A FAILED SYSTEM OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY: The Workers Compensation System in New Jersey.

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A FAILED SYSTEM OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY: The Workers Compensation System in New Jersey.

By Jay H. Bernstein, Esq.

The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system fails to deliver timely health care to injured and disabled workers, causing untold suffering to workers and their families, and millions of dollars in costs to the economy.

Justice delayed is justice denied. The injured workers face hostile court battles, six to eighteen months in duration, while their health deteriorates significantly and their families are denied any income. It is a monstrous, backward system, gone astray, padding the pockets of insurance companies, and law firms on both sides of the bench, and supporting an expanding state administrative bureaucracy.

Acute emergent medical care should be vigorously instituted first, and the battle over payment and responsibility should be secondary. Medical care should not be placed on “hold” while litigation slowly unfolds with one witness every three weeks, over a sixth month period. Do not litigate while the worker bleeds. Health care should not be at the sufferance of insurance companies, judges and lawyers, and a statutory scheme from 19th century Germany.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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