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Study Shows Radiology Errors Up 43 Percent

Employees who have personal injury or workers' compensation claims rely on accurate medical testing to determine the extent of the injuries they have suffered. In addition to helping ensure that they receive appropriate medical care to help them recover more fully, the medical tests help to establish the actual extent of the injuries and the amount of compensation or benefits to which they may be entitled.

Unfortunately, some commonly used tests, such as radiology and other forms of medical imaging technology, may not be as reliable as previously thought.

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.