Workers Comp Attorney NJ
Getting Started With the Workers’ Compensation Process
Becoming injured at work means that you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim as quickly as possible. While there are some injuries that may not require you to file a claim (a papercut, a bruised leg from hitting a file cabinet, etc.), there are some far more serious injuries that should be a cause for concern. A workers’ comp attorney New Jersey has to offer, such as one from Rispoli & Borneo, P.C., want you to know that when you sprain, break, fracture, or suffer from some other type of more serious injury, you should speak with your supervisor immediately regarding your need for medical attention and simply to bring the injury to their attention. The sooner you speak with your supervisor, the sooner you can begin getting your workers’ compensation claim underway.
What is the process?
The process is not that complicated. It is important to remember that when you do become injured at work, you must file a notice with your supervisor and you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Although the laws are different depending on the state you are in, you will typically find that the standard time to notify your supervisor that you were injured is within 30, sometimes 45, days of the injury occurring. If you fail to notify your supervisor, you may have no basis for a workers’ compensation claim. If you are concerned about the ability to notify your supervisor, you can speak with a workers comp attorney New Jersey workers know and respect.
What if I cannot give notice?
In certain circumstances, we have seen our clients are unable to give notice to their employers because they needed to be hospitalized due to the severity of their injuries. This would be considered a special circumstance and you likely would not be required to provide your employer with a written notification detailing the accident and your injuries.
The Rest of the Process
When you have notified your employer (or someone else has done so on your behalf), it is your employer’s responsibility to notify the state workers’ compensation board / their workers’ compensation insurance regarding the injury/ claim. Further, you may need to be the one who submits a workers’ compensation claim form after you have seen your doctor regarding the injuries you sustained. Once submitted, you will either get the workers’ compensation claim accepted or denied depending on the details of your claim and the accident.
Do not worry if at first your workers’ compensation claim was denied. This is not uncommon and you should speak with a trusted workers’ comp attorney in New Jersey quickly regarding the denial so that we can go over the details of your claim and see where things went wrong. When you are sent a notification of the denial, the letter should give you the information you need regarding why you were denied. We have helped many people in the past get workers’ compensation even after a denial, so do not let this give you less hope.
For more information on how a compassionate workers’ comp attorney New Jersey has to offer, can help with your claim, please call Rispoli & Borneo, P.C.