A Capehart Scatchard Blog

Compensability

Appellate Court Affirms Decision That Company’s “Fun Day” Was Not a Work Event

By on November 8, 2019 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Any decision from the Appellate Division on recreational or social activities is welcome precisely because there have been so few decisions since the 1979 Amendments.  The case of Goulding v. NJ Friendship House, Inc., A-5996-17T3 (App. Div. November 7, 2019) is the most recent decision on this area of law in years. Kim Goulding worked […]

Continue Reading »

Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health Found Not Responsible For Injury To Nurse In Public Street

By on October 18, 2019 in Compensability with 0 Comments

In an important decision, the New Jersey Appellate Division decided on October 16, 2019 that a nurse who was walking from work premises to a parking lot following her shift at Jersey City Medical Center/ RWJBH was not in the course of employment when she was struck by a motor vehicle.  Christina Adinolfi Shea, partner […]

Continue Reading »

Governor Signs New Public Safety Workers’ Compensation Laws Which Will Pose Fiscal And Legal Challenges for New Jersey Public Entities

By on July 22, 2019 in Compensability with 0 Comments

On July 8, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate No. 716 into law, a bill which makes sweeping changes to occupational disease claims for New Jersey public safety employees.  There are many aspects of the new law, known as the “Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act.”  The single most onerous provision […]

Continue Reading »

Shoulder Injury Arising From Altercation Between Co-Employees Held Compensable

By on June 14, 2019 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Sometimes tensions flare up between employees resulting in physical altercations with unexpected consequences.  A case in point is Bhut v. Aluminum Shapes, No. A-4652-17T1, 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1322 (App. Div. June 10, 2019).  The petitioner, Mr. Bhut, worked as a technician fixing manufacturing equipment.  He said that on May 21, 2017, he entered […]

Continue Reading »

Appellate Division Holds Officer’s Injury to Knee Wearing 25 Pounds of Equipment Was Not Idiopathic

By on February 20, 2019 in Compensability with 0 Comments

The idiopathic defense is not an easy one for employers to prevail on in New Jersey.  The basic concept is that the injury is not a result of any particular work effort and could happen anywhere, such as walking along a work corridor and suddenly feeling pain in one’s knee without falling or tripping.  But […]

Continue Reading »

Two Competing Maxims In Workers’ Compensation

By on October 26, 2018 in Compensability with 0 Comments

There are two maxims in workers’ compensation that appear on their face to be contradictory.  The first is that the employer takes employees as the employer finds them.  The second is that employers are not responsible for idiopathic or purely personal conditions.  Both maxims generally pertain to workers who have preexisting conditions, and both maxims […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Accident Walking To Car Found Compensable In Application for Accidental Disability Pension

By on June 18, 2018 in Compensability with 1 Comment

New Jersey public employees who are unable to work due to work accidents may apply for generous accidental disability pensions, providing approximately two thirds to 70% of pay with no federal taxes owed.  The standards for an accidental disability pension are rather similar to those in a workers’ compensation case, as is shown by the […]

Continue Reading »

Appellate Division Holds Employee Who Was Required To Report To Work During Snow Storm Was Covered During Commute Even Though He Was Reporting To Normal Work Site

By on May 16, 2018 in Compensability with 0 Comments

In a rather unique unreported case, the Appellate Division recently held that a drive to the normal work site can be considered compensable on the facts in Minter v. Mattson, A-1916-15T4 (App. Div. May 10, 2018).  The case involved a kitchen worker, Antoine Minter, who called out of work due to a heavy snow storm […]

Continue Reading »

Compulsion Versus Permission in Workers’ Compensation

By on January 26, 2018 in Compensability with 0 Comments
Compulsion Versus Permission in Workers’ Compensation

“If you require it, you buy it.”  So said the Honorable Ray A. Farrington, former Supervising Judge of Compensation in Hackensack in reference to situations where an employer required an employee to perform a task that would otherwise be clearly not work related.  The concept of compulsion is an important one to understand in the […]

Continue Reading »

Injury To Officer On Unscheduled Day Is Found Compensable Because Officer Was Not Just Picking Up Paycheck But Checking Scheduled Court Dates

By on July 6, 2017 in Compensability with 0 Comments

In a surprising but unreported decision, the Appellate Division affirmed an award to a police officer who fell in the municipal parking lot on December 9, 2011 on a day when he was not supposed to be at work.  The officer said he came to work to collect his paycheck and also to check his […]

Continue Reading »

Petitioner Had No Duty To Intervene In Altercation, Traumatic Brain Injury Following Wrestling Incident Not Compensable

By on April 17, 2017 in Compensability with 0 Comments
Petitioner Had No Duty To Intervene In Altercation, Traumatic Brain Injury Following Wrestling Incident Not Compensable

The recent case of Benimadho v. Somerville Borough Fire Department, A-2351-15T3 (App. Div. April 10, 2017) is fascinating because it draws a line between horseplay, which is ordinarily compensable, and conduct that goes beyond what the employer approves when an employee is away from the normal place of employment. The case involved a serious brain […]

Continue Reading »

Understanding the Mutual Benefit Doctrine in Workers’ Comp

By on January 24, 2017 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Sometimes activities that would otherwise be non-compensable are covered under the Mutual Benefit Doctrine.  That doctrine covers certain activities when there is “a clear and substantial benefit” to the employer by reason of the permitted activity.  Daus v. Marble, 270 N.J. Super. 241 (App. Div. 1994).  An example might be an injury to an employee when […]

Continue Reading »

New Jersey Judge of Compensation Orders Employer To Pay Costs Of Medical Marijuana Program And Costs Of Filling Prescriptions

By on December 29, 2016 in Compensability with 2 Comments

On December 15, 2016, a decision following trial in New Jersey was handed down on the question of whether medical marijuana can be ordered under workers’ compensation.  Petitioner Andrew Watson worked for 84 Lumber and was injured on November 6, 2008.  He received an award of one third of partial total in 2012 apportioned 50% […]

Continue Reading »

Misconceptions About IMEs In New Jersey Workers’ Comp

By on December 21, 2016 in Compensability with 0 Comments

There are a number of misconceptions about the rules on independent medical examinations.  Several provisions in the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act are helpful in clarifying these misconceptions: Misconception One: An employer must set up an IME in the county where the employee resides.  Section 19 states that an IME may be arranged at any […]

Continue Reading »

Top