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Claimant with Parkinson’s Disease Failed to Prove Work Accident Aggravated His Condition and Failed to Prove Entitlement to Second Injury Fund Benefits

By on August 25, 2014 in Causation with 0 Comments

Kevin Durnien worked as a tractor-trailer driver for United Parcel Service (UPS) from 1996 to 2008.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003 but continued to drive for UPS for several years. On October 25, 2007, Durnien was injured when he fell on his elbow while making a warehouse pickup.  He injured his rotator […]

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MRSA Claim Found Compensable Based on Timeline of Work Injury

By on August 13, 2014 in Compensability with 0 Comments
MRSA Claim Found Compensable Based on Timeline of Work Injury

Kenneth Nichols worked for Midstates Packaging, Inc. as a mechanic. He was injured on April 7, 2008, while trying to take the transmission out of a Hyster forklift. While underneath the forklift, Nichols heard a pop in his shoulder when the forklift rolled off the blocks and over his left shoulder. He did not notice […]

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New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Dependency Arising from Employee’s Stroke While Telecommuting

By on August 5, 2014 in Compensability with 0 Comments

In a long awaited decision, the Supreme Court of New Jersey has overturned an award in the matter of James P. Renner v AT&T (A-71-11) (068744).  The case has drawn national attention because it dealt with a stroke claim from an employee who telecommuted quite regularly. Cathleen Renner worked for AT&T for 25 years as […]

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Appellate Division Reverse Large Award to Claimant with PTSD Post-September 11, 2001

By on July 29, 2014 in Permanent Disability with 1 Comment
Appellate Division Reverse Large Award to Claimant with PTSD Post-September 11, 2001

Inez Graham worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  She began her employment in June, 1987 as a toll collector.  She was injured in 1989 when she slipped and fell while working at the Holland Tunnel.  She received an award in 1993 of 30% partial permanent disability for her left leg […]

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Appellate Division Reverses Judge of Compensation and Remands Case to a Different Judge

By on July 21, 2014 in FMLA with 0 Comments
Appellate Division Reverses Judge of Compensation and Remands Case to a Different Judge

Mary Liu worked as a dealer at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City.  On November 10, 2012, she was dealing a game of poker.  A customer whom she knew well “signified a check by forcibly striking the table very hard.” Petitioner was not facing the customer and felt startled by the noise.  She said her heart […]

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Carrier that Mistakenly Represented Employer Cannot Use Comp Court to Obtain Reimbursement

By on July 10, 2014 in News with 0 Comments
Carrier that Mistakenly Represented Employer Cannot Use Comp Court to Obtain Reimbursement

Shaun Cronrath, a Burlington County College employee, was injured at work when he was attacked by a fan while coaching a basketball game.  He filed a claim petition, and Travelers Casualty Insurance Company of America (hereinafter “Travelers”) filed an answer on behalf of the College.  Travelers negotiated a settlement of $35,000 on behalf of the […]

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Senate Passes Bill to Eliminate Voluntary Offer Credits Due Employers in New Jersey

By on July 2, 2014 in Legal Updates with 1 Comment

The New Jersey Senate passed S374 by a vote of 23-12 on Monday, June 30, 2014.  The bill effectively ends the benefit that employers obtain from making voluntary offers of permanency under N.J.S.A. 34:15-64. New Jersey has an unusual practice of requiring employers to pay 60% of the attorney’s fee of the claimant in an […]

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Court Rules that Telecommuting Could Be Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

By on June 30, 2014 in ADA with 0 Comments
Court Rules that Telecommuting Could Be Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

Telecommuting is a trend that is rapidly growing in the United States, and telecommuting requests are also on the rise as a potential reasonable accommodation under the ADA.  A recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals case, EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 7502 (6th Cir. 2014) illustrates how difficult it can be […]

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Appellate Court Defers to Compensation Judge on Assessment of Partial Permanent Disability

By on June 23, 2014 in Permanent Disability with 1 Comment

One of the most challenging aspects of New Jersey workers’ compensation practice is estimating the level of permanent partial disability, particularly in a system in which the evaluating physicians have such disparate estimates.  The New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation does not use AMA Guidelines, which makes it even harder to reconcile widely diverging medical […]

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Partner in Limited Liability Corporation Was Not Covered in Fall from Ladder

By on June 16, 2014 in Coverage with 0 Comments

Rodney Farnath fell off a ladder at work and filed a motion for medical and temporary disability benefits against 34th Street Markets, LLC.  Farnath was a limited partner in the LLC.  Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company, the workers’ compensation carrier for the employer, declined coverage on the grounds that the policy issued to the LLC […]

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