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Staph Infections/MRSA Worker’s Compensation

Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a bacterial infection that mostly attacks the skin.  Two million Americans are infected every year, with qtq80-FwS4u9around 90,000 people dying from the disease. Symptoms include an area of painful blisters, skin nodules, fever, and yellow pus discharge from the infected area. If left untreated by a doctor, the infection can enter the bloodstream and cause septic shock – which can lead to death.  It is usually treated with antibiotics and/or drainage.  However, there is a form of staph that is resistant to most forms of antibiotics — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  This is the most dangerous form of staph, and it can live on towels and plastics for up to 90 days!  It is important to keep a work area properly sanitized for this reason.  NJ even has an act for hospitals to prevent staph infections from spreading (C.26:2H-12.35 to C.26:2H-12.38).

 

What causes staph infection/MRSA?

 

Not keeping a work area properly sanitized can cause a staph epidemic in the workplace.  This includes not washing hands, not washing towels with hot water, sharing razors, sharing towels, sharing clothes, using an infected pool, and sharing equipment.  The disease spreads through physical contact with an infected person/item, so that is why it is imperative to keep up with hygiene in the workplace.  Once a workplace/worker is infected, every worker is now at risk.

 

Who is at Risk?

 

-Hospital workers

-Gym/Fitness Facility Workers

-Swimmers/Lifeguards

-EMS Workers

-Professional Athletes

-Retirement Home Workers

-Anyone who’s shared razors, towels, equipment, or clothes

 

What to do if I’m infected with Staph or MRSA?qtq80-Zvcfuw

 

The first thing you should do is receive medical attention to take care of the issue.  The second thing you should do is file a DWC-1, which is a first report of injury form for workers.  Any employee who has suffered any type of staph infection at work is eligible for Worker’s Comp. Benefits.  Benefits include medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages (up to 2/3rds).  If you work in a hospital and you think there is a violation of C.26:2H-12.35 to C.26:2H-12.38 that caused your infection, you have a case against your employer.

 

If you’ve been infected with staph/MRSA at work and been neglected compensation, you must take action.  Not only is it immoral for an employer to neglect you, it is against NJ State Law!  At the Morano Firm, we are strongly committed to defending clients who have been wrongfully neglected by their employers for injury benefits – especially a deadly infection like staph!  If you’ve been infected with staph/MRSA at work and believe you’ve been neglected by your employer to pay for your medical expense, Call The Morano Law Firm LLC Today: 201-598-5019 for a no cost, no obligation meeting to discuss your individual case.  We will make sure you receive the benefits you deserve and the treatment to get you back to work and save your life!

Amputation Injuries in the Work Place

There are hundreds of different types of amputations that can occur when you are severely injured in a work-related iStock_000009703092_Smallaccident. One that comes to mind immediately would be a construction worker cutting off his fingers or hand at the wrist when carelessly cutting a two by four. Another would be a tree surgeon climbing a tree with a chain saw and slipping as a result of miscalculating the direction of a falling limb, accidentally grabbing onto the cutting edge of his moving chain saw. A butcher at a supermarket is chopping, cutting and slicing all day long and it’s hard to find one who hasn’t cut off at least a part of a finger at some point. Deli workers use slicers, butchers chefs use knives, woodworkers and metal workers use drills and saws …. all powerful equipment capable of removing a finger, hand or arm in a split second. And as devastating as losing a digit or a limb can be, if your are involved in a work-related amputation accident you actually have a bigger problem to worry about and that is what to do next in the event  an amputation accident happens to you so that you don’t die.

What To Do In The Event Of An Amputation Accident

Calling 911 or your company’s emergency medical team might be a little difficult if you now have only one hand or arm, but if you can reach your cell phone and dial 911 you should. If you are alone you should yell as loud as possible for help. If there are others with you they can and should immediately make the 911 call to get professional medical help to the scene as quickly as possible. In an amputation accident there will be a massive loss of blood. You and your coworkers should use a belt, rope, cord or item of clothing to make a tourniquet slightly above the point of amputation to slow the blood loss. Elevate the limb as much as possible so that gravity aids in slowing the blood loss. Sit or lay down and stay calm so that your heart rate normalizes and wait for help to arrive.

