DISPUTED NJ WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASES UNDER SECTION 20
Some employee claims for workers’ compensation benefits are disputed by the employer through it’s insurance carrier. If the new jersey injured worker’s claim for benefits is disputed either for liability (is the employer responsible) or causation (did the injury occur at work) then the parties can agree to settle the claim under section 20 (short for N.J.S.A. 34:15-20). Under a section 20 settlement, the employer is NOT responsible for any of the employee/worker’s medical bills (past or present) and/or any future claims for benefits (absolute release of rights and claims against the employer). Therefore, a injured employee/worker should be absolutely certain that he/she has no case before accepting a section 20 offer.