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Will I get reimbursed for lost wages after a work injury?

Being injured at work can lead to many problems, physically, financially and emotionally. Not only will you probably experience a significant amount of pain and suffering during your path to recovery, but you'll also need to pay for medical services, and you'll need to take time off work while you heal. Worrying about money can also lead those injured to deal with stress and anxiety.

Luckily, the majority of workers in New Jersey are protected by workers' compensation. If they are successful in filing a claim, they can gain compensation for their medical bills, will receive rehabilitation benefits if they become disabled, and they'll be able to gain back a portion of their lost wages. The following is an overview of how the law works in New Jersey regarding lost wages.

Dealing with grief as an estate administrator

If you are named as an estate administrator, you have the duty to carry out certain actions to make sure that the decedent's estate is handled correctly. This requires a great deal of time, concentration and organized thinking. However, if you were close to the person who passed away, you may be simultaneously be dealing with grief and heartbreak during this difficult time.

If you are struggling to grieve while fulfilling your duty as an estate administrator, you should consider the following tips to help you get through this challenge.

3 common mental health issues after a car accident

Car accidents often lead to physical injuries, from whiplash to brain injuries. While physical injuries are very common, almost all those who are involved in car accidents go through some mental health issues too. Car accidents are extremely frightening experiences and many class their car accident as a near-death experience. Therefore, in the aftermath, many people struggle to process what happened.

If you have been involved in an accident and you are struggling emotionally in the weeks and months afterward, you should consider seeking professional help. By filing a lawsuit, you may also be able to gain back damages for the pain and mental suffering that was caused. The following are 3 common mental health issues after a car accident.

Your brain injury might change your life

If you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car wreck caused by another at-fault driver, your life as you knew it might be irretrievably altered. There is a wide spectrum of consequences of brain injuries ranging from the headaches suffered by those with only mild concussions to the vegetative states from which there is no recovery.

Where you fall on that spectrum depends on many factors, including the severity of the accident that injured you and what portion of your brain was affected. Your own underlying health at the time of the collision can also be a significant factor, as those who have already suffered head trauma are more at risk for severe damage than those who have never suffered prior head injuries.

Addressing workers' compensation laws for nurses

Workers of any profession can get injured at work. However, those who commonly engage in physical activities in the workplace are more at risk. While construction workers and factory workers are obvious examples of those who are at a heightened risk of injury in the workplace, nurses and other caregivers have a significant risk of becoming injured at some point in their careers.

Being hurt on the job can be particularly stressful because it can mean that you are no longer able to continue in your profession, and you may worry about how you will be able to earn an income in the future. However, workers' compensation laws are in place to ensure that all workers have some protection in the form of compensation among other things. If you have been injured in the line of duty as a nurse, the following are some of the things to which you may be entitled. 

Understanding workers' compensation laws in New Jersey

While workers' compensation is in place across the United States, all individual states have slightly differing laws. Therefore, it is important that you fully understand the laws that apply to the state in which you work. For example, if you live in New York but you are employed in New Jersey, your focus will be on New Jersey laws.

Workers' compensation is designed to help minimize the financial damages that employees suffer when they are injured in the workplace. The following is an overview of workers' compensation laws in New Jersey.

How to receive damages for loss of companionship

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you will have experienced firsthand the loss and grief that comes with it. It is impossible to put into the words the sense of loss and grief that you will feel. That said, it is important to know that with time and the right services, such as therapy and counseling, things will get better.

You will know better than anyone that no amount of money will ever replace the person that you love. However, when you are also struggling financially in addition to grieving, things can be even harder to handle. By claiming loss of consortium, you may be able to receive financial damages specifically for the loss of companionship that you have experienced.

Signs of brain injury after a car accident

Even seemingly minor car accidents can lead to serious brain injuries. This is why all those who have been involved in an accident should be checked by a medical professional as soon as possible after a car accident, even if they feel well.

Some of the most severe brain injuries can have a delayed onset. This means that the car accident victim could feel perfectly fine in the immediate minutes after the car accident. However, in the next hours or even days, they may start to experience worrying symptoms. The following are some of the most common signs of a brain injury in the hours after a car accident.

Naming the right executor is a big piece of writing a will

When you are gone, who will take your place? This is a thought that has occupied every generation since the beginnings of our time. It used to be a simple matter of making sure there were children to continue through life, but now we have more complicated concerns like how we will support the people and the causes we love when we are gone.

One of the most important moves you can make to secure the future of your estate is picking the right executor for your will. An executor is the person who takes your place when it comes to the possessions and assets you will leave behind.

Speed may have been a factor in Manahawkin crash

When fewer cars are on the road, some people may be tempted to drive too fast just for the thrill. This may make it less likely that speeding will affect another driver but it does not change the inherent danger. This is why speeders often face reckless driving charges if their car or truck ends up endangering someone's health or property.

Police believe that speeding may have been a factor in an Ocean County collision the injured several people. The incident began when a sedan hit another car and then collided with the back of a vehicle with four people inside. The driver and one of the passengers were taken to a local hospital by air.

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