Mintz & Geftic of Elizabeth, New Jersey is pleased to announce that Bryan Mintz has been selected to the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. 

This is the fourth year in a row that Mr. Mintz has received this recognition. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

 

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Published by Thomson Reuters, New Jersey Super Lawyers announced its new listing of attorneys who have “attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Bryan and the lawyers of Mintz & Geftic represent the people of Elizabeth and throughout the Garden State that are suffering with serious injuries. This includes representing plaintiffs in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and more. 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:19

This Hazard On the Rise for Outdoor Workers

New Jersey Heat Wave

When summer arrives in New Jersey and the days begin to heat up, there’s plenty of things we can count on occurring each and every year. 

People will be driving down the Garden State Parkway to enjoy time at the Jersey Shore.

Nature lovers will be heading to some of New Jersey’s best hiking trails, while others might be tubing down the Delaware River.

Concert goers will be heading to the Garden State Arts Center (while some of us will always refuse call it the PNC Bank Arts Center).

And, unfortunately, several New Jersey workers will be suffering from heat-related illness.

Occupational Heat Exposure – Deadly Risks

A heat wave brings about deadly risks. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some even die. In 2014 alone, nationwide 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. 

Excessive exposure to heat can cause a range of heat-related illnesses, from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. When the next heat wave hits New Jersey, it is critical to understand these dangers.

Types of Heat-Related Illness

Heat Stroke

The most deadly heat-related illness is heat stroke. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. This may occur with little warning to the worker and leave him/her unaware that a crisis stage has been reached. When heat stroke occurs, employee’s skin is hot, usually dry or can have profuse sweating. His/her body temperature will be around 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and the worker can be confused, have seizures or lose consciousness.. Unless the worker receives rapid and appropriate treatment, brain damage and/or death can occur.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion is not as dangerous as heat stroke, but can quickly progress to heat stroke if the worker is not attended to immediately. Heat exhaustion is the body's response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, heavy sweating, elevated body temperatures.

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps usually affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body's salt and moisture levels. Low salt levels in muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.

Heat Rash

Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. Heat rash often looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. It will usually appear on the worker's neck, upper chest, groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.

Who is at Risk?

Outdoor workers include any workers who spend a substantial portion of their shift outdoors. Examples include construction workers, baggage handlers, oil and gas well operators, asbestos removal workers, electrical power transmission and control workers, landscaping and maintenance workers, plus many others that spend their days outside in the hot New Jersey summer.

New Jersey workers that are new to working outdoors are generally most at-risk for heat-related illnesses. It it critical for these workers to gradually increase their workloads and take breaks more frequently.

How Hot is Too Hot?

The best measurement tool for New Jersey workers and their employers to use in monitoring the heat level is the Heat Index. The heat index, often labeled as the "feels like" temp on weather websites, combines temperature and relative humidity into one number that reflects how hot it will actually feel.

The following from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a good basic guideline:

Heat Index Risk Level
Less than 91°F Lower (Caution)
91°F to 103°F Extreme Caution
103°F to 115°F Danger
Greater than 115° Extreme Danger

 

IMPORTANT NOTE - The heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions. Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15° Fahrenheit. 

New Jersey Employers Must Protect Their Employees

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat with precautions such as:

  • Providing workers with water, rest and shade.
  • Allowing new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
  • Planning for emergencies and training workers on prevention.
  • Monitoring workers for signs of illness.

Are your employers protecting you and your coworkers from heat-related illness? If not, you should contact the OSHA office nearest you.

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury).

If you have any questions on any of these laws please contact your New Jersey Workers' Compensation lawyers at Mintz & Geftic today.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyers

All workers' compensation and personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering.

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one has been hurt at work and suffered work-related injured call Elizabeth, New Jersey workers' compensation lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one received serious injuries in a truck accident, car accident, construction accident, train accident, railroad accident, or were injured in a pedestrian accident, call Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one has been hurt at work and suffered work-related injuries call Elizabeth, New Jersey workers' compensation lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

Our Elizabeth serious injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey. This includes the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Union and Jersey City. We cover Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. Our New Jersey accident lawyers have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in New York City.

We represent clients suffering with spinal cord injury, back injury, burn injury, broken bones and traumatic brain injury.

