The Supreme Court Takes Up a Firefighter’s Claim for Temporary Disability Benefits

The Supreme Court announced that it has granted review in Kocanowski v. Bridgewater Tp.  The question presented, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Is claimant, a volunteer firefighter, entitled to temporary disability payments for injuries that occurred when she was unemployed and therefore not earning a wage?”  The Appellate Division, in an opinion reported at 452 N.J. Super. 476 (App. Div. 2017), and discussed here, affirmed the decision of the Division of Workers’ Compensation to deny plaintiff’s claim for benefits.  The Supreme Court granted certification yesterday.