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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 Lawyer New Brunswick, NJ | Middlesex County | Work Injury Attorney

When it comes to the workday, even people who love their jobs have days where they are focused on the clock – waiting for quitting time. Unfortunately, when you get hurt at work, the ticking clock becomes even more important. There are strict deadlines to follow when applying for Workers’ Compensation benefits in New Jersey.

In New Jersey, an injured employee must file a formal claim petition within two years of the date of injury or the date of last payment of compensation, whichever is later. If your injury is considered an “occupational illness, such as hearing loss or repetitive motion injury, you must file the claim within two years from the date you first became aware of your condition and believe it was related to your job.

However, there are certain Employer Notice requirements under NJ Workers’ Compensation Law. While you have up to two years to file a claim for benefits, you must notify your employer within 90 days of the injury to preserve your right to Workers’ Compensation benefits. In fact, if you notify your employer within the first 30 days after the workplace injury occurred, you are assured of full Comp benefits. Between 31 and 90 days, the level of benefits you receive may be affected.

Workers’ Compensation laws are complicated. Talk to an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Team Law as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is filed properly and on time. Further, if your Workers’ Compensation benefits claims was denied, contact us right away.

Notifying Your New Jersey Employer of a Workplace Injury

If you have been injured or become ill at work, you are entitled to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. All employers in New Jersey must provide coverage for their workers in case they get hurt on the job. Whether you want to take advantage of temporary disability benefits or permanent disability benefits, you must report the accident and file a claim by following the procedures of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation System carefully. The first step to filing for Workers’ Compensation is to notify your employer that you’ve been injured on the job. You are required to provide Employer Notice within the first 90 days.

While the law does not demand that you notify your employer in writing, the experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Team Law strongly suggest creating a paper trail for all things related to your injury. It’s simply in your best legal interests and will provide your lawyer with documentation to prove you’ve adhered to the proper deadlines. Additionally, if you are denied benefits or have to challenge the decisions of the insurance company or medical professionals, you will have a record of everything you’ve done to document your case.

  • You can write a formal business letter and have it sent to your employer by certified mail. (Or, have your lawyer do this.)
  • You can write an email informing your boss or human resources department of your injury.
  • Simply mentioning you have been hurt to the proper authority at work will count as “employer notification, as long as you can prove the conversation took place.

Whichever way you make the notification, make sure you do so within the time limit and keep records of dates and times of all correspondence and conversations you have with your employer about your injury. Make sure your documentation includes details about the accident and the injury, including date and place of the incident.

It’s important to hire a lawyer to assist you with your Workmans Comp claim to ensure you get the full extent of medical benefits you deserve as well as replacement pay while you are out of work recuperating. If you missed the deadline, speak to a qualified Workers’ Compensation attorney at Team Law. We can’t turn back the clock, but we may be able to help you file your claim regardless of the late notice.

Talk to an Experienced NJ Workers’ Compensation Lawyer about Your Case Today

If you are severely injured at work, the very first thing you need to do is get medical care. However, if it’s not a severe injury, you must notify your employer of the workplace injury. When possible, you should notify your employer before getting medical assistance. In most cases, your employer or human resources department will have paperwork you can fill out to file your Workers’ Compensation claim.

If your employer doesn’t dispute your claim, obtaining your medical benefits may go fairly smoothly. However, don’t count on it. Workers’ Compensation laws in New Jersey are complex. If you have suffered a severe injury and are facing significant recovery time, you owe it to yourself and your family to meet with a qualified Workers’ Comp lawyer who will protect your rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Do not delay. Contact Team Law right away for a free consultation about your case. We have helped countless NJ workers, like you, who have been injured in Essex, Union, Hudson and Middlesex counties. We will fight for you and your family, too.

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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]

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