Work Injury Attorney New Jersey
If you’ve been injured on the job, you may have questions for a work injury attorney New Jersey employees trust at Rispoli & Borneo, P.C. We can answer your questions and review your case at no charge. Only a New Jersey work injury attorney is qualified to offer legal advice. However, in advance of meeting with a lawyer from our law firm, here are answers to questions we’re commonly asked: Work Injuries If you have been injured on the job, a work injury attorney may help you recover your damages and protect your rights. But first, it’s important to understand the basics about work injuries and workers compensation. What is considered a work injury? When an employee is injured in an accident related to their job or due to something in the workplace, this is a work injury. It’s considered an accident that was unforeseeable and unintentional. If you believe that the injury was caused on purpose by your supervisor or employer, call a work injury attorney immediately. I was injured at work. What should I do? If there is any chance that the injury might be serious, you should seek medical treatment immediately. The seriousness may not always be immediately apparent, such as when a person experiences a closed head injury, so even if there is no blood or broken bones, take precautions. If you have not already reported the injury to your supervisor or employer, you may be advised to do this immediately. This is true even if your injury is not serious, or you don’t think it’s serious.
- It may develop into a more serious injury.
- Your employer must be officially notified by yourself or else you won’t be eligible for workers compensation payments or benefits.
- There is a limited timeframe during which you must report the injury. If you wait too long to report it, regardless of how serious your injury is, you may not be able to collect workers comp.
- Once you have reported the injury, your employer can begin the process of submitting your claim to their workers compensation insurance company. If your claim is denied or is unreasonably delayed, a work injury attorney may be able to help you.
- Medical cost reimbursement.
- A percentage of your lost wages due to an inability to work because of the injury.
- Permanent injury loss of wages, medical costs, and medical benefits.
- An employee can sue an employer if intentional misconduct was a factor, meaning that the employer was aware of the harmful effects of the workplace (a common example of this is asbestos or other chemical exposures)
- The employer knew of the hazards in the workplace, but did not remove or warn the employees of its presence.
- The “punch-press exception”, where an employer removes a safety feature to save on the bottom dollar, but it caused increased danger to workers health
- The worker instigated a fight while in the workplace, which led to injury
- The worker was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time
- The worker had purposefully caused the accident to happen so they can frauduently use workers’ comp benefits
- The worker was violating a safety regulation or other rule which caused the accident to occur