Injured at Work? You Need Experienced Representation!

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Levinson Axelrod, P.A. specializes in representing clients who have been seriously injured at work in New Jersey. When you find yourself the victim of an on the job injury, hiring a skilled New Jersey workers' compensation attorney to protect your rights is your best recourse.

The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Levinson Axelrod are experienced in surmounting the complexities in order to gain prompt benefit payments due our clients. 

Our attorneys understand the need for compensation following a workplace injury and the injustice that occurs when insurance companies do not pay the necessary amount due to the victim. We will work diligently to recover the most money available to you, to aid you in the recovery of your injury and injury-related expenses.

Common Occupational Injuries

Injuries that a worker incurs because of an occupational hazard or accident will vary by industry and the specifics of the incident. Some of the following are the most commonly occurring occupational injuries across a number of industries:

  • Brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Burn (chemical, electrical)
  • Concussions
  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Death
  • Head trauma
  • Loss of limb, or amputation
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal trauma
  • Sprains and Strains

Specific industries will more often see incidences of workplace injury than others. Dangerous professions like construction, as an example, expose their workers to a number of hazards regularly, so it is vital that workers follow good safety practices and that the employers provide safety training to their workers.

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After an Accident

If you suffered an accident at work, be sure to take steps to protect your potential claim. First, report any accident or injury immediately (or as soon as practical) to your supervisor.

Second, always seek medical attention, even if you don't feel injured at the time. If an injury arises later, for example, if you wake up the next morning too sore to move, it may look suspicious that you did not seek treatment earlier. Additionally, always see the doctor your company specifies, even if you have your own physician. The company doctor will be instrumental in approving your workers' compensation claim, though you are always free to see your own doctor for a second opinion. 

Also, attempt to keep a record of anyone who witnessed the accident. Try to get statements from any witnesses, and write down your own recollections as soon as possible. Any evidence you have supporting your claim may be useful if your claim is denied. 

Finally, if your claim is denied, or you think your employer might contest your right to benefits, you need to consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. The lawyers at Levinson Axelrod can help you prepare your initial claim or work to overturn a claim denial. Take advantage of our free initial consultations and see what you need to do to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. 

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Benefits from a New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Claim

Employees and their dependents are entitled to certain benefits under New Jersey state law, and these benefits are determined by a number of factors.

The following is a breakdown of the New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits by type:

  • Medical Benefits: The insurance carrier will pay for all reasonable medical treatment, prescriptions and hospitalization necessary for the worker. In most cases, the employer selects the treating physician.
  • Temporary Total Disability Benefits: A workplace injury that removes an employee from their position for over 7 consecutive days will entitle that worker to 70% of their weekly wages and the benefits continue while the worker is actively being provided with healthcare for those injuries.
  • Permanent Partial Disability Benefits: Divided into two categories of “scheduled losses” or “nonscheduled losses,” permanent partial disability benefits are extended to a worker who has lost a limb or otherwise experienced a permanent but partial disability due to their workplace injury.
  • Permanent Total Disability Benefits: If the injury a worker sustains ends their ability to work in any capacity, that worker may be eligible for permanent total disability benefits. For a period of 450 weeks, the employee will receive 70% of their weekly wages and following that period, if they are able to show that they still cannot find gainful employment, those benefits will continue.
  • Death Benefits: If a worker dies as a result of a workplace injury, their surviving spouse and/ or children are entitled to 70% of the weekly wages of the deceased employee.

Workers’ compensation laws vary by state but it is never legal for an employer to discriminate against an employee because they have filed a workers’ compensation claim. Seeking skilled legal representation will give a worker the confidence to proceed with their claim and ensure that their rights will not be trampled on by their employer or insurance company.

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Contact Our New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

At the law offices of Levinson Axelrod, we genuinely understand the impact that a serious work-related injury can have on not only the injury victim, but also on their loved ones and other dependents.

Our detailed knowledge of the New Jersey workers’ compensation laws has helped us win millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We can provide the confident, experienced legal representation that you need during a personal injury lawsuit.

To learn more about your legal options or perhaps to talk about how we can help with your injury litigation, contact us today at (800) 346-5529, or use our case evaluation form to have one of our New Jersey injury attorneys review your case for free. 

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