Host Christian Sison welcomes guest Christoper Major to this episode of Third Fridays for a follow-up discussion on the Appellate Division and Supreme Court’s decision in Vitale v. Schering Plough containing an analysis of contracts of employment where an employee waives the right to pursue damages when injured by the acts of the employer’s client or customer. Continue reading Litigation waivers, Assumption of Risk, and the General-Special Employee: Third Friday Podcast
Attorneys Christopher Major and Greg Lois present a webinar on carrier recovery through reimbursement and subrogation under New Jersey’s Section 40 (N.J.S.A. 34:15-40). They discuss the impact of recent cases, such as the December 11, 2017 Supreme Court decision in Vitale v. Schering Plough and the November 22, 2017 Appellate Decision in Pino v. Polanco. The attorneys discuss reimbursement to the carrier/employer from the proceeds of civil actions as well as tactics for maximizing recovery – including practical negotiation tips for dealing with plaintiff’s attorneys who always demand a lien reduction to “1/3rd.”
Title: “Reimbursement from Tort Recoveries under Section 40 (N.J.S.A. 34:15-40) in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Cases (Reimbursement and Subrogation).”
Attorneys Gregory Lois and Christopher Major lead a presentation and discussion on how an employer or carrier obtain reimbursement from the proceeds of civil lawsuits or pursue subrogation in New Jersey workers’ compensation cases.
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Attorneys Karen Vincent and Greg Lois discuss the role of defense counsel in providing timely and accurate exposure analysis to clients. The attorneys discuss the “when” of providing an exposure analysis – when during the litigation lifecycle the attorney should be providing estimates of exposure and likelihood of prevailing at trial. The attorneys also discuss the “how” of exposure – how estimates of permanent disability are made. This webinar presentation is a must-watch for risk professionals and adjusters relying on outside counsel to provide exposure analysis.
N.J.S.A. 34:15-40 (“Section 40”) governs the credit due a respondent for any third-party recovery by the petitioner and provides in part:
. . . out of that part of any amount about to be paid in release or in judgment by such third person or his insurance carrier on account of his or its liability to the injured employee or his dependents, the employer or his insurance carrier shall be entitled to receive from such third person or his insurance carrier so much thereof as may be due the employer or insurance carrier pursuant to subparagraph (b) or (c) of this section. Such sum shall be deducted by such third person or his insurance carrier from the sum to be paid in release or in judgment to the injured employee or his dependents and shall be paid by such third person or his insurance carrier to the employer or his insurance carrier. Service of notice, hereinbefore required to be made by the employer or his insurance carrier upon such third person or his insurance carrier, shall be by registered mail, return receipt and in cases other than an individual shall be mailed to the registered office of such other third person or his insurance carrier.
The Appellate Division has recently held that where an individual settles an intentional tort suit against an employer, the workers’ compensation carrier is entitled to assert its N.J.S.A. 34:15-40 lien with respect to the settlement amount. Specifically, the court found that the tort litigation is equivalent to a third party action and that without the lien the petitioner might receive a double recovery for the injuries.
How to assert a workers’ compensation lien under N.J.S.A. 34:15-40.
Serve notice upon the liable third person or that person’s insurance carrier that compensation has been applied for by the injured employee (or his dependents). As a practical matter, it is a good idea to serve a notice letter upon the plaintiff/worker, as well as the plaintiff’s attorney, usually the same attorney representing the worker in the compensation matter. Continue reading Reimbursement from Third-Party Recoveries in New Jersey