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Workers’ Compensation Injury Leads to Indefinite Suspension On Account Of Refusal Of Injured Worker To Submit to Medical Marijuana Drug Testing

By on September 19, 2018 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

Daniel Cotto worked as a forklift operator at Ardagh Glass in Bridgeton, N.J.  On November 1, 2016, Cotto hit his head on the roof of a forklift at work.  He was advised to see Premier Orthopedics in Vineland, N.J. for a medical examination, and a Premier Orthopedics doctor placed Cotto on light duty work with […]

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Full Salary Provisions Under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation

By on September 14, 2018 in Workers' Comp with 0 Comments

Employees who are out of work due to work injuries or illnesses are eligible for temporary disability benefits at a rate of 70% of wages subject to an annual maximum.  In 2018 that maximum is $903 per week.  That means that the employee who earns $2,000 per week or even $20,000 per week is limited […]

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The Two Minimum Rates in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation

By on September 7, 2018 in Workers' Comp with 0 Comments

Everyone knows that New Jersey has a minimum rate for temporary disability benefits, but it is not as widely understood that New Jersey also has a minimum rate for permanency.  In 2018 the minimum rate for temporary disability benefits is $241 per week.  But the minimum rate for permanency remains $35 per week, as it […]

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Legislative Changes to New Jersey Workers’ Compensation

By on August 31, 2018 in Workers' Comp with 0 Comments

On August 24, 2018, Governor Murphy signed a bill that for all practical purposes ends the right of employers to make bona fide offers of permanent partial disability free of counsel fees.  The statute that enabled employers to make bona fide offers within 26 weeks of maximal medical improvement, or return to work, whichever is […]

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Understanding The Idiopathic Defense

By on August 24, 2018 in Key Defenses with 0 Comments

We hear the term “idiopathic claim” quite frequently in workers’ compensation, but what does it really mean?  To begin with, “idiopathic” is a combination of two Greek words:  “idio” relating to “one’s own” and “pathic” suggesting suffering or disease.  It has come to mean any disease or condition of unknown cause.  Lawyers and practitioners have […]

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Appellate Court Rejects Trucker’s Injury While Dressing After Showering During Trip From California to New Jersey

By on August 17, 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Samuel Kamenette drove over-the-road trucks for Sangillo & Sons.  He was injured on October 9, 2015  in the State of Wyoming. He was driving a load from California to New Jersey.  He slept the night before in his truck, and in the morning he drove for an hour to a Flying J, part of a […]

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Liability Carrier’s Exclusion of Coverage for Workers’ Compensation Injuries Applies to Section 79 General Contractor Determinations of Employment

By on August 9, 2018 in Workers' Comp with 0 Comments

New Jersey has a sensible provision that protects employees of subcontractors who are injured on construction jobs.  If an employee of a subcontractor is injured on a job, and the subcontractor has no workers’ compensation insurance, the injured employee becomes covered by the general contractor’s workers’ compensation policy.  But what if the injured employee instead […]

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Appellate Division Rules Accident in Access Driveway of Employer after Lunch Was Compensable

By on August 2, 2018 in Compensability with 0 Comments

George Washington, an employee of Runnells Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, left work on March 5, 2015 and drove his car to pick up lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Returning from lunch, his car struck a guardrail on a snow-covered access driveway owned by Runnells.  He completed an accident report at the scene, exited his […]

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Discovery Rule Keeps Alive Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Case and Respondent’s Lien Rights

By on July 26, 2018 in Key Defenses with 0 Comments

Lynda Ferrari was injured at work falling down steps in April 2006.  She sought treatment for her right knee and lower back.  Dr. Joan O’Shea performed authorized surgery to address Ferrari’s right-sided herniated discs at L4-5 and L5-S1.  Ferrari experienced increased pain following surgery.  She saw multiple physicians after the surgery, seeking relief for her […]

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Appellate Division Bars Civil Claim by DPW Worker Who Planned to Leave Work Early But Was In A Car Accident on the Way Back to DPW Office To Fill Out Paperwork for Supervisor to Sign

By on July 16, 2018 in Claims with 0 Comments

Victor Campos worked for the Department of Public Works for the City of Passaic.  On December 23, 2013, he was performing maintenance work at City Hall when he began to feel ill.  He made the decision to go home early, but first he had to notify his employer that he was finished for the day […]

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Widow Loses Dependency Claim Based on Failure to Prove That Her Husband Was Exposed to Asbestos

By on July 12, 2018 in Claims with 0 Comments

Dennis Lomet worked for Lawes Coal Company from 1987 to 2012 when he died of lung cancer at the age of 47.  He installed, removed, or repaired heating and air conditioning equipment.  He never smoked cigarettes.  Before he died, he told one of his treating physicians that he thought he had been exposed to chemicals, […]

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Appellate Division Reverses Substantial Award to Custodian Who Contended Five Years of Custodial Work Caused a Need for Bilateral Knee Replacements

By on July 2, 2018 in Awards with 1 Comment

Patrick Malone began working for the Pennsauken Board of Education in 2007 as a custodian.  He said he would sweep floors, take out the trash, clean the blackboards and desktops, remove gum and shoe marks from floors, sometimes climb ladders, and clean toilets, floors and walls.  He also said in the summer he would remove […]

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Employer Has Lien Rights on High/Low Agreement In Medical Malpractice Case Arising From Workers’ Compensation Claim

By on June 25, 2018 in Claims with 0 Comments

In Marano v. Clifford J. Schob, M.D., A-33915-16T2 (App. Div. June 20, 2018), the Appellate Division held that New Jersey’s lien provision does apply to funds that an injured worker received in a medical malpractice suit pursuant to the terms of a “high/low” agreement.  The case affirmed a prior ruling in Pool v. Morristown Memorial […]

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The End of Voluntary Offers in New Jersey?

By on June 22, 2018 in Court Rulings with 1 Comment

On June 21, 2018 the New Jersey Assembly passed Senate 2145, which is a bill long lobbied for by counsel for injured workers.  The measure passed by a 2-1 margin and now goes to the Governor for signature, the Senate already having passed the bill.  The legislation makes a significant change in removing the incentive […]

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Court Holds That Federal Law Trumps State Marijuana Law

By on June 19, 2018 in Other with 1 Comment

Twin Rivers Paper Company cannot be compelled to reimburse the costs of an injured worker’s medical marijuana because the federal Controlled Substances Act trumps the state’s Medical Marijuana Law. Gaetan Bourgoin suffered a work related back injury while employed at Twin Rivers Paper Company in 1989 in the State of Maine. Eventually he received total […]

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