I frequently hear people talk about dealing with their workers’ compensation case on their own. In a perfect world, this would be a simple process, but in reality it can be a tedious and frustrating process that you will need guidance for.In most cases you will not be entitled to a cash settlement without seeing a lawyer and filing an Employee’s Claim Petition with the New Jersey Department of Labor. While in some limited circumstances the workers’ compensation carrier will pay you a voluntary offer of settlement, you likely will only get about one-quarter of what your case is actually worth without having a lawyer represent you. You are suing your employer by filing a workers’ compensation claim. You are just getting the benefits you are entitled to under the law.You do not know the law and need someone who does so that you can maximize the amount of weekly benefits that you receive after you are injured at work. You are entitled to 70% of … [Read more...] about Top Five Reasons Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
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Permanent partial and permanent total disability benefits in New Jersey are considered to be wage replacement benefits , so they are paid in the same manner as wages, which is weekly. These benefits accrue from the date of the last payment of temporary disability benefits. In many cases, the entire award has not accrued at the time of the settlement hearing and the injured worker will receive payments weekly until the award has been paid in full. Once the award has been entered, the benefits are due and payable to the injured worker or his dependents should he die during the period of the payout.In certain rare circumstances, an injured worker may petition the court requesting that all or some of the award be paid in a lump sum. This process is called a “commutation”. If the commutation is approved, the benefits are subject to a 5% discount. It is uncommon for this type of request to be granted. The standard for … [Read more...] about Why my New Jersey Workers ’ Compensation is Paid in Weekly Increments Rather Than a Lump Sum and is There Any Way to Receive it Now?
A New Jersey lawyer whose delaying tactics caused him to miss a filing deadline in a workers’ compensation case is out of luck, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.The court found there is no exception to the one-year statutory deadline for moving to reinstate workers compensation petitions dismissed for lack of prosecution, the New Jersey Law Journal reported Friday. The court also said that a lawyer’s neglect or inadvertence is not grounds for relief under the law.Voorhees lawyer Daniel Zonies received an order in 2007 dismissing four petitions he filed for claimant Susan Danter for lack of prosecution and giving him a year to move for reinstatement. His client’s first petition alleged a workplace injury to her shoulder in 2000; the other petitions alleged aggravations of that injury.But Zonies, for tactical reasons he later admitted in court, took no action on the petitions for 10 months. Then he was hospitalized for a sudden illness and could not return to work … [Read more...] about Court Shows No Mercy to Lawyer Who Missed Deadline After Tactical Filing Delay
A Philadelphia lawyer who helped save three people from drowning off the coast of New Jersey attributes the rescue to a series of chance circumstances.Sam Pond, a workers compensation lawyer with Martin Banks Pond Lehocky & Wilson, received a key to the city in Key Isle, N.J., because of his involvement in the rescue on June 26, the Legal Intelligencer reports.The story summarizes the chain of events that day. Pond took his kayak to the beach because his wife urged him to go there to keep an eye on a neighbor who wanted to surf. He brought a life jacket because of a conversation he had earlier that day about he had rescued two people stranded on a sandbar. After Pond took to the water, a fisherman yelled, alerting Pond that two boys were in trouble. By the time Pond paddled over, a man had swum out to help the boys, but the younger one was pulling the man underwater.Pond threw his life jacket to the man, managed to calm the younger boy, 10-year-old Brian Wolf, and pulled him into … [Read more...] about Philly Lawyer Helps Save Drowning Kids, Would-Be Rescuer
Many people know who Ralph Nader is as a political activist, but few would know that he recently opened a Tort Museum in Connecticut. “Tort law” is a legal phrase that gets tossed around a lot, but not many people understand what it truly entails. Tort law is the part of our judicial system that governs claims for wrongdoing, whether the wrongdoing is something done by a corporation or an individual. If you are injured by the acts or omissions of big business, or by the negligent driver of a car that ran into you, you have the right to participate in tort law by filing a law suit in the appropriate court.This summer, Mr. Nader opened a museum in Winsted, Connecticut to address the history of tort law and the important cases where consumers have been helped by someone filing a law suit against “big business.” Recently, he participated in an interview where he stated that the judicial system in the United States is the only part of our government where one … [Read more...] about Tort Law and Judicial System