Most people do not realize how much they use their knees throughout the day, but healthy knees are critical to lifting, walking, bending, and a variety of other functions. Unfortunately, however, knee injuries are among the most common workplace injuries, and knee injuries often prevent people from being able to work. Many people who sustain a work-related knee injury are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, and they should consider contacting an attorney to assist them with filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you injured your knee at work, the dedicated New Jersey knee injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall possess the knowledge and experience to assist you in seeking any benefits that you may be owed.Common Causes of Knee Injuries
People who have certain jobs, such as construction workers, nurses, and people working in the retail or hospitality industry, are required to lift heavy objects or bend their knees repeatedly. As a result, they are more likely to suffer knee injuries caused by repetitive use, such as tendonitis, bursitis, and arthritis. Knee injuries are frequently caused by trip and fall or slip and fall accidents as well. For example, a person may step on a slippery substance or trip over debris, which can cause them to turn their leg improperly. This can cause a tear in the ACL, which is a ligament that connects the shin and thigh bones, or a tear in the meniscus, which is the cartilage between the shin and the thigh. In other instances, when a person falls, his or her knee may strike the ground or another hard surface, and the force of the impact may cause his or her kneecap to fracture.Benefits Recoverable for Knee Injuries
To recover workers’ compensation benefits, the claimant must be an employee who was injured during the course and scope of his or her employment. Depending on the nature of the injury, the employer may attempt to argue that the injury was caused by a pre-existing condition or factors outside the workplace. A knee injury attorney can help New Jersey employees fight back against these arguments.
In cases in which it has been established that the injury is work-related, the injured person may be able to recover both medical benefits and income benefits. Specifically, employers are required to provide an injured employee with any treatment that is necessary to treat the injury or to return the employee to his or her pre-injury condition, which includes surgery, hospitalization, prescriptions, therapy, and assistive devices. In most cases, the employer is permitted to choose the treating physician. Any treatment in excess of $50 must be proven to be necessary, and the cost of the treatment must be shown to be reasonable.
Employees who are unable to work for more than seven days due to work-related injuries are eligible to receive temporary total disability benefits. The benefits are paid at a rate of 70% of the employee's weekly wage but cannot exceed a defined maximum or fall below a defined minimum. The benefits will be paid until the employee returns to work or reaches maximum medical improvement. If the employee still is disabled, a New Jersey knee injury attorney can help the employee pursue permanent partial disability benefits or permanent total disability benefits.Explore Your Options with a Knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Knee injuries are often not only painful but also costly to treat, and they may prevent the injured person from earning an income. If you sustained a knee injury in the workplace, it is wise to confer with an attorney to discuss whether you may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits from your employer’s insurer. The workers’ compensation attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall will zealously advocate on your behalf to help you obtain any benefits that you may be entitled to recover. We have offices in Freehold, Toms River, and New Brunswick, and we regularly represent people in the pursuit of workers’ compensation benefits throughout New Jersey, including people in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, and Union Counties. You can contact us through our online form or at 877-450-8301 to set up a free consultation with a knee injury lawyer in New Jersey.