An Accidental Needle Stick May be Fatal

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 800,000 needle stick injuries each year. The long-term effects of these injuries can be fatal if exposed to an infectious disease. The most common needle injuries occur from:

  • Hypodermic needles;
  • Blood collection needles; and
    Intravenous (IV) needles.

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IIHS Says Raising Speed Limits Will Increase Traffic Deaths

States have been raising the maximum speed limit since the national 55 mph limit — which was set be the federal government in 1973 — was repealed in 1995. According to recent data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), none of the 50 states has a maximum speed limit at 55 miles per hour (mph). Hawaii has the lowest at 60 mph and Texas has the highest at 85 mph. Twenty states have theirs set at 70 mph and, in New Jersey, the maximum speed limit is 65 mph. The IIHS says that increasing the speed limits — allowing more people to drive faster — will mean more fatalities on the road.

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Make Sure your Radiology Reports are Properly Reviewed!

One of the most common forms of medical negligence is the improper diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition. Usually, this happens as a result of a radiologist failing to accurately interpret x-rays and scans, among others, or a malfunction of the equipment leading to faulty results. It is worth mentioning that a radiologist is a doctor that is responsible for examining x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds, among others, which assists a primary care physician (PCP) or specialist in diagnosing and treating a patient with certain conditions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that 40% to 60% of medical malpractice cases are in the area of radiology for the failure to properly diagnosis in a timely manner. Continue reading “Make Sure your Radiology Reports are Properly Reviewed!”

What New Jersey Residents Should Know about Estate Taxes

Despite the passage of certain tax cuts and income threshold adjustments that were included in the president’s tax reform package, the federal estate tax was not repealed. The good news is that the threshold at which assets can be taxed has been doubled to approximately $11 million ($22 million for married couples). This is good news for New Jersey residents, but they will be even more pleased to discover that they will not have to pay estate taxes to the state.
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Winter Walkers Beware

As the snow continues to fall, it is important for pedestrians to be aware of the risks of walking during the winter weather. While many pedestrians are continuously focused on vehicles and commonly distracted drivers, it is important to be conscious of the dangers posed by icy sidewalks and roadways as a result of inclement weather conditions. Continue reading “Winter Walkers Beware”

Who is Responsible for Damage Caused by Poor Road Conditions?

The constantly changing weather the tri-state area has experienced this winter has caused the formation of a seemingly endless number of pothole- and crack-filled roads, as well as icy and wet conditions. Encounters with poorly maintained roads can cause serious and expensive damage to a person’s car and can result in injury in some cases. Potholes can be left so deep that they can cause front-end damage to a car, and icy or wet roads can cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle. Continue reading “Who is Responsible for Damage Caused by Poor Road Conditions?”

Prescription Drug Related Automobile Accidents Happen Everyday

In recent years, the number of opioid prescriptions has risen in the United States. Opioids are a class of drug prescribed to manage pain. Prescription drugs apart from this class include oxycodone, morphine, tramadol, Fentanyl, and hydrocodone. In 1991, the number of opioid prescriptions written by clinicians was 76 million and in 2014 it increased to 300 million prescriptions. This increase in opioid use has now contributed to an increase in American’s operating motor vehicles under the influence of drugs. Continue reading “Prescription Drug Related Automobile Accidents Happen Everyday”

New Jersey’s “No-Fault” System to be Revamped

New Jersey’s no-fault insurance system is outlined under the Automobile Insurance Cost Reduction Act (AICRA) but has been criticized for years for not providing enough protection to those injured in car accidents. However, this may change in that the New Jersey State Legislature has begun considering two bills that propose increased protection for injured victims of a car accident.
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Let’s Go Cordless!

A recent study reported by the Pediatrics medical journal found that death and serious injuries related to window blinds has continued to occur despite continuous warnings by authorities and measures taken by manufacturers to provide additional warning labels. The cord attached to window blinds has caused children to become strangled leading to asphyxiation. However, despite these additional steps, the rate of death and injuries has remained the same. As a result, many child safety advocates have proposed banning the use and sale of blinds with cords.
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New Jersey Estate Tax Repeal Takes Effect

On October 14th, 2016, then-Governor Christie signed a law that would eliminate the New Jersey estate tax entirely by January 1, 2018. Beginning in 2016, decedents could not be taxed on an estate of less than $675,000. As of January 1, 2017, there was no tax on a decedent’s taxable estate of less than $2 million. Now, the New Jersey estate tax is eliminated altogether. Continue reading “New Jersey Estate Tax Repeal Takes Effect”