Standing Up For Injured Workers In New Jersey
At Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we protect the rights of injured workers in Somerville and Flemington and throughout Somerset County, Hunterdon County and the surrounding areas in New Jersey.
If you have been injured on the job, our workers’ compensation lawyers are here for you. We have extensive experience and a proven record of success in handling workers’ comp claims and appeals.
Were You Injured On The Job?
Workers’ compensation provides people who were injured on the job with benefits that cover medical bills and lost wages. The amount of compensation you receive depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries and the extent of your temporary or permanent disability.
Our attorneys can help you navigate the complex process of pursuing workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey. We also stand up for people who have lost loved ones in fatal work accidents.
Maximizing Your Compensation
A job injury entitles you to workers’ compensation benefits no matter who was at fault. Our lawyers can help you pursue maximum compensation for your injury, including legal areas outside of workers’ comp law. If your injury was the result of negligence on the part of a third party (not your employer), you may also be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
Types Of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
New Jersey workers’ compensation laws provide for the following benefits:
- Medical benefits: Your medical needs are covered by workers’ compensation law provided that they are necessary and reasonable. This includes doctor visits, medications, surgeries, physical therapy and other needs arising from your workplace accident.
- Temporary total benefits: If your on-the-job accident is severe enough that you are unable to work for more than seven days, you are entitled to receive temporary total disability benefits. The amount you will receive is 70% of your average weekly wage, provided this amount does not exceed or fall below maximum and minimum rates set by the state. Payments will continue until you return to work or attain maximum medical improvement. If neither of these occurs, payment will stop after 400 days.
- Permanent partial benefits: When a job-related injury or illness results in a permanent bodily impairment, benefits are based on the individual’s functional loss. These benefits are paid weekly and are due once temporary disability ends.
- Permanent total benefits: These benefits are paid to workers who are no longer able to engage in any type of gainful employment due to a workplace injury. Benefits last for 450 weeks but may continue beyond that time limit if the injured worker remains disabled and unable to perform work duties.
- Death benefits: If you have lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, you are entitled to receive death benefits, which include 70% of your family member’s average weekly wage as well as reasonable funeral and burial expenses.
Whether you have been denied benefits that you rightly deserve or are just starting to pursue a workers’ compensation claim, we can help. With offices in Somerville and Flemington, we serve clients in Somerset County, Hunterdon County and throughout New Jersey.
Steps You Should Take After An Accident
Many people aren’t sure what to do after an accident. The first thing you should do is report the incident to your manager. You should then seek medical care from an approved workers’ compensation doctor. Your manager or human resources representative can and should provide you with this information. Then, reach out to an experienced attorney. Our team takes the time to answer your questions and explain your rights.
In most cases, you cannot sue your employer for an accident or illness on the job. However, if a third party causes your injury, you may be entitled to additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. For example, maybe you were driving a company vehicle and someone struck you. In this case, you could file a personal injury claim and file for workers’ compensation. We can help you understand your options.
While hiring a lawyer is not an absolute requirement, due to the adversarial nature of the proceedings, it is highly recommended. Additionally, in almost all successful cases, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier is ordered by the judge who hears the case to pay at least 50% of the fee awarded to the worker’s lawyer. Of course, if unsuccessful, there is never a legal fee.
Schedule A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Claim And Your Options
To schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation, call us at 908-608-8504 to reach our Somerville office or 908-643-7134 for our Flemington office. Or, if you prefer, contact us by email using our online submission form. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
Personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security cases are handled on a contingent basis – no recovery, no fee.