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Shrewsbury, NJ - Main office

655 Shrewsbury Ave, Suite 314

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Monday to Friday - 8:30am -5:30pm

Evening and weekend appointments 

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Freehold, NJ

25 Monument  St Freehold, NJ 07728

Monday to Friday - 9:00am -5:00pm

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Linwood, NJ

2020 New Rd Linwood, NJ 08221

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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

What should I do if I've been injured on the job?

Monmouth County Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Since 1927, three generations of the Shebell family have been representing clients in New Jersey injured in the workplace. With over eight decades of experience in Workers’ Compensation litigation, we offer our clients unrivaled representation. Our attorneys are passionate about fighting for the rights of our clients. We are dedicated to getting injured workers the compensation they deserve.

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New Jersey law requires virtually all employers in the State to insure against employee injury. If you are injured on the job, blindly trusting your employer and their insurance carrier to compensate you for your injury can be a mistake. Insurance companies are for-profit entities and want to protect their own bottom line. Failing to obtain quality legal representation can have serious financial repercussions and impact your family’s future. 

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At Shebell & Shebell, we strive to communicate with our clients in plain, simple language so that they understand where their case stands. Please contact our firm for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.

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Experienced Workers’ Compensation services

Our extensive workers’ compensation experience enables us to handle all types of claims. We can help you obtain quality medical treatment, lost wages, and monetary benefits if you have suffered from:

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Traumatic injury: injury resulting from a serious accident with the potential to cause prolonged disability or death.   

  Examples of traumatic injury include falls, blunt force injuries, car accidents, and gunshot wounds.

Occupational exposure injury: some jobs, by nature of the work involved, expose workers to environmental  

  contaminants and excess pollution. Examples of this type of injury include allergic reactions, asthma, lung disease, 

  mesothelioma, and other types of cancer.

Chemical Exposure: Some workers are exposed to a multitude of chemicals because of their job. When coming in 

  contact with chemicals resulting in an illness, disease, or injury, our firm will fight to protect your future.

Occupational stress: when workers are confronted with conditions that they are not equipped to handle, either 

  physically or emotionally, they may suffer injury. Occupational stress injuries may be physical or psychological.

Total disability: some injuries are so severe that they render an individual unable to continue working at their 

  current job, or possibly any other job. Common examples of this type of injury include herniated disc, spinal 

  fracture, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, amputation, chronic pain, and heart attack.

Repetitive motion injury: injury sustained by regularly repeating the same motion over a prolonged period of time. 

  Common types of repetitive motion injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.

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Contact Shebell & Shebell

Over 90 years ago, our firm was built on the principle of championing the rights of people injured in the workplace. Our attorneys are steadfast, effective, and compassionate professionals ready to fight for the future of our clients. You deserve an attorney that will truly listen to your case and help you make the right decisions for your future. If you are injured at work and you need a law firm to help you recover the benefits you deserve, contact our New Jersey Workers’ Compensation attorneys.

WORKERS’COMPENSATION

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Since 1927, three generations of the Shebell family have been representing clients in New Jersey injured in the workplace. 

With over eight decades of experience in Workers’ Compensation litigation, we offer our clients unrivaled representation. Our attorneys are passionate about fighting for the rights of our clients. We are dedicated 

to getting injured workers the compensation they deserve.

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New Jersey law requires virtually all employers in the State to insure against employee injury. If you are injured on the job, blindly trusting your employer and their insurance carrier to compensate you for your injury can be a mistake. Insurance companies are for-profit entities and want to protect their own bottom line. Failing to obtain quality legal representation can have serious financial repercussions and impact your family’s future. 

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At Shebell & Shebell, we strive to communicate with our clients in plain, simple language so that they understand where their case stands. Please contact our firm for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.

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Experienced Workers’ Compensation services

Our extensive workers’ compensation experience enables us to handle all types of claims. We can help you obtain quality medical treatment, lost wages, and monetary benefits if you have suffered from:

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Traumatic injury: injury resulting from a serious accident with the potential to cause prolonged disability or death. Examples of traumatic injury include falls, blunt force injuries, car accidents, and gunshot wounds.

Occupational exposure injury: some jobs, by nature of the work involved, expose workers to environmental contaminants and excess pollution. Examples of this type of injury include allergic reactions, asthma, lung disease, mesothelioma, and other types of cancer.

Occupational stress: when workers are confronted with conditions that they are 

not equipped to handle, either physically 

or emotionally, they may suffer injury. Occupational stress injuries may be physical or psychological.

