Cranford Workers Compensation Lawyer
Knowledgeable Cranford Work Injury Attorney Represents Clients Injured in Work Accidents in Union County and Across NJ
Thousands of workers in New Jersey every year suffer work injuries and occupational illnesses that require them to seek medical treatment and keep them out of work during their recovery. In cases of serious injury or illness, workers may be left with permanent disabilities that restrict or eliminate their ability to work in any form of gainful employment. New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system was set up to provide injured and ill workers with financial resources to help mitigate the financial consequences that a work injury or occupational illness can cause. Unfortunately, some employers and workers’ compensation insurers make it difficult for injured or ill employees to get the benefits they need and deserve. If your workers’ compensation claim has been delayed or denied, a Cranford workers compensation lawyer can help you cut through the red tape and secure benefits to assist in your recovery.
For nearly three decades, compensation attorney Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. at New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer of JFM Law has represented injured workers pursuing benefits from the workers’ compensation system. Dan has extensive experience handling every type and every aspect of workers’ compensation claims. Dan is a certified trial attorney, a distinction held by less than two percent of lawyers in New Jersey, recognizing his skill and experience advocating on behalf of clients in courtrooms throughout the state.
When you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, contact our firm for a free case evaluation with a Cranford workers compensation lawyer. We can help you go over your legal rights and options so you know what to expect in your workers’ comp claim.
Recovering Benefits from Workers’ Compensation
The workers’ compensation system in New Jersey can provide several types of financial benefits to an employee who has suffered a work injury or occupational illness. These benefits may include:
- Payment of all reasonable and necessary treatment and rehabilitation for a work-related injury or illness
- Temporary disability benefits that provide partial wage replacement when a worker suffers a loss of income while recovering from their work injury or occupational illness
- Permanent partial disability benefits, which offers payments based on the type and severity of a disability that does not render an employee completely unable to work
- Permanent total disability benefits, which continue temporary disability benefits after they expire for as long as an employee remains unable to work in any type of job
- Death benefits, which provides partial replacement of a deceased worker’s wages, along with up to $3,500 in contribution toward funeral and burial expenses, if a worker’s death was caused by a work injury or occupational illness
What Is Involved with Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim?
The process of filing a workers’ comp claim in New Jersey begins with a worker giving notice of their work injury or occupational illness to their employer. This notice must be provided no later than 14 days after an injury to ensure that a worker receives benefits from the date of their injury. However, notice must be given no later than 90 days after a work injury for an employee to be eligible for any workers’ comp benefits. Workers may give oral or written notice of their claim to their employer, although many employers or workers’ compensation insurers will have forms for injured workers to complete.
An employer who receives notice of a work injury is required to file a first report of injury with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. If an employer doesn’t file this report, or if they or their insurer denies a worker’s claim or terminates their benefits, the worker must file a written claim petition with the Division. A claim petition allows a worker to pursue mediation through an informal hearing with a workers’ compensation judge, or a formal claim hearing before the compensation judge to obtain a binding ruling on their workers’ comp claim. A claim petition also allows an injured worker to collect financial compensation for their permanent disability or injury.
About Cranford, NJ
Cranford is a township located in Union County, New Jersey. The community was incorporated in 1871 and is believed to have gotten its name from the Crane family, early colonial-era settlers who established a mill along the Rahway River. Today, Cranford is a popular suburb and bedroom community, bolstered by its transportation connections with NJTransit bus and commuter rail lines and major roads and highways, as well as its strong local commercial base that includes boutique restaurants and shops.
Records from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development show that, in 2020, there were a total of approximately 92,400 instances of non-fatal work injuries and occupational illnesses throughout the state of New Jersey.
Contact Our Firm for an Initial Case Review to Speak with a Cranford Workers Compensation Lawyer about Your Legal Rights and Options
When you have been injured in the course and scope of your job, turn to compensation attorney Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. at New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss how our firm can assist you with demanding the workers’ comp benefits you deserve from your employer.
Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation in Cranford
How much does it cost to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer?
Can I collect additional compensation for my work injury outside of workers’ comp?
Wage benefits under workers’ compensation are based on your average weekly wage prior to your work injury or the onset of your occupational illness. Temporary disability benefits are equal to 70 percent of your average weekly wage (subject to maximum and minimum caps), while permanent partial disability benefits are based both on your average weekly wage as well as the severity of the disability and the affected body part or parts.
While an employee can refuse to receive workers’ compensation benefits, doing so may severely limit their legal rights. For example, refusing workers’ comp does not entitle an injured employee to file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer. Unless one of the limited exceptions applies, an injured worker’s sole legal recourse to recover money from their employer for a work injury is through the workers’ compensation system. In addition, refusing treatment for a disabling work injury may give an employer grounds to terminate an employee.