On Monday, December 16th, the full NJ Assembly voted on the Hand and Foot Bill, or A-1110, to help improve the benefits available to injured workers suffering from serious hand or foot injuries. The bill, which has been in the works for 10 years, was released from the Assembly Labor Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee, and faced a final vote and signature to be released in mid-January.
If this bill passes, it could help our clients, and injured workers throughout the state, exponentially when they pursue benefits for hand and foot injuries.
Our firm has long since fought for the rights of injured workers, and we understand how debilitating each different type of injury can be. Unfortunately, our current workers’ compensation system values some injuries more than others, leaving workers with hand and foot injuries without sufficient benefits.
Hand and foot injuries can be just as debilitating, if not more so, than other types of injuries. If you break your hand or fracture your knuckles, one of your hands could be rendered useless, leaving you without the ability to drive, write, type, prepare food, or perform other daily tasks.
Similarly, a foot injury can seriously impede your mobility, preventing you from driving or walking. As a result, these types of injuries can prevent you from returning to work, and may result in many other stressful, inconvenient, and expensive setbacks.
Thankfully, there is hope in sight. The A-1110 bill, commonly referred to as the “Hand and Foot Bill,” could provide injured workers with more compensation for serious hand and foot injuries. If this bill passes, it will increase benefits for workers who suffer the loss of function of their hand, certain fingers, or their foot.
A similar bill was recently passed in the Senate, so we’re hopeful it will go through the NJ Assembly soon. Regardless, our team is here to help you and your family navigate the complexities of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system. Whatever you’re up against, be it a hand or foot injury, or any other type of wound or illness, we’re here to help.
To learn more about this bill, or workers’ rights after an injury, contact our attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A.