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  • Levinson Axelrod Partner Testifies Before State Senate About “Essential Workers” Protection Bill

    Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Richard Marcolus recently testified before the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee in support of legislation that would include “Essential Workers” among front line workers who receive additional protections when filing workers’ compensation claims. Rich’s testimony, delivered before the Senate Labor Committee, concerns Senate Bill 2380 , a measure that would create an ...
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  • Result: Todd Wachtel Recovers $305K for Nurse’s Work Injury

    Todd Wachtel, Esq., a Partner in Levinson Axelrod, P.A.’s Hillsborough office, recently settled a workers’ compensation case for Permanent and Total Disability for an injured nurse. According to court documents, Todd’s client initially injured her wrist and arm lifting a chart. The injury developed into complex regional pain syndrome, and affected her entire body. Due to her condition and the pain ...
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  • Case Result: Construction Worker Awarded Medical Benefits, Temporary Disability After Fall

    Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Attorney Roberto Benites recently secured a favorable workers’ compensation ruling for a construction worker who suffered hip and knee injuries after a work-related fall. After fully litigating a motion for medical benefits and temporary disability, Benites prevailed in securing an order for the workers’ compensation insurance carrier to provide our client with hip ...
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  • Levinson Axelrod Partner Fought for Law That is Now Protecting COVID-19 First Responders

    Richard Marcolus understands what it means to sacrifice your body for your work. Today he is a Workers Compensation law expert and Partner at Levinson Axelrod, but Marcolus began his career as a Union Carpenter. After the September 11 attacks on America, Rich saw a glaring omission in New Jersey’s Worker’s Compensation laws— first responders were not given the protections they needed when putting ...
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  • Workers' Comp Collections Bill Initiated by Rich Marcolus Becomes Law

    We’re pleased to report that a workers’ compensation measure initiated by Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Richard Marcolus has been signed into law! The New Jersey Collection Practices Bill ( S-3036 / A-1697 ) was signed by Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday January 21, 2020. It will provide critical protection for workers’ comp claimants by prohibiting health care providers from reporting certain ...
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  • Workers’ Comp: New Jersey Hand & Foot Bill Signed into Law

    After more than a decade of ups and downs in the Legislature, state lawmakers and advocates have finally succeeded in passing critical legislation to improve benefits for New Jersey workers who lose function of all or part of a hand or foot in workplace accidents. In addition to that measure – known as the Hand & Foot Bill – Governor Phil Murphy also signed off on legislation – the Collection ...
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  • Should Employers Pay for Medical Marijuana? New Jersey Appeals Court Says Yes

    An appeals case drawing attention for its unusual subject matter and potentially large impact on the state’s workers’ comp system asks an important question: Should employers in New Jersey be required to reimburse injured workers for their medical marijuana expenses? In the Court’s opinion, yes. The ruling – published January 13, 2020 by the Super Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division – upholds ...
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  • Rich Marcolus Testifies Before State Senate Committee to Support First Responder Cancer Legislation

    As a former construction worker, Union Carpenter (and current member), and Certified Workers’ Compensation Attorney, Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Rich Marcolus has spent decades advocating for workers and families who find themselves facing difficult times following job-related injuries. That includes the first responders who keep our communities and loved ones safe in the most pressing times, ...
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  • NJ Assembly Votes for Hand and Foot Bill A-1110 for Workers’ Comp

    On Monday, December 16 th , the full NJ Assembly voted on the Hand and Foot Bill, or A-1110, to help improve the benefits available to injured workers suffering from serious hand or foot injuries. The bill, which has been in the works for 10 years, was released from the Assembly Labor Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee, and faced a final vote and signature to be released in mid-January. ...
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  • New Jersey Lawmakers Sponsor Bill to Re-Classify Gig Workers

    Ever since “gig economy” companies like Uber and Postmates began to gain popularity, courts around the country have struggled to balance existing worker protection laws with these new roles. For the most part, Uber and similar companies have broad leeway to define their gig workers as independent contractors, as gig workers operate on their own time and with minimal supervision from the company. ...
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  • Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Named a Tier 1 Firm by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" 2020

    Since 1939, our firm has provided top-notch legal support to the wrongfully injured in New Jersey and beyond. Our diligent work has earned us multiple awards and recognitions throughout the years, including a recent ranking from the well-respected legal rating service, U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. Levinson Axelrod, P.A. was named a Tier 1 firm for Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs and ...
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  • Todd Wachtel Secured Workers’ Comp Victory for Disabled Client

    Todd D. Wachtel, Esq. , a Partner in our Hillsborough office, recently settled a workers’ compensation case for a 66-year old man named Roy. For various medical and personal reasons, Roy had previously lived all over the country and was in-and-out of work throughout his life. In 2017, he was injured while working as a groundskeeper for a local golf course when he was thrown from a golf-cart by a ...
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  • Attorney Brett Greiner Secures $650K Settlement for Injured HVAC Tech

    Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Brett R. Greiner recently secured a $650,000 settlement for an HVAC technician who was injured while servicing a customer’s home. The six-figure case result was obtained during a pre-trial conference. About the Case As court records show, our client was an HVAC technician who had been responding to a service call at a customer’s home in New Jersey at the time of the ...
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  • Todd Wachtel Presents at Lebanon Worker’s Comp Court “Law Day”

    On May 1, 2019, Todd Wachtel, Esq., a Partner at Levinson & Axelrod, P.A.’s Hillsborough office, presented at the annual “Law Day” Seminar at the Lebanon Worker’s Compensation Court. Todd has been presenting these classes annually to other lawyers and Judges for years. This year, he spoke about cases involving workers who are totally and permanently disabled following job-related accidents. ...
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  • Workers’ Compensation Result: Attorney Todd Wachtel Secures $216K, Retains Client’s Right for Future Benefits

    New Jersey Attorney Todd D. Wachtel , a Partner with Levinson Axelrod, P.A. who works out of our Hillsborough Office, recently obtained with the Court’s approval a workers’ compensation award of $216,720. The recovery stems from a workplace injury case involving Todd’s client, a machinist who suffered an injury to his left shoulder while performing job-related duties. In the state of New Jersey, ...
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  • New Jersey Appellate Decision Will Impact How Employers Deal with Verbal Threshold in Subrogation Suits

    On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court issued a precedent-setting decision that will likely impact future cases involving employers who sue a third party for reimbursement of damages following an auto accident involving employees – particularly when the injured worker would be barred from a recovery of non-economic damages by New Jersey’s verbal ...
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  • OSHA Investigates Worker Injuries After Automated Robot Unleashes Bear Spray at Amazon Facility in Robbinsville, NJ

    Federal regulators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating an incident at a New Jersey Amazon warehouse that left dozens of employees in need of medical treatment after being exposed to bear spray. According to officials, the incident took place on Wednesday December 5, 2018 at an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township. Investigators have ...
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  • Workers' Comp Bill Drafted by Attorney Rich Marcolus Signed into Law, More Legislative Changes on the Horizon

    Legislation drafted with the help of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Richard J. Marcolus was recently signed into law. Senate, No. 2145, referred to as the Voluntary Tender Bill, was signed by Governor Phil Murphy in October. The amendment to the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act helps workers who suffer injuries and illnesses on the job retain legal counsel without the interference of insurance ...
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  • Fatal Workplace Injuries in New Jersey: Data Reveals Occupational Risks

    Fatal workplace injuries steadily increased throughout the U.S., according to the most recently available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Aside from showing a 7% increase in workplace deaths from 2015 to 2016, the statistics also provide insight into a range of occupational risks faced by all type of workers in a range of industries. Below, our legal team at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. ...
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  • Warehouse Injuries: Protecting Your Right to Compensation

    Amid today’s growing consumer-based economy, warehouses and fulfillment centers have cropped up with increasing frequency throughout the U.S. In addition to traditional industries that utilize warehouses, these facilities now employ a substantial number of Americans. Those employees, however, face a number of risks in their day-to-day duties, as well as difficulties in securing the benefits and ...
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  • Attorney Todd Wachtel Spoke About Workers' Compensation at the 2018 Advanced Workers Compensation Law Conference

    On Friday, February 9, 2018, Todd Wachtel, Esq., a partner at Levinson Axelrod’s Hillsborough Office, spoke at the 2018 Advanced Workers Compensation Law Conference in Edison, New Jersey. In New Jersey, attorneys are required to go to Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes. An “advanced” class like this one covers far more than the basics of Worker’s Compensation law , and is aimed to teach ...
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  • Attorney Todd Wachtel Published in New Jersey Legal Practice Guide

    Todd Wachtel, a partner at Levinson Axelrod’s Hillsborough office, was published as a contributing author in a new legal practice guide for New Jersey Workers' Compensation by Lexis/Nexis. A legal practice guide is a mix between a legal research book and a practical guide for lawyers. It is one of those items that many lawyers and Judges leave on their desks every day or carry with them to Court. ...
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  • Notice to New Jersey Construction Workers: Be Cautious in Summer Heat!

    Summer weather may be beautiful, especially compared to the dreary winter months, but it can be just as dangerous as it is pleasant if you don’t take care of yourself. While everyone should worry about their safety in these sweltering temperatures, construction workers, and other people who work outdoors need to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses and injuries. Why Is Heat Such ...
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  • If I Bring A Construction Accident Claim, Who Is The Defendant?

    Construction workers have some of the highest injury rates of any occupation in the U.S., so you need to be prepared in the event of an injury. It’s important to know whether your injury is covered under workers’ compensation and if you have a case that allows further legal action against other parties referred to as 3 rd Parties. In New Jersey, the law requires every business to have of worker’s ...
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  • The Difference Between A Workers' Comp Claim And A Third-Party Claim

    Workers’ Compensation Claims & Third Party Lawsuits If you are injured in a workplace accident, there are various steps that you have to take. All employers in the State of New Jersey are required to have Worker’s Compensation insurance to protect employees who are injured while performing work-related duties. In the State of New Jersey, you cannot sue your co-employee or your employer if you are ...
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