Hundreds of people are put out of work every year due to a job-related injury or illness. Many of these workers will never be able to earn a wage again, but must still worry about how they will cover their medical bills and living expenses.
If you’ve been hurt on the job and need an experienced workers' compensation lawyer in the Newark, Jersey City, Monmouth and Middlesex County areas of New Jersey, please contact Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC today online or at (732) 617-8050 to discuss your case for free.
Understanding Workers' Compensation in New Jersey
In New Jersey, workers' compensation claims are handled by a state agency called the Division of Workers’ Compensation, not the court system. Workers' comp covers most job-related injuries, including broken bones and repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Illnesses that are linked to an individual's job, such as lung disease caused by breathing toxic fumes, may also be covered by workers' compensation.
Workers' compensation is a no-fault system in New Jersey, which means that you can receive benefits regardless of who was at fault for your injury. Even undocumented workers can file for workers' comp. Depending on the unique factors involved in your accident or illness, you may be eligible to receive the following:
- Medical benefits: This covers all necessary and reasonable treatments, prescriptions and hospitalization related to your workplace illness or accident.
- Temporary total disability benefits: You may qualify for these benefits if you remain disabled for more than seven days. Temporary total disability pays 70 percent of your average weekly wages.
- Permanent partial disability benefits: These benefits are based on the percentage of your disability, either scheduled or nonscheduled. A scheduled loss involves a disability in your eyes, ears, fingers, hand, arms, toes, feet, legs or teeth. An unscheduled loss refers to other anatomical systems or parts not included in the scheduled list, such as your back or heart.
- Permanent total disability benefits: You may be eligible for permanent total disability benefits if your injuries prevent you from returning to any type of gainful employment.
The Importance of Acting Quickly in a Workers' Comp Claim
It is important to report your workplace illness or injury as quickly as possible. Failing to do so could jeopardize your case, particularly if the delay impacted your employer's ability to properly investigate your accident or cause of illness. Employers are obligated to file your claim within a set timeframe once you have notified them.
Workers' compensation insurance does not account for pain and suffering. However, if the negligence of a third party, such as a property owner or subcontractor, led to your injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for your mental anguish and other damages.
Our experienced workers' compensation attorneys understand the intricacies of these claims, and will focus on your case so you can focus on healing.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Workers' Comp Claim
To schedule a free consultation to discuss the merits of your workers' compensation claim, please call the knowledgeable attorneys at Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC today by completing the form on this page or calling (732) 617-8050. We welcome clients from Jersey City, Newark, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey.