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What do you do if your workers' compensation claim is denied?

When you get hurt at work, the last thing you want to have to deal with is a dispute with your boss over the amount of compensation you should receive or if your injury should be covered by workplace insurance at all. Workers' compensation is designed to help you when you're hurt, and your employer should be willing to help you file your claim for compensation as long as your injury took place on the job.

Sometimes, there could be issues with the compensability of your claim. For instance, if you were on your way to work when you were hit, does that count under workers' compensation? If you got sick at work, was that illness caused by work, stress on the job or hazards you were exposed to? If it's a complicated situation, the claim may be debated and even denied completely.

Child hit by vehicle left behind by driver to fend for himself

If someone hits a child while driving, the last thing you'd expect is for them to continue driving without stopping. A hit-and-run involving your child is traumatic enough for your little one, let alone for the rest of your family, when you can't locate the driver. When you are able to file a claim, noting that the driver fled can become an important part of the claim for damages.

A May 16 report discusses this exact issue, as a 12-year-old boy from Ridgewood was hit and left stranded on the road. When the driver left the scene, he was forcied to make his own way home with hiss injuries. The little boy reported that he was hit by an SUV while he was on his bike, and he knows that the driver was aware of hitting him because she stopped her vehicle.

You can file a claim after you suffer a slip-and-fall injury

One common personal injury lawsuit stems from slipping and falling. When you slip and fall, you may hit your head, break bones, or suffer strains or sprains. While many slip-and-fall accidents take place in the winter months, it's not uncommon for people to slip and fall in the summer, spring, or fall. Sometimes wet, rainy days may conditions slick, and other times it's dangerous construction areas or other hazards that result in tripping.

Usually, the person who owns or possesses the land is the one who will be held liable for any injuries you suffer. Normally, that person is going to have to take legal responsibility for your injuries and pay the medical bills and other damages you've suffered because of the accident.

3 hurt in multi-vehicle accident in New Jersey

Car accidents can happen suddenly, putting you and others in your vehicle at risk of injury. When another person's negligence is responsible for your pain and suffering, you may want to consider filing a claim for compensation that can help you pay down medical bills, replace your vehicle, and care for your family by replacing lost wages.

Your claim will likely be against the person's insurance coverage, which allows you to negotiate for a settlement or arrangement that works out in your benefit. It's important to file a claim for the compensation you need now and in the future due to the impact of your injuries.

4 top myths about workers' compensation debunked

If you are injured or develop a medical condition as a result of your job, you may not be aware of your right to compensation. In New Jersey, if this happens, you are entitled to file a workers' compensation claim.

Since the law surrounding workers' compensation is fairly complex, there are likely several myths and half-truths that you have heard about. To ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to, it is useful to make yourself aware of some of the most commonly repeated myths that are out there.

Your pedestrian accident case: Get compensation

As a pedestrian, your life is equally important as anyone else near or on the roads. Whether you're sharing a space with cyclists, crossing a busy roadway at an intersection or walking through a parking lot, you deserve to be treated with respect and to have drivers recognize when you have a right to cross.

If you're hit because a driver is being negligent or has become distracted, it's important for you to file a claim as soon as possible. While medical help is the first thing you need to focus on, your claim will only have a certain amount of time when it can be filed. After that, a statute of limitations may kick in, making it harder to get the compensation you need.

What are some recent traffic accident facts for motorcyclists?

As a motorcyclist, you probably love the spring and summer months. You can go out on your motorcycle with less gear, enjoy warm breezes, and travel. Unfortunately, every time you're on the road, you're putting yourself at risk for an accident. If that happens, you may need to go to court to obtain the compensation you deserve.

In 2012, there were 4,957 motorcyclists killed in the United States. In 2012, another 93,000 people on motorcycles were injured, a shocking 15 percent increase from the year before. While there are several kinds of vehicles that can be considered to be motorcycles, two-wheeled motorcycles make up around 93 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes.

Car accident injuries that you're most likely to suffer from

When you're in an accident, your life can be turned upside down in an instant. You may find yourself fighting off infections, living with a disability, or trying to manage pain you never had to live with before.

There are many kinds of car accident injuries that can be suffered. With over 5.6 million car accidents reported in the United States in 2012 alone, it's easy to follow trends and discover the most likely injuries that are suffered. Injuries will vary from person to person, but there are some common injuries that most people suffer from.

What benefits can I receive for a workers' compensation claim?

As a worker in New Jersey, it's important to know what kinds of benefits you can receive if you are hurt or killed on the job. Workers' compensation is meant to kick in after an injury and cover several costs, from the cost of your medical care to the expenses you accrue because of being unable to work.

There are a few kinds of benefits that you may be able to receive after a workplace accident. Total temporary benefits, permanent partial benefits, and permanent total benefits are all possible. Medical benefits and death benefits are also provided.

CDC: risk of car accidents higher for young drivers

It is hardly a shock to learn that young drivers are thought by many to be a serious danger to other motorists on the road. This is likely because they are widely perceived  to be easily distracted and having no qualms with engaging in dangerous activities while driving such as talking on a cellphone or texting.

Unfortunately, this perception is true to a large extent. As a result, parents should be aware of some of the statistics surrounding teenage drivers. Once aware of the risks faced by their children while on the road, parents can then have a meaningful conversation with their children about responsibility and roadway safety.

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