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  • Bad Faith Insurance

    The latest posts for Bad Faith Insurance are listed below.
    • 60 Minutes Reveals Many Insurance Companies Failed to Pay Benefits

      Major life insurance companies allegedly failed to pay death benefits to beneficiaries. Recent investigations led to 25 major companies agreeing to pay over $7.5 billion. A recent segment on 60 Minutes revealed that many insurance companies failed to pay beneficiaries the life insurance they were owed. According to reports, the insurers allegedly knew of their policyholder’s death, but failed to ...

    Construction Site Accidents

    The latest posts for Construction Site Accidents are listed below.
    • Notice to New Jersey Construction Workers: Be Cautious in Summer Heat!

      Summer weather may be beautiful, especially compared to the dreary winter months, but it can be just as dangerous as it is pleasant if you don’t take care of yourself. While everyone should worry about their safety in these sweltering temperatures, construction workers, and other people who work outdoors need to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses and injuries. Why Is Heat Such ...
    • Are Construction Sites Inspected?

      Construction sites require inspections to ensure that safety codes and regulations are met. These inspections are the most effective ways in which to identify and prevent dangerous risks and protect the workers. The multiple moving parts on a construction site require special care and attention. The New Jersey Administrative Code establishes certain guidelines construction zones and project owners ...
    • Top 7 Dangers in the Workplace

      Under federal law, workers are entitled to a safe working space. Employers have a responsibility to provide necessary instruction and equipment to make the jobsite safe. However, injures occur too often. At Levinson Axelrod, we want you to protect yourself from potential harm. By knowing the top dangers in the workplace, you can better avoid them. 1. Falls Trip and falls are one of the most common ...

    General news

    The latest posts for General news are listed below.
    • Over 4 Million General Motors Vehicles Recalled Over Airbag Risk

      General Motors Co. announced that they were recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles late last week, over 3.6 million of which are currently in the United States over a software defect. According to the vehicle manufacturer, the sensor module in the affected vehicles run the risk of spontaneously entering diagnostic mode during a crash which can prevent the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to ...
    • What Is a Settlement Conference?

      The vast majority of civil cases are settled before anyone needs to go to trial, most often because all parties involved are able to reach an agreement before the set trial date. One of the most common places these settlements are reached is at a settlement conference. Under New Jersey Courts Rule 4:5B-3 [1] , courts are permitted to conduct a settlement conference in any civil action at the ...
    • How Do New Jersey Drivers Stack Up Nationally?

      According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it turns out they’re near the bottom of the list. The NHTSA reported more than 32,000 deaths from vehicle-related incidents in 2014 [1] , and New Jersey is responsible for more than its fair share of those fatalities. According to the research, New Jersey has the second most deaths per driver in the United States at ...

    Medical Malpractice

    The latest posts for Medical Malpractice are listed below.
    • Medical Journal Study: "Medical Errors" Now #3 Cause of Death

      The British Medical Journal published a new study this May revealing that "medical errors" are now the third largest cause of death in the United States, only trailing heart disease (#1) and cancer (#2). The researchers noted that while the Center for Disease Control (CDC) keeps track of leading causes of death, there is no direct reporting of fatalities caused by medical mistakes. For example, ...
    • “Never Events” in Medical Malpractice

      Women have gone in for hysterectomies and come out with holes in the bladder. Men have gone in for cyst removal and come out with a missing testicle. Patients of all ages are coming out of surgery with instruments like scalpels and needles still inside of them. Events like these are the scourge of the healthcare industry, and they are occurring at an alarming rate. Patients across the United ...
    • How Can Cancer Be Misdiagnosed?

      A primary way to help minimize the damage of cancer is early detection. Yet, the Journal of Clinical Oncology estimates that cancer misdiagnosis occurs as often as 28% of the time and can rise up to 44% in specific cancers. A misdiagnosis can cause extensive damage and pain and can prove fatal. Along with the pain to the patient and their family, diagnosis errors cost the nation almost $7 billion, ...

    Motor Vehicle Accidents

    The latest posts for Motor Vehicle Accidents are listed below.
    • How Do New Jersey Drivers Stack Up Nationally?

      According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it turns out they’re near the bottom of the list. The NHTSA reported more than 32,000 deaths from vehicle-related incidents in 2014 [1] , and New Jersey is responsible for more than its fair share of those fatalities. According to the research, New Jersey has the second most deaths per driver in the United States at ...
    • What Is The Difference Between Auto Insurance Policies?