After you have received the best possible medical treatment you should call The Morano Law Firm LLC as we are experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyers and have dealt with many total and partial New Jersey work-related amputation cases in the past. We can get you compensation for your medical and rehabilitation expenses as well as replacement and continuance of your lost wages. We know our way through every in and out of Workers’ Compensation Law so we can cut right through to the important issues that govern your individual situation. We know the dangers that you face everyday on the job ,and we will insure that your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Amputation claim is maximized. Call The Morano Law Firm LLC Today: 201-598-5019

Traffic Tickets? Hurt in a Car Accident? Lindsay Lohan’s Super Commercial Bowl Reminds You That You Need a NJ Attorney that Can Handle Both!

One of the best Super Bowl Commercials of 2015 was by Esurance, in which“Sorta Mom” Lindsay Lohan commits several traffic violations and is involved in a car accident. She may not have our contact information – but if you are reading this you do! Car accidents and traffic tickets often go hand in hand and that is why you need a lawyer that handles both. When it rains, it pours so, if you have been involved in a car accident and/or have received tickets please give The Morano Law Firm a call at 201-598-5019 today for the firm that handles both! As traffic attorneys we will keep you out of trouble if you’ve got tickets and as personal injury lawyers we will get you compensated for your loss.

So, you’ve got to go to New Jersey traffic Court or Municipal Court for a minor brush with the law? I can be your New Jersey speeding ticket lawyer. Although the entire state operates under the same laws, I know the importance of properly maneuvering through the subtle differences between New Jersey’s 500+ courts. I will work to do everything I can to keep your record clean, your license clean and make sure you get the minimum fine and penalties for your offense. Stay at 0 points and keep those insurance premiums down.  You will have your day in court!
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident you only have a short period of time to take action or your case may be forfeited forever. We have experience representing individuals who have been seriously injured due to the failure of other drivers to use proper care. We will aggressively litigate on your behalf. If you have been injured in a car accident and hire our firm we will take your case on contingency. That means if you don’t get paid – we don’t get paid!

Call The Morano Law Firm, LLC today at 201-598-5019 or email us at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com.

Personal Injury Cases: Car Accidents during the Winter

As January begins and a colder stage of winter is at our doorstep, let us make sure that we take the proper 9precautions in ensuring safety on the roads. Easier said than done, I know. People, road conditions and the weather can prove to be unpredictable (icy pavement, snow, bad brakes, bad tires, driving too fast, making a rushed turn ect), but we want you to know that you are not alone in the case that an accident does occur.

Personal Injury law allows us to aid in the protection of you and your property if injury or damage is done due to conscious or unconscious acts. Automobile accidents are a common area where personal injury actions take place. If you have a “negligence” claim, or in short, the belief that the other individual failed to do something (obey a light, obey a stop sign, drive at the recommended speed ect) to avoid causing the accident, you have a case.

Now lets say the roles are reversed. You caused the accident, but you reasonably believe that it was not entirely your fault. Who pays for damages? Well we have a response for that too. In the case of such an accident, sure you may be negligent in regards to the accident (you were driving too fast, not paying attention on the road ect), but if the jury finds that you were only liable (responsible) for lets say 70% of the injury (arbitrary number) then you’re only liable for paying 70% of the damages. In short, $10,000 in overall damages means you pay $7,000, a substantially less amount.

Different scenario; you are hit by a delivery driver. Who pays for the damages, the delivery driver or the employer of the delivery driver? Well under the law both may be held liable. The employer bares a responsibility for his employees and damages that occur under his or her watch. So if the delivery driver gets into an accident with you while on duty, you may have a case in your hand.

Now there are many scenarios with personal injury cases, but one thing is certain and that is that you are not alone in handling these situations. At the Morano Law Firm we take great pride in providing genuine care and service for our clients. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to medical care, property damage repairs and of course a cash settlement. We handle many of these types of cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if you get paid.  If you have any concerns or questions, regarding a case or other inquiries feel free to call Mr. Morano at 201-598-5019 or send us a message on our “Contacts” section on the top right of the home page. We are eager to hear from you.

Understanding Your Rights as a Bicyclist in New Jersey

If you have been injured in a bicycle-motor vehicle collision and want to know your rights, please do not hesitate to call me, Corey Morano, Esq. for a free consultation at 201-598-5019 or email me at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com right away!

You may be well aware that bicyclists in New Jersey are required to keep to the right side of the road when using a roadway shared with motor vehicles. Riding single file as close to the right curb as you can safely allow for is the general rule that should be followed when taking your bicycle out for a spin. But did you know that there are exceptions to this law?

