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Why Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2016 | Firm News |

Why Hire a New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer is your most powerful ally and reliable legal resource when seeking maximum compensation for injuries

Following a work-related accident, many people are unsure of where or whom to turn to for trustworthy advice and support. Employers and insurance companies often have a team of investigators and claims analysts working for them and it is vital to have your own representative protecting your rights and best interests. Once you accept the terms of an agreement, you may be prevented from pursuing further recovery that you deserve. It is important to understand your options and obtain reliable legal advice before making any binding arrangements.

The first step in the workers’ compensation process is reporting your injury or illness to your employer. The employer is then required to notify the state and insurance carrier and file a First Report of Injury. Typically, the insurance company is responsible for evaluating the claim and determining if the employee is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation benefits provide coverage for:

  • Lost wages during periods of temporary disability
  • Medical expenses
  • Permanent disabilities

Generally, employees are required to obtain medical evaluation and treatment from an approved workers’ compensation healthcare provider. In some cases, there may be disagreements regarding the extent of the injury, the type of medical treatments needed and the applicability of disability payments. The employee may dispute the insurance company’s decision through the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation by filing a Claim Petition and making a motion for medical owed, temporary benefits and disability.

If your claims are disputed by your employer and/or insurance company, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney is able to provide additional legal support and resources to help you prove your case. You may be able to obtain a second opinion or additional medical treatment from a provider of your choosing if the approved workers’ compensation doctor fails to properly evaluate or treat your injuries. Our attorneys take the time to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident and evaluate the potential causes of action you may be able to pursue. We also obtain evidentiary support and testimony from witnesses and experts when necessary.

If your loved one dies as a result of an on-the-job injury, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation death benefits and/or pursue a civil claim for wrongful death. These types of accident cases are inherently emotional and stressful for both victims and family members. As experienced workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys, we stay by your side from start to finish helping you achieve the maximum compensation you deserve. Call 732-482-9285 or send an email to schedule a free initial consultation.