Work injuries are unfortunately common occurrences in many industries and workplaces. When an employee gets injured on the job, it can be a stressful and challenging situation for both the worker and the employer. The following is a brief overview of the workers’ compensation process. For more specific information if you have been injured on the job, contact one of our New Jersey work injury lawyers for legal assistance.
What should I do if I get injured at work?
If you sustain an injury while at work, the first and most crucial step is to seek immediate medical attention. Notify your supervisor or employer about the incident as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor. This will ensure that the necessary documentation is completed for workers’ compensation purposes. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to report the incident to the relevant workplace safety authority, as well. Make sure to follow whatever protocol and/or procedure your employer requires when it comes to reporting work-related injuries.
Am I eligible for workers’ compensation if I get injured at work?
In New Jersey, employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that provides medical coverage and financial support for employees injured on the job. It typically covers medical expenses, lost wages during recovery, and sometimes rehabilitation services.
Can I sue my employer if I get injured at work?
In many cases, workers’ compensation is designed to be the exclusive remedy for work-related injuries, meaning that employees generally cannot sue their employers for additional damages beyond what is covered by workers’ compensation. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as cases involving intentional harm by the employer or when a third party (not the employer) is responsible for the injury. Consulting with an experienced work injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options and determine whether you have a valid claim outside of workers’ compensation.
What should I do if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. Start by understanding the reasons for the denial and gather any additional evidence that may support your claim. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation can be beneficial during the appeal process, as they can advocate on your behalf and ensure your rights are protected.
Work injuries are a serious concern for both employees and employers. Knowing how to respond if you get injured at work and understanding your rights regarding workers’ compensation is crucial. Remember to seek immediate medical attention in case of an injury and report the incident to your employer. The next step you should take if you have been injured is to contact Rispoli & Borneo P.C. immediately to find out what type of benefits you are legally entitled to.