Workers' Compensation Attorney in Woodbridge, New Jersey
Being injured at work can be a painful and emotional experience for victims and their families. Such an incident may result in minor or serious injuries, reduced productivity, missed time at work, permanent or temporary incapacitation, or even death.
Under New Jersey workers' compensation law, workers who are injured or suffer illness due to a work-related accident may be eligible to seek workers' compensation benefits, including medical expenses, and temporary or permanent disability benefits.
If you were injured in a work-related accident, you may seek fair compensation for your injuries by filing a workers' comp claim. At Adams, Cassese & Papp L.L.C., I have the experience, resources, and skills to guide and support employees who are seeking compensation for their on-the-job injuries or illnesses.
As a skilled New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney, I will investigate all of the surrounding facts of your case and explore your possible legal options to recover your benefits. Also, I will fight diligently to protect your legal rights and attempt to pursue the maximum possible workers' compensation benefits for your workplace injuries.
My firm – Adams, Cassese & Papp L.L.C. – is proud to serve clients across Woodbridge, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas of Edison, Perth Amboy, and Sayreville.
Workers' Compensation in New Jersey
Workers' compensation is insurance coverage that provides medical treatment, income replacement, and permanent disability compensation to workers who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. Also, workers' compensation provides death benefits to dependents of employees who lost their lives within the scope of employment. In New Jersey, workers' compensation insurance is a requirement for all employers.
Which Employees Are Covered?
New Jersey law requires that all employers in the state who are not covered by federal programs have workers' compensation coverage or be approved for self-insurance. In fact, every business in New Jersey with at least one employee must carry workers' compensation insurance. The only exceptions include:
Employers covered by federal programs
Sole proprietors with no employee
Partners in partnerships
Members of limited liability companies (LLCs)
What Injuries Are Covered?
The majority of physical injuries that an employee sustains within the scope of their employment are covered by workers' compensation insurance. Nonetheless, for an injury to be covered under workers' compensation:
The injury or illness must have occurred while performing a job.
The employee couldn’t be treated using basic first aid due to the severity of the injury.
The worker receives a standard paycheck with their taxes deducted every pay period.
Coverage is limited for mental injuries in New Jersey. Employees who suffer occupational illnesses, such as hearing loss or lung issues, must file their workers’ comp claim within two years of discovering the illness.
The following benefits may be available to injured employees:
Medical benefits that cover all hospital expenses and treatments for the injury
Temporary disability benefits to replace lost wages
Permanent partial disability benefits
Permanent total disability benefits
Death benefits, including burial and funeral expenses, if the employee dies due to a work-related accident, illness, or injury
A knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process of filing your claims and help recover your deserved benefits.
Filing a Claim
Here are the steps involved in filing a workers' compensation claim in New Jersey:
Get immediate medical treatment from a qualified doctor.
Inform your physician about your injuries. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Report your injury or illness to your employer as soon as possible. In New Jersey, you have up to 90 days to notify your employer about your injury.
Your employer will file a First Report of Injury form.
Check on the status of your claim.
Hire an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to help file your claim.
A skilled attorney can help file the necessary forms, gather evidence and documentation to support your claim, and handle all communication and negotiations with the insurance carrier on your behalf.
Appealing a Decision
If your workers' compensation claim is denied, you may appeal the decision. Your attorney can:
File an application for an informal hearing, or
File a formal claim petition
If a workers' compensation judge denies your formal claim petition, you may appeal the judge's decision to the New Jersey Appellate Division of the Superior Court. Having an experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side is crucial to handling your appeal and representing you at every stage of the appeals process.
How Legal Counsel Can Help
Suffering a job-related injury or illness can be overwhelming and have a huge impact on your mental, financial, and physical well-being. Thankfully, you may be eligible to seek fair compensation – including medical treatment and temporary or permanent disability benefits – by filing workers' compensation claims. An experienced personal injury attorney can enlighten you about your available options to recover benefits and guide you through the claims process.
At Adams, Cassese & Papp L.L.C., I'm dedicated to handling personal injury cases and advocating for the legal rights of employees who are involved in workplace accidents, injuries, or illnesses. Using my in-depth understanding of the laws addressing liability in work-related accident cases, I can guide you through the often-complicated claims process. Also, I will fight diligently for your best interests and attempt to recover the fair financial compensation you deserve.
Workers' Compensation Attorney Serving Woodbridge, New Jersey
If you were hurt in a work-related accident, you may be eligible to recover damages for your injuries. Contact my firm – Adams, Cassese & Papp L.L.C. – today to schedule a simple consultation. I can offer you the experienced legal counsel and reliable advocacy you need in your workers' compensation claim. My firm proudly serves clients across Woodbridge, Edison, Perth Amboy, and Sayreville, New Jersey.