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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.
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Explainer: Why so Many “Re-Opener” Claims in New Jersey?

New Jersey’s workers’ compensation is unique in that nearly 1 in 6 cases filed with the Division of Workers’ Compensation is not new at all – they are simply re-openings of cases which were already litigated to conclusion and settled. In 2015 the most recent year for which statistics are available, 34,500 “new” claim petitions were filed in New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation. An additional 6,250 re-opening claim petitions were filed in the same period.

In order to file a reopened of a closed case, the petitioner must show “material worsening” of her condition such that disability is increased. Why so many re-opener cases? Are the petitioners really worsening as they allege? Read on to learn about the statutory and legal framework that encourages “re-opener” claims in this jurisdiction.
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