NJ Workers' Comp Rulings Keep Plaintiffs Out Of Court

By Martin Bricketto (August 15, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT) -- Even in the case of a willful federal safety violation or a flagrant delay in paying for medical bills, the New Jersey Supreme Court has made clear in two recent decisions that it's not budging in its view that the state's workers' compensation system is the near-exclusive remedy for workers injured on the job, experts say.

While some lawmakers have criticized the court for judicial activism in other instances, the justices in Van Dunk Sr. v. Reckson Associates Realty Corp. and Stancil v. ACE USA deferred to the system established under the state Workers' Compensation Act despite plaintiffs' arguments that their...

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