New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fight for Victims of Work Accidents in Camden County, Burlington County and Throughout New Jersey
Accidents can happen anywhere—and the workplace is no exception. When a work injury or illness keeps you from returning to work, New Jersey Workers’ Compensation insurance is designed to step in and provide benefits while you recover. Workers’ compensation laws are, however, complex. An experienced lawyer can explain your legal options and advocate to make sure you get fair benefits after a work injury or illness.
At Gelman Law, LLC, our experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyers will review the facts of your work accident to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve. Too often, workers who are injured or fall ill on the job face challenges to their right to fair benefits. You need a strong lawyer with solid experience to advocate on your behalf.
Our lawyers use our extensive legal experience both inside and outside the courtroom to your advantage. We work to both get your claim filed properly and get the maximum level of benefits for as long as you need them.
We are prepared to help you at any stage of the Workers’ Compensation process—from filing the initial claim to filing an appeal if your benefits have been denied. To discuss your rights with an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer, call or contact us for a free initial case review today.
Learn About Your Right to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system provides benefits to employees who were injured at work or became sick because of something in the workplace. Unlike in a personal injury case, you do not have to show that someone was at fault to receive benefits. You have the right to receive benefits to cover:
- All of your medical expenses, including things like deductibles and copays
- Temporary disability benefits that cover 2/3 of your average weekly wages prior to the accident
- Permanent disability benefits, depending upon the severity of your injuries or illness
- Death benefits for survivors and dependents
On the surface, your right to benefits may seem straightforward—and theoretically, it should be. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies challenge whether your injury really happened at work or whether you are actually unable to work. Further, Workers’ Compensation benefits for a certain amount of time. Temporary disability benefits are available until the later of:
- Your doctor advises that you have reached maximum medical improvement (meaning that you have recovered to the fullest extent possible), or
- 400 weeks
Once your temporary disability benefits expire, however, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. If you are totally unable to work again, permanent total disability benefits may be available for another 450 weeks (or, in some cases, for life). Permanent partial disability benefits provide a partial benefit if you are unable to work again at full capacity.
At Gelman Law, LLC, our dedicated Workers’ Compensation lawyers are here to help you protect your right to full benefits. If you are facing a challenge, we can investigate to find out what happened and advocate on your behalf. In some cases, we can even help you file a lawsuit against a negligent third party to recover benefits above and beyond what Workers’ Compensation covers.
What to Do After a Work Accident
Your initial steps after you are hurt at work or begin to feel sick are important. To protect your right to benefits, it is important to communicate with your supervisors and managers as quickly as possible. After a work accident, you should:
- Notify your supervisor as quickly as possible, preferably in writing (although written notice is not strictly required)
- Seek medical attention immediately—it is important to see a doctor quickly to avoid challenges later
- Keep all documentation related to your injury, including records and receipts the doctor gives you
- Schedule a free case review with an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer
You may receive fair Workers’ Compensation benefits immediately and without challenge. However, in many cases, an experienced lawyer who knows the system may be able to identify additional benefits that you are entitled to receive. It is always a good idea to have an advocate in your corner if something goes wrong, and our lawyers at Gelman Law, LLC are here to fight for you.
Countering Challenges to Your Right to Fair Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Employers and the insurance company can challenge your right to benefits on a number of grounds. Like any other form of insurance, it is expensive to provide injured workers with benefits. Therefore, these parties have motivation to find a way to deny your claim. Common challenges that injured workers often face include:
- Your injury did not really happen at work
- Your doctor is recommending a course of treatment that is not reasonably necessary to your recovery
- Questions about the level of wage replacement benefits to which you are entitled
- Questions about whether you really need to be off the job during recovery
- Situations where your doctor recommends that you return to work before you have recovered and feel ready
Our lawyers at Gelman Law, LLC can help you fight these and any other challenges you might face. To learn more about how we can help, call the office today.
Contact Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for a Free Case Review Today
At Gelman Law, LLC, we are dedicated to helping the people of New Jersey protect their legal rights. We are available to work with you through the entire Workers’ Compensation process to help get the financial support you need to support your physical recovery. We offer a free case review to get you the answers you need about your specific case. Call or contact our office today to schedule your 100% free initial consultation with an experienced New Jersey Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey
Yes. Workers’ compensation benefits are not conditioned upon you being hurt in an accident. Some work injuries take place over time. For example, using the same motions or being in the same environment at work every day over an extended period of time can cause a number of injuries, including back injuries, vision problems and carpal tunnel syndrome. These types of injuries are also treated as “work injuries” that leave you eligible for Workers’ Compensation.
No. Even if your employer was negligent, Workers’ Compensation is a no-fault system that replaces your ability to sue in court. You may, however, be able to sue a third party who was negligent and caused your accident. Our lawyers at Gelman Law, LLC can evaluate your case and explore your right to file a third-party claim for additional compensation.