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Common On-the-Job Injuries

The workplace can be hazardous in a variety of ways. Regardless of your work environment, there is a possibility of suffering a work-related injury. While there are many different types of serious injuries that can occur on the job, some are more common than others. These include:

  • Eye injury/vision loss: On-the-job eye injuries are often the result of long-term exposure to light, coming into contact with dangerous chemicals, falling debris, or trauma to the head or directly to the eye. Eye injuries may lead to partial or total vision loss.
  • Ear injury/hearing loss: Occupational hearing loss happens more frequently than many people realize; often, after being exposed to excessive noise levels over a period of time. Hearing loss may be temporary or permanent.
  • Head injury: Work-related head injuries could happen because of a fall or being struck by a falling object. This can impact a person’s ability to think or function as he once did.
  • Burns: Burns sustained in the workplace can be caused by explosions, chemical spills, or fires. Not only are burns extremely painful, but they can also leave you with permanent scars and disfigurement.

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Workplace Fatalities

No one should feel unsafe going to work each day. Unfortunately, on-the-job fatalities happen all too often in a wide range of industries. Although any serious injury has the potential to lead to death, the most common sources of workplace fatalities are:

  • Transportation accidents: This typically refers to motor vehicle collisions while on the job.
  • Falls: Whether from slipping and falling, or falling from above ground, a powerful blow to the head can prove fatal.
  • Contact with equipment or falling objects: Getting struck by a piece of equipment or falling objects can result in significant injuries that a person may not be able to recover from.

Regardless of which condition causes your injury, negligence is often times to blame.

Seeking Compensation After a Workplace Injury

Many people seeking compensation for on-the-job injuries don't know where to start, or are so inundated with paperwork and fine print that they aren't even aware as to whether or not their rights are being infringed upon. The Princeton personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., are well-versed in the fine print. While you take the necessary time to recover, our attorneys will see to it that you are fully compensated for the injury you suffered while in the course of your employment.

Liability in NJ for Your Work-Related Injuries

Employers must maintain safe working conditions for all of their employees. When dangerous conditions present themselves, employers have to fix those conditions, and at the very least, warn their employees of the risks involved so that injury is not sustained before the danger can be properly taken care of. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide employees with a safe working environment each day. The cause of the workplace injury is not so important. All that must be demonstrated to have a workers’ compensation case in New Jersey is that the injury took place during the course of employment. Fault is irrelevant.

If an on-the-job injury does occur, employers must see to it that the injured party is given medical attention. If a company-approved physician deems that the employee cannot perform his or her job on a daily basis, then the company must provide medical care and temporary disability benefits to the employee. TDB benefits in New Jersey typically are 70% of the employee's average weekly wage prior to the compensable injury. Injured workers in New Jersey can also apply to the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Trenton for a lump sum monetary award if the injury is permanent in nature.

New Jersey Workers' Compensation Insurance

It is mandatory for businesses to carry workers’ compensation insurance in New Jersey and throughout the United States. This ensures that employees are given the necessary care and funding they need to maintain their daily lifestyles without fear of financial failure in case of a serious work-related injury. Employers must see to it that their insurance premiums are up to date and that adequate care is given to their employees in the event of an on-the-job injury. Even if the accident is the result of employee negligence, employers still must (the vast majority of the time) provide the injured employee with compensation. Keep in mind, though, that there are cases in which employee negligence does in fact void workers’ compensation, such as being intoxicated while on the job.

Call (609) 240-0040 for the Experience You Need

The workplace can be exciting, tedious, and boring all in the same day. What it should never be, however, is dangerous. On-the-job injuries occur on a daily basis. Regardless of what type of injury you have sustained while at work, the New Jersey workplace accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. will help you attain the compensation you deserve.

Additional Information

The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty five years.

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