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New Jersey's Sara's Law protects those seriously injured in crashes

It takes about an hour and a half to drive northeast of Burlington County to Sayreville. The city on the Raritan River was home to Sara Dubinin. New Jersey's Next-of-Kin Registry was named for the teen when it was signed into law by former Gov. Chris Christie.

The registry is an online system that allows those who are at least 14 years old to submit emergency contact information through the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Doing so can help officials contact family in the case of a motor vehicle accident in which there are serious injuries.

Dog bite prevention is a year-round concern

Spring has finally arrived, meaning more people walking and jogging, more kids playing outside. Getting outdoors can also mean more interactions with dogs.

April 8-14 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Any dog – even the normally friendly pet next door – can inflict a serious bite. Take a moment to view these tips for keeping you and your children safe.

New Jersey company taken to trial over pelvic mesh injuries

A manufacturer of surgical mesh is facing trial in New Jersey state court. Although C.R. Bard Inc. has faced more than a hundred lawsuits over its medical products before, this is the first one to go to a jury.

A New Jersey resident claims that she has suffered chronic pain as a result of the defective mesh. The lawsuit contends that Bard knew about the problems but failed to warn patients and their doctors.

Class action lawsuits seek economic loss for air bag debacle

On the heels of the massive air bag recall, auto manufacturers are now facing class action litigation.

According to the new lawsuits, car makers were aware of defects in Takata air bags, but proceeded anyway because Takata was cheaper that less volatile alternatives. If the allegations are true, the decision was both dastardly and short-sighted.  What did they know and when?

One more reason to wear a motorcycle helmet

Motorcycle riders commonly cite three reasons for not wearing a helmet: their freedom, their vision and saving their neck.

New research challenges a popular conception that motorcycle helmets increase the risk of neck injuries. In addition to preventing brain injury and death, helmets may actually reduce spinal injuries, especially cervical fractures.

3 questions to ask when you have chest pains

Nobody wants to end up in the hospital emergency room with chest pains.

Unfortunately, it's hard to say what's scarier: hearing the doctor say that you're having a heart attack or some other serious issue or being told that your chest pain is nothing to worry about. If you know that something's wrong, you can at least seek treatment. If you're told that everything's okay, you may be sent home wondering if the doctor missed something critical -- something that could lead to your death if it goes untreated.

How much do you know about New Jersey workers' comp?

Many employees don't know their rights when they get injured

Employers are required by law to provide certain benefits if you are injured on the job. But did any supervisor ever sit you down to explain those benefits and how workers' compensation works?

Typically, people work for years without a job injury until one day it happens. Then they realize they only have a fuzzy understanding of workers' comp. What are my rights? Should I file a claim? Could I get fired?

New Jersey among few states allowing PTSD under workers' comp

The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a covered condition under workers' compensation. The law would apply only to emergency services personnel, such as police, fire and paramedics.

New Jersey statute does not single out emergency workers or specifically recognize PTSD. But New Jersey courts have granted workers' compensation benefits for debilitating work-related stress. Any employee - not just police officers or rescue personnel -- can bring such a claim if they meet the strict criteria.

Why does your chainsaw say not to hold it by the wrong end?

If you own a chainsaw, the odds are good that you'll find a somewhat obvious warning right on the side of it.

An illustration of a hand with disconnected digits provides a visual reminder of what could happen if you ignore the printed warning, which reads, "Do not hold the wrong end."

Talcum powder mesothelioma lawsuit underway in New Jersey

A New Jersey man claims that inhaling asbestos-laden talcum powder gave him mesothelioma cancer. A jury in Middlesex County has heard arguments in the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, the baby powder manufacturer.

Johnson & Johnson has defended numerous lawsuits - with mixed results - asserting that its talc products caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. This is the first case in New Jersey, where J&J is headquartered, and the first lawsuit by a man claiming to be harmed by talcum powder.

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