New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
An injury at work can greatly impact your livelihood and the financial stability of your family. Fortunately, workers’ compensation laws may entitle you to benefits to help cover the costs of medical care, lost wages, disability benefits and even death benefits.
Whether you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury or illness, the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Lynch Law Firm can guide you through the process of applying for benefits, appealing a denied claim, seeking additional benefits or filing a third-party personal injury lawsuit if appropriate.
As experienced personal injury attorneys, we can help you recover the full benefits you are entitled as well as any additional compensation that may be available to you through other means. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. We do not get paid unless you recover what is owed to you.
Call (800) 518-0508 today to find out how we can help you.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance program that provides compensation for medical care, lost wages and permanent disability for workers who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. Death benefits are also available in situations where a worker is killed on the job.
Because this insurance is “no-fault,” these benefits are available regardless of who was at fault for the accident. However, this also means that workers forfeit their right to file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer for pain and suffering or other damages unless the case involves intentional acts.
The Division of Workers’ Compensation is responsible for administering the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act (N.J.S.A. 34:15-1 et seq.), which enforces the law that requires employers secure workers’ compensation insurance and ensures workers receive fair and timely benefits.
Employers are required to post information about the company’s workers’ compensation insurance in a place visible location. They must also establish clear procedures for employees and managers for handling workplace injuries and workers’ compensation benefits.
If you have been injured on the job there are specific guidelines for filing your workers' comp claim that you will need to follow. Contact a work injury lawyer at Lynch Law today to start discussing your case today - the consultation is free and you may have limited time to get your claim filed.
Types of Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Some of the most common claims for workers’ compensation include injuries such as:
- Injuries from repetitive movements
- Warehouse, manufacturing and industrial accidents
- Hip and knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Back injuries
- Fall injuries
- Occupational disease
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
If a worker is injured while on the job, they are required to notify their employer of the accident and resulting injuries immediately following the incident. They must also seek medical treatment from an approved physician, who is often chosen by the employer or insurance company.
Types of Available Benefits
For more than 20 years, we have helped injured workers recover the benefits they deserve. Under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to the following benefits:
- Medical benefits - Reasonable medical expenses for services necessary to treat a job-related injury or illness are covered under workers’ compensation. This can include medical treatment, prescriptions, and hospital services. The employer or its insurance company has the right to designate medical providers for work-related injuries.
- Temporary total benefits – Injured workers who are disabled for more than seven days are able to receive temporary total benefits to replace lost wages. This will pay for 70 percent of the worker’s rate of pay up to a maximum amount as established by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. These benefits are provided until the worker returns to work, reaches maximum medical improvement or reaches the maximum amount of time for these benefits at 400 weeks.
- Permanent partial benefits – If a job-related injury or illness causes permanent injury, a worker can receive benefits based on his or her functional loss. These benefits begin after temporary benefits end and are paid on a weekly basis.
- Permanent total benefits – Workers who are permanently disabled by a workplace injury or illness and cannot return to work may be entitled to permanent total benefits, which pay 70 percent of the worker’s rate of pay up to a maximum. These benefits are available for 450 weeks and may be extended if the individual remains totally disabled.
Although filing a claim for New Jersey workers’ compensation seems like a straightforward process, it does not always proceed as it should. Often, the employer, insurance provider or the attending physician will attempt to claim that your injuries did not happen while at work or that they are not as serious as you claim. A doctor may also claim a worker is recovered and can return to work even though they are still in pain.
If you have encountered difficulties in recovering the full benefits you need, it is critical that you contact a reputable attorney. Our New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers are experienced in helping injured workers and their families recover what is rightfully owed to them.
Contact us today to learn more.
Seeking Additional Compensation
In some situations, it may be possible to seek additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against a third party that was at least partially responsible for your accident and injuries.
Workers’ compensation laws protect employers from lawsuits from employees, but you can make a claim against any other parties that may have contributed to your injuries. This could include anyone who is not your employer or coworker, such as:
- Suppliers of dangerous products
- Manufacturers of defective materials
- Vendors responsible for installing or maintaining equipment
- Other drivers in a vehicle accident
With an in-depth knowledge of workers’ compensation laws in New Jersey, our New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers can help you determine any and all additional parties who may be held liable for your injuries. We will help ensure you pursue every available source of compensation.
Call (800) 518-0508 speak with a representative and get started today.
Contact Our New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
At Lynch Law Firm, we are committed to protecting injured workers’ rights to fair and complete compensation if they have been injured while at work. We have the resources required to take on large employers and their insurance companies, and you can trust that we will do everything we can to get you the help you need.
Contact our New Jersey's workers’ compensation attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your claim. We work only on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not get paid unless you recover what is owed to you.
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