When Does an Injury at Work Actually Arise Out of Employment in New Jersey?

For a work-related injury to arise out of employment, there must be a causal relationship between the employee’s injury and their employment. Simple concept, right? Well, maybe not. Consider the following hypothetical scenarios: A worker faints while sitting at their desk A worker is walking and, for no explicit reason, their lower back locks A worker suffers a stroke while making coffee in the office kitchen The above scenarios are
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Candy Cane Catastrophe: A Brief Look at Workers’ Compensation Defenses in New Jersey

With the holidays quickly approaching, it is important to keep in mind a number of issues that may arise when co-workers gather to celebrate. Many employers host year-end holiday parties to recognize another year gone by and to celebrate the many successes of the company. In the unfortunate event that an employee is injured during the most wonderful time of the year, it is important to remember the guiding principle
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Bunk Dicta is Bunk Dicta: New Jersey Appellate Division Rejects Residency as a Sufficient Condition for Jurisdiction

When can an employee who was injured in another state pursue a workers’ compensation claim in New Jersey? On July 22, 2019, the New Jersey Appellate Division approved for publication a decision dealing with exactly that question. In Marconi v. United Airlines, A-0110-18T4 (App. Div. July 22, 2019), the petitioner alleged he sustained work injuries in Pennsylvania. Testimony showed that United initially hired the petitioner in San Francisco. At the
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Due Process in the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation System

In an ideal workers’ compensation system, all parties would keep to the letter of the law. However, courts’ rules are oftentimes relaxed within our system and often not followed. In handling any New Jersey workers’ compensation claim petition, employers, employers’ attorneys and claims professionals must be diligent in making sure that employers’ fundamental rights are not violated by this relaxed approach. All parties, petitioners, and respondents have the right to
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The Importance of Investigating a Petitioner’s Medical History and How It Can Help Employers Save Money

Upon the filing of a New Jersey workers’ compensation claim petition, it is extremely important to thoroughly investigate the history of the alleged injured worker to ensure you attain the best possible outcome and to prevent unnecessary expenses. This is a relatively well-known strategy.  However, in a rush to close or settle a matter, this strategy can sometimes be overlooked, which can result in significant costs to an employer. In
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The Interstate Medical Provider Claim: Unsettled Jurisdictional Questions Open the Floodgates in New Jersey

As overall filings in the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Courts have been falling, one particular type of claim is on the rise: the Medical Provider Application for Payment or Reimbursement of Medical Payment. The statutory authority for these “Medical Provider Claim Petitions” (MCPs) is found in a single sentence in the depths of New Jersey Statutes Annotated 34:15-15: “[e]xclusive jurisdiction for any disputed medical charge arising from any claim for
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Shifting Liability: A Lesson for General Contractors

Imagine this, you, a general contractor based in New Jersey, just secured a project from one of the biggest retailers to do some work at its warehouse in New York. Given the magnitude of the project, part of the work is subcontracted to another New Jersey company that guarantees it has workers’ compensation insurance. The project begins and you are unfamiliar with the number of subcontractor employees on-site, their day-to-day
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On the Road Again: Compensability on the New Jersey Roadways

In New Jersey, an injury sustained during employee’s travel to and from the workplace is generally not a compensable injury. This is commonly referred to as the “going and coming rule.” This rule developed in a time where employees commonly worked in a single, physical location such as an office or a store. The course and scope of an employee’s work began once she arrived at the office or store
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Verbal Threshold Does Not Bar Employers’ Subrogation

Section 40 of the New Jersey workers’ compensation statute allows employers or workers’ compensation carriers to automatically receive reimbursement of benefits paid to an injured worker from a third party tortfeasor – either directly from the tortfeasor, or from an award received by the injured worker in a third party claim. But what happens when an injured worker is barred from suing the third party tortfeasor? Can the employer or
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Idiopathic Injuries: Dealing with Injuries that Occur at Work, But Are Not Work-Related in New Jersey

We have all come across the case where an employee is injured at work, but the injury doesn’t seem to arise from something we would consider work-related. The injury could have just as easily happened at some time or place other than while the employee was at work. For example, the worker is walking down an aisle toward his workstation, his ankle gives out, and he falls. He didn’t trip.
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