Category: Workers Compensation

On-the-Job Injuries: When You Don’t Realize You’ve Been Hurt

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

When injuries on the job occur, the victim generally knows it. Workplace accidents happen on specific dates, and even workers diagnosed with repetitive stress injuries are frequently aware of when their symptoms arose, and what specific actions seem to trigger pain. This is one of the reasons that workers’ compensation laws impose maximum times after…

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New Jersey Man Wins Multi-million Dollar Age Discrimination Verdict

Posted on May 16, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

America’s workforce is aging, and this means that while employers gain the benefit of more experience and accumulated knowledge, they also are confronted with having to pay the higher salaries that build over decades of loyal service. In many cases, companies are responding to increased overhead by taking discriminatory actions against older workers, and this…

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New Jersey On-the-Job Injuries on the Rise

Posted on May 5, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued their report on the number of fatal work injuries in 2015, and it shows a 10 percent increase for the state of New Jersey. This study, which relies on a combination of state, federal, and independent data sources for verification and accuracy, reflects that the Garden State’s…

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Superior Court Judge Files Hostile Workplace Lawsuit Against New Jersey State Judiciary

Posted on May 4, 2017 by Shebell & Shebell

One would expect that members of the New Jersey state judiciary would be particularly attuned to laws regarding workplace discrimination. But according to a lawsuit filed by state Superior Court judge John Russo Jr., his removal from the bench was a result of a hostile work environment. Russo is suing the court and some of…

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What to Do After a Workplace Injury

Posted on December 25, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Do you know what to do if you are injured at work? Depending on where you work, there may be a specific program in place to help prevent work-related injuries. Even so, once an accident does occur, it’s important that you follow proper protocol for reporting it as well as protecting yourself. If you experience…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: What Happens to my Health Insurance Coverage While I’m Out on Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, your ability to receive employee health benefits can be impacted. Although New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law does not prevent your employer from discontinuing your benefits if you are no longer able to work, you may still be afforded some protections under the Federal Family Medical Leave…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Compensation for Injuries Caused by Coworker Negligence

Posted on July 30, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Many employees are already familiar with the concept of workers’ compensation: if you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to benefits that can include medical care, monetary payments for permanent damages and lost wages, or even ongoing treatment such as hearing aids. What some workers do not know, however, is that they…

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Why Do I Need a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you are considering filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI in New Jersey, it is essential to consider some things about the process. First, getting approved for disability benefits in New Jersey can be complicated and trying. There are a number of medical records that have to be gathered and numerous possible interviews…

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New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers: Common Mistakes People Make When Filing for Social Security Disability

Posted on July 23, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Applying for Social Security disability can be a difficult process. If you are applying for benefits, you must be able to establish the severity of your injury, and show how that disability impairs your ability to work. Making a mistake on your application can hinder your ability to collect a benefit or potentially decrease the…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law and Temporary Workers

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Since the 2008 recession, there has been an increase in the number of companies who look to temporary employees to perform work in factories, warehouses, and construction sites. If you are a temporary employee in New Jersey, you may be wondering what your legal rights are when it comes to workers’ compensation. The good news…

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Investigation Concludes that Worker Fatality Caused by Willful OSHA Violation

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Last summer, two roofing and sheet metal company workers fell during the course of their employment at Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, resulting in the death of one employee and serious injuries to the other. Earlier this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concluded its investigation into the incident, leading to a finding…

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Falls a Leading Cause of Death and Injury for Workers

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data lists falls as the leading cause of death for workers in the construction industry, accounting for 337 of the 874 fatalities recorded in 2014. Additionally, falls can also cause serious bodily injury, such as paralysis. For that reason, emergency medical responders have long treated all falls…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: I Was Injured at a Company Event; Am I Entitled to Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Most employers hold some sort of recreational or social activities throughout the year (for example, company softball tournaments or holiday parties), and injuries tend to occur at these events. Injuries at these types of events were once so common, that in 1980, the New Jersey Legislature enacted N.J.S.A. 34:15-7, which provides that injured employees will…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Boston Seafood Plant Worker Killed By Ammonia Leak

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

At a seafood processing plant in South Boston, five employees smelled ammonia at the end of their shift. They rushed to hit an emergency switch that was supposed to shut off the ammonia output valve, then darted out the door. But for some reason, the emergency shut off failed. Only four employees made it out….

