Thomas F. Dorn Jr.

Thomas F. Dorn Jr.

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Thomas F. Dorn Jr.

Thomas F. Dorn Jr. has been recognized by:

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers 2017

Mr. Dorn has the distinction of being the first of only four attorneys in New Jersey certified both as Civil Trial and Workers’ Compensation Law attorneys. With three decades of experience, he is one of the most highly respected personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers in the state. Mr. Dorn has handled thousands of cases resulting in tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. He prides himself on operating 100 percent of the time with honesty and the highest ethical standards in a sector of the law where this is not always the case. He handles cases for on- and off-the-job injuries caused by equipment negligence, dangerous working conditions, vehicle collisions and accidents, slips and falls under dangerous conditions, emotional injuries, drunk driving and related events. In each case, Mr. Dorn seeks and obtains what he knows is a fair and equitable settlement for his client’s case.

He credits his honest, clear and continuous personal communication with his clients as key to developing the most effective strategy and successful outcome. Dedicated and caring, he educates his clients on their rights and the legal process from the outset so that he can manage their expectations as the case unfolds. Mr. Dorn is known for his personable, friendly manner, which makes clients, judges, expert witnesses and others involved in the case work together as effectively as possible to achieve a fair outcome.

Practice Areas

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties

  • Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of NJ, 1999;
  • Certified as a Workers’ Compensation Attorney, Supreme Court of NJ, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989

Published Cases

  • State Farm v. Dalton, 234 N.J. Super. 128 (App. Div. 1989), certification denied, 117 N.J. 664 (1989), cert. denied, 493 U.S. 1078 (1990)
  • Hart v. Property Management Systems, 280 N.J. Super. 145 (App. Div. 1995)
  • Dalton v. Barone, 310 N.J. Super. 375 (App. Div. 1998)
  • Swartz v. Myers, 204 F.3d 417 (3d Cir. 2000)
  • Solis v. U.S., 252 F.3d 289 (3d Cir. 2001)
  • Ruiz v. Mero, 385 N.J. Super. 382 (App. Div. 2006), affirmed 189 N.J. 525 (2007)
  • Kibler v. Roxbury Board of Education, 392 N.J. Super. 45, (App. Div. 2007) certification denied, 192 N.J. 292 (2007)

Education

  • University of Bridgeport School of Law, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1985, J.D.
  • Duke University, Durham, N.C., 1982, B.A., Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Member, NJ Association for Justice
  • Served on Morris/Sussex Ethics Committee, April 2006-September 2010

Awards, Verdicts & Settlements

*Results vary depending on the facts of each case

$41,000 Settlement for a Workers’ Compensation Case Due to Fall at Work

May 2014, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn Jr. Esq., Certified Workers’ Compensation and Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey announces a $41,000 award for injuries sustained at work in a slip and fall.  A security guard fell down when he stepped into a hole at his place of employment.  The hole had been drilled by an environmental company.  A lawsuit was filed against the owner of the property and various environmental companies.  The plaintiff injured his knee and underwent arthroscopic surgery.  Defendants argued that plaintiff was negligent because should have seen the hole.  There was a workers’ compensation lien in the case from the insurance company for plaintiff’s security company.  Prior to a court ordered arbitration, the case settled for $41,000.

$30,000 Settlement for Workers Compensation Case

February 2014, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn Jr. Esq., Certified Workers’ Compensation and Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey announces a $30,000 award for injuries sustained at work. Worker injured his shoulder when he was injured in a motor vehicle that was determined to be his fault.  After the workers’ compensation doctor released him from treatment he underwent shoulder surgery in New York.  As a result of the unauthorized surgery there was a health care lien on the case.  The workers’ compensation judge approved a settlement in the amount of $30,000.

$45,000 Settlement for Workers’ Compensation Injuries

December 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn Jr. Esq., Certified Workers’ Compensation and Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey announces a $45,000 award for injuries sustained at work.  Worker injured his neck, hand and shoulder when he slipped on ice at work.  Following shoulder surgery, he received a workers’ compensation award in 2006.  However, the case was reopened due to worsening shoulder problems.  He underwent a second shoulder surgery although the workers’ compensation insurance company originally refused to send him to a shoulder specialist to determine the need for additional shoulder treatment.  After an application for treatment was filed in court, the insurance company sent him to an orthopedic specialist who performed shoulder surgery. The employee was awarded $45,000 for his reopener claim petition.

