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12 N.J.A.R. 892

Quigley, Martin J. v. Public Employees' Retirement System, Bd. of Trustees of the
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Citation: 12 N.J.A.R. 892
Decision Date: 1988
Synopsis: Petitioner appealed the denial of his application for accidental disability retirement benefits. The matter was transmitted to the Office of Administrative Law for a hearing. Petitioner injured his back when he fell at work. At the hearing, a doctor testified that petitioner had sustained an injury in the fall, but his pain may have been aggravated by a subsequent automobile accident and by psychological problems. The administrative law judge concluded that petitioner's fall at work was not a traumatic event and that the disability was not the direct result of the fall. Therefore, petitioner was not entitled to accidental disability. Upon review, this initial decision was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees' Retirement System. The Appellate Division affirmed. Although the court concluded that petitioner's fall was a traumatic event, his disability was not the direct result of that event and he was therefore not entitled to accidental disability benefits. Stephen A. Satkin, Esq., for petitioner (Craner, Nelson, Satkin and Scheer, attorneys) Deborah Klein Davis, Deputy Attorney General, for respondent (Cary Edwards, Attorney General of New Jersey, attorney)
Citation Tracker adopted-Bd. of Trustees; affirmed -231 N.J. Super. 211 (App. Div. 1989) [Updated through 1991]