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New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Chronic Pain

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Chronic pain can come in many forms. It can be related to a specific injury or illness, or it can have no known cause. It can affect specific body parts like your back, neck, or joints, or it can manifest itself as a general health condition, causing such symptoms as headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, and…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Claim Denials, Disputes, and Claims Petitions

Posted on July 19, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

The procedure for filing a workers’ compensation claim can be complicated. Workers’ compensation benefits may be denied or disputed for any number of reasons, and this can be frustrating for employees with legitimate work-related injuries. However, this does not have to be the end of the process. Under New Jersey law, employees have the right…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Three PSE&G Workers Injured in Gas Line Explosion

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Certain occupations tend to be more dangerous than others, exposing workers who perform important services to possible injury. Around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, three contractors from the Cream Ridge Construction Company in Hackensack were installing a new gas line for PSE&G when there was an explosion. The accident happened on Goldsborough Drive and…

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Are Public Employees Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Many public employees put themselves in harms way every day to serve the public. Police officers, firefighters, sanitation workers and corrections officers in particular face a much higher probability of being injured on the job than those in other professions. Even teachers may be at an increased risk compared to office workers, as their job…

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New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers: Filling Out Your Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Questionnaire

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits in New Jersey, you will need to fill out the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) questionnaire. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses your responses to evaluate how severely your disability affects your life—how well you can engage in activities like getting dressed, grooming yourself, cooking, shopping,…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Scissor Lift Safety

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Scissor lifts are portable, hydraulic-powered platforms that can be raised into the air directly above the base. They are used to raise workers to heights that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. The platform—a large work area known as a “scissor lift table”—is attached to a moving piece of equipment. Scissor lifts don’t go as high as…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Looking at Work-Related Eye Injuries‏‏

Posted on July 3, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

On an average working day, between 1000 and 2000 Americans suffer eye injuries on the job. These injuries lead to medical treatment, missed time at work, lost production time, and Workers’ Compensation claims. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that the total cost related to eye injuries in the work place is over…

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What is the Difference Between SSD and SSI?

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

There are several different types of Social Security Disability benefits/programs. The two most common types are Social Security Disability Benefits (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Social Security Disability is the most commonly-recognized disability benefit. To qualify for SSD, an applicant must first meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.” The Social Security Administration deems you…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Nurse Assaulted by Patient at New Jersey Hospital

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Recently, a 29-year-old patient at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, New Jersey lashed out at hospital staff, kicking a nurse in the stomach, and spitting at a security guard. When the police arrived on the scene around 4:00 a.m., the patient violently resisted arrest, head-butting the officer. About three hours later, while the patient…

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Do I Need a Lawyer to File for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you are physically or mentally disabled and can no longer work, you may be eligible for disability benefits—income that can help your family pull through the tough times you are experiencing. Filing for Social Security Disability benefits can be daunting and intimidating. Applicants must fill out seemingly endless forms filled with language that can…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss OSHA Workplace Reporting Requirements

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Starting soon, new workplace reporting requirements, pursuant to Federal Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) regulations, will take effect on August 10, 2016 and January 1, 2017. OSHA recently issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection responsibilities for employers that will better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. The…

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Woman Assaulted by Her Ex-Husband in Workplace Parking Lot Denied Workers’ Compensation

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

A caseworker employed by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS, or the Division, now referred to as the Division of Child Protection and Permanency) was recently denied Workers’ Compensation for injuries she received after being assaulted by her ex-husband in a parking lot at her workplace. The court determined that she…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Workers’ Compensation and Sexual Harassment

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

In some instances, an employee who suffers sexual harassment at work may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits, at least when they allege that the harassment led to “bodily injury.” However, filing for Workers’ Compensation may preclude victims of sexual harassment from also filing a civil lawsuit on the basis of the sexual harassment. This…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Vocational Rehabilitation

