Workers' compensation was conceptualized as a safety net for injured workers as well as for employers. However, it is becoming ever more difficult for people who have suffered a workplace injury to get the compensation that they need and deserve. As career injury attorneys, we at the Law Offices of Steven I. Greene are aggressive about identifying all sources of compensation for people who have suffered back injury, head injury, or repetitive stress disorder on the job.
When you are injured at work, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits regardless of fault. The workers' compensation system was designed to make sure workers are protected financially in the event of a workplace injury. Benefits are paid by your employer's workers' compensation insurance. Following an injury, the insurance company will usually try to settle quickly to minimize its costs. It is in an injured worker's best interest to hire a worker's compensation attorney. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Steven I. Greene are highly experienced in negotiating and litigating workers' compensation claims. With the help of our attorneys, you are more likely to get the settlement you deserve.
Contact us as soon as possible after your construction accident or injury related to your use of industrial equipment at your place of work. We understand the financial hardship that a short-term disability means to an individual and a family. We represent commercial drivers, manufacturing workers, and other employees who have workers' compensation claims.
Types of Workers' Compensation Claims
Workers' compensation claims may be brought for any workplace injury. Here are some of the more common types of claims:
- Construction Worker Injuries
- Warehouse/Factory Worker Injuries
- Healthcare Worker Injuries
- Office Worker Injuries
- Shipping/Trucking Worker Injuries
- Airline Worker Injuries
- Railroad Worker Injuries (FELA)
- Repetitive Trauma Injuries
- Third Party Causes of Action
Workers' Compensation Benefits
State laws govern the distribution of workers' compensation benefits. In New Jersey, the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Act outlines the rights of injured workers. According the this act, injured workers are entitled to:
- Medical expenses - 100% of all medical expenses are covered. No deductible or co-insurance payment is required.
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) - If you need to be off work to heal from your injuries, you are entitled to a weekly lost wage benefit. This sum is calculated based on seventy percent of your average gross weekly wage.
- Partial Permanent Disability (PPD) - Also known as a lump sum settlement, this benefit is meant to compensate you for your injuries if you suffer from partial loss of the use of a body part. The amount of these benefits is determined by what body part is permanently impaired and how that will affect your life.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) - If your injury leaves you unable to do any kind of work or you lose two of the same body parts (i.e. both hands), you are entitled to benefits. These benefits are also based on seventy percent of your average gross weekly wage.
- Survivor benefits - If a worker is killed on the job, his or her dependent heirs are eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
You May Have a Personal Injury Claim in Addition to a Workers' Comp Claim
A delivery company, a subcontractor, or a manufacturer may be responsible for your accident. If this is the case, there may be a third party liability case which can result in recovery of damages needed to cover the full costs of a workplace injury, including physical therapy, medical equipment, wage replacement, and more.
Contact The Law Offices of Steven I. Greene to schedule a free case evaluation regarding your potential workers' compensation case, and any related products liability claim or auto accident claim which you may also have.