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In the course of protecting others, security guards put their own safety at risk every day—in most cases, you are the first responder on the scene. Security guards are usually hired to prevent violence and other criminal activity. But will you and your family be protected when you are hurt while patrolling to protect others? Fortunately, your employer is required to pay into the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system—meaning you may have the right to receive financial help while you recover.
At Team Law, our experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyers have helped clients in situations similar to yours recover fair compensation. We have both Workers’ Compensation and personal injury experience. That means we have the knowledge and resources to explore every possible outcome for getting maximum compensation in your case.
Security guards face unique challenges both on the job and when claiming Workers’ Compensation. Your employer might even improperly tell you that you assumed the risk by taking the position. Working with an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer who will protect your interests gives you the greatest chance of recovering every dollar you deserve.
To begin developing a plan in your case, call our office today and schedule a free, no-obligation case review with our respected New Jersey Workers’ Compensation lawyers.
Working as a security guard is a high-risk job, but that does not mean that you waive your rights to receive financial compensation if you are hurt on the job. Workers’ Compensation does protect your employer from lawsuits. In exchange for receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits, you give up the right to sue your employer for negligence related to your injuries.
Security guards take on the risk of being injured in situations involving:
Any of these situations can result in serious injuries that might require weeks or months of recovery—putting you out of work in the process. Common injuries sustained by security guards at work include:
Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your injuries, you may have the right to both Workers’ Compensation and additional compensation through a third-party claim. Third-party claims are personal injury lawsuits against a non-employer or co-employee who caused your accident. For example, if you were hit by a drunk driver while working as a security guard, you might be entitled to sue the driver.
If you are hurt on the job as a security guard, you have the right to financial benefits through the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system. These benefits cover:
Many security guards actually work for a security company. That security company, in turn, contracts your services out to third-party vendors whose property you are employed to protect. After you are injured on the job, it is important that you:
Even though your employer is required to pay into the Workers’ Compensation system, the employer or insurance carrier might try to deny your benefits. Your benefit check might also be much lower than you really deserve. Whenever you face any type of challenge to your right to Workers’ Compensation, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer. Any delays in your benefit checks could leave you with unpaid bills and late fees.
At Team Law, we work tirelessly to protect the legal rights of those who keep us safe. To learn more about how we can help get the fair benefits you deserve, call us for a free case evaluation today.
Our established law firm has been fighting to protect workers’ rights for over 60 years. We have dedicated our practice to helping others—and have built our reputation for excellence in doing just that. To learn more about your rights under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system, or to explore the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit for your work accident, call us for a free consultation today. You can also use our online contact form.
You can recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit that is not available through Workers’ Compensation. For example, if a drunk driver caused your injuries, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. While you aren’t entitled to collect full benefits under both cases, the lawsuit mechanism can still hold a negligent party accountable for the harm they have caused even if the injured person was working when the accident occurred.
Yes. Workers’ Compensation is a no-fault system. You can receive benefits even if the accident was entirely your fault. Additionally, responding quickly to evolving situations is a part of your job as a security guard. If your right to Workers’ Compensation benefits was challenged, our lawyers will present the argument that rushing to the scene of an altercation was clearly “in the course of your employment” as a security guard.
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