Category Archives: Defenses

The Going and Coming Defense in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Claims

Attorneys Karen Vincent and Joe Jones will discuss the issues surrounding off-premises accidents. They will address injuries arising during commutes to work, paid travel time, and business travel. The two litigators will discuss various fact scenarios as examples of when an off-premises injury will be and will not be considered compensable by the courts. At the end of the presentation attendees will have a basic understanding of the “Going and Coming” defense under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act and case law.

Subject: New Jersey, Workers’ Compensation Law, Going and Coming, Off Premises
Date Presented: June 26, 2017
Presenter(s): Karen Vincent, Esq. and Joe Jones, Esq.
Run time: 14:20 Continue reading The Going and Coming Defense in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Claims

Video: The “Going and Coming” Defense in New York

Attorneys John Marzolla and Kristen Kapur will cover the “Going and Coming” rule in New York and its application to cases involving off-premises losses and travel. They will explore the basic presumptions afforded claimants under the Law and discuss applicable defenses. At the end of the presentation attendees will have a basic understanding of when the Going and Coming defense applies under the New York Workers’ Compensation Law.

Subject: New York, Workers’ Compensation Law, Defenses, Going and Coming
Date Presented: June 19, 2017
Presenter(s): John Marzolla and Kristen Kapur
Run time: 12:36 Continue reading Video: The “Going and Coming” Defense in New York

Which Defenses Applies? Overview of Common Defenses in New Jersey

Attorneys Karen Vincent and Michael Gervolino cover the fundamentals or challenging the the basic presumptions relied upon by the petitioner in establishing their case. They discuss some little used (but available) defenses, such as the intoxication defense. At the end of the presentation attendees will have a basic understanding of various common defenses under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act and case law.

Subject: New Jersey, Workers’ Compensation Law, Intoxication, Notice, Statute of Limitations
Date Presented: May 22, 2017
Presenter(s): Karen Vincent, Esq. and Michael Gervolino, Esq.
Run time: 20:54 Continue reading Which Defenses Applies? Overview of Common Defenses in New Jersey

How to: Reducing Exposure by Offering Accommodated Positions in New York

We can stop paying temporary disability benefits in New York when:

  • The claimant has reached “maximum medical improvement” and is discharged from further care.
  • The claimant has voluntarily withdrawn from the labor market.
  • The claimant has refused a light duty offer that complies with the treating doctor’s work restrictions.

​Why seek a return to work in a light duty capacity?

Employees who do not return to work (transitional or otherwise) within 6 months of the date of loss have a less than 50% chance of returning to gainful employment. Injured workers who remain out of work for more than one year but less than two years have a 25% chance of returning to employment. Workers who have lost two or more years to injury have less than a 1% chance of returning to any type of employment. This drives up claims costs and is bad for the injured worker.

The Workers’ Compensation Board envisions a process in which an employer “creates” a light duty job tailored to each injured worker. In reality, most employers have a limited amount of potential light duty employment. In those cases, the goal of the claims professional is to get a clear statement of the claimant’s work ability from the treating physician and then to issue an appropriate offer letter to the claimant. Continue reading How to: Reducing Exposure by Offering Accommodated Positions in New York

Video: Which Defense Applies? Common Defenses in New York

Attorneys Tim Kane and Greg Lois cover the fundamentals on challenging the the basic presumptions relied upon by the claimant in establishing their case, disputing new “consequential” body parts, and raising all applicable defense. We discuss some little used (but available) defenses, such as the intoxication defense. At the end of the presentation attendees will have a basic understanding of various common defenses under the New York Workers’ Compensation Law.

Subject: New York, Workers’ Compensation Law, Intoxication, Idiopathics, Consequential, Notice, Statute of Limitations, Defenses, Employer-Employee
Date Presented: May 15, 2017
Presenter(s): Greg Lois, Esq.
Run time: 29:26 Continue reading Video: Which Defense Applies? Common Defenses in New York

Video: The Defense of Lack of Employment in New Jersey

Here is the post-webinar video from our most recent presentation, “Is the Petitioner an Employee?” from our New Jersey workers’ compensation webinar training series.

The webinar was presented live by Lois LLC partner Joe Jones and associate Angiola DiPopolo and audience questions are addressed such as:

  • “How is ’employment’ defined in New Jersey?”
  • “How is the defense of ‘Lack of Employment’ raised?”
  • “How do the courts define an ‘independent contractor’ in New Jersey” and
  • “What about ‘undocumented’ or illegal workers – can they get benefits as a petitioner in a New Jersey workers’ compensation claim?”

Subject: New Jersey, Workers’ Compensation Law, Second Injury Fund
Date Presented: April 24, 2017
Presenter(s): Joe Jones, Esq. and Angiola DiPopolo, Esq.
Run time: 20:01 Continue reading Video: The Defense of Lack of Employment in New Jersey