      Before buying or renewing your auto insurance policy, it’s important to consider a variety of factors, including whether or not your health insurance plan covers injuries sustained in auto accidents, the kind of coverage you may need, and how much you can afford to pay. The majority of drivers in New Jersey choose the Standard Auto Insurance Policy which provides a variety of coverage options, as ...
    • "Pokemon Go" Raises Distracted Driving Concerns

      Amidst the Pokemon Go phenomenon that is sweeping the nation, many safety advocates have voiced concerns over driver and pedestrian distraction. Almost as fast as Pokemon Go permeated the cultural landscape did safety officials begin issuing warnings citing safety concerns. The free application is available to anyone with a smart phone. To succeed at the game, players travel around their city ...

    News & Events

    The latest posts for News & Events are listed below.
    • Medical Journal Study: "Medical Errors" Now #3 Cause of Death

      The British Medical Journal published a new study this May revealing that "medical errors" are now the third largest cause of death in the United States, only trailing heart disease (#1) and cancer (#2). The researchers noted that while the Center for Disease Control (CDC) keeps track of leading causes of death, there is no direct reporting of fatalities caused by medical mistakes. For example, ...
    • Court Rules That Police Dash Cam Videos are Considered Public Records

      After a June 30 ruling by a New Jersey appeals court, police dashboard camera recordings are considered documents that must be released under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Appellate Division Judges Jose Fuentas and John Kennedy affirmed Ocean County Superior Court Judge Vincent Grasso’s decision to make a police dash cam recording public. The ruling came at the request of ...
    • Attorney Todd Wachtel Featured in New Lexis/Nexis Publication

      Todd Wachtel, Esq., a partner in our Hillsborough office, has been featured as a contributor to a new law book. The book is entitled the “ LexisNexis Practice Guide New Jersey Workers' Compensation,” and is different than any other publication ever created for practicing New Jersey Worker’s Compensation attorneys. Rather than a cold recitation of the current state of the law, the practice guide ...

    Nursing Home Abuses

    The latest posts for Nursing Home Abuses are listed below.
    • Legislators Present Bill to Reform Staffing Standards in New Jersey Nursing Homes

      New Jersey nursing homes currently are allowed to use their own discretion on how many nursing aides they hire and staff in their facilities. However, a new bill proposed by New Jersey legislators looks to set standards for how many nursing aides an elderly facility must hire. The bill passed the senate in December, but still has to pass the House vote. The bill is in response to nursing homes not ...

    Personal Injury

    The latest posts for Personal Injury are listed below.
    • Over 4 Million General Motors Vehicles Recalled Over Airbag Risk

      General Motors Co. announced that they were recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles late last week, over 3.6 million of which are currently in the United States over a software defect. According to the vehicle manufacturer, the sensor module in the affected vehicles run the risk of spontaneously entering diagnostic mode during a crash which can prevent the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to ...
    • What Is a Settlement Conference?

      The vast majority of civil cases are settled before anyone needs to go to trial, most often because all parties involved are able to reach an agreement before the set trial date. One of the most common places these settlements are reached is at a settlement conference. Under New Jersey Courts Rule 4:5B-3 [1] , courts are permitted to conduct a settlement conference in any civil action at the ...
    • 42 Injured After Barrier Collapsed at a New Jersey Concert

      42 people were injured at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert on Friday August 5 after a railing collapsed, dropping approximately 50 people 10 feet onto a concrete path at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. According to witnesses, dozens of concertgoers ran forward once the two rappers took the stage, and their combined weight pressing against the railing apparently caused the barrier to fail. 34 ...

    Premises Liability

    The latest posts for Premises Liability are listed below.
    • 42 Injured After Barrier Collapsed at a New Jersey Concert

      42 people were injured at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert on Friday August 5 after a railing collapsed, dropping approximately 50 people 10 feet onto a concrete path at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. According to witnesses, dozens of concertgoers ran forward once the two rappers took the stage, and their combined weight pressing against the railing apparently caused the barrier to fail. 34 ...
    • Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Secures $739,000 Verdict in Trip and Fall Case

      James Dunn and Patrick Flinn tried a personal injury matter before a Somerset County jury on behalf of a nurse who was injured when she was caused to trip and fall on defendant’s premises. Plaintiff’s experts testified that the premises was improperly designed and didn’t have the proper sidewalks and pathways that safety standards require. As a result of the plaintiff’s fall, she sustained a ...
    • Top 7 Dangers in the Workplace

      Under federal law, workers are entitled to a safe working space. Employers have a responsibility to provide necessary instruction and equipment to make the jobsite safe. However, injures occur too often. At Levinson Axelrod, we want you to protect yourself from potential harm. By knowing the top dangers in the workplace, you can better avoid them. 1. Falls Trip and falls are one of the most common ...

    Product Liability

    The latest posts for Product Liability are listed below.
    • Over 4 Million General Motors Vehicles Recalled Over Airbag Risk

      General Motors Co. announced that they were recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles late last week, over 3.6 million of which are currently in the United States over a software defect. According to the vehicle manufacturer, the sensor module in the affected vehicles run the risk of spontaneously entering diagnostic mode during a crash which can prevent the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to ...
    • What Is a Settlement Conference?

