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Learning the basics about workers’ compensation in New Jersey

April 01, 2022

When workers in New Jersey get injured or contract an illness on-the-job, they oftentimes have more questions than answers. For starters, they are usually concerned about how they will cover their lost income for the time off of work they will likely miss. They will probably worry about how long it will be before they can return to work, and perhaps they’ll worry about the impact of their on-the-job injury or illness on their employers. Learning the basics about workers’ compensation in New Jersey may help alleviate some of these concerns.

Workers’ compensation basics

Most employees in New Jersey are covered by the workers’ compensation system, since their employers participate in the system. But, probably the most important fact about workers’ compensation in New Jersey is that it is based on a “no-fault” system. This means that it really doesn’t matter how the on-the-job injury or illness occurred – with notable exceptions – for a qualified worker to be covered by the workers’ compensation system.

There is a trade-off in the “no-fault” workers’ compensation system. Since a worker can claim benefits no matter how the injury or illness occurred, the employer is shielded from legal claims by the employee against the employer for the incident. Again, there may be some exceptions to this general rule.

Workers’ compensation claims

Even though, in theory, the workers’ compensation system is supposed to operate relatively smoothly, the fact is that oftentimes there are disputes when it comes to these claims. And, sometimes, claims are denied. When disputes arise or a claim for workers’ compensation benefits is denied, workers in New Jersey will need to be sure that they understand their legal options.

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Let Us Guide You Through The Process

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may have many questions about the financial benefits available to you under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system. You should know that you only have a limited amount of time to report your work injury and make a claim for workers’ comp benefits. Therefore, it is important to have a New Jersey workers compensation attorney review your claim as soon as possible to see that you are being treated fairly and to ensure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Please call 866-916-3549 or contact our office using our convenient online contact form to arrange a free consultation. Our injury attorneys do not charge a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.

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