New Jersey Workplace Accident Lawyers
Trusted Accident Lawyers Help Clients Get Fair Compensation After Workplace Accidents in Morris County, Hudson County, Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Union County, and Essex County, NJ
When you are injured at work, there are steps you should take right away to make sure your rights are protected. New Jersey employee workplace accidents give you the right to workers’ compensation benefits in almost all cases. You may also have the right to additional compensation in excess of your benefits if someone other than your employer or a co-worker caused the accident.
At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our trusted accident lawyers have successfully helped thousands of people in situations similar to yours. Only counting large settlements and verdicts (over $350,000), our skilled lawyers have recovered more than $320 million in compensation for our clients in the past five years alone. That amount does not even consider the countless smaller verdicts we have recovered to help clients get back on their feet after an accident.
Workers’ compensation benefits are valuable, but they don’t cover the full amount of your losses in all cases. If you have been seriously hurt, you may need additional compensation to protect your future. Our New Jersey workplace accident lawyers will work to maximize your benefits by exploring every possible option for getting full compensation for your injuries.
If you have questions about your rights following a workplace accident, our accident lawyers are always available to review your case for free. We have offices located throughout New Jersey for your convenience. To schedule your free case review, call our office today.
Common Types of Workplace Accidents in New Jersey
Although construction accidents are some of the most common and serious workplace accidents in New Jersey, accidents can happen in any work environment. Common types of workplace accident claims our accident lawyers handle include:
- Accidents involving heavy machinery,
- Accidents caused by falling objects,
- Asbestos exposure,
- Electrocution and electric shock accidents,
- Exposure to toxic chemicals,
- Slip and fall accidents,
- Construction accidents,
- Ladder, scaffolding or roof fall accidents,
- Car accidents.
Regardless of the type of workplace accident, you should notify your employer or supervisor as soon as possible to protect your right to workers’ compensation benefits. Specific timing requirements apply for filing a claim and your employer should give you the necessary information right away. Some basic information that all injured workers should know after a workplace accident include:
- You do not have to prove that someone else caused your accident to get workers’ compensation benefits (you are eligible even if the workplace accident was your own fault),
- Your workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey will cover about 2/3 of your average weekly wages,
- Your medical bills related to the work accident will all be paid,
- You must first be out of work for seven days to get temporary disability benefits—but after that seven-day period, you can get retroactive payment for lost wages over the first week,
- You might have the right to financial compensation above and beyond your workers’ compensation benefits.
Top-Rated New Jersey Workplace Accident Lawyers Help Clients Understand Their Right to Fair Compensation
Whether workers’ compensation benefits are your only option depends upon who or what caused your accident. If the accident was your employer’s fault (or a co-worker’s fault), your benefits will come solely from workers’ compensation. In many workplace accident cases, the situation is more complex.
If a third party’s actions caused, or contributed to, your work accident, you might be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for additional compensation. That compensation might include:
- The full amount of your lost wages,
- Certain types of medical treatments that might be recommended by a doctor who is not your workers’ compensation-approved doctor,
- Pain and suffering,
- Long-term care needs that might not qualify as “medical expenses”, such as the cost of hiring someone to help you in your home.
Unlike workers’ compensation, to successfully recover compensation through a third-party claim, we will have to establish negligence. That requires proving that the third party’s careless or reckless actions caused your workplace accident and injuries. Potentially liable third parties include:
- Someone who owns the property where the workplace accident happened, but was not your employer,
- Contractors and subcontractors,
- The at-fault driver in a car accident that happened while you were at work,
- Management companies,
- Machine and equipment designers and manufacturers if a defective product caused the accident.
Determining whether a third party is responsible for your accident requires the help of a skilled workplace accident lawyer. At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate to find out what happened to cause your accident.
Schedule a Free Case Review with Our Experienced New Jersey Workplace Accident Lawyers Today
In many workplace accident cases, the only way to really know whether you are receiving fair compensation is to contact a respected accident lawyer. At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our New Jersey work accident lawyers have developed a reputation for excellence over 90-plus years of helping injured workers get fair compensation.
Whether you are having problems with your workers’ compensation claim or want to learn more about your right to additional compensation, we are here to help. You can schedule a free case review by calling our office or using our online contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Workplace Accident Claims
You will remain eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, depending upon the amount and type of compensation we recover in a third-party claim, you might have to pay back some benefits. New Jersey workers’ compensation rules do not allow you to keep compensation that has been paid twice for the same thing. For example, if we win 100% of your lost wages in a lawsuit, you will have to pay back the portion of your lost wages you received from workers’ compensation. This is what is often called a “workers’ compensation lien”.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. That means you only need to have been an employee who was injured at work (assuming you did not intentionally cause the accident) to qualify—you do not have to prove that anyone did something wrong. Because of this, you are not entitled to certain types of compensation, like compensation for pain and suffering. In a lawsuit, you have to prove that someone else was negligent, which can be very difficult and will almost always require a lawyer’s help.