Trenton Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Experienced Attorneys Fight for Clients’ Workers’ Compensation Issues in Mercer County and Throughout New Jersey
In New Jersey, workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” insurance program that provides the following benefits to employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses:
- Medical benefits
- Temporary total benefits
- Permanent partial benefits
- Permanent total benefits
- Death benefits to dependents of workers who have died as a result of their employment.
If you are hurt on the job, your employer should do everything possible to assist in the recovery from your injuries, both physically and financially. In the case of a dispute in New Jersey, you as the worker may file either a formal petition or application for a hearing with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Disputed issues may include whether injury or illness was considered work-related, the type and extent of medical treatment, and/or the payment of temporary disability.
“No-fault” signifies that an injured employee will receive benefits regardless of who was at fault. As a result, employees therefore cannot file a civil lawsuit versus their employer for pain and suffering or other damages, with the exception of intentional acts. In New Jersey, employers are required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance for most workers.
Every workers’ compensation case involves different facts that can determine whether or not there may be a viable cause of action. If you have suffered a job-related injury or illness and live in Mercer County, Burlington County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, or anywhere else in New Jersey, the Trenton Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman, Lento & Duff, LLC are skilled and experienced in these types of cases and ready to help. Contact us today to discuss the specifics of your case.
What Do You Do If You Are Injured At Work?
If you suffer a work-related illness or injury, the first course of action is to notify your employer of the injury as quickly as possible. Even if you think the injury or illness is not serious, it is important to advise your employer. You may notify your supervisor, personnel office, or anyone in authority at your place of work. In New Jersey, you are mandated by law to report the incident to your employer within 90 days of the accident.
Once an accident is reported to an employer, they should notify their workers’ compensation insurance carrier immediately, who will then evaluate the claim and determine if it’s compensable under New Jersey law. This will involve contact with the injurer employee, the employer, and the medical provider. If the claim is accepted, they will direct the injured worker to an authorized medical provider for treatment.
In New Jersey, every employee is entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation irrespective of the length of time you have been employed or the size of the employer. You are eligible on your first day of employment.
The types of benefits that are available to you depend on the nature of the job-related injury or illness. These types of claims involve rigid filing requirements and court deadlines and hearings. It is important to have an attorney help you through the process. The legal team at Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman, Lento & Duff, LLC is your trusted resource for workers’ compensation claims. Contact us immediately if you have suffered an injury or illness related to your work.
What Types Of Injuries Trigger a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Workers’ compensation covers injuries and illness 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 work-related injuries or illnesses that are covered by workers’ compensation includes:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Being struck by an object or caught in between objects
- Assault by another person
- Contact with extreme temperatures.
Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Because workers’ compensation is a no-fault program, it seems like a no-brainer. However, there are several issues that require a lawyer’s expertise to handle a worker’s compensation claim. Workers’ compensation insurance carriers and employers are notoriously stubborn in handing out benefits to injured workers. Beyond that, the filing requirements and court hearings call for an attorney who has the appropriate experience in such matters. The legal team at Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman, Lento & Duff, LLC is your go-to for workers’ compensation claims.
Contact our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers to Discuss Options Today
If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. We serve Mercer County, Burlington County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, and the rest of New Jersey. Act quickly to allow yourself enough time to look at options for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Call Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman, Lento & Duff, LLC today and we will fight for your rights.
Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey
We do. The Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman, Lento & Duff, LLC legal team has experience in all areas of workers’ compensation claims. In order to receive the full benefits permitted by law, it is important to be represented by experienced and professional workers’ compensation attorneys. If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, and live in Mercer County, Burlington County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, and throughout New Jersey, contact us today.
Workers’ compensation benefits are payable without regard to fault. It does not matter if the fault belongs to your employer or yourself. The only thing that matters is that the illness or injury was caused or worsened by your work. If there is a third party involved, then you may have a viable cause of action against the responsible third party, as well. The Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman, Lento & Duff, LLC legal team has the expertise and resources to represent you in all of these matters.
No. In New Jersey, it is illegal for an employer to dismiss or discriminate against an employee who retains a lawyer and files a workers’ compensation claim. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not a lawsuit against your employer. If you have any questions regarding a potential workers’ compensation claim, our attorneys are here to help. Contact Kalavruzos, Mumola, Hartman, Lento & Duff, LLC today.