If you or a loved one has been hurt on the job in New Jersey, workers’ compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and expenses relating to permanent disability. Employers are required to carry workers’ comp insurance, and benefits are payable regardless of fault. Nonetheless, it is very important to secure the representation of an experienced attorney who can file your claim and pursue maximum compensation. The attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are experts in New Jersey workers’ compensation. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
About New Jersey Workers’ Comp
Workers’ compensation is designed to help employees who have suffered sudden injury due to events such as a fall or equipment failure, as well as conditions caused or aggravated by repetitive movements or other longstanding circumstances. Benefits are also available for the family of an employee killed in a workplace accident.
Worker’s compensation laws differ in each state, and federal employees are covered by a separate program. In the event of an injury, New Jersey employees covered by state workers’ comp are required to use an authorized doctor chosen by the employer and insurance carrier for all treatment. These doctors must follow certain rules regarding the timing of release to return to work and other aspects of recovery.
Entitlement to medical benefits will stop when the doctor determines that you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), which means you would no longer benefit from further treatment for pain, immobility, and other conditions.
Under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act, the employer’s insurance carrier must pay your medical bills until you have reached MMI. If your injury or condition is determined to be permanent, the law allows you to seek permanent partial or total benefits. Only an experienced attorney can advise you regarding the different types of benefits available and how to pursue them.
How We Can Help
Our New Jersey workers compensation attorneys have decades of legal experience in workers’ comp and other personal injury cases. We can protect your best interests in court and secure the compensation you will need in order to recover from an injury. An insurance-authorized doctor’s MMI opinion can be a matter of dispute, and we can present a compelling case for your continued benefits before an administrative judge.
Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC we can help you with workers’ compensation disputes pertaining to:
- Validity of the claim
- Type and extent of medical treatment needed
- Denial or early termination of temporary disability benefits
- Permanent benefits or dependency death benefits
Although you typically cannot sue your employer for negligence if you receive workers’ compensation benefits, there are circumstances that may allow you to file a civil case. Employers may not discriminate against you because of your workers’ comp claim, and federal and state employment laws protect you from retaliation.
In some cases, there may be third-party negligence to blame for your condition, and you can sue these parties separately. Meanwhile, if gross negligence on the part of your employer resulted in your injury, the courts may be the best place to seek benefits.
We only collect legal fees if we successfully help you with your claim, so you do not need to worry about out-of-pocket expenses.
Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC our New Jersey workers compensation attorneys are dedicated to fighting for employee’s rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in the workplace, contact us today for a free consultation.