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What are Workers' Compensation Benefits in New Jersey?
There is a statute of limitations for those filing for workers' compensation benefits. If you wait to notify your employer of a job-related injury or illness or fail to submit your claim within the allotted period of time, you may forfeit your right to compensation. Contact Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. immediately at (609) 240-0040 to ensure that you understand your rights and take the appropriate steps to ensure success. We will thoroughly research your case and help you each step of the way.
In New Jersey Legislature, employees that suffer an injury or contract an occupational illness during the course of employment are entitled to certain financial coverage for medical care, temporary disability, permanent disability, or even death. It is important to remember that workers must always notify their employer of an injury or illness as soon as possible in order to protect their right to receive WC benefits.
Medical Benefits - All necessary medical treatment and hospitalization is covered by the employer or the employer's insurance provider. In general, the employer may choose the treating physician; however, in the event of an emergency, the worker may receive medical or hospital treatment without prior authorization.
Temporary Disability Benefits - If the injury or illness prevents an employee for working beyond seven calendar days, s/he may receive temporary disability benefits, which typically amounts to 70 percent of the employee's gross weekly wages.
Permanent Partial Benefits - If the injury or illness causes permanent partial disability, such as hearing loss or carpal tunnel syndrome, the worker may receive benefits based on the percentage of losses. For example, scheduled losses, like the loss of an arm, hand, finger, legs, etc. may qualify for a lower percentage of benefits than a nonscheduled loss, such as permanent damage to lungs, heart, etc.
Permanent Total Benefits - If the worker is rendered entirely unable to work by a job-related injury or illness, s/he may receive payments for about 450 weeks or as long as the total disability exists. These payments are based on 70 percent of the gross weekly wage at the time of the injury or illness.
Are there Family WC Benefits in NJ?
In the event of a fatal work injury or illness, the surviving dependent family members may be entitled to receive weekly payments of 70 percent of the deceased worker's wages. Death benefits are intended to relieve the financial burden that follows the loss of a loved one, such as past medical costs, lost income, and funeral and burial expenses.
Consult with a New Jersey Workers' Compensation Benefits Attorney as Soon as Possible
If you have been involved in a workplace accident, resulting in serious injuries or illness, it is crucial that you take action to secure your rightful workers' compensation (WC) benefits. Despite the legitimacy of your claim, particularly if the incident took place while you were on the job, it is far too common for injured workers and their families to be denied financial coverage. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our aggressive New Jersey workers' compensation lawyer have ample experience fighting to ensure that valid claims are honored. Our dedication to helping each and every client has given us a reputation for exceptional service and a strong track record of success.
To learn more about your rights and the workers' compensation process, please do not hesitate to call (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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