Help for Hurt Workers
- posted: Jun. 11, 2014
Workers’ compensation laws were put in place to protect the injured worker. The ultimate goal is a full recovery and a return to work so you can earn a wage. If you have been hurt on the job, immediately report the injury to your employer and seek medical attention. It is also wise to seek the advice of an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation system consists of its own rules and procedures, and a skilled lawyer guides you through the system with ease.
When you are injured on the job, you will no doubt have questions on how to get care for your injury and how to take care of your family if you are unable to work. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides initial information on workers’ compensation. Questions frequently asked by workers who have filed for benefits are:
- When and how do I return to work?
Injured workers still have families to support and basic living needs. These needs are met by a regular paying job and it is essential you return to work in a way that does not cause aggravation or a re-injury. A skilled attorney reviews this aspect of your case and guides you to the proper conclusion.
- Is it OK to sue my employer?
Typically, if you have been injured on-the-job, workers’ compensation benefits from your employer’s insurance are sufficient for the situation. However, there are cases in which you can sue for damages. Damages are not part of workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if you were injured by your employer’s intentional or egregious conduct, you may be able to bring a personal injury action against your employer. Or if you were injured by a defective product, you could bring a product liability action against the manufacturer.
- Will I be fired?
Nearly every worker that seeks benefits wonders if they will be fired for doing so. Remember, it is illegal to fire someone for filing a workers’ compensation claim. It is your right to file a claim; if you are hurt, you deserve care and treatment.
Our qualified attorneys have experience in all types of workers’ comp cases. We explain the case to you and prepare you for likely responses from employers and colleagues. Our goal is to see you get the treatment needed to make a full recovery, so you can plan for your future.
If you have been injured on-the-job, call a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney at Brown, Novick & Colarulo to discuss your case. Allow us to guide you through filing the claim, and to answer your questions. Your first visit is free and we keep your information confidential.