On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor fined Amazon’s Robbinsville fulfillment center $7,000, alleging that that location failed to log 26 instances of work-related injuries. Furthermore, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the employees at the location were exposed to workplace ergonomic risks, which included repeated bending at
James L. Creegan is an attorney and expert in Workers’ Compensation Law as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
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If you have been injured at work and suffered a permanent injury, what you put on the internet can hurt your attempts to obtain medical treatment, out of work benefits, and even a settlement for your injuries. Insurance carriers are using the internet as an investigation tool to weed out potential fraud. If you are…
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One of the main reasons you work is to pay your monthly bills and hopefully one day retire with some financial security. An injury can derail these plans quickly and leave you with the type of uncertainty you worked so hard to avoid. If you can never go back to work again as a result of a work injury, it’s important to what benefits are available.
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If you are injured on the job in New Jersey, chances are you will be sent back to work on some type of modified duty. This is one of the most common issues faced by my clients. If the authorized treating doctor for the workers’ compensation insurance carrier says you can return to work with restrictions, you need to contact your employer to see if they can accommodate the restrictions. If your employer says it will accommodate the restrictions, you must return to work or you can be fired.
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When it comes to on the job injuries, the work day does not always end when you sign out for the day. In a recent decision, Burdette v. Harrah’s Atlantic City, the Appellate Division held that a Harrah’s Casino employee whose car was still on Harrah’s property was injured during the course of her employment.
Continue Reading Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can Still Protect You After You’ve Clocked Out
If you have been injured at work, it is very difficult to give away your right to benefits. Employees will often be asked to sign away certain rights when leaving a company or in exchange for added benefits. Your right to Workers’ Compensation benefits is not one that you can give up in these situations. The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Statute states that only the Division of Workers’ Compensation, through its Judges, can close out a workers’ compensation claim. This means, even if you sign an agreement to drop a claim, it is unenforceable unless approved by a Judge of the Division of Workers’ Compensation.
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you are hurt at work, report it! One of the biggest mistakes you can make if hurt at work is to try to ‘shake it off’.
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If you are a professional athlete injured in the State of New Jersey, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
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