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Marci Hill Jordan is an attorney and expert in Workers’ Compensation Law as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Ms. Jordan is also a member of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation practice in the Marlton office.

Are you still covered by New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits? The answer in New Jersey is generally “YES.” The workers’ compensation law in New Jersey is much more lenient on these types of issues than in our neighboring state of Pennsylvania. In a recently publicized workers’ compensation case in Pennsylvania, a manager of a liquor

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the maximum weekly benefit for work related injuries increased from the maximum rate of $843 in 2014 to the maximum rate of $855 in 2015.  This weekly benefit rate is the maximum dollar amount an injured worker can receive if the worker is kept out of work by the authorized workers’

In 2014, the Camden County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Committee presented a seminar on the topic of commuting injuries in workers’ compensation cases.  As co-chair of this committee, I was one of the speakers.  This seminar focused on the Premises Rule and the many exceptions to that rule.  The “Premises Rule” came about as the

Did you know that it is against the law for an employer to discriminate against or fire and employee for claiming workers’ compensation benefits?  The law is very clear that an employer cannot retaliate against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim.

N.J.S.A. 34:15-39.1 states in part the following:

It shall be unlawful for

As an attorney located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey representing injured workers, I struggle with the ethical dilemma of balancing my client’s right to privacy and the workers’ compensation carrier’s right to obtain medical discovery.  The injured worker’s right to confidentiality in medical treatment records is waived in part when they make a claim for physical

Recent news stories have highlighted awareness of the dangers of digital data being exposed after breaches of security. Digital data is not only exposed after breaches in security, such data can be exposed by an individual posting information that adversely affects their claim for workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey. The U. S. Supreme Court ruled on June 25, 2014 that police need a warrant to search information on an arrestee’s mobile phone, acknowledging the fact that for many of us our cell phones hold a “digital record of nearly every aspect of their life.” So you might wonder how the digital age and social media have affected injured workers in New Jersey.
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What happens to an innocent injured employee when an employer commits fraud in the application process for a workers’ compensation policy? In American Millennium v. Berganza, 386 N.J. Super 484 (App. Div. 2006) the Appellate court examined the case where a drywall subcontractor, Berganza, obtained workers’ compensation coverage through an insurance broker that was placed with American Millennium Insurance Company on January 18, 2003 with an effective date of January 19th.
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Cases where employees are injured between parking their cars and entering their employer’s place of business are numerous. “Going and Coming” cases have been decided over the years with courts making decisions that sometimes leave attorneys scratching their heads over the decisions in this area of workers’ compensation law. The newest case decided by the Appellate Division, Cheryl Hersh v. County of Morris also muddies the waters.
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On May 2, 2014 I attended the New Jersey Association for Justice Workers’ Compensation seminar in Atlantic City. The seminar speakers presented various topics, including one very interesting presentation by Dr. Mark Testauiti of Coastal Spine in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Dr. Testauiti is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes exclusively in spinal care. Dr. Testauiti spoke about “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.” According to the doctor’s presentation and Costal Spine’s web site, this procedure means a smaller incision and a smaller scar during spinal surgery, and may lead to less blood loss and a shorter hospital stay. These factors may make spinal surgery more palatable to injured workers when one considers the fact that traditional open surgery results in larger cuts in surrounding muscle tissue to get to the damaged part of the spine.
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