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Can an Employee Be Paid Less on Light Duty than the Employee Was Receiving in Temporary Disability Benefits?

By on May 12, 2014 in Compensability with 6 Comments

New Jersey has a powerful provision allowing employers to terminate temporary disability benefits on an offer of light duty, provided that the offer is made.  If it is made, the employee must return to the light duty job or temp benefits will be terminated. But what happens if the light duty offer involves fewer hours […]

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Supreme Court Finds County Employee’s Injury Not Compensable

By on April 8, 2014 in Compensability with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Finds County Employee’s Injury Not Compensable

In a surprising decision from the New Jersey Supreme Court, an award to Cheryl Hersh, an employee of Morris County, was reversed on April 1, 2014. Ms. Hersh was employed by the County since September 2002 as a Senior Clerk in the Board of Elections.  In 2004 the County assigned her free parking at a […]

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Compensability Determination Comes Down to a Measurement in Harrah’s Premises Claim

By on January 23, 2014 in Compensability with 0 Comments
Compensability Determination Comes Down to a Measurement in Harrah’s Premises Claim

The premises rule in New Jersey states that employees are covered when they are on property owned or controlled by the employer.  How far can this be stretched?  When a car accident occurs on a public street with only part of the car touching the employer’s premises, is an injury still covered under the New […]

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Division of Workers’ Comp Best Forum to Decide Employment Issue on Home Aide Tragically Killed in Car Accident

By on January 6, 2014 in Compensability with 1 Comment
Division of Workers’ Comp Best Forum to Decide Employment Issue on Home Aide Tragically Killed in Car Accident

Saul Liebman was living alone after the recent death of his wife in September 2008.  At the time he was 81 years old.  His daughter made inquiries to find someone who could move into her father’s home and take care of him, including cooking meals and assisting in daily activities. Myroslava Kotsovska, a 59-year-old Ukrainian […]

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Employee Cannot Sue Fellow Employee Even If the Conduct Causing Injury Bordered on Criminal Negligence

By on January 2, 2014 in Compensability with 0 Comments
Employee Cannot Sue Fellow Employee Even If the Conduct Causing Injury Bordered on Criminal Negligence

What if the conduct of an employee during the course of employment is found to be so reckless as to be potentially criminal? Does that permit an injured co-employee to sue his or her fellow employee in civil court for intentional harm?  That was the issue addressed in Morales v. Christopher S. Schneider, A-0862-12T4 (App. […]

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Trainer Injured at Health Club Shed Her Employee Status and Was Not Covered at the Time of Her Fall

By on August 29, 2013 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Mary Patterson worked for The Atlantic Club as a personal trainer, training clients from 6:00-7:00 a.m., from 8:00-11:00 a.m., and from 12:00-3:00 p.m.  She was injured at 11:15 a.m. when she tripped and fell, breaking her wrist on the premises.  The Atlantic Club denied the claim asserting that she was not in the course of […]

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Appellate Division Affirms Decision That a Motion for Past Benefits Should Not Be the Subject of a Motion Trial

By on August 16, 2013 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Caitlin Wilson was injured on September 8, 2011 when she dropped a heavy frame on her foot while in the employment of respondent Studio I, Inc. She received $420 per week from September 14, 2011 to October 24, 2011 in temporary disability benefits.  Her doctor advised that she could work light duty at the end […]

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Employer May Be Entitled To Offset For Overpayment Of Benefits To Petitioner

By on July 29, 2013 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Adam Weiner worked for the Elizabeth Board of Education and received an award of 100% total and permanent disability on October 18, 2000.  That entitled him to $480 per week for 450 weeks and thereafter.  That award was reduced on January 9, 2001 to $340.98 per week due to the social security disability offset rate. […]

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Injury in Elevator of Multi-Tenant Building Found Not Compensable

By on June 6, 2013 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Petitioner Valerie Pyles worked for respondent The Mentor Network as a therapist in the Somerset, N.J. office.   Her office was on the third floor of a four-story office building.  She generally took one of the building’s two elevators from the lobby to the third floor to get to her office. On the accident date, Pyles […]

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Door Remains Closed On All But The Most Egregious Suits For Intentional Harm In New Jersey

By on April 17, 2013 in Compensability with 1 Comment

It is certainly not for lack of trying that plaintiffs remain largely unsuccessful in opening the door to intentional harm claims in New Jersey.  The door has remained closed in the past 10 years on intentional harm claims and all but locked, including the most recent challenge in Fendt v. Adam L. Abrahams, et. al., […]

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School Bus Driver’s Injury After Cleaning School Bus At Home Was Covered Under Comp

By on April 9, 2013 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Walesca Benvenutti worked for Scholastic Bus Company as a school bus driver.  She drove children to school in the morning and then drove them home in the afternoon.  She was required to clean the bus interior and inspect the seatbelts after each run.  The testimony of both petitioner and her employer was that there was […]

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Does An Employer Owe Temp Benefits In New Jersey If The Employee Cannot Work One Job But Is Still Working Another?

By on March 4, 2013 in Compensability with 2 Comments

Clients ask about the following scenario frequently: Bob injures his low back working for Company A on January 1, 2013, arising out of and in the course of employment.  He earns $400 per week working 20 hours per week.  Company A pays temp benefits at $280 per week, and the authorized doctor indicates that Bob […]

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Controversial First Responder Bill Would Create Various Presumptions in Favor of Compensability

By on February 8, 2013 in Compensability with 0 Comments

The New Jersey Assembly is considering a bill which would create presumptions that cancers and other medical conditions experienced by public safety workers are work related.  New Jersey already has laws creating presumptions in favor of compensability for firefighters and certain public safety workers in regard to respiratory conditions, heart attacks and strokes.  The new […]

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Court Holds That First Employer is Responsible for Entire Case Notwithstanding Subsequent Injuries

By on October 2, 2012 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Defining what is a flare up from a new injury as opposed to objective worsening in the condition has always been more art than science.  In Allison v. L&J Contracting Company, A-1352-11T4 (App. Div. September 27, 2012), the petitioner Allison injured his low back falling in a hole on July 27, 2006.  He filed a […]

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House Cleaner Injured on First Day of Work Was an Independent Contractor Not Covered Under Comp

By on August 23, 2012 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Luz Lukasik agreed to provide house cleaning services for Marguerite Hollaway and two others.  Respondents contacted Lukasik after hearing about her from an acquaintance.  At that time she was cleaning five or six other houses and one office building on a regular basis.  Petitioner Lukasik and her daughter went to the home of respondents and […]

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