PRA Attorney Appears Before NJ Supreme Court on Behalf of Volunteer Firefighter

On January 3rd Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman attorney Jeffrey S. Monaghan appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court.   Monaghan argued on behalf of a Bridgewater volunteer firefighter; who after having been injured in the course of fighting a fire had then been denied a lost time benefit because at the time of her accident, she had neither full nor part-time employment (aside from volunteer firefighting).  The trial court denied her request for this lost time benefit and her attorney appealed to the New Jersey appellate division which affirmed the trial courts denial. Subsequently the Supreme Court agreed to hear this issue which resulted in Monaghan’s oral argument. 

Monaghan was acting on behalf of The New Jersey Association Of Justice (NJAJ), a trial lawyers’ organization dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s families by working to preserve and strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment and quality health care.

NJAJ found the case to be of great importance, stressing the need to support and encourage volunteerism and fully protect those who are serving their community.  They believe that the entitlement of temporary compensation benefits while re-cooperating from physical injuries arising out of volunteer service such as this should be forthcoming regardless of whether the volunteer is employed in a full-time or part-time capacity outside their volunteering services.

The Supreme Court will be issuing their decision in the coming weeks.

Monaghan is a Partner in the Workers’ Compensation department at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman and concentrates his practice primarily on representing injured workers.  He is a member of the New Jersey State and Mercer County Bar Associations.  Since 2006, he has served on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice and is the co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section. He is also a member of the New Jersey Commissioner of Labor’s Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation. 

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