September 14, 2008 11:35 AM
Yet again the basic theme of workers' compensation, "periodic payments," was reiterated by a Judge of Compensation. This philosophical premise, periodic payments, is the basic foundation upon which workers' compensation is structured and flies directly in the face of those who advance a legislative change to promote CMS workers' compensation set aside agreements.
In denying an application to commute an award, NJ Workers' Compensation Judge Philip A. Tornetta declared, "The essence of the scheme of the Workmen’s Compensation Act is to provide weekly compensation, in lieu of wages, to the injured employee during the period of disability and commutation of the payments is out of the normal course. Verra v. The Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken, 70 N.J. Super. 422 (App. Div. 1961). In the exercise of his or her discretion when determining if commutation should be permitted or precluded, the compensation judge should be guided by the express language of N.J.S.A. 34:15-25. Harrison v. A & J Friedman Supply Co., 372 N.J. Super. 326 (App. Div. 2004). " See Piskoroz v. Beno Stucco Systems Corp. CP 2006-6559 (NJ Div of WC).Note: Despite restrictions on confidentiality of records, the NJ DWC posts reserved, unpublished decisions on its web site.