      The vast majority of civil cases are settled before anyone needs to go to trial, most often because all parties involved are able to reach an agreement before the set trial date. One of the most common places these settlements are reached is at a settlement conference. Under New Jersey Courts Rule 4:5B-3 [1] , courts are permitted to conduct a settlement conference in any civil action at the ...
    • Pacific Cycle Strollers Recalled Over Front Wheel Defect

      Pacific Cycle has recalled approximately 217,600 Instep and Schwinn swivel wheel jogging strollers following reports that the front wheel is at risk of becoming loose and detaching from the stroller during use. The company issued the recall following 132 reports of front wheel failure, which resulted in a reported 215 injuries that included abrasions, bruises, bumps, head injuries, lacerations, ...

    Social Security Disability

    The latest posts for Social Security Disability are listed below.
    • Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits

      Most of the American workforce is potentially eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if they are determined to be unable to work due to an injury. However, understanding the types of benefits available and obtaining them often requires the assistance of a qualified attorney. First, there are two types of benefits commonly thought of as “Social Security Disability.” One is Supplemental ...

    Weather-Related Accidents

    The latest posts for Weather-Related Accidents are listed below.
    • Notice to New Jersey Construction Workers: Be Cautious in Summer Heat!

      Summer weather may be beautiful, especially compared to the dreary winter months, but it can be just as dangerous as it is pleasant if you don’t take care of yourself. While everyone should worry about their safety in these sweltering temperatures, construction workers, and other people who work outdoors need to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses and injuries. Why Is Heat Such ...
    • Warmer Weather Signals Rise in Motorcycle Accidents

      With the arrival of spring, more New Jersey citizens are venturing outdoors. This includes more motorcyclists. April offers ideal weather to ride a motorbike. Unfortunately, because more motorcyclists are on the road, they are at a greater risk for accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asserts motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than car passengers to die in a motor ...
    • Black Ice Slip and Falls: Are Property Owners Responsible?

      With the heavy storms settling into New Jersey, it is hard to avoid the snow and ice. Black ice in particular is the cause of multiple accidents and injuries that have occurred this winter. This is the phenomenon of clear ice freezing on the roads and pavement, reflecting the dark color. It can be difficult to spot, leading to many accidents. Falls can lead to sprained ankles, broken bones, and ...

    Workers' Compensation

    The latest posts for Workers' Compensation are listed below.
    • Notice to New Jersey Construction Workers: Be Cautious in Summer Heat!

      Summer weather may be beautiful, especially compared to the dreary winter months, but it can be just as dangerous as it is pleasant if you don’t take care of yourself. While everyone should worry about their safety in these sweltering temperatures, construction workers, and other people who work outdoors need to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses and injuries. Why Is Heat Such ...
    • If I Bring A Construction Accident Claim, Who Is The Defendant?

      Construction workers have some of the highest injury rates of any occupation in the U.S., so you need to be prepared in the event of an injury. It’s important to know whether your injury is covered under workers’ compensation and if you have a case that allows further legal action against other parties referred to as 3 rd Parties. In New Jersey, the law requires every business to have of worker’s ...
    • The Difference Between A Workers' Comp Claim And A Third-Party Claim

      If you are injured in a workplace accident, there are various steps that you have to take. All employers in the State of New Jersey are required to have Worker’s Compensation insurance to protect employees who are injured while performing work-related duties. In the State of New Jersey, you cannot sue your co-employee or your employer if you are injured during the course of your employment. ...

    Wrongful Death

    The latest posts for Wrongful Death are listed below.
    • Swimming Hazards to Be Aware Of

      The hotter the summer days get, the more inviting swimming pools become. A day spent with your family in the cool water can be the perfect way to deal with the scorching sun, but if you don’t take the proper precautions a relaxing swim can quickly turn into a tragedy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that between 2005 and 2014, about 3,536 people died every year in ...
    • “Never Events” in Medical Malpractice

      Women have gone in for hysterectomies and come out with holes in the bladder. Men have gone in for cyst removal and come out with a missing testicle. Patients of all ages are coming out of surgery with instruments like scalpels and needles still inside of them. Events like these are the scourge of the healthcare industry, and they are occurring at an alarming rate. Patients across the United ...
    • Stay Alert While Driving: It's a Life or Death Issue

      According to New Jersey Police, driver inattention is the number one cause of fatal collisions, surpassing both speeding and intoxication. Staying alert could mean the difference between life and death for New Jersey drivers, says state police. According to fatal crash data from 2014, driver inattention was the number one cause of accidents resulting in fatalities. Drunk driving often gets most of ...
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