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Receiving a Fair Amount for Your Workers’ Compensation Settlement

If you have been injured on the job it is likely that you will have the option to consider a settlement negotiated by your attorney with your employer’s Workers’ Comp insurance company.  Given this opportunity it is very important to make every decision wisely, and doing so with the assistance of your experienced attorney will…Read More

Workers’ Comp Laws Offer Unique Advantages, Disadvantages in Different States

When a person who lives in New Jersey suffers a work-related injury and files a Workers’ Compensation claim to cover their medical costs and related expenses, the claims process is very different than it would be for someone injured while working in a state like California. That’s because each state has its own Workers’ Compensation…Read More

I got hurt on the job. Can I sue my employer?
There are almost no circumstances under which you can sue your employer if you are hurt on the job in Essex, Union, Middlesex or Hudson counties or anywhere else in New Jersey. The NJ Workers’ Compensation system covers those injuries by providing medical treatment when appropriate, replacement pay and a cash award if you are left with a permanent injury after the treatment is complete and you have returned to work. There are some exceptions. Please contact Team Law to learn more about your rights.
If I file for Workers’ Compensation in NJ, will I have to go to court?
Yes. Under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law, all cases must be approved by a NJ workmans comp judge. In almost all cases, however, you will not have to appear in court more than one time. Team Law will be by your side throughout the entire in-court hearing process.
Can they make me return to work before I’m ready?
Very often, the insurance company’s doctor will declare you ready to return to work before you feel you are ready. This is a highly debated and extremely complicated area of the Workers’ Comp law. You should consult a Team Law attorney to discuss the specifics of your case. We will deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
Can my boss fire me for filing a Workers’ Comp Claim?
It is against the law in NJ for an employer to punish or discriminate against you in any way for pursuing your rights under Workers’ Compensation law. If you were hurt at work and fired after filing claim, or otherwise feel you are being punished for filing a claim, contact Team Law immediately to discuss the specifics of your situation.
Does the Workers’ Compensation System allow me to choose my own doctor?
No. Under NJ Workers’ Comp law, your employer and its Workers’ Comp insurance carrier get to choose the doctor(s) who treat you. However, in some rare situations, this can be challenged. Talk to a Team Law Workers’ Comp lawyer to learn more about this.
How much replacement pay can I get?
NJ law requires your employer to pay you 70 percent of your average weekly wages (up to a maximum amount determined by the State of NJ each year) for up to 400 weeks.
Can they send me back to work on light duty?
Yes. If your Workers’ Compensation doctor believes you can return to work with light duty restrictions and your employer says they will accommodate those restrictions, you must return to work to perform light duty. However, this determination by the doctor can be challenged under certain circumstances. Talk to a Team Law attorney about your rights.
Can I work at all while I’m collecting Workers’ Comp replacement pay benefits?
No. If you are collecting Workers’ Comp replacement pay, you cannot work at all, nor can you attend any educational programs. Failure to comply may be considered fraud. You can, however, switch jobs while you are under medical treatment by the authorized NJ Workers’ Compensation doctor.

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Newark, NJ | Essex County | Work Injury Lawyers

Most people who collect Workers’ Compensation benefits after being injured in a workplace accident are able to return to work, at some point. However, just because their treatment ended and they were sent back to work doesn’t mean the person wasn’t left with a permanent injury or loss of function of the body part they hurt on the job. The State of New Jersey Workers’ Compensation System understands this and allows for a cash award for injured workers who were left with a partial loss of use of the injured body part. This cash award is called a Partial Permanent Injury Award.

Contact Team Law for assistance in obtaining a cash award for your injuries. We have helped thousands of injured workers, like you, in Middlesex, Union, Essex and Hudson counties in NJ collect maximum compensation for their permanent loss of body part function.

How is a Workers’ Comp Cash Award Calculated in New Jersey?

If you have completed medical treatment and are still suffering from the effects of your accident, you may be entitled to a cash award. The amount of the award is based on which body parts were affected in your accident and the degree to which you are permanently injured.

Each year, the state issues a partial disability schedule, or body parts chart. The chart is a list of body parts with associated compensation amounts. The amount of money attached to the various body parts has nothing to do with your personal weekly wage. It is based on an average of the wages paid to employees on a statewide basis.

Each body part has its own base value according to the chart. Permanent loss of use of your leg is worth a certain amount, while a shoulder injury is worth a different amount. If your injuries are so severe that you are unable to ever work again, you may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits.  However, even if you are able to return to the same job, you very often will still be entitled to a cash award.

The process to obtain the cash award is fairly straightforward. Twenty-six weeks after your final medical treatment, when the Workers’ Compensation doctors release you from care because they believe you have “reached the maximum level of medical improvement, Team Law will have you evaluated by one of its Workers’ Comp doctors. You will undergo an exam and the doctor will review all the records of the treatment you received following your accident.

Our doctor will then provide a comprehensive report outlining the extent of your permanent injury, while your insurance carrier’s doctor will provide the same type of report. The Workers’ Comp judge will then review both reports, which will each include a suggested percentage of disability or loss of function. The judge will discuss the case with the lawyers for both sides and then make a determination about how much of a cash award you should receive.

The negotiations are handled by the lawyers. Your Team Law attorney will fight tirelessly for your right to receive the maximum cash award for your injury. This is particularly important if you have lost permanent use of more than one body part, which requires additional Workers’ Comp legal knowledge and analysis. When the final cash award amount is agreed upon, you will then have to come to court and accept the offer before the judge who must approve all settlements.

However, if the attorney for the insurance company refuses to pay the full and fair value for your injuries, your experienced and skilled Team Law trial attorney will take your case to trial before the Workers’ Compensation judge. We will vigorously and skillfully present your case to the Court to ensure that you receive every penny you deserve for the permanent effects of your Workers’ Comp injury. Further, in certain situations, your Team Law attorney can appeal the judge’s decision to a higher court and even to the NJ Supreme Court, when necessary. Team Law’s Workers’ Comp lawyers have successfully brought cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court for our clients.

Team Law Will Fight for Your Right to a Maximum Cash Award for your Permanent Workplace Injury

A cash award is the third of the three main parts of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system. When you are injured on the job you are entitled to medical treatment, replacement pay, and a cash award based on the extent of your injuries.

Negotiations for a cash award amount can be complex because the insurance company wants to give you as little as possible. This means you require a skilled and aggressive Workers’ Comp attorney to obtain the cash award you deserve. At Team Law, we will fight to get you the most money allowed by law for your permanent injuries. Call our offices today for a free consultation about your case.

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"I would absolutely recommend Roy Konray and his colleagues at Team Law. Roy took his time to get to know me and my medical malpractice case. In addition to being friendly and very easy to get along with, Roy did his homework. He is very knowledgeable about medical information and came to trial prepared to fight for my rights. He kept me informed throughout the process and was on my side every step of the way. I'm sincerely grateful to have been represented by him and even more grateful for the verdict he won for me." [read more]

C. Evans, Millington, NJ / MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

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