New Jersey Permanent Disability Attorneys & Workers Comp Lawyers Securing Compensation for Work Accident Victims
If you’ve been injured on the job, you may find it impossible to continue working. Losing the ability to work can be financially devastating. When this happens, permanent disability benefits provide important security for you and your family. Monetary compensation may not make up for your permanent disability, but it can ease your mind to know that your bills and living expenses will be covered for a very long time.
If you are unable to return to work due to your work-related injuries, whether you work on a construction site or in an office building, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help get you the compensation you deserve.
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Securing Permanent Partial Disability and Permanent Total Disability Benefits in Edison, Brick, Freehold, & Throughout New Jersey
Virtually every worker who performs services for wages in New Jersey is covered by the state’s workers’ compensation law. In exchange for your employer providing you with coverage for injuries caused on the job, you agree not to sue your employer for negligence. Additionally, New Jersey is a no-fault state for workers’ compensation. This means that it does not matter if you made a mistake that led to your injury at work.
There are two types of workers’ compensation benefits for permanent disability:
- Permanent partial disability benefits: If you are left with partial permanent injuries that limit you to performing only light-duty work, you may be entitled to receive benefits at a rate determined by the type and severity of your injury.
- Permanent total disability benefits: If your injury or illness prevents you from returning to any type of gainful employment, you may be eligible to receive weekly benefits for life.
You don’t deserve to be punished for simply doing your job. If you are permanently disabled because of your work-related injury, workers’ comp should provide benefits. Among the serious injuries that can constitute permanent disability are:
- Vision loss: If you were blinded because of a work-related accident, you may have a viable permanent disability claim.
- Hearing loss: Noisy work conditions can cause permanent hearing loss.
- Loss of limbs: Working with heavy machinery can result in serious injuries and amputation.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Head injuries can result in permanent brain damage.
- Orthopedic injuries: These can include knee injuries, shoulder injuries, a herniated lumbar disc or soft tissue injuries.
- Back injuries: Spinal cord injuries can result in complete loss of function or unbearable chronic pain.
- Respiratory injuries: Toxic exposure to lung irritants can cause pulmonary injuries.
- Psychological injuries: Your workplace conditions could lead to psychological or emotional stress, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety.
- Injuries related to violence in the workplace: A worker may have a claim if they were assaulted by another person while at work.
You Need an Experienced Freehold, NJ Workers’ Comp Lawyer to Help You Prove Permanent Total Disability and Permanent Partial Disability
Unfortunately, proving a permanent disability claim can be difficult. An experienced workers’ comp lawyer can help you offer proof and persuasively argue that your work-related injury has left you permanently disabled. You must prove that the injury is permanent, which can be fairly easy when the injury requires amputation of a limb or loss of your eyesight or hearing.
It can be more difficult to prove that your injury constitutes either total or partial disability. The NJ Division of Workers’ Compensation publishes a chart that lists some of the body parts (arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes and ears) that are considered “scheduled injuries” and thus meet the requirements for permanent disability benefits. The chart also lists body parts for “non-scheduled injuries,” such as neck, back, heart and lungs. However, when your permanent disability involves a body part that is not listed on the chart, determining whether you qualify for benefits can become difficult.
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will make sure that you receive a medical evaluation from an independent doctor. Perhaps most importantly, a workers’ comp attorney should be capable of negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement and, if necessary, litigating your claim and disputing the insurance company’s wage loss calculations.
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If You’ve Been Injured on the Job in Edison, NJ, Protect Your Rights by Contacting an Experienced Workers’ Comp Attorney
The experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers of Lombardi and Lombardi, P.C have more than 35 years of experience assisting clients throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth, Middlesex, and Ocean counties. Our skilled lawyers have helped numerous clients successfully face the challenges posed by the NJ workers’ compensation system because we know how to utilize the latest technology and expert analysis needed to prove the true extent of your injuries.
Call us today or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation in one of our offices. We will be strong advocates for you. If we don’t secure a recovery in your permanent disability case, you don’t owe us a dime.