New Jersey Workers' Compensation Attorney
Hurt at Work? Call Levinson Axelrod!
In the State of New Jersey, you generally cannot file a civil lawsuit against your employer or co-employee when you are injured on the job or develop an occupational disease.* However, employers are required to obtain Workers’ Compensation insurance which provides:
- Medical bill payment for reasonable and necessary treatment,
- Temporary disability benefits for when you are out of work and under active medical treatment, and
- Compensation upon a finding of the nature and extent of your permanent injury.
While it sounds simple in theory, the Workers’ Compensation system has gotten more and more complex, and you need the dedicated, experienced workers' comp attorneys of Levinson Axelrod on your side.
Can I Sue a Third Party for My Workplace Injury?
If you were injured at work, not by the negligence of your employer or the conduct of a co-employee, but by the negligence of a third party, you may have a negligence case against that third party in civil court. These cases are called third-party cases. You are allowed to proceed with both a workers’ compensation case in the workers’ compensation division and a third party case in the civil division.
Examples of when these types of cases might occur are when a person gets injured on someone else’s property at work, a car accident in the course of employment, a construction worker hurt because of another contractor or an employee injured by a machine. Our New Jersey workers' compenation lawyer can help you determine if this type of case exists and represent you for both the workers’ compensation case as well as any potential 3rd party claim.
How To Protect Your Potential Claim
Here’s what to do if you are injured at work:
- Report any accident or injury as soon as possible to your employer.
- Seek medical attention promptly.
- Keep a record of the accident. Make detailed notes with the names and address of all involved.
- Speak with a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.
Workers’ compensation cases can be tricky, especially if they occur on the way to work, on the way home from work, or during your lunch hour. No matter what the circumstances of your accident, you have rights, and you deserve to know what those rights are. Levinson Axelrod, P.A. is here to help. Three of our lawyers are Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Workers’ Compensation Attorneys. This distinction is not a small one, and only a tiny percentage of the attorneys in the State of New Jersey have acquired this distinction based on their knowledge of the law, their experience, and recommendations of Judges and their peers. It really does matter which lawyer you choose.
Contact Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Today
We are your neighborhood lawyers for workers’ compensation cases. Levinson Axelrod, P.A. serves clients in throughout the State of New Jersey. Feel free to meet with us at one of our eight convenient neighborhood locations, or contact us today to discuss your workers’ compensation claim.
*In very rare circumstances in which the employer has intentionally injured or willfully exposed a worker to a known danger, there may be a civil case against an employer. We can evaluate those circumstances as well.