$45,000 Settlement for Injuries Sustained in Motor Vehicle Accident

November 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn Jr. Esq., Certified Workers’ Compensation and Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey announces a $45,000 settlement for a motor vehicle accident.  The plaintiff was injured when another car went through a stop sign and struck his car.  The plaintiff injured his neck, shoulder, and knees.  He was diagnosed with a disc herniation in his neck and had to undergo knee and shoulder surgery.  Prior to a court arbitration hearing, the claim against the other driver settled for $45,000.  Based upon the policy limits of the other driver, the plaintiff is now pursing additional funds against his own automobile insurance company since the other driver was under-insured.

$35,000 Awarded for Workers’ Compensation Accident

September 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn Jr. Esq., Certified Workers’ Compensation and Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey announces a $35,000 award for a Workers’ Compensation Case.   The worker injured his lower back lifting a heavy machine at work.  The workers’ compensation insurance company originally refused to send him to a back specialist.  After motion papers were filed, the insurance company sent him to an orthopedic specialist who performed a diskectomy procedure on the worker’s lower back.  The employee, who worked part-time, was awarded $35,000.

$17,500 Settlement for Workers’ Compensation Claim for Contracting Lyme Disease

September 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn Jr. Esq., Certified Workers’ Compensation and Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey announces a $17,500 award for a workers’ compensation occupational case.  The employee filed an occupational claim alleging that she contracted Lyme disease while inspecting grassy fields as part of her job.  The doctor for the employer concluded that the Lyme disease could have been contracted from locations outside of her employment.  Following several conference with a workers’ compensation judge, the case settled for a lump sum of $17,500.

$68,000 Award for Worker’s Accident

September 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr. Esq., certified workers’ compensation and certified civil trial attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C., Denville, NJ, announces a $68,000 award for a workers’ compensation case. The worker injured his low back pulling a piece of equipment.  The workers’ compensation insurance company denied his claim because there were no witnesses to his accident and he had a history of low back pain.  An application for treatment was made in court and the judge ruled in the worker’s favor after an independent doctor related the worker’s back injury to his work accident.  The employee underwent low back surgery (a diskectomy) and was ultimately awarded $68,000.  The judge also gave a separate attorneys’ fee award because an application for treatment had to be filed.

$10,000 Settlement for Injuries Due to Being in a Chain Reaction Accident

September 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr. Esq., certified workers’ compensation and certified civil trial attorney with the law firm of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost, P.C. announces a $10,000 award for a NJ driver in a chain reaction accident.  The NJ driver’s car was struck on an interstate in Pennsylvania when a tractor trailer crossed over a grassy area and into the opposite direction of traffic, causing one car to spin out of control and strike two other cars, including the plaintiff’s car.  The plaintiff received emergency room treatment in New Jersey and went to his family doctor on several occasions.  Following a diagnosis of soft tissue injuries, the case settled directly with the insurance company for the tractor trailer driver for $10,000.

$130,000 Settlement for Workers’ Compensation Case

July 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr.,  workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C., Denville, NJ, announces a $130,000 Settlement for a Workers’ Compensation/Personal Injury Hybrid case.  The Plaintiff worked for the State of New Jersey when she was struck by a drunk driver at a red light. The plaintiff’s medical bills were paid through workers’ compensation insurance.  However, the injuries to her back were extensive; injuring her entire spine with findings of disc herniations in her neck, mid and lower back areas.  One of the plaintiff’s treating doctors advised her that she may need low back surgery in the future.  The defendant unsuccessfully claimed that plaintiff’s three prior accidents were the cause of the plaintiff’s spine problems.  The case settled at conference with a retired judge for $130,000.00.

$14,500 Settlement for Slip and Fall on Ice

June 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr.,  workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C., Denville, NJ, announces a $14,500 settlement for a slip and fall. The plaintiff slipped on ice in an apartment complex parking lot.  The plaintiff suffered an aggravation of a herniated disc that plaintiff had sustained in a prior accident.  The attorney for the apartment complex argued that the area had been salted, that the plaintiff failed to make observations of the ice and that the plaintiff’s injuries were all pre-exisiting.  The case settled following an arbitration.

$90,000 Settlement for Workers’ Compensation Case

May 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C., Denville, NJ, announces a $90,000 settlement for a workers’ compensation case in which a worker who fell injured his left shoulder and neck.  As a result of the fall, the injured worker had to undergo two open reduction internal fixation surgeries on his shoulder.  The treating doctor has advised the petitioner that he may require additional shoulder surgery in the future.  The workers’ compensation insurance company argued that the injured worker’s shoulder injury had healed successfully from the surgeries and that there was minimal disability.  The judge in the case approved of a settlement and left the case open for an additional two years for any necessary future medical treatment.

