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Accident Crossing Busy Street To Work Site Is Compensable Where County Paid For Parking And Designated Parking Spot

By on July 30, 2012 in Compensability with 2 Comments

In Hersh v. County of Morris, A-1442-10T4 (App. Div. July 24, 2012), the Appellate Division affirmed an award for claimant,Cheryl Hersh, who worked for Morris County.  For the first two years she worked for the County beginning in 2002, the County paid for parking at a private lot located behind her work site at the […]

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Court Holds Employer Must Pay Total Disability for Complex Groin Injury Without Second Injury Fund and Could Not Offer Surveillance Tapes Done Post-Testimony

By on July 23, 2012 in Compensability with 0 Comments

In the case of Marra v. Ryder Transportation Resources, A-5724-10T4 (App. Div. July 2, 2012), the Appellate Division affirmed a holding that the employer was solely responsible for total disability stemming from a groin injury that occurred 15 years ago. The petitioner, Gerard Marra, originally injured himself at work lifting a loading gate.  On January […]

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New Jersey Supreme Court Nearly Bars the Door to Claims for Inentional Harm

By on July 3, 2012 in Compensability with 0 Comments

In Van Dunk v. Reckson Associates Realty Corporation, (A-69-10) (066949), the Supreme Court of New Jersey on June 26, 2012 reversed an appellate division decision that had promised to breathe life into suits against employers for intentional harm. Reckson Associates Realty Corporation and Reckson Construction contracted with James Construction Company to build a retention pond […]

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Court Rejects Intentional Harm Claim For Worker Injured Using Table Saw

By on March 27, 2012 in Compensability with 0 Comments

The work conditions complained of were a fact of life of industrial employment and therefore not actionable          Plaintiffs’ counsel continue to try overcome the exclusive remedy provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act, largely unsuccessfully.  The case of  Menkevich v. Delta Tools, A-1950-10T2, shows just how hard it is to prove an intentional harm case […]

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Gross Negligence Is Insufficient For Plaintiff To Prove Intentional Harm Claim

By on December 15, 2011 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Plaintiffs’ counsel continue to assault the citadel that is the exclusive remedy defense in the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act.  Once again a New Jersey court has held that no intentional harm was proven. Craig Kane worked for the County of Burlington as an HVAC mechanic.  He also owned his own mechanical business.  He was asked […]

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Plaintiff’s Claim For Intentional Harm Survives Motion To Dismiss Made By Defendant

By on November 18, 2011 in Compensability with 0 Comments

The exclusive remedy provision is a powerful one in New Jersey.  It is the rare case where a plaintiff successfully proves intentional harm.  Nonetheless, a well-plead complaint will often survive a motion to dismiss as is shown in Blackshear v. Syngenta Crop Protection., et. al. 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125505 (D.N.J. October 31, 2011).  The […]

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Are Complications From Flu Shots Provided By Employers Considered Compensable?

By on November 2, 2011 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Many employers offer flu shots and other inoculations to employees on company premises during work hours.  Complications from flu shots are very rare but the Centers for Disease Control have noted that about one in 100,000 people who get a flu shot will develop Guillain-Barre syndrome, which is a debilitating nerve disorder.  There are also […]

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Owner Of Restaurant Who Left Home Earlier Than Usual For Meeting Was Not Covered In Accident On Way To Work

By on October 25, 2011 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Since the legislative change in 1979 to substitute a premises rule for the going-and-coming rule, there have been many attempts to expand the “special mission” exception.  The general rule is that only injuries on employer-owned or maintained premises are covered.  One big exception involves injuries that emanate from the performance of special missions.  That latest […]

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Employer Did Not Owe Temp Benefits To Employee Fired For Violation Of Company Drug Policy

By on October 19, 2011 in Compensability with 0 Comments

John Gioia worked for Herr Foods as a delivery person.  He injured his right ankle stepping from his delivery truck on November 23, 2007.   He began authorized treatment right away and underwent an MRI one month later which revealed an avulsion fracture and sprain of the deltoid ligaments. The accident occurred on the Friday after […]

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Light Duty – Harbatuk v. S&S Furniture Systems Insulation

By on July 7, 2011 in Compensability with 0 Comments

In addition to terminating temporary disability benefits on maximal medical improvement, an employer can terminate such benefits when the employee can return to work light or modified duty under Harbatuk v. S & S Furniture Systems Insulation, 211 N.J. Super. 614 (App. Div. 1986). The basic rule which emerges from Harbatuk is this:  the employer has […]

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Intentional Harm – Millison v. E.I. duPont deNemours & Co.

By on July 7, 2011 in Compensability with 0 Comments

In New Jersey it is very difficult to get past the exclusive remedy provision.  The leading case on proving an intentional harm claim sufficient to get beyond the exclusive remedy is Millison v. E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co., 101 N.J. 161 (1985) in which plaintiffs had shown intentional wrong by respondent in deliberately concealing […]

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Intentional Harm – Laidlow v. Hariton Machinery Co., Inc.

By on July 7, 2008 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Until 2002, the standard employed to decide whether conduct constituted intentional harm was so rigid that it basically amounted to proving that an employer created a virtual certainty of harm. Then came a series of decisions from the New Jersey Supreme Court which opened up the exclusive remedy provision. One of the leading cases is Laidlow […]

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