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Sunday, June 23, 2013

NJ Workers' Compensation Judge Looses Her Own Case

A NJ Workers' Compensation judge was denied benefits after sustaining injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident while traveling from her home to a NJ workers' compensation district courthouse that she was supervising.  

The Appellate Court, affirming a trial court dismissal, ruled, that even though the judge was afforded mileage reimbursement. The Court stated that there was no proof that her commute to work was part of her actual work day. It also  reasoned that there was no "special hazards" incurred by the travel, nor was it considered a "special mission." Therefore, the denial of benefits was affirmed under the "coming and going" rule.

Audrey Kernan v. State of NJ, Docket A-4261-11T4 (Decided June 19, 2013)

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