$140,000 Settlement for Workers’ Compensation Case

April 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr.,  certified workers’ compensation and certified civil trial attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a $140,000 settlement for a workers’ compensation case.  Mr. Dorn took over the representation of the petitioner from another attorney.  Petitioner had tripped on a crack in the sidewalk outside of her place of employment.  She underwent several surgeries to her leg and lower back.  The firm of Einhorn Harris also referred petitioner to a legal malpractice attorney because her original attorney did not pursue a negligence case against the company that maintained the sidewalk.

$137,000 Settlement for Slip and Fall in a Mall

April 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., certified workers’ compensation and certified trial attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a $137,000 settlement for a slip and fall in a mall store.  The plaintiff was walking on a floor that was being waxed at a mall when he slipped and fell suffering a fractured hip.  Plaintiff contended that there were no warning cones or signs in the area where the floor was being waxed.  The store and maintenance company defendants raised trespass issues and also alleged that the plaintiff knowingly walked on a floor being waxed without warning cones.  The case was settled for $137,000 after an arbitration hearing.

$125,000 Settlement for Workers’ Compensation Case

April 2013, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., certified workers’ compensation and certified trial attorney at the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a $125,000 settlement for a workers’ compensation case.  The Petitioner worked for the State of New Jersey when she tripped over a computer wire and injured her knee and low back. She underwent surgery for her injuries.  The defense’s doctor did not relate the low back injury to the accident but after Mr. Dorn’s argument for his client the judge included the injury in the settlement.

$88,000 Settlement for Worker’s Slip and Fall

October 2012, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a $88,000 settlement in Middlesex County Superior court for a plaintiff who slipped and fell at work due to a waxy floor.   The plaintiff also received a workers’ compensation settlement due to the fact that she was working when the accident happened.  Plaintiff underwent arthroscopic surgery.

$270,000 Settlement for Pedestrian Struck By Car

July 2012, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr.,  workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a $270,000 settlement for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.  The pedestrian was crossing the street in Dover, NJ when she was hit by a car sustaining significant fractures to both legs and developing a blood clot following surgery to her right leg.  There were issues of liability due to the fact that both the pedestrian and the driver of the car contended that their light was green.  The case was settled following an arbitration in court.

$250,000 Settlement for Workers’ Compensation Case

July 2012, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a $250,000 settlement in Mt. Arlington’s workers’ compensation court for an occupational claim by a pipefitter contending that the strenuous nature of her work caused her to develop back and neck problems resulting in surgeries to both areas.  The insurance company argued that her neck and back problems were not work related.   The case settled prior to trial.  A significant ERISA health care lien was compromised in order to settle the case.

100% Total Disability Award for Occupationally Caused Lung Cancer

May 2012, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a 100% total disability award in Mt. Arlington worker’s compensation court for an occupational claim in which the injured worker claimed that years of exposure to chromium and nickel fumes as a welder caused him to develop lung cancer.  The insurance company argued that the worker’s prior cigarette smoking was the cause of his cancer.   After a trial, the judge ruled in favor of the injured worker, awarding him total disability and entitling him to weekly disability benefits and medical treatment for his lung cancer for the rest of his life.

$260,000 Settlement for Slip and Fall on Ice

October 2011, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a $260,000 settlement.  Plaintiff slipped and fell on snowy/icy condition in a residential driveway while he was there to install a fireplace.  Defendant was acting as his own contractor and had failed to ensure that his driveway was clear of snow and ice.  Plaintiff underwent surgery for a fractured ankle and later developed deep vein thrombosis which required hospitalization.  Mr. Dorn was also able to file a Workers’ Compensation Claim which was awarded to the plaintiff.

$94,000 Settlement for Motor Vehicle Accident

March 2011, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a $94,000 settlement for a plaintiff who was injured in a motor vehicle accident. The defendant failed to notice warning signs about ice on the road and her vehicle went into opposing traffic, striking plaintiff’s vehicle and aggravating an previously operated upon injury to his neck.

$325,000 Settlement for Slip and Fall on Ice

May 2011, Denville, NJ

Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., personal injury attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, Denville, NJ, announces a 325,000 settlement for a plaintiff who was injured in a slip[ and fall on black ice in an apartment building complex parking lot. He underwent surgery for a severely fractured ankle and later had a spinal stimulator inserted to alleviate his foot pain. Plaintiff produced testimony that defendant had failed to inspect, salt/sand and maintain parking lot which let to plaintiff’s fall.