If you are enduring physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, medical expenses or any other hardship resulting from an accident please contact us today for a free consultation.

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers today. Medical mistakes happen and we are here to help you understand the law. These mistakes include surgical errors, doctor or nursing mistakes, birth injuries, emergency room negligence and hospital negligence.

If you prefer contacting our Elizabeth, New Jersey personal injury lawyers via email, please click here.

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Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatrelillness.html

https://www.wcf.com/heat-related-illness

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 16:07

Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in New Jersey

Elizabeth, New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyers

As the premier workers' compensation lawyers in Elizabeth, New Jersey, we at Mintz & Geftic have been representing the hardworking men and women of New Jersey for over 25 years. In this time, our workers' comp lawyers have represented clients from all different industries who have suffered from work-related injuries.  This list includes construction workers, factory workers, truck drivers and many others that suffered some kind of personal injury while working. 

Who is at Risk?

With all of our workers' compensation experience, we can tell you that every single job contains some level of risk when it comes to work-related injuries.

We have seen workers' comp clients working at a basic desk job get injured from a slip and fall accident at their office. In a case just last year, we helped obtain a large settlement for an office worker who suffered brain injuries in an auto accident. This settlement included $430k for negligence as well as $101k for workers' compensation benefits, since this client was performing work-related duties when the accident occurred. 

Of course, those working in jobs like construction are definitely subject to a higher level of risk than your typical office employees. In another case from last year, we had a client suffer work-related injuries when falling from scaffolding while at work. He endured multiple fractures to the skull, knees, wrists and face, along with a long list of other serious injuries. We were able to help the client obtain a settlement of a million dollars for neligence and an additional $136,500 for workers' compensation benefits.

New Jersey's Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

Okay, so which jobs were found to be the most dangerous in New Jersey? Check out this slideshow from NJ.com for a full breakdown. You can also click here to see why we think Santa should have been considered for the list.

If you work at one of the jobs on the list or you can think of any others that should have been included, please let us know here on our facebook page.

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyers

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured while working, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us an email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our  workers' compensation lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

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Watch today's video where Elizabeth, New Jersey workers' comp lawyer Bryan Mintz explains the important facts about workers' compensation. Get helpful legal tips from an experienced Elizabeth, New Jersey workers' comp lawyer.

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Today we are continuing to discuss the important topic of wage theft. As Elizabeth, New Jersey's premier workers' compensation law firm, our lawyers represent and speak with New Jersey workers on a daily basis. In these discussions with our clients about their work-related injuries, we are also continuing to hear about wage theft and other aspects of employment law such as sexual harassment, gender discrimination and workplace retaliation.

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 16:37

Have You Been a Victim of Wage Theft?

As many visitors to our website know, we blog about a wide variety of topics here at mglawfirm.net. We cover subjects ranging from motor vehicle accidents and the types of back injuries that they can cause to a sampling of Valentine’s Day lawsuits. From the serious danger of seat back failure that has parents everywhere alarmed to the not-so-serious pondering of Santa’s workers’ compensation concerns. From construction accidents and the 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S. to flying manhole covers in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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Watch today's video where top Elizabeth, New Jersey personal injury lawyer Bryan Mintz explains the top 5 things to if you are in a car accident and please be sure to click this button to subscribe to our channel:

 
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Mintz & Geftic of Elizabeth is pleased to announce that Bryan Mintz has been selected to the 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. 

This is the third year in a row that Mr. Mintz has received this recognition. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

 

Published by Thomson Reuters, New Jersey Super Lawyers announced its new listing of attorneys who have “attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case.

Our Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

 

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Mintz & Geftic is officially on YouTube!

Watch Bryan Mintz share the story of our firm and please subscribe to our YouTube channel here to catch all of our upcoming videos. 

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A couple of months ago we wrote about A Victory for Elizabeth Workers, where we shared the news that Elizabeth had become the 10th municipality in New Jersey to provide paid sick leave to its employees. As Elizabeth’s neighborhood law firm, we at Mintz & Geftic were happy to see the local residents rally together for such a great cause. 

We are now less than two weeks away from the date of March 2nd, when this law will go into effect and the hardworking men and women of Elizabeth will finally have access to the benefits that they worked so hard to obtain. However, news came out just today that should remind the people of Elizabeth, and across New Jersey, that they will need to continue making sure their voice is heard.

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