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    Question New Jersey Worker Compensation Court Trial - Approx How Long

    Hello. Hopefully, someone can shed some light.

    How long should my NJ Worker Compensation Court trial take?

    Perm exams were just about two years ago. Trial start postponements were continuous for about a year (every set date was postponed).
    Trial start (opening, motions and petitioner testimony) was for most of one day a couple of weeks ago.

    Are there court rules or statutes in place to discourage foot-dragging (i.e. Petitioner testimony concluded, no lay witnesses, soooo I'll have the doctor testimony in a few months or so)?


    I do know that (please correct me if I'm wrong here):
    attorney briefs are due to judge within fifteen days of trial close.
    if no briefs, judge has thirty days to render a decision from trial close (45 days if there are briefs).
    Insurance company needs to have check to petitioner by 60 days from rendered decision.

    With what occurs after trial close pretty much time defined
    - it would make sense that there would be time limits between the conclusion of Petitioner testimony and the beginning of the doctors testifying (if there are no lay witnesses and no non-medical expert witnesses).

    Someone knowledgeable please help me out.
    Any other pertinent info that would be good for me to know - please feel free to post.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: New Jersey Worker Compensation Court Trial - Approx How Long

    NewJerseyWorker
    Are there court rules or statutes in place to discourage foot-dragging
    I know of no such rules, the court operates at it's own pace according to the backlog.
    Here's a good blog on this topic.

    How Long Do Hearing Procedures in NJ Take for Workers’ Compensation?
    Cycles for Hearing Procedures in NJ
    While most claims do not go to trial, those that do are listed on a three-week cycle. Trials can therefore be spread out over a long period of time.
    While appellate courts have disapproved this procedure, many trials continue to be handled in this way, with one witness or two each cycle.
    Cases are adjourned a number of cycles (one cycle= three weeks; two cycles= six weeks, etc.) until all remaining witnesses complete testifying. The court date will be assigned by the Division of Workers’ Compensation.
    https://www.newjerseyattorneys.com/w...-compensation/

    Tony
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    Default Re: New Jersey Worker Compensation Court Trial - Approx How Long

    Thank you very much for your response and the info.
    It will be a huge relief to finally have this ordeal over with.

    I appreciate any potential offers of assistance.
    I'm moving to the southwest US once this is done and over with.
    Any lingering work-related issues will likely be worked out there.

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    Default Re: New Jersey Worker Compensation Court Trial - Approx How Long

    Quote Quoting NewJerseyWorker View Post
    Thank you very much for your response and the info.
    It will be a huge relief to finally have this ordeal over with.

    I appreciate any potential offers of assistance.
    I'm moving to the southwest US once this is done and over with.
    Any lingering work-related issues will likely be worked out there.
    Make sure your Dr. knows your moving!.....If you will need treatment you need refural.
    I did the same, I moved to the warm dry climate, best thing I have ever did.

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