Jersey City Workers Compensation Attorneys Assisting Victims of Work Injuries in New Jersey
Injuries suffered due to job responsibilities follow a very unique set of protocols
If you or someone you love has been injured at your place of business, or in the course of your job, that claim is most likely handled via the workers compensation process. You may be tempted to try and handle a workers compensation claim on your own or to trust your employer to oversee the claim process fairly. This can be risky. Instead, contact the Jersey City, Union City and Newark area attorneys at Zavodnick, Perlmutter & Boccia, LLC to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.
How a New Jersey workers compensation claim proceeds
In any workers compensation claim, an employee injured in the course of their work duties makes a claim for benefits permitted by law. Generally, the claim is paid not by the employer directly, but through a workers compensation insurance policy into which the employer regularly pays premiums. Employers are required by law to provide workers compensation insurance coverage or benefits for their employees. The intent of this process is to compensate the employee without ruining the finances of the employer.
Before workers compensation, employees who were hurt on the job had no recourse but to sue their employers through the regular court system, which often led to animosity and strained working relationships. Today, an injured worker can receive prompt medical care and benefits from his or her employer, and the employer no longer fears a long, drawn-out lawsuit.
Benefits provided by workers compensation law
Under New Jersey workers compensation law, employers must provide certain benefits to the injured employees and workers as appropriate:
- Necessary medical treatment for injuries related to their jobs until the employees can return to work or the medical treatments no longer help. The employer retains the right to select the medical provider.
- Temporary disability benefits when employees cannot perform their jobs, at a rate equivalent to 70 percent of their average gross weekly wages (up to a certain level of income). This amount must not be less than 20 percent or more than 75 percent of the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) and should continue until the employees can work again or no longer benefit from medical treatments.
- Permanent disability benefits if the nature and extent of the injuries are sufficient to warrant them. Employees need to present objective medical evidence to receive these benefits.
The Jersey City injury attorneys at Zavodnick, Perlmutter & Boccia, LLC possess over 50 years of combined experience helping injured workers and employees understand the workers compensation claim process. We can help you get the benefits you deserve. In addition, we can help you pursue compensation from any third parties who may have been responsible for your accident and injury such as the manufacturer of defective equipment.
Helping employees navigate the complex arena of workers compensation claims in New Jersey
Contact Zavodnick, Perlmutter & Boccia, LLC today to arrange a free consultation about your workers compensation claim, either by phone at 201.653.1155 or online. We do not charge you unless your case succeeds. Our office is conveniently located near the Journal Square PATH station and is within walking distance of the Hudson County Court House. If you are unable to visit us because of your injuries, we are happy to arrange home or hospital meetings if your injuries warrant.