No Accidental Disability Benefits for Teacher Who Alleged Mental Disability as a Result of Three Incidents of Physical Contact at Work

Thompson v. Baord of Trustees, Teachers’ Pension & Annuity Fund, 233 N.J. 232 (2018).  As discussed here, this case came before the Supreme Court by virtue of a dissent in the Appellate Division.  The issue was whether a prior Supreme Court case required that accidental disability benefits be paid to plaintiff, a teacher who alleged that she was mentally disabled as a result of three incidents of physical contact at work.  In a 2-1 decision that was reported at 449 N.J. Super. 478 (App. Div. 2017), the majority, in an opinion by Judge Leone, ruled that there was no entitlement to benefits.  Today, the Supreme Court affirmed that decision in a per curiam opinion, substantially for the reasons that Judge Leone gave.