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Alfred P. Vitarelli is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Workers’ Compensation Group where he focuses his practice primarily on Workers’ Compensation litigation. Mr. Vitarelli has practiced Worker’s Compensation law throughout New Jersey since 1981.

Someone who is hurt on the job in New Jersey may be told by their employer that they must be treated by a doctor chosen by the employer’s insurance company. Why can’t the injured party pick their own doctor, even when out-of-state residents suffer similar work injuries and are able to chose their own doctors?
Continue Reading Selecting Medical Treatment Options Under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act

Our Worker’s Compensation Act here in New Jersey contains a provision regarding Fraud. While many people assume it refers to false or misleading claims by workers, in reality it applies to employers as well. This was illustrated recently by two recent cases handled by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.
Continue Reading Fraud in Worker’s Compensation by Employers

My employer, a retail store, is located in a large shopping mall. We do not have a separate parking area for our employees, but we are instructed not to park near the major entrances of the mall; we are to park near the access road, not near the entrances. This is to allow our customers to park as close to the mall entrances as possible.
Continue Reading “Going and Coming” Rule: Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Commuters

I was injured at work and have continuing problems but was able to return to my job. My brother-in-law who lives in another state has a similar injury and also returned to his job. He told me that since I returned to my job I am not eligible for any permanent disability. Is he correct?
Continue Reading How a “Loss of Income” or “Loss of Earning” Rule Will Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Payment