Workers’ compensation was designed to provide fair compensation to workers injured in the line of duty. However, this isn’t always the case. Many injured workers are cheated or bullied out of fair compensation by employers and insurance companies.
Whether you’re making an initial application for worker’s compensation or want to appeal a denied claim, talking to a Jersey City workers compensation lawyer, will increase your chances of a successful case.
Our attorneys have seen the impact of denied or delayed workers’ compensation in victims and their dependents. Our Jersey City workers’ compensation attorneys will fight to recover maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
When to Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Many employees fail to file workers’ compensation claims or find that their claims are denied. If you find yourself in any of the following situations, you should get in touch with a Jersey City workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.
Medical issues resulting from your work prevent you from returning to work or seeking future employment
Whether you have suffered a full or partial permanent disability, you may be entitled to weekly payments in compensation if you are unable to return to work as a result. This means a big payout for your employer. They will, therefore, most likely do all they can to avoid making these payments. We’ll fight to protect your rights and recover maximum compensation from your employer.
Your employer either denies your claim for workers’ compensation or withholds payments
It’s not uncommon for employers to deny workers’ compensation. Many employees give up when their initial applications for compensation are denied.
In other cases, employers may withhold the payments for any number of reasons. This can be very frustrating and unfair for victims.
Your employer offers a settlement that doesn’t cover all your medical expenses or lost wages
Employers and insurance companies will do their best to minimize their losses. They will most likely they to lowball the settlement. Our attorneys are experienced in recovering workers’ compensation. We know all the tricks that insurance companies and employers use to minimize their payouts. We’ll ensure your rights are protected in settlement negotiations as well as lawsuits.
You want to file a workers’ compensation claim but are already on social security benefits
If you’re not careful about how you structure your claim, you could end up receiving much less than you’re entitled to if you’re on social security. Our attorneys will draft your settlement agreement to ensure to eliminate or minimize the offset.
Your boss retaliates because you filed a workers’ compensation claim
Employers may retaliate against employees who file workers’ compensation claims. This may be in the form of demoting you, cutting back on your hours for no reason or other forms of discrimination. We will fight to protect your rights. Our attorneys will file a lawsuit against your employer for discrimination.
You case involves a third-party claim
Workers’ compensation is designed to protect employers from being sued by their employees for injuries that occur in the workplace. However, you can sue a third party whose negligence contributed to your injury or losses. For example, if you were involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver while delivering products for your company. You can sue the distracted driver for compensation in addition to the workers’ compensation benefits you will receive from your employer.
It’s advisable to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney as soon after the discovery of your injury as possible. A Jersey City workers compensation attorney will assess your circumstances and determine whether you qualify to make a workers’ compensation claim or not.
Why You Should Hire a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Many employees that are injured on the job are confused about whether they should hire a Jersey City Workers’ compensation attorney or not. Some believe that they can handle the claim process on their own. Others are worried about not being able to afford the legal fees.
If you’ve been injured and are wondering whether you should hire a workers’ compensation lawyer or not, consider the following factors.
No Upfront fees
We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you won’t be charged any upfront fees.
Our fee will be charged as a percentage of the compensation you will be awarded if we are successful with the claim. If we are not successful, you will not be charged a single cent. There’s nothing to lose when you approach us to represent you in your workers’ compensation claim.
While workers’ compensation is designed to provide workers with benefits to meet their financial needs following a workplace injury, the laws are actually designed to protect employers.
Insurance companies and employers, therefore, have the upper hand when it comes to negotiating for settlements. We will help to shift the scales in your favor.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable in workers compensation law. We’ll fight to protect your rights.
We’ll protect you from retaliation
It isn’t uncommon for employers to retaliate against employees that file workers’ compensation claims. We can help to protect you against any form of retaliation from your employer. We will work to ensure that you are not treated unfairly or victimized throughout the claims process.
We’ll fight for a fair settlement
Insurance claim adjusters may seem friendly. However, they are hired to keep insurance companies from making losses. They will, therefore, work to keep the payouts from the insurance company as low as possible. They will negotiate and resort to any tactics to keep their payout to you as low as possible.
We will fight to recover maximum compensation from the insurance company. We will work to build a strong claim and represent you in the negotiations. Our attorneys are experienced in recovering compensation from insurance companies. We will counter their tactics to lower their payout.
We’ll fight to protect your future needs
Many employees think only of their needs here and now when they approach a workers’ compensation claim. We will work to protect your future needs too. We will consider future medical costs as well as disabilities that may interfere with your ability to earn an income in the future. We will draft your settlement agreement to ensure that it does not impact your future benefits.
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Covers
Workers compensation is designed to meet the financial needs of the employee resulting from the injury. Compensation covers:
The compensation covers the medical costs related to the employee’s workplace injuries. These include medications, doctors’ appointments, hospital stays, surgeries, physical therapy, and other related treatments.
If your injuries have caused you to miss work temporarily or if you are unable to return to work or seek future employment because of your injuries, you will be compensated for lost income. The amount received will be determined by your income prior to the injury.
If the injury resulted in the death of the employee, the employee’s family can file a claim for wrongful death. The benefits they receive will cover the cost of the funeral and burial of their loved one. It will also provide financial support for the dependents of the employee. This is often a percentage of the deceased’s wages prior to their injury.
Does Workers’ Compensation Cover All Work-related Injuries
Workers compensation is designed to cover most work-related injuries. However, not all injuries are covered. Coverage may be denied for injuries that occur under the following situations.
- Injuries that are self-inflicted. These include injuries to a person who starts a fight
- The employee suffered injuries while committing a crime
- Injuries that were suffered while the employee was in violation of the company’s policies
- The employee suffered injuries but was not on the job
Are you Covered by Workers’ Compensation
All employers are required to have workers’ compensation under New Jersey law. If a work-related injury or death occurs and the employer is uninsured, they will be directly liable for the medical costs and other losses suffered by the victim. Our Jersey City workers compensation lawyers will fight to recover compensation from your employer, insured or not.
Talk to a Jersey City Workers Compensation Lawyer
Have you suffered a work-related injury? You may be eligible for compensation.
Get in touch with us now to talk to an experienced and knowledgeable Jersey City workers compensation attorney for free.
We believe that every employee deserves high quality legal representation. This is why we work on a contingency fee basis to ensure that you get just that.
Contact us now to book an appointment for a free a case evaluation. Call 833-323-4448