A Capehart Scatchard Blog

John H. Geaney

John H. Geaney, a shareholder and co-chair of Capehart Scatchard's Workers' Compensation department, began an email newsletter entitled Currents in Workers’ Compensation, ADA and FMLA in 2001 in order to keep clients and readers informed on leading developments in these three areas of law. Since that time he has written over 500 newsletter updates.

Mr. Geaney is the author of Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Manual for Practitioners, Adjusters & Employers. The manual is distributed by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). He also authored an ADA and FMLA manual as distributed by NJICLE. If you are interested in purchasing the manual, please contact NJICLE at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at www.njicle.com.

Mr. Geaney represents employers in the defense of workers’ compensation, ADA and FMLA matters. He is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of the American Bar Association and is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a workers’ compensation law attorney. He is one of two firm representatives to the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. He has served on the Executive Committee of Capehart Scatchard for over ten (10) years.

A graduate of Holy Cross College summa cum laude, Mr. Geaney obtained his law degree from Boston College Law School. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by his peers and Law and Politics. He serves as Vice President of the Friends of MEND, the fundraising arm of a local charitable organization devoted to promoting affordable housing.

Capehart Scatchard is a full service law firm with offices in Mt. Laurel and Trenton, New Jersey. The firm represents employers and businesses in a wide variety of areas, including workers’ compensation, civil litigation, labor, environmental, business, estates and governmental affairs.

Judge of Compensation Properly Denied Employee’s Request for Commutation of Settlement

By on May 13, 2015 in Compensability with 1 Comment

Unlike many states, most settlements in New Jersey are paid out over a period of weeks, often with payments carrying out well into the future.  For example, if an employee receives an award of 40% permanent partial disability, the award is paid over 240 weeks in equal payments beginning with the last payment of temporary […]

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Employer Waived Its Objection to Policy Cancellation by Waiting Seven Years before Raising Issue of Proper Cancellation

By on May 8, 2015 in Key Defenses with 0 Comments

Janice Davis was injured on April 23, 2007 in a work-related accident.  She filed a claim petition promptly against Yassien Mobility Assistance & Ambulance, Inc., her employer.  On October 1, 2007, Yassien filed an answer stating that it had no insurance for workers’ compensation.  The Uninsured Employers’ Fund (UEF) was joined in the matter as […]

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Court Allows Claimant to Reopen Previously Dismissed Claim Based on Dishonesty of Claimant’s Attorney

By on April 30, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Cases dismissed under N.J.S.A. 34:15-54 for lack of prosecution are permanently closed if not reinstated within one year.  The matter of Kost v. GPU Energy, A-0858-13T3 (App. Div. 2015) offers one exception to the rule. Richard Kost filed seven claims against GPU Energy/JCP&L in 2003.  He also filed a parallel civil action which was pending […]

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PIP Carrier’s Claim Petition Is Rejected for Failure to Show Work Connection

By on April 22, 2015 in Compensability with 0 Comments

What can a PIP carrier do when it believes the bills it has paid arise from a workers’ compensation case but the injured party has never filed a claim?  In New Jersey, the PIP carrier has a right to file a workers’ compensation claim petition in the name of the injured worker, but there is […]

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Appellate Court Fine Tunes Standards for Motions for Medical and Temporary Benefits

By on April 15, 2015 in Compensability with 0 Comments

Sometimes the seemingly minor cases have significant long-term impact.  The case of Amedeo v. United Parcel Service, A-1013-13T2 (App. Div. April 8, 2015) may be one of those cases. Thomas Amedeo suffered a work injury in 2009 in the employment of UPS.  He filed a workers’ compensation claim petition and ultimately received an award of […]

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Misuse Of The Term “Aggravation” Causes Huge Overpayments In Workers’ Compensation

By on April 9, 2015 in Key Defenses with 2 Comments

SCENARIO ONE: An employee has a preexisting arthritic knee condition that his personal physician says will require imminent knee replacement. Three months later this employee steps off a truck at work and feels pain in the knee.  He reports the incident to his employer, who sends him for treatment.  The doctor orders an MRI, stating […]

