New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Experienced New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Helps New Jersey Workers Who are Injured On the Job
When you get up in the morning to head off to work, odds are the last thing crossing your mind is whether you will be injured at the workplace. Similarly, showing up for work every day should not equate with suffering a work-related illness. Unfortunately, workplace accidents do occur, as do work-related illnesses. And those workers that have been harmed in the course of performing their job duties are eligible to recover workers’ compensation benefits. But is your injury considered a workplace injury? Does your illness meet the criteria for a work-related illness? At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer can answer those questions for you and more, drawing upon extensive experience helping New Jersey workers who are injured on the job.
Workplace Injuries By Occupation
Workers’ compensation covers injuries and illnesses that occur within the scope and course of employment. This can include accidents on the job and constant and repetitive work-related stresses. Workers’ compensation covers occupational diseases and exposure to toxic materials, as well.
The most common workplace injury cases our New Jersey accident attorneys handle include those for the following occupations:
- Construction Workers
- FedEx & UPS Drivers
- Healthcare Workers
- Landscape Workers
- Police & Firefighters
- Warehouse Workers
- Home Health Aids
- Home Health Care Workers
- State Employees
- Roofing Contractors
- Restaurant Employees
- Truck Drivers
- Security Guards
- NJ Transit Workers
- Auto Mechanics
- Machine Operators
- Grocery Store Workers
- Workplace Altercations
- And more
Skilled New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Recovers Full Benefits For Injured Workers
New Jersey workers who are injured on the job or who suffer an occupational illness may be eligible to recover workers’ compensation benefits, which include the following:
- Medical treatment: coverage for all necessary and reasonable treatment for a work-related injury or illness
- Temporary partial disability or temporary total disability benefits: partial replacement of a worker’s average weekly pay, providing the employee is unable to work during the recovery period, or the employee can only work on a part-time or light-duty basis, which results in a decrease in wages
- Permanent partial disability benefits: this benefit may offer a monetary award that is based on the affected bodily functions, the body part, and the level of disability that the worker has suffered
- Permanent total disability benefits: this extends the temporary disability benefits indefinitely. In order to receive this benefit, an employer may require that the worker have periodic medical examinations to confirm that the worker remains totally disabled
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits: in cases where a worker sustains an injury or illness resulting in a permanent disability that prevents them from returning to their previous job — but who is able to perform another job — the worker may receive vocational rehabilitation benefits. These benefits include job placement services and retraining
- Death benefits: when a worker dies as a consequence of a work-related illness or injury, the worker’s surviving spouse, minor children, and some other dependents will be entitled to receive death benefits
- Funeral expenses: the family of a deceased employee may receive up to $5,000 in funeral and burial costs
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim is two years — the injured worker must file the claim within two years of the day the injury occurred or two years from the time they received their last payment of compensation, whichever is later. If you or a loved one has been injured at the workplace or has suffered a workplace illness, and you have questions regarding what type of workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to receive, schedule a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari.
Dedicated New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Fights For Benefits For New Jersey Essential Workers Who Contract COVID-19 During the Pandemic
Essential workers — healthcare workers, transportation workers, first responders, social workers, delivery workers, grocery workers, and others who provide functions that are deemed essential — were required to report to work during the coronavirus pandemic. A new law, signed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in September of 2020 and retroactive to March 9, 2020, makes it easier for New Jersey’s essential workers to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if they contract COVID-19 during the pandemic.
Under the new legislation, New Jersey will presume that COVID-19 is a work-related illness that is covered by workers’ compensation benefits, providing the essential employee contracts the coronavirus during a period of time when they are working away from home during the public health emergency. If the workers’ compensation claim is denied by the employer or the insurer, then the burden is on the employer to prove that the employee was not exposed to the coronavirus at work.
In addition, New Jersey employees may be eligible for temporary disability benefits if they were directed to quarantine by either public health officials or their employers after a known exposure to the coronavirus during the course of their work.
Schedule a Free Consultation With A Top-Rated New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured at work, suffered a workplace injury, or is an essential worker that contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic due to your work, schedule a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari.
Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation Claims In New Jersey
Yes. Workers who suffer a workplace injury are eligible to recover workers’ compensation benefits even if they were partly at fault for their workplace accident. Fault is not a factor in determining whether an employee may receive workers’ compensation benefits. In order to file a workers’ compensation claim, you do not need to prove that your employer, co-workers, or anyone else did anything wrong. And even if you were responsible for your own workplace accident, you may still receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Under the law, if you are injured at work and you file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer is prohibited from discriminating against you, punishing you, firing you, or retaliating against you in any way. When an employee files a workers’ compensation claim, the employee gives up the right to file a lawsuit against the employer or any co-workers for additional compensation. Employers are not held liable in workers’ compensation claims — fault is not a factor — so both the employer and the employee are essentially protected from any further actions from the other party.