Workplace Injury Lawyers in Paterson, NJ
Experienced Workers’ Compensation AttorneyS Represent Workplace Injury Victims in Passaic County, Essex County, and Middlesex County, NJ
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.
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 Edison, NJ Workplace Injury Attorney
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. Contact The Firm today to schedule an initial consultation about your case at one of our offices in Red Bank, Clifton, Cranford, Westfield, or Newark.