New Jersey Workers' Compensation Attorneys Answer Questions About Coverage
How Long Do I Have to Wait Before I Can Get Workers' Compensation Coverage/Benefits?
When you suffer any kind of injury on the job, you can apply for medical or disability benefits. This means any kind of injury at all, big or small, as long as it happened while you were working. If your injury leaves you unable to work for seven days (including holidays and weekends), you're eligible for workers' compensation benefits. The days you miss from work don't have to be in a row. Any benefits you get will be dated to begin on the first work day you missed.
NJ Workers' Comp Coverage Statute of Limitations
Any time you're injured on the job, you need to report the injury to your boss immediately. If your claim is denied for any reason, getting a workers' compensation attorney on your side as soon as possible will help.
You have two years to file a workers' compensation claim in New Jersey. You must formally file a workers' compensation claim within two years of the exact date you were injured or the last time you got paid for working. The court goes by which happened later. This means if you were injured and your employer sent you for medical treatment, it's considered the same as being paid for work. The last day you were seen by the medical professional your employer sent you would be the date your benefits would begin.
When you get an occupational illness, like lead poisoning, hearing loss, or chemical exposure, the same two year deadline still applies. The difference in these cases is that the two year window begins the date you first became aware of your illness and how it was connected to your job.
Don't Allow Violations of Your Rights Because You Didn't Know the Facts
A lot of people injured while working don't receive the compensation they need because they don't know how to get the process started. The workers' compensation paperwork is complicated and full of legal details that can be confusing. The experienced NJ workers' comp lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have represented many people who've been injured on the job. We can help you get the money you need to cover medical bills, job wages lost and your pain and suffering. If you or someone you know has been injured while working, don't hesitate to call us at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your case.
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