When you are hurt on the job, it can be difficult to know where to turn and what to do. You may want to trust your employer and their insurance company to do the right thing, but do they truly have your best interests in mind, or their own?
If you have sustained a work injury in Bergen County, or anywhere in New Jersey, the Reinartz Law Firm can help. Our Workers’ Compensation attorneys zealously represent employees from all industries who have suffered work-related injuries and illnesses.
We will explain the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system to you and answer all of your questions. We will seek all available benefits on your behalf and see that you are treated fairly. We will remain sensitive to your need to obtain medical treatment and continued wages during the time you are incapacitated and unable to work.
About Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey
All New Jersey employers, including those located in Bergen County, are legally required to maintain Workers’ Compensation Insurance for the benefit of their employees. This means that all employees who suffer work-related injuries are covered and entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Thus, if you are hurt on the job, you have the right to receive medical treatment for your injury, temporary disability for lost wages and an award for permanency of the injury.
It may be unclear whether your injury is covered under the New Jersey workers’ compensation laws. The following are just a few examples of workplace accidents that may be covered under the NJ scheme:
- Injuries on the employer’s premises
- Cumulative Injuries/Occupational diseases
- Traumatic Accidents
- Fall down accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Toxic Substance Exposure
- Injury caused by machinery defect or malfunction
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
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Workers’ Compensation benefits are based on a number of factors, and benefits received are different in every case. Weekly temporary disability payments for lost wages are typically equal to two-thirds of the injured employee’s weekly salary, subject to statutory minimum and maximum rates. The state of New Jersey issues a temporary disability rate chart every year which is adjusted for inflation. For injuries occurring in the calendar year 2015, NJ’s temporary disability rate is a minimum of $228 per week, up to a maximum of $855 per week.
Permanency benefits, on the other hand, are calculated based on the percentage of permanent disability to the injured body part. For example, if a worker loses 10% functionality of a body part as a result of a work injury, the worker can obtain a “permanency award” through the workers’ compensation system that compensates them for the percentage loss of functionality. Permanency benefits are awarded at the end of the case after treatment for the injuries is complete, and the worker has been examined by competing medical experts who opine on the extent of the permanent disability.
When you contact the Reinartz Law Firm, we will explain these concepts to you in detail and help you understand your rights. We will prepare your claim so there are no surprises and will keep you informed throughout the process.
How The Reinartz Law Firm Can Assist
With the Reinartz Law Firm handling your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation claim, you have an experienced advocate who will fight for your rights. Each case is individually reviewed by an attorney to ensure that all appropriate benefits are sought and the legal strategies are properly developed. We are also equipped to pursue a separate personal injury claim against any third-parties who are responsible for causing the injury, when such a claim exists.
Our firm is committed to the fair treatment of New Jersey workers and making sure that our clients receive the full benefits they deserve. The insurance companies have lawyers fighting for them, and so should you.
The Reinartz Law Firm prides itself as an advocate for injured New Jersey workers. Call us today at (201) 289-8614 to schedule a free consultation for your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Claim. We are here to help.