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Christopher G Meikle

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  • Is there a way to have a real estate agent lower their commission? Is there someone I can speak to about this situation?

    Ex spouse stopped paying the mortgage even though there are several court orders to pay. His brother made an offer where there will be no proceeds for me to move forward. The original real estate agent lowered his commission to $1000 after listing...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Typically, negotiations for the broker's commission occurs before the home is listed. The fact that the court was involved in the listing suggests that it is unlikely that the commission could be challenged. This really is a question best addressed by your family law/divorce attorney.

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  • What it the difference between TTD and TT on my benefit checks from Workers Compensation for a spinal surgery ?

    My payments are bi-weekly and were TTD. The last one received was TT and I don't know the difference. The spinal fusion surgery has been very painful and therapy has not been much help in the recovery. I still cannot bend or to stoop to lift any l...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You should sit down with a compensation attorney in your area of the state. It sounds like you have a significant injury and at a minimum you should make sure that you are receiving the correct payments. Assuming that you are cleared for light duty but still under active care and the employer does not have same you are entitled to temp. Contact an attorney ASAP.

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  • Low compensation payment after 2 years. Why?

    I was getting 630.00 every weeks for compensation benefits during 2 years. For almost the next two years I did not get my compensation benefits. After claiming my compensation payments they sent me a total of 14,000.00 which I divided by the numbe...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If an injured worker is disabled for a period of more than seven days, he or she will be eligible to receive temporary total benefits at a rate of 70% their average weekly wage, not to exceed 75% of the Statewide Average Weekly Wage. In your case 70% was $630. This indicates an Average weekly wage of $900 at the time of the accident.
    As to the Permanent injury you take the percentage of disability and then go to the printed chart for the year of the accident, ( http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/wc/forms/forms_index.html#disabilities).

    You were awarded a "partial total" award therefore the weekly rate is based upon the number set forth on the State compensation chart which is established by the department of labor. It is not paid at the temp rate and it is always less unless you had a case for total disability.

    Assuming that $41,000 is the final award, you should receive that amount less any previously paid Voluntary tenders, Your share of the Attorney fee, your share of the expert fees and any miscellaneous expenses noted on the final order. The final order which was given to you will list the weekly breakdown.

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  • Had a work related injury. Does the % of the settlement matter depending on how many surgeries you have had

    I still have a tear on my shoulder that wasn't repaired.

    Christopher’s Answer

    While the number of surgeries will not be overlooked by the court it is also does not automatically equate with a higher perm award. It comes down to the functional loss. you should sit down with a compensation attorney to discuss further. Good luck.

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  • Workers compensation for a two-level fusion.

    I got hurt at work on November 2014. I had a two level fusion done in April 2015 after going through every step possible before surgery. I just want to know why I would need a lawyer, what a layer would do for me, and some other advice.

    Christopher’s Answer

    While a person can always attempt to represent themselves I recommend against it. You have a significant injury. Note, counsel fees in compensation cases unlike a typical Superior Court case are limited and the majority of any fee is paid by the insurance company. You have not provided any information as to how the accident occurred but there may also be a separate claim for the injury in addition to a compensation claim. At a minimum you should sit down with a workers compensation attorney to evaluate all possible claims. The consultation is typically free. Good luck.

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  • Do I need a lawyer

    I'm on workers comp...had back surgery twice in one year

    Christopher’s Answer

    In addition to medical treatment and temporary disability benefits Workers compensation also provides for an award for permanency. It sounds like you have a significant injury. You should sit down with an experienced Compensation attorney to fully explore your rights and benefits. You have 2 years from the last authorized medical treatment or 2 years from the last paid temporary disability benefit to file for a claim. Good Luck.

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  • I was injured at work. Can I sue my employer in addition to workman's compensation?

    I was injured at work due to an equipment failure. I require shoulder surgery. As a result, I may have to claim bankruptcy. I am also facing foreclosure as a result due to loss of income.

    Christopher’s Answer

    Unlikely. New Jersey courts have repeatedly held that the employer's actions must essentially meet an intentional tort standard. Also, the employer would have to have known that you were subject to imminent harm.

    Nevertheless, you should sit down with an attorney to discuss the specific facts of your accident.

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  • A lawyer verbally agreed to take my case year + ago and I had given him all info of work inj at that time . I was hurt in work,

    I thought I would get better since it was at end of workweek?Idid not want to loose job ,scared have little 5 +yr old single mom at time .I was unable to return towork i needed surg I filed work comp week later and was denied, filed disability and...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You should contact a new attorney right away.

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  • Am I entitled to unemployment benefits after a compensation claim is over?.

    I was working for a company in New Jersey for 8 months when I was injured on 10/23/2012.It has been a long haul.I received a letter from my employer on Saturday saying I was dismissed.My comp claim is almost over(should be ready to work within the...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you are capable of working then you may apply for unemployment benefits. You should sit down with a workers compensation attorney. Good luck.

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  • Section 20 workers comp: once one comes in and amount is signed off by judge how long till check is in hand?

    I have a worker comp case and agreed to section 20 lump sum settlement, I know the amount and want to know how long it takes for insurer to pay once judge signs off on it

    Christopher’s Answer

    The Insurance carrier has 60 days to issue payment. If they do not pay within 60 days from the date of the award then you should contact your attorney.

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