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Webinar: Evaluating Cases for Exposure in New Jersey

Title: “Evaluating Claims for Exposure in New Jersey (Permanency).”

Attorneys Karen Vincent and Angiola DiPopolo lead a presentation and discussion on evaluating permanency benefit exposure in New Jersey.

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The presentation is in two parts: first, a fifteen-minute introduction to a specific topic in New Jersey workers’ compensation (focusing on practical claims-handling), and then an open “question and answer session” (Q&A is not limited to the topic). These webinars are perfect for your team members who need state-specific training or a refresher course for these jurisdictions. Participants can join by computer or can call in and listen on the conference line (no computer needed).

“Re-Opener” Awards in New Jersey

About one-in-five of the new cases filed in the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation this year will be a “re-opener” claim. Formally called an “Application to Review or Modify a Formal Award” or “Application for Modification of Agreement” as per N.J.S.A. 34:15-27, these claims are brought by petitioners who allege that they have a need for treatment, have new lost time, or have an increase in the amount of permanent partial disability.

What types of cases are eligible for “Re-Opener?”

Compensable workers’ compensation claims are often resolved by way of an “Order Approving Settlement.” Such a settlement requires the employer/respondent to continue providing medical treatment for the injuries described on the Order Approving Settlement. In addition, a claimant has the right to “re-open” her claim for a period of two years from last compensation paid. Additionally, claims resolved by way of Judgment (award following litigation) are subject to re-opening by the petitioner.

As per the statute:
A formal award, determination and rule for judgment or order approving settlement may be reviewed within 2 years from the date when the injured person last received a payment upon the application of either party on the ground that the incapacity of the injured employee has subsequently increased. Continue reading “Re-Opener” Awards in New Jersey

Settlements in New Jersey: What gets deducted?

What does the petitioner have to pay back when a settlement is reached in a New Jersey workers’ compensation case?

Has to be paid back: State Disability

Any petitioner’s award is offset by any amounts paid to the petitioner by State Disability as provided by N.J.S.A. 34:15-57.1. Temporary disability paid by the state for injuries later deemed compensable or settled via Section 20 must be reimbursed to the state. Before settling a case, counsel should be expected to investigate all outstanding liens. The New Jersey workers’ compensation law judge can provide the parties with the amount of the State temporary disability lien at the time of settlement.

Has to be paid back: Health Insurance

By the very terms of the Act, workers’ compensation insurance is primary to medical insurance. Therefore, any amounts paid on behalf of the petitioner for treatment deemed by a judge “reasonable and necessary” to cure the petitioner of the effects of the work-related accident, can be collected by the health insurer at the time of settlement, or later. Recent case law instructs that even matters disposed of pursuant to Section 20 may not extinguish a health insurer’s lien. Continue reading Settlements in New Jersey: What gets deducted?

Video: Appeals and Reopeners in New Jersey

Here is the post-webinar video from our most recent presentation, “Appeals and Reopeners in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Cases” from our New Jersey workers’ compensation webinar training series.

Subject: New Jersey, Workers’ Compensation Law, Section 20, Order Approving Settlement, Reopener
Date Presented: February 27, 2017
Presenter(s): Greg Lois, Esq.
Run time: 14:25 Continue reading Video: Appeals and Reopeners in New Jersey

Post-Webinar Video: Evaluating Claims for indemnity Exposure in New Jersey

Here is the post-webinar video from our most recent presentation, “Getting the Most from your IMEs” from our New Jersey workers’ compensation webinar training series.

Subject: New Jersey, Workers’ Compensation Law, Exposure, Indemnity, Permanent Residual Disability, MMI, Negotiating
Date Presented: November 28, 2016
Presenter(s): Joe Jones, Esq. Partent in the Lois LLC New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Practice
Run time: 20:42

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Handout materials are provided in advance of each session. The webinar courses follow the “life cycle” of a claim and correspond to chapters in the Workers’ Compensation Handbooks offered by the Firm.

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What is a Section 20 Settlement in New Jersey?

Practitioners often refer to “Section 20” to describe settlement pursuant to the statutory authority provided by N.J.S.A. 34:15-20. Such a settlement allows a respondent to dispose of a claim for compensation as a “lump-sum” dismissal. The petitioner who accepts a Section 20 settlement is barred from re-opening a claim petition in the future. Even if a claimant’s condition worsens, she will be prohibited from re-opening her claim.

In addition, the respondent will no longer be responsible for providing medical treatment to the claimant.

Approximately 30% of all cases disposed of are done by way of Section 20 resolution. Section 20 dismissals, in which the petitioner receives a one-time lump-sum payment, is usually preferable to any other type of dismissal because the petitioner has no right of re-opener. Continue reading What is a Section 20 Settlement in New Jersey?