Total disability: some injuries are so severe that they render an individual unable to continue working at their current job, or possibly any other job. Common examples of this type of injury include herniated disc, spinal fracture, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, amputation, chronic pain, and heart attack.

Repetitive motion injury: injury sustained by regularly repeating the same motion over a prolonged period of time. 

Common types of repetitive motion injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.

Chemical Exposure: Some workers are exposed to a multitude of chemicals because of their job. When coming in contact with chemicals resulting in an illness, disease, or injury, our firm will fight to protect your future.

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Contact Shebell & Shebell

Over 90 years ago, our firm was built on 

the principle of championing the rights of people injured in the workplace. Our attorneys are steadfast, effective, and compassionate professionals ready to fight for the future of our clients. You deserve an attorney that will truly listen to your case and help you make the right decisions for your future. If you are injured at work and you need a law firm to help you recover the benefits you deserve, contact our New Jersey Workers’ Compensation attorneys.

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TRAUMATIC INJURIES 

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Many years ago, injuries sustained on-the-job were considered collateral damage, a price workers had to pay for the privilege 

of employment. However, as our nation progressed, the health and safety of American workers became an important issue. Today, workers who are injured while at work have rights and are entitled to compensation. Under present New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law, a workplace injury may even include accidents that occurred while traveling for work or at a company social function.

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Often, workers that have been injured on the job are told by their employers to apply for short-term disability insurance benefits.  These benefits are inferior to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Unlike short-term disability benefits, Workers’ Compensation benefits are not subject to income tax and they are typically paid out in a higher amount and for a longer period of time.

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Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to:

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• Medical benefits – Your employer’s insurance carrier should cover all of the reasonable and necessary medical expenses, including hospital services, doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, follow-up treatment and prescriptions incurred by your workplace injury.

• Temporary disability benefits – If you are disabled for more than seven days, you may qualify for payment of part of your wages until you are able to return to work 

or have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI).

• Permanent partial benefits – If your workplace injury results in partial permanent disability, you may receive weekly benefits after your temporary disability benefit period ends.

• Permanent total benefits – If your disability prevents you from returning to gainful employment, you may be eligible for income compensation for as long as you are disabled.

• Death benefits – Dependents (typically spouses and minor children) of workers who were killed in a workplace accident may qualify for a part of the income their deceased family member would have received.

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By collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits, you relinquish your right to sue your employer. However, if you were injured by a person other than your employer, you may be able to recover from the third-party in a personal injury claim in addition to collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits. If this is the case, it is important to know that you may be subject to a lien against your third-party lawsuit award to repay the support you were provided through Workers’ Compensation. Whatever the case, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.

Shebell & Shebell is here to help.

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Examples of Traumatic Injuries

A traumatic injury is a physical injury of sudden onset and severity that requires immediate medical attention.There are many types of traumatic injuries, including:

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• Amputation/Loss of limb

• Spinal cord injury

• Back and neck injuries

• Shoulder injury

• Fractures and broken bones

• Internal injury

• Traumatic brain injury

• Eye injury

• Scarring

• Burns

• Surface wounds, such as cuts, blisters, 

  and lacerations

• Bruises and contusions

• Respiratory injury

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Certain types of jobs are inherently dangerous and involve a high degree of 

risk for traumatic injuries and disorders. 

Workers who are susceptible to traumatic injuries on the job include:

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• Firefighters

• Medical professionals

• Police officers and law enforcement

• Security guards

• Construction workers

• Emergency first responders

• Miners

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OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE

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At Shebell & Shebell, we take pride in providing injured workers with the highest quality representation. Our reputation as one of the leading Workers’ Compensation law firms in New Jersey has been built upon our tireless advocacy and extensive experience. Together our team of Workers’ Compensation lawyers has amassed over eight decades of experience. If you suffer from an illness or disease because of exposure to years of unsafe work conditions, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation. .

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What is occupational exposure?

“Occupational exposure” refers to situations where a worker develops illness or disease as a result of working conditions. This type of injury is often the result of years of dedication and hard work in a dangerous environment. Even if you carefully adhere to safety procedures, unintended accidents and exposure can still occur. Common examples of dangerous contaminants you may encounter on the job include:

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• Dust

• Fumes

• Lead particles

• Mold

• Asbestos

• Chemicals

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If you have ever been employed in a place where these toxins are pervasive, you may have inhaled them or had 

them come in contact with your skin.

