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March 2017 Archives

FDA reports nine deaths, rare cancer linked to breast implants

New Jersey women may be surprised to learn that at least nine women have died from a rare cancer linked to breast implants, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The cancer, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, attacks cells that are present in the immune system and is not considered breast cancer.

Truck drivers face increased risk of load securement penalties

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be repeating its annual inspection blitz during three days in June in 2017. For 72 hours, CVSA members across North America will conduct as many safety inspections on as many commercial vehicles as they can.

Nursery products injure about 66,000 infants each year

New Jersey parents may be familiar with a study conducted by Nationwide Children's hospital that showed how nursery-related items are becoming more dangerous to infants. The study found that more than 66,000 children ages three and under visit emergency rooms yearly for injuries they incurred from accidents involving nursery-related products.

Company successfully tests autonomous truck on 140-mile trip

Technology companies hope to someday automate commercial vehicles that travel the highways in New Jersey and nationwide. One California company is developing a remote control system that will allow operators to navigate trucks to their delivery destinations. The system transmits data collected with cameras and radar on a truck to an operations center where a person can drive the vehicle.

Self-driving technology could alter car accident claims

A future in which self-driving cars occupy the roads in New Jersey could substantially change the nature of personal injury claims after accidents. An insurance expert with four decades of claims experience predicted that product liability claims could make up the bulk of legal actions when injured victims want to recover damages.

Man drives into Mardi Gras crowd, 28 injured

New Jersey residents who celebrated Mardi Gras at home may be interested to learn that, on Feb. 25, a man who drove a truck into a crowd was driving over the legal limit. New Orleans authorities said that the man had a blood-alcohol level of .232 percent, more than three times over the legal limit.

Employers' criminal liability in an employee death

New Jersey families of people who have died on the job might be interested to learn that employers may be criminally liable if the person's death was the result of health and safety laws being willfully violated. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, a person may be fined up to $250,000 and spend up to six months in jail while a corporation can be fined as much as $500,000. Furthermore, it may be possible to prosecute some OSH Act violations using other laws such as those against perjury and environmental laws.

Child support benefits for children in New Jersey

When the parents of a child in New Jersey separate, it is very common that the person without custody will be obligated to pay child support. Child support can have direct benefits for children, including in terms of ensuring that kids have plenty of food, clothing and shelter. However, studies indicate that there are other benefits to children who have parents that pay child support.

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