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Appellate Division Approves Jersey City Firefighter Application for Accidental Disability Benefits

Posted in Disability Retirement, Public Employment Labor Law
As reported on NJ.Com, a Jersey City firefighter who injured himself when he broke down the front door of a burning home and saved two people in 2010 was awarded accidental disability pension benefits by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, after the Board of Trustees for the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System originally… Continue Reading

Christie Sets Up Investigatory Unit for Alleged Public Employee Pension Fraud

Posted in Disability Retirement
As reported by NJ.com, on August 7, 2013, Governor Christie signed an executive order creating a new investigatory unit to uncover alleged pension fraud and disability fraud perpetrated by public employees across the State of New Jersey. The Governor’s Office stated that the new unit would work side by side with the Attorney General’s Office to… Continue Reading

Denial of Application for Accidental Disability Retirement Benefits Upheld

Posted in Disability Retirement
On September 27, 2010, the Appellate Division decided Briane K. Washington v. Board of Trustees, Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, Docket No.: A-1857-08T1. In the case, Briane Washington (“Washington”), a former Essex County Correction Officer, applied for accidental disability retirement benefits as a result of an incident on February 21, 2005, when an inmate, who… Continue Reading

Montclair Police Officer Responds to Fire Then Denied Accidental Disability

Posted in Disability Retirement
On January 27, 2010, the Appellate Division decided Gregory Russo v. Board of Trustees, Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, Docket No.: A-3706-08T2. In the case, Gregory Russo appealed from the March 10, 2009 final determination of the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (“Board”) denying his application for accidental disability benefits.… Continue Reading

Denial of Accidental Disability for Mental Injury Sustained

Posted in Disability Retirement
  On January 21, 2010, the Appellate Division decided In the Matter of Rosemarie Tatusko, Docket No.: A-2888-08T3. The case involved an appeal from a final decision of the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System which denied Rosemarie Tatusko’s (“Appellant”) application for an accidental disability pension. Appellant was employed by the… Continue Reading

Settlement to Remove Senior Juvenile Detention Officer Enforced

Posted in Disability Retirement
  On January 14, 2010, the Appellate Division decided In the Matter of Jerry Duckworth, Department of Youth Services, County of Passaic, Docket No.: A-6007-07T1. In the case, Jerry Duckworth appeals from a final decision of the New Jersey Department of Personnel, Merit System Board, dismissing his appeal of removal from employment. The Board adopted the… Continue Reading

Denial of Accidental Disability Retirement Application Upheld

Posted in Disability Retirement
  On October 13, 2009, the Appellate Division decided Raymond Joseph Foster, III v. Board of Trustees, Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, Docket No.: A-5666-07T2. In the case, Raymond Joseph Foster, III, a member of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (“PFRS”), appealed from the final decision of the Board of Trustees (“Board”), upholding the… Continue Reading

Going and Coming Rule Serves as Basis for Denial of Application for Accidental Disability

Posted in Disability Retirement
  On July 23, 2009, the Appellate Division decided Barbara Cannella v. Board of Trustees, The Public Employees’ Retirement System, Docket No.: A-4389-07T2. In the case, Barbara Cannella appealed the decision of the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (“Board”) denying her application for accidental disability retirement benefits under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-43. On… Continue Reading

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: PUBLICATION REGARDING NEW JERSEY PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DISABILITY PENSION APPEALS NOW AVAILABLE

Posted in Disability Retirement
Recently, the primary authors of this blog, Frank M. Crivelli, Esq. and Donald Barbati, Esq., released a publication entitled “Taking the Necessary Steps to Win Your New Jersey Public Employee Disability Pension Appeal.”  The publication thoroughly examines the different New Jersey Pension Systems, including the Public Employees’ Retirement System, Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, and… Continue Reading

NEW ISSUES ARISE UNDER RICHARDSON

Posted in Disability Retirement
 Since the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Richardson v. Board of Trustees, Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, 192 N.J. 189 (2007), we have witnessed more denials of accidental disability applications based on the premise that the member suffered from a pre-existing illness or injury which contributed to the overall disability that prevented the member… Continue Reading

The Denial of Accidental Disability Benefits Cannot Be Appealed Due To A Change In The Law

Posted in Disability Retirement
In the case of Christopher v. Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, 33-2-0847, the appellant, a corrections officer, argued to the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, that he should receive accidental disability benefits suffered from a combined psychological injury (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that resulted from work at the… Continue Reading

The Richardson Decision: Changing The Face of Accidental Disability Benefits

Posted in Disability Retirement
On July 24, 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided the case of Richardson v. Board of Trustees, Police & Firemen’s Retirement System, 192 NJ 189 (2007). The case addressed a new standard to be applied by New Jersey Courts and Administrative Tribunals in awarding accidental disability retirement benefits under the provisions of various New Jersey… Continue Reading

Accidental and Ordinary Disability Benefits Under The Police and Firemen’s Retirement System

Posted in Disability Retirement
During the course of a public safety officer’s career, many uniformed employees become injured and disabled on the job. If a public safety officer is unable to continue his or her employment as a result of the injury, they are often left with no choice but to medically retire. The Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS), is… Continue Reading

Welcome to the New Jersey Public Safety Officers Law Blog

Posted in Disability Retirement
            Welcome to the New Jersey Public Safety Officers Law Blog. As stated in the title, this blog is dedicated to providing Corrections Officers, Police Officers, and Fire Fighters with current and relevant information regarding the laws, rules, and regulations that are particular to uniformed public safety officers throughout the state of New Jersey. Whether it be… Continue Reading
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