone. Picatinny Fire and Emergency services rushed to the site of…

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Sympathy Scam — The New Frontier of White Collar Crime?

Posted on March 26, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

When most people think of theft crimes, they picture a masked burglar or an armed street robber. But under New Jersey law, you can also be charged with a seemingly innocuous crime — theft by deception. This was certainly the case for one New Jersey woman. After Lori Stilley told friends and family that she…

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