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Workers’ Compensation Frequently Asked Questions

Workers’ compensation (WC) law defines the rights of employees who have been injured or become ill due to a work-related incident, and allows an injured worker to recover appropriate benefits. With every Workman’s Comp claim, the goal of the Morristown law firm Smith & Doran is to obtain the maximum amount of benefits you are entitled to under the law.

The following frequently asked questions provide some basic information about workers’ compensation claims. To learn more about your rights and responsibilities under New Jersey WC law, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

What should I do if I get hurt on the job?

First, tell your employer right away. If your injury or illness developed gradually, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or hearing loss, report the ailment as soon as you discover that it is work-related. Prompt reporting helps prevent problems and delays in receiving benefits, including medical care that you may need to avoid further injury.

If your injury is a medical emergency, go to an emergency room. Your employer may tell you where to go for treatment because in New Jersey, your employer has the right to select the treating doctor in workers’ compensation cases. Do as he or she instructs to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your emergency room visit. Be sure to tell the healthcare provider who treats you that your injury is work-related.

When should I fill out a workers’ compensation claim form?

In New Jersey, an injured employee has up to 90 days to report an accident to his or her employer. However, simply notifying your employer or its insurer of your injury does not mean you have filed a workers’ compensation claim. You must actually file a WC Claim Petition with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. This form should be filed when you are finished treating your injury.

If I have to miss work because of my injury, will I still be paid?

If an authorized treating doctor says you are unable to return to work right away, you should be entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) benefits while you are off work receiving treatment. TTD benefits are generally 70% of your gross weekly earnings.

What if I cannot return to work because of my injury?

If you are permanently and totally disabled from all types of employment (not only the position you held before your injury), you may be eligible for permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. In the event of total disability, you may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Contact a Morristown Workers’ Comp Lawyer Today

Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is an AV® Preeminent rated attorney committed to building long-lasting partnerships with his clients. AV® Preeminent is the highest possible rating given by Martindale Hubbel Peer Review Ratings™, considered to be the industry standard in accurately scoring lawyers on a combination of their legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at your place of employment, Bob Smith and the law team of Smith & Doran are ready to secure your future today. To schedule a cost-free consultation, contact us online or through our Morristown offices today at 973-261-6254.

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