New Jersey Workers Compensation Injury Attorneys
Your job is to focus on your recovery while we secure compensation for your injuries
If you have been injured on the job, you are not alone. The Federal government estimates that millions of Americans are seriously hurt in occupational accidents each year. Although this takes a huge financial and emotional toll on injured workers and their families, many do not apply for or get workers’ compensation benefits. That is simply unacceptable to the New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys at Lomurro Law. We do everything possible to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
Common workers’ compensation injuries
In New Jersey, any employee hurt in a job-related accident can seek workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who is to blame. This is true even in cases where the employer does not report the accident to its insurance company. In such circumstances, the injured worker can file a claim directly with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. These claims frequently stem from injuries caused by:
- Overexertion associated with manual labor.
- Twisting or wrenching of an employee’s joint.
- Being hit by equipment or other workplace items.
- Motor vehicle accidents and similar “roadway” incidents.
- Falls from any elevation.
- Repetitive activities that stress a specific body part.
- Slipping or tripping on a surface that does not result in a fall.
- Being trapped in or crushed by equipment or other objects.
- Being knocked into equipment or other objects.
Fatal workers’ compensation accidents and payment of death benefits
For New Jersey workers, accidental exposure to hazardous or toxic materials – resulting in chronic and sometimes terminal illness – is a distinct possibility. Even with the implementation of mandatory safety precautions, other workers whose jobs put them in close proximity to heavy machinery are also at significant risk for serious, life-threatening, or even fatal injuries. Consequently, workers’ compensation benefits are awarded not only to eligible employees who are hurt on the job, but also to those who suffer work-related illnesses.
When accidents do cause fatal injuries or illnesses, death benefits – or a percentage of the deceased worker’s income – may be awarded to his or her family. A judge determines the allocation of the benefits to the eligible family members. By default, qualifying family members include the current spouse and biological children – as long as the deceased worker was living with and providing for them at the time of his or her death. Biological children who meet those criteria qualify for the benefits until they are 18, or until age 23 if they are full-time students. To qualify for workers’ compensation death benefits, all other relatives must prove that they also were dependent on the deceased worker’s income in order to get by. In accordance with state law, the employer or its insurance company is also responsible for covering some of the funeral costs.
If you have questions about your workers’ compensation accident or injury, call our New Jersey office now for help
The experienced New Jersey workers’ comp attorneys at Lomurro Law have what it takes to tackle even the toughest workers’ compensation cases. If your employer refused to make the proper notification about your accident or its insurance company is disputing your claim, call us at (732) 414-0300 or contact us online to arrange a consultation.