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John H. Geaney

John H. Geaney

John H. Geaney, an executive committee member and shareholder with Capehart Scatchard, began an email newsletter entitled Currents in Workers’ Compensation, ADA and FMLA in 2001 in order to keep clients and readers informed on leading developments in these three areas of law. Since that time he has written over 500 newsletter updates.

Mr. Geaney is the author of Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Manual for Practitioners, Adjusters & Employers. The manual is distributed by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). He also authored an ADA and FMLA manual as distributed by NJICLE. If you are interested in purchasing the manual, please contact NJICLE at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at www.njicle.com.

Mr. Geaney represents employers in the defense of workers’ compensation, ADA and FMLA matters. He is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of the American Bar Association and is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a workers’ compensation law attorney. He is one of two firm representatives to the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. He has served on the Executive Committee of Capehart Scatchard for over ten (10) years.

A graduate of Holy Cross College summa cum laude, Mr. Geaney obtained his law degree from Boston College Law School. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by his peers and Law and Politics. He serves as Vice President of the Friends of MEND, the fundraising arm of a local charitable organization devoted to promoting affordable housing.

Capehart Scatchard is a full service law firm with offices in Mt. Laurel and Trenton, New Jersey. The firm represents employers and businesses in a wide variety of areas, including workers’ compensation, civil litigation, labor, environmental, business, estates and governmental affairs.

Federal Court Upholds Employer’s Six Month Leave Policy for Work-Related Injuries

By on January 12, 2018 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments
Federal Court Upholds Employer’s Six Month Leave Policy for Work-Related Injuries

The case of Billups v. Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, 33 AD Cases 1312 (11th Cir. October 26, 2017) presented a challenge by an injured employee to his company’s six month limitation of leave. Mr. Billups injured his shoulder on December 18, 2013 doing his work as a Utility Service Technician II. He felt a pop […]

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Pre-Settlement Companies Should Have No Place at the New Jersey Comp Table

By on January 4, 2018 in Policy with 1 Comment

In the past few years there has been a rise in the number of cases where injured workers have been loaned money in advance of their workers’ compensation settlements by private pre-settlement companies.  This practice is more common in other states like Pennsylvania, but it is now creeping into New Jersey.  Companies which make private […]

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Judge of Compensation Denied Hospital Due Process Rights in Ordering Temp Benefits Without Motion for Med and Temp Ever Being Filed

By on December 21, 2017 in Benefits with 0 Comments

Can a Judge of Compensation order a respondent to pay temporary disability benefits without a motion being filed in the first place?  The answer is no according to the decision in Munch v. Atlantic Health System, A-1265-16T1 (App. Div. December 21, 2017). Petitioner, Dana Munch, worked as a paramedic for Atlantic Health System (AHS) and […]

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Appellate Division Holds Statutory Volunteers Must Prove Actual Wage Loss In Order to Obtain Temporary Disability Benefits

By on December 13, 2017 in Benefits with 0 Comments

After decades of confusion over the issue of paying temporary disability benefits to volunteer firefighters who have no outside jobs, practitioners finally received an answer from the Appellate Division in Kocanowski v. Township of Bridgewater, A-3306-15T2, (App. Div. December 11, 2017). The case involved a volunteer firefighter with the Finderne Fire Engine Company in Bridgewater […]

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Hartford Insurance As Workers’ Compensation Carrier Loses Claim Against NJM For Subrogation

By on December 5, 2017 in Claims with 0 Comments
Hartford Insurance As Workers’ Compensation Carrier Loses Claim Against NJM For Subrogation

New Jersey law has very strict procedures for workers’ compensation carriers to follow in subrogation, and failure to comply with those strict rules can mean loss of subrogation rights, as noted in Pino v. Polanco and New Jersey Manufacturers, A-5027-15T4 (App. Div. November 22, 2017). Ms. Pino was injured in a work-related car accident on […]

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Police Officer Injured Working Approved Outside Assignment Cannot Sue Contractor Which Hired Township Officers Through the Municipality

By on November 27, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments
Police Officer Injured Working Approved Outside Assignment Cannot Sue Contractor Which Hired Township Officers Through the Municipality

Many police officers work outside assignments that are approved through their police department.  What happens if an injury occurs to the officer in the approved outside assignment?  What are the ramifications for workers’ compensation and civil liability purposes?  This issue arose in Dutcher v. Pedro Pedeiro and Black Rock Enterprises, LLC., A-1088-16T3 (App. Div. October […]

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Report of Plaintiff’s Personal Doctor Undercuts Her ADA Claim for Discrimination in Post-Offer Exam

By on November 16, 2017 in ADA with 0 Comments
Report of Plaintiff’s Personal Doctor Undercuts Her ADA Claim for Discrimination in Post-Offer Exam