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Occupational exposure can occur suddenly or accumulate slowly over time. Resulting health problems might not be apparent for years. If you have reason to believe that you are suffering from occupational exposure, we can arrange for a skilled medical 

expert to identify any health conditions that may have arisen from your employment. Common problems include difficulty breathing, respiratory disease, pulmonary disease, skin rashes, mesothelioma and other conditions.

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Obtaining Workers’ Compensation 

for occupational exposure

If you believe that you were exposed to harmful contaminants on the job, you should report the exposure to your employer. This should prompt an immediate investigation. Your employer should notify its insurance carrier immediately so that an injury report can be filed with the State of New Jersey.

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In order to collect benefits for occupational exposure, your disability must have been caused by the specific work you performed or the environment where you worked. If your body has merely deteriorated due to the natural aging process, you are probably not eligible for Workers’ Compensation. However, if multiple causes contribute to your disability, you may still have a viable claim. For example, if you are a firefighter and have been exposed to dangerous amounts of smoke on a regular basis, you may still qualify for Workers’ Compensation, even if you also smoke cigarettes.

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An injured employee bears the burden of proving the existence of an “occupational disease,” and a causal connection between that disease and their occupation. In addition, courts have established a statute of limitations on filing a claim. Generally, an employee has two years from the date they knew about their disability and its relationship to their job to file a claim. Sick workers may file claims even if they are no longer working for the same employer. Due to the nature of occupational exposure disability, the injury may not be apparent until many years after the exposure.

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OCCUPATIONAL STRESS

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Everyone gets stressed at work. Employees are under an increasing amount of pressure to work harder, better, and faster in order to maintain job security in an ever-shrinking market. When stress goes untreated, it can cause a host of problems, including headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other serious illnesses. If stress from your job is adversely affecting your physical or emotional health, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation. Contact Shebell & Shebell to discuss your situation and assess the validity of your case.

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The basics of occupational stress

Typical Workers’ Compensation claims involve a physical injury or illness caused by unsafe working conditions. Stress-related claims are different because they are often psychological in nature, although high levels of stress can also cause physical symptoms. Unlike a broken bone or burn injury, the effects of stress may be difficult to see, making occupational stress claims difficult to prove. The lawyers at Shebell & Shebell understand the impact of occupational stress and we will work to help you recover support to ease your burden.

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1. Objectively stressful 

    working conditions

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To file a claim for occupational stress disability in New Jersey, you must first demonstrate that your disability resulted from objectively stressful working conditions. In other words, the stressors must be of a nature that they would be overwhelmingly stressful to anyone. If you are highly sensitive to common work stressors, such as pressure to meet deadlines, you may not be eligible for Workers’ Compensation. If the conditions would be intolerable for anyone, for example, a threatening and harassing boss, you may have a viable claim.

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2. Stressful conditions caused your  

    psychiatric disability

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Employees must also establish that stressful work conditions caused their psychiatric disability. If one suffers psychological disability due to factors that are not employment-related, for example, a genetic predisposition to mental illness combined with marital difficulties and substance abuse problems, they may not be eligible for benefits. However, if you have medical evidence demonstrating that stressful working conditions are the primary cause of your disability, you may be eligible.

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3. The stressful conditions are peculiar to 

    your workplace

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Finally, one must show that the stress is peculiar to their particular workplace. For example, an employee who is laid off cannot claim that this event caused work-related stress because being laid off can happen anywhere. However, if you worked at a rival company, you probably wouldn’t be working under the same stressful conditions because that supervisor would not be there. These matters are quite complicated and deserve the attention of an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney.

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Experienced occupational stress workers’ compensation attorneys

If you are disabled due to occupational stress, you may be entitled to medical treatment, temporary disability benefits, and a monetary award based on the severity of your stress-related injury. If you think that you are being adversely affected by occupational stress and would like to discuss your options, the experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Shebell & Shebell provide free consultations. Contact us today.

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TOTAL DISABILITY

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Workers’ Compensation is a no-fault insurance program that compensates injured workers for medical treatment and lost wages after an accident on the job. If a serious work-related injury or illness has rendered you unemployable, you may be eligible to receive permanent total disability (PTD) benefits through Workers’ Compensation. 

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Basics of a total disability claim

After you have been injured on the job, you will undergo treatment for your injury. Eventually, you will reach what is called your Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).  At that time, a doctor will determine whether your injury is permanent.

