Workers’ Comp and Workplace Accidents
Work-related injuries are unfortunately all too common in New Jersey workplaces. Many of these injuries, thankfully, are covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Read on about workers’ comp and workplace accidents below.
Worker’s compensation insurance is a no-fault system. This means that injured workers receive benefits regardless of who is at fault. At Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., our workers’ compensation attorneys can help guide you through the process of applying for these benefits or appealing a denied claim in New Jersey. We are experienced at all workers compensation matters including assessment and preparation for the process ahead.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
Worker’s compensation covers medical costs including all ER bills, medications, rehabilitation costs and other costs associated with your recovery. It also covers lost wages. If your accident reduces what you can work, workers’ compensation pays the difference. It also can pay for disability payments if you have permanent injuries. In the event of a death as a result of a workplace accident, workers’ compensation pays out death benefits to the victim’s family.
Injuries Caused by Workplace Accidents
The types of injuries sustained from workplace accidents vary. Back and neck injuries are commonly caused by lifting heavy objects. Occupational exposure can cause injuries including asthma, lung disease and other illnesses caused by exposure to gas, asbestos, lead paint, mold and more. Workers can sustain permanent injuries to their legs, too. Falls are regular occurrences that lead to serious injuries such as sprains, strains, tears, head injuries, and broken bones. Musculoskeletal disorder leading to muscle, nerve, joint, tendon, cartilage or spinal disc injuries can occur from lifting or continuous movements.
What to Do After Suffering a Workplace Injury
After sustaining a workplace injury, it’s important to adhere to the following steps:
- Document everything
- Take down the name of any witnesses
- Take pictures
- Notify your employer immediately in writing after your accident. This notice includes your name, date and details of your injury.
- Consult with a workers’ compensation attorney
Your lawyer is your advocate and help can protect your legal rights while you heal.
Contact an Edison Workers’ Compensation Lawyer to Discuss Your NJ Workplace Injury Case
A workplace injury can be devastating, particularly if it prevents you from returning to work for an extended period of time. Although New Jersey workers’ compensation laws are supposed to provide you with reimbursement for medical expenses and replacement pay for missed time at work, it is not always easy to get the workers’ comp benefits you deserve. That is why you should speak with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer about your situation and get guidance throughout the claims process. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. represent clients in Middletown, Howell, Lakewood, Toms River and throughout New Jersey. Call 732-564-7165 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation about your work injury case. Our main office is located at 1862 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820, and we also have offices in Point Pleasant Beach, Freehold, and Brick.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.