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The truth behind defective airbags

News covereage on defective airbags has long been under way, and many New Jersey residents have already receieved compensation for damages. However, not all drivers who own cars with these airbags are fortunate enough to walk away from this problem alive. When a wrongful death has occurred as a result of someone's else's mistakes, legal involvement may be the right course of action. 

Takata airbags have been under the infamous spotlight for a number of years. CBS News reports that, despite the fact that many drivers have addressed faulty airbags, these devices have continued to claim lives across the nation. Most recently, a Takata airbag killed a driver from Louisiana -- marking the twentieth death to occur worldwide as a result of the faulty systems. The airbags, which have been known to explode in the event of a crash, uses a defective combination of chemicals. Takata uses chemical ammonium nitrate to help deflate the airbags, but CBS points out that this chemical can break down when exposed to extreme temperatures, which could allow it to burn too fast and explode. Automobile makers around the world have continued to spread awareness about this potentially deadly issue.

Understanding your needs following loss of loved one

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is, for many, the toughest thing they will ever have to undergo. Losing someone who is close to you through an accident, negligence or criminal act can be even more devastating, adding shock, anger and confusion to the grief. The team at Silvi, Fedele & Honschke respects what you are going through. We work compassionately with survivors through any legal matters, whether that means probating a will, seeking an OSHA investigation or bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against responsible parties.

Death affects everyone differently, according to the American Psychological Association, and coping mechanisms are varied as well. It can take several months to a few years for survivors to adjust to such a personal loss. Grieving is a crucial process in coming to grips with the death, and you need the time and space to do so. Studies show that many people can recover without help if given time and support, but you must also continue to engage in social relationships and healthy habits.

Factory work and employee safety

New Jersey workers whose average work days consist of long office hours and desk duties may not understand the inherent hazards found in other industries. While an accident can occur at any time and in any setting, work in fields such as construction and manufacturing present significant dangers upon every shift. New Jersey employees who feel their work environment is not safe have rights to make complaints to employers, and ultimately make change.

Contrary to what many might believe, dangerous factory work did not end with the Radium Girls, who contracted poisoning from a toxic work environment; workers in various types of manufacturing settings can face severe conditions today. Business Insider recently focused on the controversy surrounding Tesla and the safety of its factory workers, noting that employees had complained of long hours and unattended injuries. Some even reported complaints to United Auto Workers. However, the company has seen a 25 percent decrease in worker injuries since modifying its safety practices, and has since updated its policies. 

Study: Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving

New Jersey news media is reporting that a new study claims that drowsy drivers can be just as dangerous to other motorists as drunk or drugged drivers. The AAA study says that drowsy driving causes many more motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities than was previously believed.

Federal government estimates have long stated that only about 1 to 2 percent of car crashes involve fatigued drivers. The AAA study says that those figures grossly underestimate the nearly 10 percent of crashes attributable to drowsy driving.

What you need to know about slip-and-fall accidents in New Jersey

In New Jersey in the winter months, a slip-and-fall injury can be a common occurrence, as sidewalks, roads and driveways become slick with ice. Slip-and-fall injuries can occur nearly anywhere, and in some cases, the cause rests with a negligent individual or company ultimately responsible for the conditions that led to the fall.

Slip-and-fall injuries can bring no small amount of physical suffering as well as psychological stress, especially when the injury leads to missed days at work, high medical bills and battles with insurance companies. Here is some more information about the basics and how to proceed in a slip-and-fall injury case.

Why It Is Important To Have A Will

A will is a document that many people intend to draw up, but often they procrastinate for a variety of reasons. They might feel that they have designated enough beneficiaries in their accounts. They might also figure that their assets are going to naturally fall into the right hands after they pass away, and that drawing out an actual will may be redundant. Then off course, there is the matter that drawing up a will is an admittance of mortality, but just because a will has been prepared doesn't mean it necessarily will be executed any time soon. It merely recognizes that anything can happen, and although a person's last day may seem far off accidents and unexpected disease can happen leaving little time for planning. It is better to make plans early when you are able to be an active participant.  Here are some reasons why it is important to have a will.

Is there such a thing as a happy death?

The Economist, in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation, polled people in four countries to gain a deeper understanding of what is most important when thinking about end-of-life wishes. People from the United States, Brazil, Italy and Japan were given a list of preferences to choose from when envisioning how they want to live the last moments of their life.

What are the choices?

National Winter Safety Stand Down--Five Minutes Can Save Lives

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from heights continue to be the leading cause of preventable death for construction workers. Winter weather hazards like icy surfaces, extremely low temperatures, and weather-related factors like wind or freezing rain can all contribute to worker illness and injury. 

OSHA faced with inspector shortage under Trump

40 inspectors for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been removed through attrition in President Trump's first year in office. This is due to the president's larger efforts to slow the growth of the federal workforce, which have led so far to the removal of 16,000 of its permanent workers. While New Jersey was not hit hard by the decrease in OSHA inspectors, the southeastern region is. 

Snow removal safety tips for workers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging workers in New Jersey and other states to take precautions when removing snow this winter. According to the agency, snow removal has led to several workplace injuries and deaths in recent years.

OSHA reports that workers removing snow from elevated surfaces like rooftops are at most risk for injury. Over the last decade, 16 workers have been killed or seriously injured under such conditions. Worse, all the accidents were preventable. To reduce the risk of fall injuries, the agency recommends that workers use drag lines or snow rakes to remove snow from elevated surfaces. They should also wear protective gear and remove snow in small batches. OSHA urges employers and workers to evaluate the amount of snow load on a roof to ensure it can also support the weight of workers and equipment. Workers should remove the snow in a uniform pattern to avoid putting too much load in one area of the roof.

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