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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 West New York, NJ | Hudson County | Work Injury Lawyers

When an accident takes place on a worksite and an employee files for New Jersey Workers’ Compensation benefits, they get medical treatment, replacement pay and often a monetary award. They usually return to work when the Workers’ Comp doctor says they have “attained the highest level of medical improvement that is possible.

Sometimes, the worker returns to work on light duty or modified duty. Other times, the worker can no longer perform their current job and is forced to find other work. However, when an injury is so severe that the worker is unable to return to any type of gainful employment, he or she may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits.

Talk to an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer from Team Law about your permanent disability status. We have helped thousands of people in Essex, Union, Middlesex and Hudson counties in New Jersey get the cash award they deserve when their injury leads to total and permanent disability.

What are Permanent Total Disability Benefits?

The initial period of total disability benefits is 450 weeks. Thereafter, if the worker is still unable to work, total disability benefits will continue beyond the initial 450 weeks. The calculations used to determine amounts are extremely complex. Your attorney at Team Law can explains your rights and what you are entitled to receive if you qualify for long-term permanent total benefits.

Permanent Total Disability is also presumed when the worker has lost use of two major body parts or a combination of body parts such as eyes, arms, hands, legs or feet. However, permanent total disability can also result from a combination of injuries that render the worker unemployable.

What is the Second Injury Fund (SIF)?

The Division of Workers’ Compensation oversees the Second Injury Fund (SIF). This fund makes payments to people who are injured at work and have been deemed as totally and permanently disabled as a result of a recent workplace injury, coupled with a pre-existing disability. This Fund was established to encourage companies in NJ to hire disabled workers and requires the employer to pay only a portion of the total disability award.

This is a very complex area of the law; you need to choose a lawyer who specializes in Workers’ Compensation to handle your Second Injury Fund claim. Talk to a lawyer at Team Law who can explain in further detail how you may be able to benefit from the Second Injury Fund.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation about Your Permanent Workplace Injury

Being hurt at work is often physically and emotionally debilitating for an employee, especially if the person enjoys their work and takes pride in their ability to provide for their family. When a workplace accident causes irreparable, permanent injuries, employees are entitled to permanent benefits through Workers’ Compensation insurance.

Talk to a qualified Workers’ Comp lawyer who has helped thousands of NJ families in Essex, Middlesex, Union and Hudson counties get the benefits they were entitled to when they became permanently disabled after a workplace accident. The consultation is free of charge. Call our offices today; we can help.

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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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