An injury on the job can turn your life into chaos in the blink of an eye. Not only must you deal with pain and suffering, but also the uncertainty of lost wages and stress about your financial future. NJ workers compensation is an insurance program where your employer provides medical and temporary disability benefits. In exchange, you agree not to file a civil suit against your employer for your injuries, unless you believe an act was intentional. Unfortunately, however, sometimes your employer may deny you workers comp benefits or even retaliate against you in some way. At this point, a workman's comp lawyer can help you exercise your rights.
When an Accident Happens
If an injury occurs at work, you deserve compensation. Whether you work in an office, on a construction site, or anywhere in between, you can suffer injury on the job. Some injuries happen suddenly, like a serious physical injury, or some happen over time, like repetitive stress injuries or occupational disease. To ensure you receive workman's comp successfully and in a timely manner, follow these steps in the unfortunate event of an injury. Failure to do any of these could result in a denial of your claim, so it’s important to understand what to do and when to get a lawyer.
- Notify your supervisor/employer as soon as you’re hurt, or as soon as you’re aware of the effects of any injury.
- Next, seek immediate medical attention. Documentation and professional assessment are key. In the case of an accident, even if you feel fine at the moment, remember some symptoms may take a few days to manifest.
- If your employer doesn’t file one for you, file your workers compensation claim with the state of NJ.
- Avoid signing anything offered by your employer — especially a settlement — from your employer without first consulting with a workman's comp lawyer. You may end up waiving your rights.
- Finally, if you have questions or concerns about your employee rights, contact an attorney.
What If My Claim is Denied?
If your workers compensation claim is denied, don’t give up. A workman's comp lawyer can provide you with assistance in getting your claim approved. Appealing a denied workman's comp claim in NJ is a complicated process. You need an advocate on your side to work through the system. One missed deadline or improperly filled out form can send you to the back of the line and delay your benefits even further. A workers comp attorney will sort through all your paperwork and medical records, and investigate to see whether any miscommunication occurred. You can file an informal or formal appeal hearing. An informal appeal happens more quickly (sometimes in a few weeks), but a formal appeal (typically about six months later) goes more in-depth — with witnesses and evidence. It’s ultimately your decision, of course. Sometimes an employer will grant workers comp benefits, but then terminate them early or fail to pay out the full amount. Your attorney can also assist you in getting the benefits you’ve earned — and deserve.
New Jersey Workers Compensation Law Firm You Can Trust
If you suffer injury on the job, your employer owes you compensation. Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq can help. Please call 1-800-923-3456 or contact us online to speak with a trustworthy and compassionate attorney today.