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New Jersey workers that have been totally disabled receive 70 percent of what they were earning at the time of their injury. However, this figure cannot exceed 75 percent of the Statewide Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) in the year of the injury or fall below the minimum rate of 20 percent of the SAWW. These benefits are paid weekly for at least 450 weeks. If you remain totally disabled after those 450 weeks, the payments should continue.

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Some types of accidents are so severe that the courts will “presume” that you are totally disabled. What this means is that if you suffer this type of work-related injury, you are automatically entitled to permanent total disability benefits. According to the State of New Jersey, PTD is “presumed when the worker has lost two major members or a combination of members of the body such as eyes, arms, hands, legs or feet.  However, permanent total disability can also result from a combination of injuries that render the worker unemployable.”

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Common injuries that may render an employee eligible for PTD benefits include:

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• Lumbar disc herniation (lower back)

• Cervical disc herniation (neck)

• Spinal fracture

• Paralysis

• Traumatic brain injury

• Head trauma

• Severe burns

• Amputation

• Chronic pain problems

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Ways to maximize your disability benefits

The lawyers at Shebell & Shebell have been representing injured New Jersey workers for decades. We understand that serious on-the-job accidents can render you unemployable. You do not need to suffer alone. You do not need to sacrifice yourself for your employer. Workers’ Compensation disability benefits exist to help injured workers, and we know how to maximize your reward.

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In 1923, the Second Injury Fund was created to encourage employers to hire disabled workers. If you have a pre-existing injury, then suffer a subsequent injury in the workplace rendering you totally disabled, you may qualify for benefits from the Second Injury Fund.  Also, in many cases, we are able to get our clients Social Security disability insurance payments in addition to PTD benefits.

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REPETITIVE MOTION

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You go to work to earn a living and support your family. While some jobs are more physically demanding than others, any work that causes pain can make daily duties unbearable. If you or someone you know is suffering from a repetitive stress injury, you may be entitled to NJ Workers’ Compensation benefits. Contact the compassionate workers’ comp lawyers at Shebell & Shebell. We will help you obtain the benefits you deserve to cover medical treatment, replacement pay and more.

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What is a repetitive motion injury?

The most common type of repetitive motion or repetitive stress injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. These ailments are most often suffered by people whose jobs require them to make the same motion over and over again. Employees who use computers, work on assembly lines or use construction tools all day can suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, which is felt in the wrist and hand.

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The condition affects the median nerve of the wrist, causing pain, numbness, and weakness. Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent nerve and muscle damage if it is left untreated. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common repetitive motion injury.

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Who is most at risk for repetitive stress injury?

If your job requires you to perform the same motion repeatedly throughout the day, such as typing or sewing, you may begin to experience numbness or tingling or severe pain in your hands, wrists, fingers, and arms. The pain can shoot up into your shoulder, down your back. Stress injuries can be incredibly debilitating, preventing you from performing your daily work routine and seriously impacting your quality of life.

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People who work in certain jobs are particularly susceptible to repetitive stress injuries, including:

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• Computer workers

• Assembly line workers

• Construction Workers

• Welders

• Manufacturing employees

• Tailors

• Meatpackers

• Chicken pluckers

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Many other injuries can sideline workers, as well

In addition to carpal tunnel syndrome, there are many other repetitive stress injuries that can occur at work and would qualify you for Workers’ Compensation benefits. 

These injuries include:

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• Rotator cuff injuries

• Tendonitis

• Bursitis

• Osteoarthritis

• De Quervain’s syndrome

• Ulnar nerve entrapment

• Epicondylitis

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Contact our Workers’ Compensation attorneys for a free consultation

If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or any other injury you believe to be due to a repetitive work environment, the NJ Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Shebell & Shebell can help you pursue the support you deserve. Our lawyers understand the complex web of NJ Workers’ Compensation law and can assist you with any type of on-the-job injury or workplace accident.

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We will argue your case and help you to recover the compensation you need to make a recovery. Other lawyers may back down to aggressive insurance companies. We won’t. Contact Shebell & Shebell to obtain the assistance of a qualified New Jersey repetitive motion injury attorney. 

You deserve justice, compensation, and peace of mind.

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Phone : (732) 663-1122

Fax : (732) 663-1144

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Shrewsbury, NJ - Main office

655 Shrewsbury Ave, Suite 314

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Monday to Friday - 8:30am -5:30pm

Evening and weekend appointments available upon request

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Freehold, NJ

25 Monument St

Freehold, NJ 07728

Monday to Friday - 9:00am -5:00pm

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Linwood, NJ

2020 New Rd

Linwood, NJ 08221

By appointment only

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