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The Difference Between a Wrongful Death Claim and a Survival Action

If you suffered the death of a family member due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness or intentional wrongdoing, nothing can make up for the grief and devastation you are forced to bear. However, you may be entitled to compensation for your financial losses and for those of the decedent. In New Jersey, there are two… Read More »

Can You Bring a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Even if You Weren’t Wearing a Helmet?

Motorcycle accidents can result in severe and devastating injuries, since there is nothing to protect a motorcycle rider from impact with the road, other vehicles or stationary objects during an accident. Wearing a helmet is required by law and may reduce the chances of a serious injury or fatality, but does a rider’s failure to… Read More »

Just Two Racial Slurs Can Amount to Hostile Workplace Discrimination, NJ High Court Rules

In New Jersey, an employment discrimination claim can be based on conduct severe or pervasive enough to make a person in a legally protected class believe that the working environment is intimidating, hostile or abusive. However, courts have disagreed on what level of conduct meets the “severe or pervasive” threshold. Now, the New Jersey Supreme… Read More »

Employee Hurt While Volunteering at Company Outing Is Entitled to Workers’ Compensation

The New Jersey Supreme Court has expanded the circumstances in which employees’ injuries can be considered job-related for purposes of workers’ compensation. The court ruled that a company cook who volunteered to prepare meals at a community event sponsored by her employer was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries incurred. Under New Jersey’s Workers’… Read More »

What Types of Injuries Meet the NJ Verbal Threshold for Bringing a Lawsuit?

New Jersey law gives drivers the choice of two types of car insurance policies: the “limitation on lawsuit” option and the “no limitation” option. A limitation-on-lawsuit policy is less expensive but strictly limits the purchaser’s ability to sue for pain and suffering and other non-economic damages. However, it is still possible to recover such damages… Read More »

Can Your Employer Require You to be Vaccinated for COVID-19?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance stating that federal discrimination laws do not prohibit employers from requiring employees entering the workplace to get vaccinated for COVID-19. However, the EEOC stated that some exceptions may apply under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Those laws mandate employers to provide reasonable… Read More »

NJ Workers Compensation for Essential Employees During COVID-19

Relief for those who contracted COVID-19 This blog is for those essential employees who work as first responders keeping us safe in hospitals and nursing homes caring for our sick or who work in our grocery stores and our takeout restaurants keeping food on our tables and for those who work in banks to keep… Read More »

If I Caught COVID-19 on the Job, Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up a whole new avenue of potential workers’ compensation claims. If you believe you were exposed to coronavirus and caught the virus while on the job, then you might be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. As we’re still in the early stages of this healthcare crisis, pinning down exactly… Read More »

Due to COVID-19 , Some Police Departments Not Responding to Minor Auto Accident Calls

Police officers and other first responders face increased risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed nearly every facet of our lives. As stay at home orders in many states and cities require non-essential businesses to shut down or cut back on hours in operation, measures are also being taken to protect law enforcement… Read More »

Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus

New legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows certain workers to receive paid sick leave even if their employer previously did not provide it. In March, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This law assists employers that give their employees paid time off while suffering the effects of… Read More »