Woodbridge Workers Compensation Lawyer
Accomplished Woodbridge Work Injury Attorney Helps Clients to Recover Benefits after Sustaining Work-Related Injuries in Middlesex County and Across NJ
Were you injured in an accident at work, or have you been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition that has been connected to your job? You may be entitled to recover benefits under New Jersey’s workers’ compensations system that can help cover the costs of your medical treatment and make up for income or wages that you lose out on when missing time from work. But if you are facing obstacles from your employer or its workers’ compensation insurer in getting the benefits you believe you deserve, let a Woodbridge workers compensation lawyer advocate for your rights and interests.
At our firm, workers’ compensation attorney Daniel Santarsiero will not rest until we have secured the full benefits and compensation possible in your case. Attorney Santarsiero, Esq. at New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer of JFM Law has represented injured workers throughout New Jersey for nearly 30 years. In that time, Dan has recovered sizable compensation awards for our clients. Dan’s skill and success in workers’ compensation hearings and courtrooms have led to his recognition as a certified trial attorney, a distinction bestowed on less than two percent of all attorneys in New Jersey. You can trust that our firm has the skill and resources needed to fully pursue your legal options.
When you have been injured on the job and are having difficulty getting the workers’ comp benefits you believe you deserve, turn to a Woodbridge workers compensation lawyer from our firm for help. Contact us today for a free initial case review to learn more about how our legal team can advocate for your rights and interests in your workers’ compensation claim.
What Workers’ Compensation Can Provide You after a Workplace Accident
After suffering a work injury, you may be entitled to receive benefits from workers’ compensation that include:
- Payment for reasonable and necessary medical treatment and rehabilitation of the injury
- Temporary disability benefits that provide partial wage replacement for an injured employee who cannot work or has reduced income because of part-time or modified work
- Permanent partial disability benefits, payments based on the affected body part and severity of disability
- Permanent total disability benefits, which continue providing wage replacement benefits after temporary disability has expired for as long as a worker remains completely disabled from working
- Death benefits, which include temporary wage replacement benefits along with contributions toward funeral and burial expenses when a worker passes away due to a work injury or occupational illness
Filing a Claim for Workers’ Comp Benefits
An employee hurt on the job can file a claim for workers’ comp benefits by notifying their employer. An injured worker is required to provide prompt notice of their injury to their employer, ideally within 14 days of the date of the injury. However, if notice is not given within 90 days, the employee may become ineligible for workers’ comp benefits. Notice can be orally given, although written notice is usually advisable to ensure that the employee has a record of when they gave their employer notice. Notice can be given to a worker’s supervisor or manager, the employer’s safety or HR department, or any other individual in a position of authority with the company.
An employer that receives notice of a work injury from one of its employees must file a first report of injury with the state Division of Workers’ Compensation. The employer or its workers’ compensation insurer then has 60 days to accept or deny the employee’s claim for benefits. If an employer denies an employee’s work injury claim, fails or refuses to file a First Report of Injury with the Division, doesn’t pay the full amount of benefits a worker may be entitled to, or stops paying benefits altogether, an injured worker must then file a written claim petition with the Division. The employee can either seek mediation in an informal hearing with a workers’ compensation judge to mediate a resolution with their employer or proceed to a formal claim hearing where the workers’ compensation judge will issue a binding decision on the worker’s claim. A claim petition must also be filed to secure financial benefits for a worker’s permanent injury or disability.
Woodbridge Workers’ Compensation
Woodbridge is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey, and has a population of roughly 100,000 people. There are several large employers located in Woodbridge, such as the Woodbridge Center, the third largest mall in New Jersey, the Wakerfern Food Corporation and the East Jersey State Prison. Due to the high number of employees in the city, a significant number of workers’ compensation claims are filed in Woodbridge each year. These claims are heard at the New Brunswick Workers’ Compensation Court. The court is located at 550 Jersey Avenue in New Brunswick and can be reached by telephone at (732) 973-6333.
