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Philadelphia

106 Chesley Drive

Media, PA 19063

P: (610) 627-9100

F: (610) 627-9717 

Pittsburgh

6000 Brooktree Road

Suite 300

Wexford, PA 15090

P: (724) 940-2977

F: (724) 940-2970 

Delaware

Barley Mill House

3701 Kennett Pike

Suite 100

Greenville, DE 19807

P: (302) 308-6100

F: (302) 308-6106

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In New Jersey, we review and investigate cases for issues that will create the legal justification for a Section 20 settlement.  For instance, New Jersey has an unusual but often beneficial statute pertaining to traumatic hernia claims.  N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(23) requires petitioners to provide notice to the employer within 48 hours after the occurrence of a traumatic hernia excluding weekends and holidays.  Petitioners are required to exercise reasonable care and diligence to discover workplace injuries, including inguinal hernias.  This is a mandatory reporting period.  This is in contrast to the 90 day notice period for traumatic accidents.  N.J.S.A. 34:15-17. 

 

In practice, when presented with a traumatic hernia claim, an investigation is crucial to verify the petitioner timely reported the hernia pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(23).  The investigation should include a review of any emergency treatment or visits to a primary care physician.  If the investigation reveals a legitimate notice issue, the claim can be denied thus providing the legal basis for a Section 20 settlement.  Most Judges of Compensation will approve a Section 20 settlement if the respondent is able to articulate a viable notice defense pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(23).  

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