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What rationale is guiding workers' compensation in New Jersey?

New Jersey law requires all employers who are not covered by federal programs to have workers’ compensation coverage. Alternatively, an employer might also qualify for self-insurance. Either way, state lawmakers recognize the importance of providing medical treatment, wage replacement and/or disability compensation to employees who are injured in work-related accidents. 

Do workers' compensation benefits cover long-term disability?

According to one study, many injured workers settle their workers’ compensation cases before realizing that they have a disability. Specifically, a disability diagnosis may occur one or even two years after the accident. Unfortunately, once a workers’ compensation claim is closed, workers may be barred from reopening it. Accordingly, the study questions whether workers’ compensation benefits should be designed differently, in order to account for delayed post-injury symptoms.

Can third-party liability attach to a robotic coworker?

If you have been injured on the job, seeking workers' compensation benefits generally starts with notifying one's employer of the accident. However, it's also a good idea to consult with an attorney who can help to document the facts of the workplace accident. An attorney can also advise you of other potential sources of relief.

Can a workers' compensation attorney offer help before an injury?

Routine inspections by officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration may help enforce workplace safety standards. However, employers can take a proactive approach to avoiding potential hazards on their sites through a service called the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, or SHARP.

Is workplace chemical safety too costly? No, says FPF industry

If you follow the news about workplace safety or workers' compensation, you might get the idea that many employers simply refuse to follow the safety practices required for their industries. For example, we recently discussed the shocking lack of chemical safety compliance in the nail salons of New York City, which may be symptomatic of a nationwide problem.

The unvarnished truth about manicurists' toxic exposure at work

The New York Times just published a fascinating series about the work lives of manicurists and nail salon workers in New York City, the No. 1 U.S. metro area in terms of nail salons per capita. We like our gorgeous nails in New Jersey, too, though, and the job doesn't differ based on geography. Are your dazzling fingertips endangering workers?

You're seriously hurt at work. Are you eligible for workers' comp?

Unfortunately, workplace injuries and occupational illnesses aren't all that uncommon. Most people have the basic idea of what workers' compensation is: insurance that pays out if you get hurt or sick at work. But what is it, really?

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