Shoulder Injury

Legal Guidance for Workers’ Compensation Claims in New Jersey

Thousands of New Jersey residents visit a doctor’s office or emergency room due to shoulder injuries each year, often following an injury at work. A worker may develop instability of the shoulder, an impingement, a torn rotator cuff, a strain, or a sprain due to an accident on the job or due to the repetitive nature of certain tasks at work. In addition to medical care at the employer’s expense, a worker may also be entitled to temporary or permanent disability benefits, depending on the nature and severity of his or her injury. If you or a loved one has suffered a shoulder injury at work, the New Jersey shoulder injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can help you pursue the process of filing a claim and seeking the compensation that you are due for your injury.

While some minor shoulder injuries may resolve without surgical intervention, many work-related shoulder injuries require surgery and rehabilitation. Even with proper medical treatment, the worker may be left with some degree of permanent physical and vocational disability. He or she may not be able to return to the same job or even the same type of work as before the injury. Shoulder injuries can also be extremely painful and debilitating. Unfortunately, an employer or its insurance company may deny coverage for a shoulder injury as not being work-related in some cases, blaming the worker’s symptoms on a pre-existing condition or arguing that a shoulder injury did not occur during the course and scope of the worker’s employment.

Benefits for a Work-Related Shoulder Injury

An employee has a duty to report a work-related injury to his or her employer within a certain time period. Ideally, this notice should be given immediately, and medical treatment should follow shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, as our New Jersey shoulder injury attorneys understand. The employee may not initially realize the severity of an injury or may not want to call attention to himself or herself, especially if the worker is new to the job or if the employer has a reputation for mistreating or terminating employees who file a claim for work-related injuries. (Retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim is illegal. A worker who is terminated following an injury on the job may have an employment discrimination claim in addition to a workers’ compensation case.)

Once a worker who has suffered a shoulder injury at work has reported the injury, seen a doctor, and reached a point of maximum medical improvement, he or she may be entitled to pursue permanent disability benefits. The exact amount that the worker is due depends on factors such as the physical impairment rating assigned to him or her by the doctor and the amount of money that he or she was earning at the time of the injury. A shoulder injury attorney in New Jersey can help guide the employee through the initial process of giving notice of the injury, as well as the pursuit of temporary total or temporary partial disability benefits and any permanent total or permanent partial disability award that the worker is entitled to receive.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Work Injury Attorney

Workers’ compensation cases typically involve complex issues that, if not properly addressed, can result in an injured employee receiving less than he or she deserves following an on-the-job accident or injury. At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys assist people in communities such as Freehold, New Brunswick, Toms River, Jersey City, Plainfield, Trenton, Newark, Paterson, and the surrounding areas of Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, Hudson, Union, Mercer, Essex, and Passaic Counties as they seek fair compensation for work-related injuries. We can explain your next legal steps and give you a sense of what we can do for you. To schedule a free consultation with a shoulder injury lawyer in New Jersey, call us at (800) 999-0897 or contact us online.