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Court Holds that Employee With Restrictions Who Was Terminated Should Have Chance to Prove Reasonable Accommodations Could Have Been Made by Employer

By on April 2, 2015 in ADA with 1 Comment

Many employers have 100% healed policies that can redound to their detriment in court.  That was the situation in Kauffman v. Petersen Health Care, VII, LLC, 769 F.3d 958 (7th Cir. 2014). Debra Kauffman worked as one of two hairdressers at Mason Point Nursing Home in central Illinois.  On Mondays and Tuesdays, she would wheel […]

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Court Rejects Claim for Employee Injured on Ground Floor Elevator in Multi-Tenant Building

By on March 26, 2015 in Compensability with 1 Comment

The case of Burke v. Investors Bank, A-1551-13T1 (App. Div. March 16, 2015) underscores an important point for New Jersey practitioners:  one is not considered to be at work in a multi-tenant building until one arrives at the employer’s business. On December 3, 2012, Laura Burke parked her car in the parking garage of the […]

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City That Cancelled Health Insurance After Firefighter Exhausted FMLA Did Not Violate COBRA

By on March 12, 2015 in FMLA with 0 Comments

Very few cases have focused on the relationship between COBRA and FMLA.  The case of Neal v. City of Danville, Virginia, 2014 U.S. Dist LEXIS 17126, W. D. Va. (December 11, 2014) provides employers with important insight on this issue. Barry Neal, a firefighter, was severely injured in a non-work accident on February 1, 2013.  […]

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Superior Court Judge Rejects Dever Case and Holds Walmart Not Barred from The Recovery Of Its Workers’ Comp Lien

By on March 3, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Desirae Cintron was injured in a motor vehicle accident on September 20, 2011 while walking in the parking lot of a Walmart store where she worked.  She was struck by a vehicle driven by Marvin Thomas.  Cintron was eligible for PIP benefits because she lived with her father who had an insurance policy with NJM.  […]

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Access to Medical Records in the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation

By on February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

A number of clients have inquired recently whether claimants in workers’ compensation cases have a right to request their treating medical records from the insurance carrier, third party administrator, or the authorized treating physician.  The answer to this question comes from both the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act and from the rules of the New […]

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Recent Developments in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation

By on February 13, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

There have been a number of developments in the Division of Workers’ Compensation in 2015 of which practitioners should be aware: Retirement of Director Peter J. Calderone, After 13 years of service as Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation and 39 years of service to the State of New Jersey, Chief Judge and Director […]

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Federal Court Holds that Employer Does Not Have to Remove Essential Job Functions as a Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA

By on February 5, 2015 in ADA with 0 Comments

Joe Wilkerson worked for Boomerang Tube, LLC  first as a general laborer and then as a mill operator. He injured his left hand on December 13, 2010 while operating the mill.  He returned to work on restricted duty on December 17, 2010.  On that evening at work, he reinjured his hand requiring another visit to […]

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Appellate Division Reverses Dismissal of Case for Failure to Show Good Cause

By on January 29, 2015 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment

Robin Williams was injured working for Ready Pack on May 18, 2006 and May 22, 2006.  A settlement was approved for 10% of partial total for the left shoulder on August 11, 2008.   Thereafter, Williams moved to Philadelphia and left the employment of Ready Pack. On August 10, 2010, petitioner filed a reopener application alleging […]

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Superior Court Decision Refused to Follow Unreported Decision in Dever V. New Jersey Manufacturers

By on January 20, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

There has been a great deal of controversy about respondent’s lien rights in motor vehicle accident cases since the unreported ruling in Dever v. New Jersey Mfrs. Ins. Co., No. A-3102-11T2 (App. Div. October 23, 2013).  In one decision from last summer, an Atlantic City Superior Court Judge rejected the application of the Dever rule […]

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