Our attorneys handle many cases in the New Brunswick Workers’ Compensation Court and have built strong relationships with the administrative staff. Our firm has a history of successful cases in this court resulting in our clients receiving full compensation for medical costs and lost wages stemming from their work-related injury. If you have been injured on the job in Woodbridge or the surrounding area, our firm will bring your case to the New Brunswick Workers’ Compensation Court and make sure you receive the benefits you deserve.
New Jersey Workers’ Compensation System
The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation System was created to serve the need to protect employees who were injured or contracted diseases while performing their duties at work. Before this system, workers’ rights were largely unprotected, and injured workers were simply discarded by employers after they could no longer perform the job. Nowadays, employers are required to carry “no-fault” insurance, which covers the medical costs and lost wages for employees who have been injured during the course of employment. “No-fault” means that regardless of who caused the injury, the employee is entitled to compensation for the subsequent medical costs and lost wages. Therefore, if you have been injured on the job you are potentially eligible for compensation. Unfortunately, the system that was originally designed to protect employees has been perverted by insurance companies who at times, inappropriately seek to hinder injured employees from receiving compensation. This is why it is crucial to hire a highly-skilled workers’ compensation attorney who understands all the nuances of the New Jersey workers’ compensation system and will aggressively pursue the benefits you deserve.
How an Experienced Woodbridge Workers Compensation Lawyer Can Help With Your Workplace Accident Claim
If you have been injured at work or suffer from an occupational illness, your life can become extremely complicated. First, the pain and discomfort from your injury can be debilitating. While you are attempting to recover from your injury, the inability to earn wages to support your family can cause additional stress. Furthermore, expensive medical bills begin piling up and before you know it, you’re completely overwhelmed. The best way to avoid this situation is to hire an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to handle your case. Hiring an attorney ensures that all of the details of the workers’ compensation claim will be filed correctly in due time. Also, an attorney will analyze the details of your case and best determine a strategy that grants you maximum compensation. At New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer, our top civil attorney Dan Santarsiero, is a workers’ compensation specialist who has over 25 years of experience handling workers’ compensation cases in New Jersey. Dan is reputed statewide for his accomplishments, including a recognition from the esteemed Million Dollar Advocates forum, where membership is awarded only to attorneys that have won verdicts and settlements over 1 million dollars. To speak to Dan about obtaining compensation for your work-related injury or illness, please call 866-916-3549.
About Woodbridge, NJ
Woodbridge is a township located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. In the 2000 and 2010 censuses, Woodbridge ranked as New Jersey’s sixth-most populous municipality, with the township’s growth bolstered by its position at the intersection of the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Woodbridge is also the headquarters of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Woodbridge is the oldest township in New Jersey, having been established by royal charter in 1669.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports that 2020 saw an approximate total of 92,400 non-fatal work injuries and occupational illnesses among workers throughout the state.
Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation to talk to a Woodbridge Workers Compensation Lawyer About Your Claim
If you need workers’ compensation benefits after suffering a work injury or being diagnosed with an occupational illness connected to your work, contact Woodbridge workers compensation lawyer Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. at New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer of JFM Law for help. We offer free, no-obligation consultations so that you can learn more about your legal rights and options for pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.
Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation in Woodbridge
How much does it cost to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer?
Can I collect additional compensation for my work injury outside of workers’ comp?
Medical benefits under workers’ comp may continue for as long as needed for you to reach maximum medical improvement or the point when no further treatment is expected to improve your condition. Temporary disability wage benefits can be paid for a maximum of 400 weeks, while permanent partial disability benefits are paid up to a maximum of 600 weeks. Permanent total disability benefits, paid when you are unable to perform any kind of employment, may continue indefinitely for as long as you remain totally disabled.
Yes. While you can receive both workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits, the total payments you receive cannot exceed 80 percent of your pre-injury average weekly wages. If your aggregate benefits exceed this threshold, your workers’ compensation benefits may be offset against your Social Security disability benefits.