According to NJSA 39:4-14.2, New Jersey bicyclists are exempt from riding on the right side of the road if certain conditions are met. The following situations permit bicyclists to move out of the right side of the road:

  • If you are making a left turn from a left-turn lane or pocket
  • If you are moving to avoid debris, drains, or other hazardous conditions that make it impossible to ride at the right side of the roadway
  • If you are passing a slower moving vehicle
  • If you are moving to occupy any available lane when traveling at the same speed as other traffic
  • If you are traveling no more than two abreast when traffic is not impeded

By keeping these exceptions in mind when you go out for a ride, you can make the activity safer for everyone involved. If you believe that you have acted appropriately within the boundaries of the law yet have become the victim of a bicycle-motor vehicle collision nonetheless, then you should act immediately to protect your rights. Call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly for a free consultation.

New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyer – Understanding Your Rights!

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and want to know your rights, please do not hesitate to call me, Corey Morano, Esq. for a free consultation at 201-598-5019 or email me right away!

Slip and fall, in New Jersey tort law, is a claim or case based on a person slipping (or tripping) and falling. It is a tort, and based on a claim that the property owner was negligent in allowing some dangerous condition to exist that caused the slip or trip.

Property owners generally have two basic defenses to Public liability slip and fall claims:

  • The first defense is that they were not negligent. For example, the owner may claim that the banana that a patron slipped upon had been dropped on the floor only moments ago by another patron, and that, in the exercise of due diligence, a typical store owner acting with reasonable care would not have had time to discover the danger and take steps to mitigate the danger.
  • The second and more typical defense is that the person who was injured was at fault. For example, the owner may claim that any reasonable patron, exercising due diligence for his or her own safety, would see a banana on the floor, and take those steps necessary to avoid slipping on it.

Because of a general perception that slip and falls are at least partly the fault of the person injured, slip and fall injuries are usually worth less than injuries from other types of torts.

For slip and fall investigations, the incident walking surface slip resistance can be measured. The surface can be tested to identify if it is above or below accepted levels of slip resistance thresholds.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and want to know your rights, please do not hesitate to call me, Corey Morano, Esq. for a free consultation at 201-598-5019 or email me right away!

Understanding Your Car Insurance – New Jersey Verbal Threshold Law/Limitation on Lawsuit Option

So… what’s the deal with the verbal threshold?

In New Jersey there are countless companies offering automobile insurance and countless types of automobile insurance plans those companies offer. Quite possibly the most important option to be aware of is called the Verbal or Limitation on Lawsuit Threshold option.

Choosing this type of coverage drastically limits your ability to bring a lawsuit for injuries sustained in a New Jersey automobile accident. You should not choose this option if you want to maintain your rights to sue for your injuries. If you want to maintain your full rights to sue, you need to choose the zero threshold option.
No one expects to get injured in a car accident, but it’s a reality. The problem is that the verbal threshold is generally cheaper than the zero threshold option, so many people choose it without thinking about it.

If you are subject to the limitation on lawsuit threshold, you are not permitted to recover any damages for your injuries unless certain requirements are met. The relevant provisions of the limitation on lawsuit threshold statute, N.J.S.A. 39:6A-8, state a person who is legally responsible for noneconomic loss to another person, in the case herein, an automobile operator, then if that automobile operator is subject to, or has selected the limitation on lawsuit option, then that person who is responsible is exempt from liability for that loss unless the losses that were suffered fall within certain enumerated categories including:


• Death
• Dismemberment (loss of a body part)
• Loss of a fetus
• Significant disfigurement or significant scarring. Note: Significant refers to the subjective view of an observer, and not the opinion of the injured person
• Displaced fracture (simple fractures do not satisfy the threshold unless they cause a permanent injury after healing)
• Permanent injury, within a reasonable degree of medical probability

The rubber generally hits the road with the last damage category – proving you have a permanent injury. The first five are easy to prove, the last one not so much. This is where neck and back injuries tend to hit the wall. It becomes difficult or expensive to get a doctor to provide the proper documentation to prove your case. This is where insurance companies will often succeed in obtaining a dismissal of a claim by a Judge before it reaches a jury, based only upon documents and medical reports. In short, injured claimants who are subject to the verbal threshold face an uphill battle unless they have obvious major injuries.

If you’ve been in a car accident and want to protect your rights, call me at 201-598-5019 or email me directly at newjerseylawyernow@gmail.com for a free consultation.