Morris County Workers’ Compensation Court
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The law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC handles work-related personal injury matters in Workers’ Compensation Courts throughout New Jersey. Our attorneys specialize in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. John C. Rodriguez has over 12 years of experience handling workers’ compensation cases. Jon M. Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with over 30 years handling personal injury matters.
In New Jersey, a person injured while at work may not sue his employer. This is not permissible even if the accident was caused by the negligence of the employer or a co-worker. Occasionally, a third party case can be established if the accident was caused by someone outside of the injured employee’s company.
A compensation case usually lasts a year or two from beginning to end and sometimes much longer. During this period, different compensation benefits are available. Compensation benefits fall into three categories: Medical; Temporary; and Permanent. In most cases where an employee’s accident is not in dispute, medical bills and temporary compensation are paid automatically by the company’s insurance. Problems arise when an injured worker sees his own doctor without proper authorization. This may result in the company refusing to pay the medical bill and refusing or delaying the payment of temporary compensation.
Temporary compensation is ordinarily payable after a one week waiting period at 70% of the employee’s weekly wage up to a statutory maximum that changes each year. To qualify, you must be receiving authorized medical treatment and the doctor must certify that you cannot perform any work. Treatment will conclude when the employee is no longer under active authorized treatment or when the doctor permits him to go back to work.
At the appropriate time, a claim petition is filed on behalf of the injured worker seeking permanent compensation. In every case the injured worker should be examined by one or more doctors on his own behalf and will be examined by one or more doctors on behalf of the insurance company who will evaluate the permanent disability.
After a claim petition is filed, a hearing is required in Workers’ Compensation Court. A case is not ready for a hearing; unless, all medical exams have been completed and all treatment has terminated. Consequently, cases are often postponed. The main purpose of the hearing is for the Judge of Compensation to determine the extent of permanent disability.
The Court that handles an injured worker’s compensation case will depend on his residence. A Morris County resident injured at work will have his case handled by the Workers’ Compensation Court for Morris County. Therefore, if you reside in Morristown, Chatham, Madison or Florham Park, your case will be handled by the Workers’ Compensation Court for Morris County. If you do not reside in New Jersey and were injured at work in Morris County, the Workers’ Compensation Court for Morris County will also preside over your case.
The Workers’ Compensation Court for Morris County is located at 100 Valley Road in Mt. Arlington. The Head Clerk is Diana Sunarso. The Honorable Anne Hutton and Salvatore Ingraffia preside over the Court.
If you have been injured while at work, we may be able to assist you in your workers’ compensation claim. Our firm handles falls, automobile accidents, products liability and many other work-related injury cases in Boonton, Butler, Chatham, Chester, Denville Township, Dover, East Hanover Township, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Harding, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Long Hill, Madison, Mendham, Mine Hill, Montville, Morris Plains, Morris Township, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Mountain Lakes, Netcong, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Pequannock, Randolph Township, Riverdale, Rockaway, Roxbury, Victory Gardens, Washington Township, and Wharton. Our Morris County office is located at 7 James Street in Florham Park. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.
You can reach us 24 hours a day: (908) 322-7000.