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What are the Differences Between an NJ Workers Compensation Case and an NJ Personal Injury Case?

By Albert Talone | November 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

In many ways, a New Jersey workers compensation claim looks and feels just like a personal injury claim. In other ways they are completely different. In fact, the workers compensation system exists, in part, to protect employers from the kinds of liability that are invoked in a personal injury suit. Employers admit no fault, but take responsibility for the fact that employees do get hurt on the job. Here are some of the other key differences. Difference #1 – No Pain & Suffering Personal injury suits come with pain and suffering damages. In New Jersey, these damages are not capped and can be any amount based solely on the extent to which the victim’s life has changed as a result of the injuries.  As you can imagine these pain and suffering awards can get quite large, and so workers compensation law was written to allow employers to avoid them in

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Why Is it So Difficult to Get Workers Compensation?

By Albert Talone | October 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

On its surface, workers compensation is a reasonably straightforward system. If you get hurt on the job, insurance exists to make sure your medical bills get paid. If you can’t work while you’re hurt, that same insurance pays you to stay home and recover. Sometimes, the system works as its meant to work. This is especially true when injuries are minor or the disability is temporary. It’s not worth your employer’s time to fight these claims in most cases, more is it worth the insurance company’s time. The accommodations you’ll need tend to be cheap and minor in these cases, and everyone is willing to play along as a result. When injuries are more extensive and expensive, the equation changes. Let’s assume you’ve done everything right during this process. You reported the injury to your employer, went straight to the correct doctor, filed your claim, and have followed your physician’s

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In the News: S2380 Passes

By Albert Talone | October 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

On September 14th Governor Phil Murphy signed S2380 into law. This means that every essential worker who has to go into a physical location to do their job now benefits from a rebuttable presumption of worker’s compensation coverage for Covid-19 cases. The law took effect on the day of signing, and is offering retroactive coverage to March 9, 2020. This means if you got sick while on the job after that date you can now begin your worker’s compensation claim.  Note that the law does outline exactly who qualifies as an “essential employee.” The rebuttable presumption does not apply to everyone who might step into an office and get sick.  According to S380 an essential worker is: A public safety worker or first responder, including fire, police, or other emergency responders. Provides medical or health care services, including emergency transportation and social services. Performs services which involve physical proximity to

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Are My NJ Workers Compensation Benefits Taxable?

By Albert Talone | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

No. In most cases neither the state of New Jersey nor the IRS will tax your workers compensation benefits. They are not considered gross income under either state or federal law. There is a Social Security and Supplemental Security Offset that has to be considered if you receive either form of government aid in addition to your workers compensation. In some cases you may have to pay tax on those benefits in those cases. The specific amount will depend on whether you’re receiving permanent or partial benefits. In fact, if you’re receiving temporary benefits then the amount you’re paid is equal to the amount you would have typically received after taxes.  Do I still have to file a tax return? Yes, you will want to file a tax return. This will not create a situation where benefits that aren’t taxable become taxable. It merely reports your individual situation to the

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What Is the Minimum Payroll for Workers Comp in NJ?

By Albert Talone | September 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every business that has employees, even one, must take out a workers compensation policy. If you’re a small business owner like a sole proprietor, partner, or LLC member then you would generally add yourself to the policy at that time. You don’t have to, of course. It’s an optional thing, and it’s not done automatically. Yet you probably should.  After all, you’re just as likely to get hurt on the job as your employees are. In some cases, you may even be a “key” employee, as in your business cannot easily survive without you. While workers compensation won’t help with that (that’s what key employee insurance is for) your duties do help to demonstrate that as a small business owners you may well be taking actions, every single day, that could mean you get hurt. Even office workers and telecommuters can get hurt on the job, after all. When you

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Collecting NJ Workers Compensation When You Work Two Jobs

By Albert Talone | August 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many people in New Jersey work multiple jobs, or work part time in the gig economy while working full-time at more traditional pursuits. Yet many don’t know that having multiple jobs can complicate workers compensation. The first thing you have to know is that if you get injured on the job you only get workers compensation for the job you were injured at. This means if you get injured on your part-time job you’ll only get replacement wages for the part-time job, while being forced to quit work at your full-time job.  Life can get even more complicated if your problem is a repetitive stress injury. In that case you might have sustained the injury on both jobs but would have to prove it, with each employer trying to shift the responsibility to the other employer. Your full-time job will also be under no obligation to hold your job or

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Does Workers Comp Pay for Missed Days?

By Albert Talone | August 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

For many hourly workers, every day that an employee isn’t on the job is a day when that employee is not making money. For employees who live paycheck to paycheck, that money is vital. Fortunately, in New Jersey you should receive back pay for the days that you missed if you missed more than 7 days of work. The first week is called the “waiting week.” As of right now if your disability is related to Covid-19 the seven-day waiting period has been eliminated.  You’ll be paid back pay for your temporary disability benefits once your benefits are awarded.  What is the maximum benefit for lost wages? The benefit maxes out at 70% of your average weekly wages, or $945, whichever is smaller. You can receive these benefits for a total of 26 weeks. In some cases you may be able to extend the benefit, but you will need to

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Even Health Care Workers Are Having Trouble Getting Covid-19 Workers Compensation

By Albert Talone | July 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you are planning to file for worker’s compensation protection after contracting Covid-19 at work, you probably need to plan on getting an attorney right away. Even workers at hospitals and nursing homes are struggling to get compensation after contracting the virus. For example, in one New Jersey case the widow of a housekeeper at a nursing home is trying to get workers compensation death benefits. Her husband’s employer gave him no PPE. They refuse to cover her husband’s ICU bill or survivor’s pay. The state senate recently has passed a bill that provides expanded protection to essential employees, creating a presumption that Covid-19 contracted by essential employees is a work-related injury for the purpose of receiving benefits. The bill has not yet been enacted into law. The bill is currently before the Assembly Labor Committee.  The bill would require employers of essential employees who wanted to fight employees on

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S2380 Could Make it Easier for Essential Workers to Claim Workers Compensation

By Albert Talone | July 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Right now it’s theoretically possible to claim workers compensation if you contract Covid-19 on the job. The problem is proof…you would still have to prove you got Covid there, and not from your other activities. This isn’t impossible, but is really difficult. A proposed bill, S2380, would change all that, at least for any worker deemed essential. The bill would be retroactive to March 9 and would include a presumption that if an essential worker gets sick with Covid-19, it happened on the job.  What if my employer made me sign a waiver? Employer waivers are gaining some popularity right now, but they’re not worth the paper they’re written on. Employers also can’t really make you sign such documents. Some employees feel forced to because they are aware some employers will find other ways to fire them if they don’t, but even those shouldn’t be too worried. Employers can’t make

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Can I Still Receive New Jersey Workers Compensation Benefits if the Injury Was My Fault?

By Albert Talone | June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

One reason some workers are reluctant to claim workers compensation benefits is they feel as though the accident was their fault. Sometimes anyone can have an off day and work a little clumsily, forget a vital safety precaution, or otherwise create a condition which can lead to an accident or an injury. Fortunately, New Jersey’s workers compensation system is a no-fault system. For the most part, the only condition you will have to meet to be eligible for benefits is to be injured at work and to report that injury. What Disqualifies You From Workers Comp? The first thing that can disqualify you is willful misconduct. That is you were horsing around, abusing alcohol or drugs, or were willfully ignoring or violating company policies. A self-inflicted injury also won’t be covered by workers compensation, i.e., slitting your wrists while you’re in the workplace bathroom. You can also lose your workers

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