You work hard to earn money to cover your bills and other living expenses. It’s possible that your family depends on you to bring home a paycheck. You should never be punished for doing your job. If you sustained an injury while at work, regardless of the cause, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits to cover your medical bills. Additionally, you may be entitled to Compensation for lost wages, up to certain statutory limits, if you are unable to return to work for an extended period of time while recovering from your injuries.
Andrew Calcagno is an aggressive attorney who has years of experience handling Workers’ Compensation and personal injury cases throughout Union County and Middlesex County, NJ, including Cranford, Rahway and Roselle. Mr. Calcagno has also successfully represented injured workers in NY’s five boroughs. Regardless of the circumstances of your work injury, Mr. Calcagno is prepared to fight on your behalf all the way to the end. He never backs down to insurance companies and isn’t afraid to go to court when necessary. That’s why insurance companies negotiate fairly with him so you get the best settlement possible.
Causes of Workplace Injuries in Union and Middlesex Counties
Depending on the nature of your job and the circumstances of your workplace accident, you could suffer significant injuries.
Some of the most common workplace injuries include:
- broken bones
- muscle strains
- nerve damage
- scarring or disfigurement
- herniated discs
- knee damage
- rotator cuff or shoulder damage
Prolonged exposure to certain workplace conditions can also cause:
- heart conditions
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- stress and anxiety
- hearing loss
- repetitive trauma injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome
- respiratory and pulmonary injuries
- occupational illnesses like cancer
In the worst cases, a workplace injury can result in permanent disability, traumatic brain damage, spinal cord damage, paralysis and even wrongful death.
Workers in certain professions are more likely to suffer these serious workplace injuries. For example, employees who perform dangerous tasks on a daily basis at construction sites may be exposed to hazardous conditions that can lead to serious accidents and severe injuries. Regardless of the nature of your profession, however, you could be the victim of a serious work-related accident. Common types of workplace injuries include:
- Construction accidents: Workers at construction sites perform dangerous tasks and are exposed to severe health risks.
- Slip & fall accidents: One of the most common workplace accidents is a slip & fall. If you sustain an injury as a result of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident while performing a work-related task, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation to cover the costs of subsequent medical treatment.
- Falling objects: If you work in a retail store, you may be at risk of store merchandise and other items falling from shelves and causing traumatic injuries.
- Auto accidents: Anyone who is injured in a car accident while driving for work may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
- Chemical exposure: Some workers are exposed to toxic chemicals and other environmental hazards that can cause respiratory injuries, pulmonary injuries and occupational illnesses. Sometimes these injuries, such as mesothelioma caused by asbestos, do not manifest until years after the employee has stopped working for the company.
- Assaults: If you were assaulted or attacked by a co-worker, or by someone else while you were on the job, you may be eligible to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to cover your medical expenses.
Workers’ Compensation Law in New Jersey
In return for providing employees with Workers’ Compensation, by law, workers are not allowed to sue their employers – in most cases. Workers’ Comp provides medical treatment, lost wages and, often, a cash award depending on the extent of the long-term injuries. In the tragic event that a worker is killed on the job, their dependents may be entitled to death benefits under the Workers’ Compensation system.
The Workers’ Compensation legal process in New Jersey and New York is extremely complicated. There are certain things you should know prior to filing a Workers’ Comp claim for a workplace injury. An experienced and aggressive Workers’ Compensation attorney can help you understand the legal process, assist you with timely filing of all required forms and documentation, and ensure that you get maximum Compensation for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Workplace Injury Attorney with an Office in Cranford, New Jersey
If you suffered an injury at the workplace and are unable to work for an extended period of time, you may find it difficult to cover your medical bills or even pay monthly expenses. Although Workers’ Compensation law is supposed to provide you with a remedy so you can pay your bills in the aftermath of a serious work-related injury, insurance companies often contest Workers’ Comp claims and try to pressure injured workers into accepting low settlement offers. Your best chance of securing maximum and timely Compensation for an on-the-job injury is to be represented by a qualified Workers’ Compensation attorney.
Andrew Calcagno has years of experience assisting injured workers in workplace accident cases throughout New Jersey, including Union, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Morris and Somerset counties. He has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients. Mr. Calcagno is available 24 hours a day and he provides personalized service to every client. You can call him anytime to discuss the specifics of your case or schedule a free consultation at his office in Cranford, NJ. All cases are taken on contingency; if we don’t win, you don’t pay.