Accidents happen – and when they do, victims can find themselves unable to continue working in the same way as they did before. NJ state law requires all workers to be covered by worker’s compensation to protect them if they are injured while working.
Workers compensation coverage ensures that anyone who is injured or suffers an occupational disease as the result of their work is protected, along with their dependents, against the hardships arising from the injury sustained in their workplace.
In some instances, employers may not want to pay workers compensation benefits, or the insurance company that provides coverage for the employer will do all it can to reduce the amount it has to pay an injured worker.
If you have been injured on the job, consult with a work injury lawyer in NJ. You may be entitled to payments from NJ workers compensation settlements. When you’ve experienced a work injury, it’s essential to receive the necessary treatment and the full compensation required to continue with your life.
Serious injury cases are not just business for us – they’re personal. When we take on a new client, we adopt them as part of our family, and we fight for them in every way possible.
That has been our motivating force in capturing hundreds of millions of dollars for clients we have represented during the past 50-plus years. It is also the reason we aspire to be the best personal injury firm in the country.
Our client experienced an injury at work when he placed his tool box on a dolly that had no brakes. The dolly moved. The tool box fell crushing our client’s ankle. We sued the manufacturer of the dolly and obtained a multi-million dollar recovery for our client; far more than that he was entitled to under the workers compensation laws. We always consider third party actions (eg. against the manufacturer of an inherently dangerous product or machinery) when there is a workers compensation claim.
Although workers compensation laws are designed to eliminate most direct lawsuits against employers and employees, many times workers are injured at work as a result of the negligence or carelessness of someone with whom he is working. That person may be employed by a different contractor or subcontractor and therefore, the injured worker would not be precluded by workers compensation laws from bringing an action to obtain full financial compensation for the pain, suffering and economic loss sustained. Such an action can result in an award and settlement far exceeding that which workers compensation pays.
We are always analyzing on the job injuries to determine whether or not there could be potential monetary recoveries against a negligent defendant not protected by workers compensation laws. Our analysis is free and we will let you know whether or not you have such a case.
Under New Jersey workers compensation law, employees who are injured in the course of their work are entitled to receive benefits regardless of who was at fault. These benefits cover employees who suffer job-related injuries or illness and include the following:
In some cases a dispute over how much is due – or if compensation is due at all – may arise between the injured worker and employer or between the injured worker and the employer’s insurance company. In cases of workplace injuries, it is important to contact a New Jersey workers compensation attorney to ensure that full reimbursement and medical treatment for the damages suffered is secured.
Workers compensation is insurance, taken by employers, to provide cash benefits and medical care for employees who become injured or suffer an illness as a result of their work. Employers must pay for this insurance under New Jersey law, and employees do not need to contribute to the cost of their compensation. Once it has been determined that the injury or illness incurred is work-related, the employer or insurance carrier must pay the claim.
If you are injured or contract an illness as a direct result of your work, you should report the injury or illness immediately to your employer. Advising your employer does not have to be in writing and can be given to your direct supervisor, personnel office, or anyone in a position of authority at your workplace.
You should also seek the necessary medical treatment to address the injury or illness. Under NJ workers compensation law, your employer and/or their insurer can choose the medical professional to treat your workplace injury. You should retain all documentation pertaining to your injury or illness as this may be needed in future to support your claim for reimbursement in NJ workers compensation settlements and cases.
Once you have notified your employer of a workplace injury, their insurance carrier will evaluate the claim and decide if they believe it is compensable under workers comp law. Its representatives will contact you, your employer, and the medical professional to aid their assessment.
The process for filing workers compensation claims can be stressful, perplexing and time consuming. Having a New Jersey workers compensation attorney guide you through can help you during this difficult time.
In some instances, an employer or their insurance carrier may disagree over the entitlement to benefits, whether the injury or illness was work-related, the level of payment for temporary disability benefits, or to the type and extent of medical treatment required. By engaging with an experienced and professional personal injury lawyer in NJ, you will be able to effectively explore options such as filing a Claim Petition or an Application for an Informal Hearing with the Division of Workers Compensation. In this way, you can obtain the NJ workers compensation settlement or reimbursement you deserve.
If an illness or injury incurred in the workplace causes you to miss more than seven days of work, your employer’s insurers are obligated to evaluate your case. Workers compensation benefits should never be accepted before consulting with an experienced NJ workers compensation lawyer.
The statute of limitations on workers’ compensation claims in New Jersey is two years from the date of injury or when the employee first becomes aware of a work-related illness. Injured workers can file a claim and receive benefits for their damages, such as lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. If you do not file a claim within this two-year window, then it may be denied.
The best way to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your workplace injuries is to retain an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help file your claim and isn’t afraid to go the distance and represent you in court if necessary.
Depending on your circumstances, the court may allow an extension on a case-by-case basis. For example, if you have an illness due to repetitive exposure to a toxic substance, you have a two-year window from the date you reasonably knew you had a health problem directly related to your employment.
However, it is crucial to understand that missing the deadline does not guarantee an extension and that strict conditions must be met before a judge grants one.
After sustaining an injury at work, it’s crucial to act quickly and hire a skilled attorney to protect your rights, including ensuring your claim is not time-barred. Even if you believe your illness or injury isn’t serious, do your due diligence by seeking legal advice.
At Rothenberg Law Firm LLP, we believe there is no work more fulfilling than the work we do to help our clients restore their lives.
We are a firm dedicated to serving the New Jersey area. Our values of honesty, promptness and courtesy, patience, compassion, and thoroughness support our mission to maximize our clients' recoveries and restore their devastated lives. We understand that to be effective at earning the workers compensation or third party settlements our clients deserve, we must be zealous and tireless advocates.
If you’ve experienced a work injury, contact the Rothenberg Law Firm LLP today. We are a dedicated team of NJ lawyers that are prepared to fight for you.
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