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 settlement they deserve when their injury leads to total and permanent disability.
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 the 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.
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.
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. Contact our offices today; we can help.
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