In NJ, TT WC is often followed by the carrier’s voluntary offer of some permanent
disability benefits. In cases of dispute between a worker and the employer/carrier
over WC, the worker may file either an Application for an Informal Hearing or a formal
Claim Petition with the Division of Workers' Compensation. The case will then be assigned
to a judge to resolve the disputed claim. The suggestions made by the judge at an
informal hearing are not binding on either party, but formal hearing decisions are binding. If the WC case is settled in court, it is usually for a higher dollar amount than
the voluntary offer.
Orders approving WC will indicate the dollar amount to be paid over a specified number
of weeks, less any voluntary payments made after the TT. Generally the worker will
be issued a ‘catch-up’ payment starting from the end of the TT, and then regular WC
payments will be made at the normal dollar amount as noted on the Order. However,
see DI 52120.165A.5. above regarding 34:15-20 Orders (Orders Approving Settlement with Dismissal).