No job is without hazards. If you have sustained injuries from a workplace accident and need workers’ compensation benefits, please read on, then contact one of our experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers to learn what you should know about workers’ compensation in New Jersey.
What you should know about workers’ compensation in New Jersey
In the state of New Jersey, workers’ compensation is a no fault program that provides medical treatment, wage replacement and permanent disability compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. It also provides death benefits to dependents of workers who have died as a result of their employment. As it so happens, New Jersey state law requires all New Jersey employers, not covered by federal programs, to have workers’ compensation coverage or be approved for self-insurance. So any business with one or more employees is expected to carry coverage. If you qualify, you will be entitled to 70% of your average weekly wages prior to your injuries. Keep in mind, that there is a maximum and minimum that changes every year.
What qualifies you for workers’ compensation in New Jersey?
If the business you work for meets the above-mentioned criteria, you may receive workers’ compensation for the following injuries:
- Lacerations, i.e. deep cuts or tears in skin or flesh
- Sprains and strains, i.e. stretched or torn ligaments, muscles or tendons
- Eye injuries
- Cumulative or continuous trauma not otherwise specified
Keep in mind that any injuries sustained during participation in an off-duty recreational activity, while violating company policy, while committing a crime or while being intoxicated or inebriated will not be eligible for workers’ compensation.
How can a New Jersey personal injury attorney help you?
While engaging the services of a lawyer is not a prerequisite to winning your workers’ compensation claim, it is highly recommended. You see, your employer and their insurance company may have a vested interest in denying your claim. To that end, they will utilize every means at their disposal. You would be wise to reach out to one of our skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyers as a crucial first step toward getting your workers’ compensation claim approved. A qualified legal representative will appeal employer-denied claims and represent you in court, file a third-party negligence claim, file for social security disability benefits, obtain a doctor or medical test and recuperate lost wages. Don’t suffer in silence. Fight for your rights.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury, whether on the job, on the road, due to a medical professional’s negligence, or otherwise, our firm is here. Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC has helped countless victims of negligence over the years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Contact our firm today so we can get started.