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Barge accident requires rescue team response on Passaic

Bad weather can wreak havoc on practically all workers. From office workers waiting for delayed mass transit to snow plow drivers attempting to keep the roads clear during a winter storm, virtually everyone experiences difficulties caused by weather.

Reckless driving not intentional enough

For most injured workers in New Jersey, the workers' compensation system represents their exclusive remedy. They cannot sue their employer for a personal injury in a negligence action. They also are prohibited from suing a fellow employee for negligence. But what if the injury was caused by something beyond negligence? 

New Jersey roofer charged with workers' compensation fraud

When we hear about workers' compensation fraud, we typically think of the occasional worker who "fakes" an injury and obtains workers' compensation benefits or has recovered from his or her injuries but pretends to still be injured, in order to continue receiving benefits.

Late with your claim? Too bad, so sad, says New Jersey

In the legal system, there are many deadlines. Some are known as jurisdictional deadlines. What this means is that if you fail to meet the deadline for whatever reason, your claim is dead. Forever. Workers' compensation insurance has similar deadlines. In New Jersey, you have 90 days after the occurrence of an injury to file a workers' compensation claim and provide notice to your employer.

Waitress loses workers' compensation claim in bar fight

The workers' compensation system in New Jersey functions to provide workers who have been injured in work-related activities. They can receive medical benefits and wages for the time they are injured, and in cases of severe injuries, permanent disability compensation is potentially available.  

Could government shut down compromise worker safety?

As the government shut down nears the conclusion of its second day, some people idly dismiss the shuttering of many federal agencies. They believe that these agencies provide nothing of value as they go about their day. Because they have never been injured on the job or filed a workers' compensation claim they think that the closing of the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has no impact on their safety.

Is your back killing you?

Back pain is a big problem for many workers in New Jersey. It not only causes pain and discomfort for millions, and is the second most common reason for people to visit a doctor, but it leaves 2.4 million chronically disabled. For those who have to stand and lift in the job, working in a factory assembly line or as a nurse in a health care facility moving patients, the risk of injury is high.

Christie vetoes New Jersey workers' comp enhancement

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would have changed the presumption for the cause of public safety workers' injuries within the workers' compensation system. Christie claimed the veto was necessary to prevent the bill from altering the balance of how the system determines if claim presents a valid workplace injury.

Can emergency personnel rely on Tier II reports?

New Jersey firefighters recognize they have a dangerous and risky job. After all, they run into burning buildings as everyone else is running out. And they suffer injuries on the job and apply for workers' compensation benefits, to help get by as they recover from their injuries. Sadly, sometimes the workers' compensation benefit being applied for is a death benefit for their family, after they have suffered a fatal injury doing their job.

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