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
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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.
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Team Law Attorneys Fight for Your Right to NJ Workers’ Compensation Benefits
While the number of employees who had to take time off work after getting injured on the job dropped last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people who get hurt badly enough to qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits is alarmingly high. Injuries cross all sector boundaries, although some types of work are obviously more dangerous than others.
If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, you are legally entitled to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Regardless of who was at fault for your injury, your workers’ comp benefits can cover the cost of your medical treatment and provide you with replacement pay while you are out of work recovering and under a doctor’s care. If your family member was killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to death benefits.
The NJ Workers’ Compensation System is complex. Speak to a knowledgeable attorney at Team Law who will stand up to and deal with insurance companies on your behalf and make sure you get all the benefits you are entitled to receive. We represent clients throughout New Jersey, including Summit, Westfield, and Jersey City.
Which Occupations Have the Highest Workplace Injury Rates?
The median rate of injury, across all occupations, has hovered around 100 injuries per 10,000 workers in the United States for several years. However, the US Department of Labor reports seven occupations had rates greater than 375 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. These business sectors include:
Laborers (construction, landscaping, etc.)
Freight, stock and material movers
What are the Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries?
Every type of job has its pros and cons; some pay better, some are more interesting than others. All job sectors come with an inherent risk of injury for workers. Simply put: accidents happen. Of course, any workplace injury, regardless of what type of work you do, makes you eligible to receive workmans compensation benefits in New Jersey. Here are some common injuries categorized by profession:
Heavy-lifting requirements that lead to back, neck and shoulder injuries
Falls, slips, and trips that lead to sprains, strains, and fractures, etc.
Poor ergonomics that lead to repetitive motion injury (carpal tunnel), back strain, poor circulation, etc.
Poor lighting, ventilation or air pollution that leads to vision, breathing and hearing problems
If You Have Been Injured on the Job, Talk to a Workers’ Comp Lawyer for Free About Your NJ Workers’ Compensation Case
New Jersey law requires your employer to carry Workers’ Comp insurance on your behalf just in you get injured on the job. However, the law doesn’t dictate the quality of medical care you will receive, nor does it guarantee to you smooth sailing with the insurance company. In fact, historically, Workers’ Comp insurance companies want to pay you the least they can and get you back on the job as soon as possible.
Call Team Law today for a free consultation about your Workers’ Compensation case. Also, you can talk to one of our experienced attorneys about the possibility of a third party claim if someone other than your employer is to blame for your injuries. Or, fill out our convenient online contact form to schedule an appointment at our Clark, Linden, Newark, or Orange offices. We will listen to your situation and determine the best strategy for helping you obtain the maximum compensation for your injury.
If you get injured at work, Team Law will go to work for you.
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