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New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Summary Judgment for Hospital in Terminating Disabled Employee

By on July 25, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments
New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Summary Judgment for Hospital in Terminating Disabled Employee

Workers’ compensation claims often lead to complex disability discrimination law suits, and the recent New Jersey Supreme Court case of Grande v. Saint Clare’s Health System (A-67-15) (July 12, 2017) provides a good example of this.   The case concerned the termination of a registered nurse by the hospital following a series of work-related injuries involving […]

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Appellate Division Finds Employee Status, Not Casual Employee Or Independent Contractor Status

By on July 18, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments
Appellate Division Finds Employee Status, Not Casual Employee Or Independent Contractor Status

Michael Savio was injured on a job site on June 1, 2006.  He stated that he worked for Matthew Giambri for four weeks on two job sites, pouring concrete on one site, and doing plumbing work on the other site.  Giambri paid him $150 per day to pour concrete; otherwise, he paid him $100 to […]

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Court Rejects “On Call” Status As Justification For Alleged Work-Related Injury In Museum

By on May 2, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments
Court Rejects “On Call” Status As Justification For Alleged Work-Related Injury In Museum

Bo Liu worked for 4D Security Solutions, Inc. as an engineer.  He was sent to test the company’s hardware and software at an army base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He worked alone on the base and after hours he would upload data to 4D in the United States using a company-issued Blackberry.  One […]

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Court of Appeals Affirms Termination of Employee Based on Employee’s Own Doctor Report

By on April 27, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments
Court of Appeals Affirms Termination of Employee Based on Employee’s Own Doctor Report

Walter Aston worked for Tapco International for 20 years as a shipping and receiving clerk, display builder and a maintenance worker.  He suffered a heart attack in May 2010.  The company granted 12 weeks of FMLA leave as well as an additional 14 weeks of short-term disability leave.  The company policy was not to hold […]

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Appellate Division Holds That New York Worker Who Accepted A Job Offer While In New Jersey Was Hired In New Jersey Conferring Jurisdiction In New Jersey

By on April 20, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

When an employee returns to work following a work injury, in many states that ends the workers’ compensation case, but not in New Jersey.  In our state, that just moves the case to the final stage of permanency benefits for loss of function of the body member.  The availability of loss of function awards following […]

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Employee With Work Injury Was Properly Denied Reasonable Accommodation Request

By on March 30, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments
Employee With Work Injury Was Properly Denied Reasonable Accommodation Request

Kim Mason was injured on March 22, 2011 falling off her UPS delivery truck and injuring her wrist, requiring surgery.  She reached maximal medical improvement in October 2011. Several months later she requested accommodations for her wrist disability under the ADA.  Her surgeon completed a form which indicated that Mason could not perform all the […]

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Court Dismisses Intentional Harm Law Suit Against Employer

By on March 1, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

Injured workers continue to attempt to sue their employers in civil court for bodily injury no matter how often our courts make clear that such suits are barred unless intentional harm can be proved. For every successful claimant who meets the intentional harm standard, there are thousands whose cases are dismissed on summary judgment.  Such […]

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Court Upholds City’s Termination of Worker with Lupus Based on Doctor’s Note Prohibiting Outdoor Work

By on January 6, 2017 in Court Rulings, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Jimmy Mathis worked as a laborer for the City of Red Bank in Tennessee. Eventually he rose to the position of Assistant to the Director of Public Works. Initially he would inspect for building code violations, handle animal control problems, oversee street projects and handle citizen requests. A written job description described his duties, which […]

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Appellate Court Rules Employer Has Subrogation Rights in Three Key Cases

By on September 7, 2016 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

Three cases were heard together in the New Jersey Appellate Division regarding the right of employers to obtain reimbursement under N.J.S.A. 34:15-40 in situations involving car accidents where medical treatment was potentially recoverable under PIP.  The cases are Lambert v. Travelers Indemnity Company of America, Reed v. Qual-Lynx and Township of Marlboro, and Agar v. […]

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