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Gender And Racial Bias In Personal Injury Settlements

Most of us are aware of the gender and racial bias present in the professional world. It's the elephant in the room. Everyone is aware of it, but no one wants to address the issue. In an effort to confront the issue head-on, President Obama passed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act of 2009. The data collected is very eye-opening.

As of 2013, wages for black males averaged 25 percent less than white males, and Hispanic males received 32.8 percent less. A white female averaged 22 percent less than her white male colleagues. Black women received 36 percent less, while Hispanic women received 46 percent less than white males in America.

But why is this is relevant to personal injury lawsuits? Because the courts often use this data to determine the settlement amount in tort law cases.

Sierra Nevada Recalls Beer Following Broken Glass Concerns

The product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that Sierra Nevada has recalled eight types of beer after discovering a packaging flaw that could lead to a piece of glass getting into a bottle.

IKEA Recalls Folding Chairs That Pose Amputation Hazard

At Breslin and Breslin, our products liability lawyers are reporting that Ikea is recalling more than 33,000 of its folding MYSINGSO beach chairs. The Swedish company said the chairs can collapse, fall and may pose finger amputation hazards.

Two recent OSHA investigations expose risks for workers

Recent work injury news in New Jersey has been disturbing, to say the least. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) constantly looks out for workers by issuing standards to protect them, many employers don't respect or follow the rules. That leaves employees needlessly exposed to dangerous situations.

Case One

In December, OSHA cited the Jersey City Medical Center for five safety violations (four serious and one willful) because a worker sustained an electrical shock and fell from a ladder while changing an overhead ballast in a light fixture. The violation? The medical center had not trained workers on the proper procedure to do this safely. The worker was not trained how to shut down the machinery or equipment that shocked him-and ultimately resulted in his death, a few weeks after the accident.

How using your phone while driving can become addicting

Why do people persist in using their mobile phones to talk or text behind the wheel? Everyone knows it's incredibly dangerous. Nevertheless, the number of people using hand-held devices while behind the wheel grew from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014.

The fact is that cell phone use is literally addictive. According to CNN, the little "ping" of an incoming text signals a "reward" and causes our brains to release dopamine - a chemical that makes us feel good.

Should self-driving cars make ethical choices in crash situations?

Now that driverless cars are on the road, unique questions arise - particularly regarding ethical choices. The biggest question on the table is this: Should a self-driving car run over pedestrians who happen to be in its path, or should it sacrifice itself and its passengers by swerving aside?

One of the problems with consigning these moral dilemmas to a car's computer is that, according to a recent survey, people were enthusiastic about having a driverless car sacrifice its passengers to protect others, but they would not care to ride in such a vehicle. The answer to the question was purely informed by self-interest and not the greater good.

Can The Government Force Trucks To Go Slower?

Anyone who's spent time navigating the roads and highways of America is well-aware of the dangers posed by large commercial vehicles. You've most likely felt a blast of wind threaten to push you aside as trucks pass, and few motorists are brave enough or foolish enough to pull up alongside these behemoths without being extra cautious.

Now lawmakers are taking notice. By trying to limit how fast vehicles like buses and trucks are permitted to travel, they hope to improve road safety. The real question is whether their proposed measures are going to be sufficient to help the thousands of individuals who suffer from accidents each year.

Feds Urge Recall of Ikea Dresser

The Bergen County product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured in the past 27 years, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.