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New Jersey Work Injury Lawyer

Compassionate Workplace Accident Attorney Advocates for the Rights and Interests of Employees Injured on the Job in NJ

Workplace accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence across New Jersey, with thousands of employees suffering work injuries every single year. The workers’ compensation system under New Jersey law is designed to ensure that employees who sustain work injuries quickly get the financial benefits they need for their medical recovery and to help make up for lost wages if injuries keep them out of work. However, employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies sometimes try to avoid their responsibility to provide workers’ comp benefits to injured employees. When you are having trouble getting the financial benefits and resources you need for a work injury, let a New Jersey work injury lawyer advocate on your behalf to secure the compensation you need to treat your injury, get back to work, and support yourself and your family. 

The legal team led by Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. at New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer of JFM Law has defended the rights and interests of injured workers throughout New Jersey for nearly 30 years. Dan has extensive experience pursuing workers’ comp claims, which we put to use on behalf of every client we represent to fight for maximum benefits and to help them make as full a recovery as possible. If your employer or its workers’ compensation insurer is denying or delaying your workers’ comp claim, you need skilled legal advocacy to give you the best chance at successfully recovering the compensation you need and deserve. Dan has been litigating workers’ compensation claims for nearly three decades and is a certified civil trial attorney, a recognition conferred on less than two percent of attorneys in New Jersey that reflects advocacy skill in legal proceedings. 

If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to help you recover and get back to work. For answers to the questions you may have about your legal rights and options, reach out to workplace accident attorney Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. at New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer for a free initial case evaluation. 

Common Work Accident Injuries That an Experienced New Jersey Work Injury Lawyer Can Help You File a Claim For

Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. at New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer leads a team that has a long track record of advocating for the rights and interests of employees across New Jersey who have suffered work injuries such as:

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At Daniel Santarsiero NJ Workers' Compensation Lawyer, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

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    I would have never been able to navigate all the twists and turns of the process. Thanks to Dan everything was 100% successful. I highly, highly recommend Dan.
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When Can You Get Workers’ Compensation for a Work Injury?

In New Jersey, an employee is entitled to benefits from workers’ compensation when they suffer an injury in the course and scope of their employment. A work injury does not need to occur on an employer’s premises. The injury can occur off-premises so long as an employee is engaged in their work duties, such as when visiting a client site or traveling for business. A work injury can even occur outside of normal duty or operational hours while the employee is still present on the employer’s premises.

All employees who work for any form of compensation are entitled to be covered by workers’ compensation. This includes under-18 employees, part-time employees, or seasonal employees. Independent contractors and volunteers may also be eligible for workers’ comp.

Workers’ compensation may also be provided when an employee’s job causes an aggravation of a pre-existing injury or medical condition that the employee suffered from, such as aggravating degenerative disc disease in a work accident. 

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The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process in NJ

Under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system, the claims process begins when an employee notifies their employer that they have suffered a work injury. Employees are required by law to timely notify an employer of a work injury. An employee normally must provide notice within 14 days of sustaining a work injury to be entitled to workers’ comp benefits from the date of injury. However, notice must be given no later than 90 days following a work injury, otherwise, an employee may jeopardize their eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. Notice may be given to a supervisor, manager, safety or human resources department officer, or another person in a position of authority with an employer. Notice may be given orally, although employees should give written notice to ensure that there is a record. Employers or their workers’ compensation insurers often will have claim forms that employees can fill out to give notice of a work injury.

Once an employer has received notice of an employee’s work injury, the employer is required to file a First Report of Injury with the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation. The Division can help the employer or its insurer calculate the workers’ comp benefits that an injured employee is entitled to.

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 file a claim petition with the Division. A claim petition must be filed within two years of the date of the work injury, or two years following the last date that workers’ comp benefits were received for a work injury.  A claim petition must also be filed to secure financial benefits for a worker’s permanent injury or disability.

A worker has two options for pursuing a claim petition with the Division:

  • Informal claim hearing, where a workers’ compensation judge oversees a mediation-like proceeding, offering non-binding suggestions to help the parties reach a mutually-acceptable resolution
  • Formal claim hearing, which is a trial-like proceeding before the workers’ compensation judge where the judge issues a binding ruling after the conclusion of the hearing

If an injured worker is dissatisfied with the workers’ compensation judge’s ruling in a formal claim hearing and believes the judge may have made a procedural or legal error during the proceeding, they can appeal to the New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division.

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