On July 26, 2012, Stephanie Nichols applied for a job as a Senior Radiology Technologist with OhioHealth Corp at the Riverside Breast Health Center.  She had worked in similar positions for over 30 years.  Nichols received the job offer contingent on passing a medical examination.  In the health assessment form that Nichols completed, she was […]

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Retaliation Claim in Workers’ Compensation Is Not Barred Because Plaintiff Also Filed a Discrimination Claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

By on November 7, 2017 in Claims with 0 Comments
Retaliation Claim in Workers’ Compensation Is Not Barred Because Plaintiff Also Filed a Discrimination Claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

Can an employee maintain both a workers’ compensation retaliation claim at the same time as he alleges discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD)? That was one issue answered in Larson v. City of Paterson, A-2526-15T4 (App. Div. October 26, 2017). Carl Larson worked as a firefighter for the City of Paterson from […]

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Court Cannot Require Carrier to Pay Dependency Benefits Beyond 450 Weeks Even If Carrier Mistakenly Agreed to Pay Such Benefits at Time of Settlement

By on October 31, 2017 in Benefits with 0 Comments
Court Cannot Require Carrier to Pay Dependency Benefits Beyond 450 Weeks Even If Carrier Mistakenly Agreed to Pay Such Benefits at Time of Settlement

The case of Apperman v. Visiting Nurse Association of Westfield, A-5446-15T3 (App. Div. October 30, 2017) presented an unusual situation where a carrier agreed to pay benefits that exceeded its obligation under the statute.  The case involved the tragic death of Phyllis Apperman who died in a motor vehicle accident in December 2003. The claim […]

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When Are Drives To Physicians Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

By on October 20, 2017 in Benefits with 0 Comments
When Are Drives To Physicians Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

It is not uncommon for injured workers to suffer additional injuries due to car accidents on the way to a physician’s office or physical therapist’s office. So what are the rules in New Jersey on compensability? Q. Is the injured worker covered for workers’ compensation purposes in a car accident on the way to treatment? […]

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Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects EEOC Position that a Long-Term Leave of Absence Can Constitute a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

By on October 13, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

The EEOC has provided guidance that in its view a fairly long leave of absence should be considered a reasonable accommodation even after FMLA leave has been exhausted.  The Court in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., 33 AD Cases 1113, September 20, 2017 disagreed rather strongly with that view and did not follow EEOC advice. […]

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Appellate Division Reverses Award of 47.5% for Unoperated Low Back Condition

By on October 6, 2017 in Awards with 0 Comments
Appellate Division Reverses Award of 47.5% for Unoperated Low Back Condition

Rarely does the Appellate Division reverse a Judge of Compensation when the only issue is the extent of permanent partial disability.   The case of Van Artsdalen v. Fred M. Schiavone Construction, No. A-3392-15T1, 2017 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2516 (Oct. 5, 2017) is that rare example. The petitioner, Mr. Van Artsdalen, was injured on January […]

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The Underutilized and Underappreciated Defense of Lack of Timely Notice

By on September 29, 2017 in Key Defenses with 0 Comments
The Underutilized and Underappreciated Defense of Lack of Timely Notice

Some defenses, like the going-and-coming rule, get all the attention but there are other less well known defenses, like lack of timely notice, which can be very powerful as a defense in workers’ compensation.  One of the reasons that the notice defense is often ignored in New Jersey is its peculiar wording.  It has three […]

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Appellate Court Reverses Order for Temporary Disability Benefits Against One of Two Potential Employers Where Employment Was Disputed

By on September 22, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments
Appellate Court Reverses Order for Temporary Disability Benefits Against One of Two Potential Employers Where Employment Was Disputed

When a petitioner files a motion for medical and temporary disability benefits and the only issue is which carrier or employer is responsible, the Judge of Compensation can order benefits paid by one of the parties pending the outcome of litigation. The logic behind this rule is that it is unfair to delay benefits to […]

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Federal Court Allows Sheriff’s Deputies to Proceed to Jury Trial On Their Claim that County Ignored Their Requests for Light Duty Assignments While Recovering from Work Injuries

By on September 14, 2017 in Claims with 0 Comments
Federal Court Allows Sheriff’s Deputies to Proceed to Jury Trial On Their Claim that County Ignored Their Requests for Light Duty Assignments While Recovering from Work Injuries

Light duty was the issue in Smith v. DuPage Cnty. Sheriff, 33 AD Cases 789 (N.D. Ill. June 5, 2017).  Four Sheriff’s Deputies suffered work injuries in 2013 and 2014 and received full salary for one year while on leave from their injuries.  After the one-year period, the officers received the statutory amount for temporary […]

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