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Loss of consortium in wrongful death claims

Losing a loved one to a preventable accident may be one of the most difficult things a person could ever go through. The importance of taking the time to grieve the loss cannot be underestimated. Taking time for yourself, spending time with your family, and speaking to a qualified therapist should be key parts of your journey forward.

That said, with time you may want to seek justice for what happened. The party responsible for the accident took away your loved one, the most precious thing in your life. Therefore, in order to gain closure you may want to file a legal claim against the party for loss of consortium.

An overview of workers' compensation laws in New Jersey

All states have workers' compensation laws in place. While all state laws are reasonably similar, it is important that you understand the laws in your state because it could affect your ability to make a claim.

Being injured as a worker in New Jersey can mean that you will suffer financial hardships due to medical costs and lost wages during your recovery period. This is why you make sure that you claim workers' compensation sooner rather than later so that you are able to gain back these damages in a timely manner. The following is an overview of workers' compensation laws in New Jersey.

What are the treatment options for a traumatic brain injury?

Suffering a traumatic brain injury can alter every aspect of a person's life. Loved ones of a person affected by traumatic brain injury may feel that they no longer recognize the person that they love, and even the most basic daily activities can be difficult to accomplish.

While the prognosis of a traumatic brain injury depends on the patient and the severity of the injury, there are many different treatment options available. In many cases, treatments can successfully help an injured patient return to living a normal life. These include:

Considerations for writing a will in your 40s

While no one ever wants to face the inevitability of the end of their own life, it is always best to accept this and make your wishes known. By planning your estate relatively early in life, you will be able to relax in the knowledge that whatever happens, your children and loved ones will be taken care of.

While planning your estate in your 40s may sound early, it's advised that those with children or considerable material assets do so even earlier. If you are struggling to finalize your will or you're not sure where to start, the following are some considerations.

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.

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