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

When a worker becomes disabled as the result of an on-the-job injury, he or she may need assistance finding new work that can be performed with their disability. Vocational rehabilitation is a covered benefit paid for by employers under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law. It can provide an injured worker with the training needed to…

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New Jersey Work Injury Lawyers: Workers May Not Recognize Signs of Occupational Hearing Loss‏

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

A recent study published in BioMed Central Public Health examined the relationship between hearing loss and noise exposure in the workplace. The researchers, who reviewed four years’ worth of data from factory workers and firefighters in South Korea, concluded that some employers should consider implementation of hearing loss prevention programs because a loud work environment…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: New Law Seeks to Increase Benefits for Injured Corrections Officers

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

  Recently, there has been an increase in inmate violence against corrections officers. As it stands, officers who are injured in the line of duty are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Lawmakers, however, are recognizing that a violent inmate attack is different than a typical Workers’ Compensation injury like an on-the-job slip-and-fall accident. A new…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss New York Crane Collapse: Focus on Worksite Safety

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

On Friday, February 5, 2016, a 15-story construction crane crashed down on a Tribeca street, killing a Harvard-educated Wall Street worker and injuring three others. The crane smashed into several buildings before it hit the street, crushing cars parked across a two-block radius. The police and New York buildings department are currently investigating the accident,…

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Young Workers at Risk for Occupational Injury

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Teenage and young adult workers account for a significant portion of New Jersey’s workforce. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young workers may be more susceptible to on-the-job injuries than their adult coworkers for a number of reasons. However, many young workers are unaware of their legal rights. Most young workers…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: How Long Does It Take To Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits After a Work-Related Accident or Injury?

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

If you have been injured on-the-job, benefits for medical treatment are available immediately. However, other benefits, such as temporary disability payments to cover lost wages, will not be available until a claims examiner approves your claim. If a claim is approved, an injured worker can expect to receive benefits in about two weeks.   If…

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Am I Entitled to Workers’ Compensation If I Am at Fault for My Own Injury?

Posted on March 20, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Yes. Injured Workers Are Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Regardless of Who Was At Fault. Unfortunately, some employers will look for a reason to deny any Workers’ Compensation claim that comes their way in an attempt to keep their premiums low. Some employers are known to unlawfully contest claims on grounds that the injured worker was…

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New Jersey Superior Court Addresses Whether An Assault by a Coworker Gives Rise to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Posted on March 11, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

In general, when an employee assaults a coworker on work premises, the victim is entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. But a recent New Jersey Superior Court case addresses a very unusual situation, where one coworker cheated another in a pyramid scheme, and a subsequent confrontation led to an assault. The court found that because the…

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N.J. Appellate Division Weighs in on Workers’ Compensation Lawsuit Against Walmart

Posted on March 6, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

Not all injuries that happen at work are compensable under Workers’ Compensation law. On April 26, 2010, 36-year-old Colleen Fitzgerald was walking around a South Jersey Walmart doing her job when she felt a “pop” in her lower back. As a zone merchandising supervisor (ZMS) for the store, some of her duties included working at…

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Are Employees Injured In Work-Related Car Accidents Entitled to Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on February 25, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

In certain circumstances, an employee may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits if they are injured in a work-related car accident. The question is, what is a work-related car accident? If you are injured while driving to work, are you eligible for benefits? What if you are in an accident while on a business trip?…

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New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss How Light Duty Work Can Affect Your Benefit Payments

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Shebell & Shebell

New Jersey law requires employees who have been injured on-the-job to return to “light duty work” if it is offered by your employer and if your doctor releases you to perform the work. Often, this means that your employer will have to provide you with a reasonable accommodation for your disability, for example a lifting…

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When Can You Sue Outside of Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on October 25, 2013 by Shebell & Shebell

If you’ve been injured at work, you’re probably being told that the only compensation you can receive is through your employer’s workers’ compensation policy. While this is generally true, there are certain exceptions to this rule that allow for an employee to file a work related injury lawsuit against an employer or others. These exceptions…

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