Jersey City Workers Compensation Lawyer
Accomplished Jersey City Workers Compensation Lawyer Advocates for Full Financial Benefits for Clients Injured at Work in Hudson County and Across NJ
Have you been hurt on the job or diagnosed with an occupational illness? The workers’ compensation system in New Jersey can provide you with financial benefits to assist you as you recover from an injury or illness and pursue getting back to work. While workers are normally entitled to benefits for a work injury or occupational illness, too often do employers or their workers’ compensation insurers fight back against workers’ claims to avoid financial liability to pay benefits. When you need help pursuing a workers’ comp claim with your employer, reach out to a Jersey City workers compensation lawyer from our firm.
For nearly 30 years, attorney Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. at New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer of The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has worked to ensure that injured or ill employees get the workers’ comp benefits they need and deserve in their recovery. Dan has a long track record of successful results obtained for our clients. Dan’s work in the field of workers’ compensation has led to his recognition as a certified trial attorney, a distinction held by less than two percent of all attorneys in New Jersey.
If you have been injured in an accident or incident at work in Jersey City, contact our firm for a free initial consultation to speak with a Jersey City workers compensation lawyer about getting the workers’ compensation benefits you need for your recovery and getting back to work.
Workers Compensation Benefits Available after Suffering a Work-Related Injury
Workers’ compensation can provide an employee who has sustained a work injury or occupational illness with certain financial benefits. These benefits can include:
- Medical benefits for all reasonable and necessary treatment and rehabilitation
- Temporary disability, providing partial wage replacement when an employee cannot work or earns reduced income on modified duty
- Permanent partial disability, available when a worker suffers a disability that does not render them unable to work, and which pays benefits based on the type and severity of disability
- Permanent total disability, which continues temporary disability benefits after they expire for as long as an employee remains unable to work in any type of employment
- Death benefits, which pays partial wage replacement and reimbursements for funeral and burial expenses to the family of a worker deceased because of a work injury or occupational illness
How to File Your Workers’ Comp Claim
In New Jersey, a worker normally files a workers’ comp claim by notifying their employer of their work injury or occupational illness. Under state regulations, an injured worker is required to notify their employer of a work injury within 14 days of the date the injury occurred to be entitled to workers’ comp benefits from the date of injury. Notice must be given no later than 90 days after injury for a worker to be eligible for any workers’ comp benefits.
A worker may give oral notice to their employer, although written notice ensures that the worker has a record that their employer was informed of their injury. Notice may be given to any person in a position of authority with an employer, such as a manager, supervisor, or HR representative. Some employers or their workers’ compensation insurers may have forms that an injured worker can fill out to give notice of a claim.
An employer who receives notice of an employee’s work injury must file a first report of injury with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. If an employer fails to file this report or otherwise denies a worker’s claim to benefits, the worker must file a written claim petition themselves with the Division. After filing a claim petition, a worker may choose to resolve their claim through an informal hearing with a workers’ compensation judge to try to reach a mediated resolution with their employer, or through a formal claim hearing where the judge will issue a binding ruling. A claim petition also allows an injured worker to collect financial compensation for their permanent disability or injury.
Workplace Injury Lawyers In Jersey City New Jersey
Jersey City is the second most populated city in New Jersey which is why the Jersey City Workers’ Compensation Court has one of the highest volumes of workers’ compensation cases in the state. Jersey City has a natural port along the Hackensack River and Newark Bay, making it a terminal for manufacturing and distribution. Additionally, Jersey City has an extensive rail infrastructure, including mass transits to New York City. Due to professions in these fields having a greater risk of injury, a large number of employees in Jersey City require workers’ compensation benefits. In fact, all workers’ compensation claims in Hudson County are handled exclusively in Jersey City at the Jersey City Workers’ Compensation Court. The court is located on the Third Floor of 438 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306. The phone number for the court is 201-217-7205. For many years our firm has successfully negotiated cases in the Jersey City Workers’ Compensation Court and our attorneys have built positive, lasting reputations with the administrative staff.
Jersey City Workers Compensation Lawyer
The average hard-working person depends on earning wages to support themselves and their families. When an injury occurs that threatens a person’s ability to earn wages, they can be put in a very difficult situation. At New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer, we are here to make sure you avoid the overwhelming consequences of not being able to earn money. Our top civil attorney, Dan Santarsiero, is widely known throughout Jersey City for securing maximum compensation under the law for his clients. Dan’s efforts have been recognized by the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, for reaching settlements and verdicts in excess of 1 million dollars. Furthermore, Dan was listed as a rising star by “Superlawyers,” and he has also been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.
Jersey City Workers Compensation Law
In New Jersey, employers are required to carry “no-fault” insurance that pays benefits to employees injured during the course of employment. “No-fault” insurance simply means that regardless of who caused the accident, an employee who is injured in the course of employment is entitled to certain benefits. Unfortunately, employer’s insurance companies tend to complicate matters by creating inappropriate legal obstacles that hinder employees from easily securing the benefits they deserve. Consequently, securing benefits under this system depends on the skill and experience of your attorney. Luckily, our top civil attorney, Dan Santarsiero has handled over one thousand workers’ compensation cases and is known statewide for obtaining maximum compensation for his clients. To speak with Dan about your case, please call for a free consultation.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation to Talk with a Jersey City Workers Compensation Lawyer about Your Legal Options
After you have been injured on the job or have developed an occupational illness, you deserve to receive workers’ compensation benefits to assist you in your recovery process. Contact Jersey City workers compensation lawyer Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. at JFM Law today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to learn more about your legal rights under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system.
About Jersey City, NJ
Jersey City is a city located in Hudson County. It is the second-most populated municipality in New Jersey and serves as Hudson County’s county seat. Jersey City is bounded on the east by the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay, directly across from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and bounded on the west by the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. Due to its position, Jersey City is an important manufacturing center and distribution hub. New economic development in recent decades has also seen the arrival of numerous financial firms and institutions, leading to Jersey City earning the moniker of “Wall Street West”.
According to OSHA records, from 2017 through 2021 Jersey City experienced four fatal workplace accidents among workers in the city. Two accidents involved falls from heights, while another involved a fatal trip and fall, and the fourth occurred during a trench collapse.
Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation in Jersey City
An employer generally retains the right to terminate an employee receiving workers’ comp benefits, if the employee is at-will or according to the terms of the employee’s contract. However, it is illegal to terminate an employee in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim, or if an employee has a disability (or is perceived to have a disability) but is still capable of performing the essential functions of their job (with or with reasonable accommodation). Even if an employee is lawfully terminated, an employer still has an obligation to pay workers’ compensation benefits to the terminated employee.
Workers’ compensation is only intended to cover financial expenses and losses that an injured worker may incur. Therefore, it does not cover non-economic, personal losses that may result from an employee’s injury or occupational illness, such as physical pain, emotional distress, or loss of quality of life.