Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Experienced Workers’ Comp Attorney Fights for Maximum Cash Settlement when You’ve Been Hurt in a Workplace Accident
The injuries you suffered in a workplace accident can leave you with a lifetime of pain and suffering. Even after your Workers’ Compensation doctor cleared you to return to work, declaring you had reached “maximum medical improvement,” you may very well have injuries that will impact your quality of life forever. According to the Worker’s Comp Benefits System, in addition to medical treatment and lost wages, you will be entitled to a cash settlement based on the extent of your permanent injuries after a workplace accident. This is true even if you recovered enough to return to work.
There are strict statutes of limitations governing the timeframe for when you can file a Workers’ Compensation claim for a permanent injury award. Contact Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza for a free consultation about your case. We will fight for your right to the maximum cash award permitted by law.
Additionally, don’t worry about paying for legal fees. Our knowledgeable lawyers get paid out of the damages we recover for you in your cash settlement claim.
Don’t Leave Money on the Table; Claim Your Partial Permanent Injury Award
After a workplace accident, whether a forklift tipover, an assembly line malfunction, a scaffolding collapse or something else, injured employees are entitled to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. This insurance covers medical treatment and lost wages. There is a third aspect of Workers’ Compensation insurance known as the cash settlement. This is a financial award based on your long-term injuries.
Here’s how the award is calculated: Each year, New Jersey issues a “body parts chart,” officially called the partial disability schedule. Each body part is assigned a value. These values then become the cash settlements workers receive under Workers’ Compensation.
For example, if you lost a limb, you would be entitled to one cash award. If you lost your eyesight, that would be worth a different monetary figure. If you simply lost some function in a body part but are still able to work, your cash settlement will reflect that. Even if you are able to return to work, you still may be entitled to this award, call the Partial Permanent Injury Award.
Of course, if you are not able to work again because your injuries are so severe, you may be entitled to a permanent total disability award.
You need a knowledgeable Workers’ Comp lawyer to make sure you receive the full amount you are due and that your application for this benefit is filed before the statute of limitations expires.
How is the Cash Settlement Awarded?
At a certain point in your recovery period, Rudnick Law will have you examined by a physician we know and trust. The Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier will have the final reports from its doctor who treated you. Both medical reports, along with recommendations for how the “percentage of disability” should be reviewed, will be submitted to a Workers’ Comp judge. The recommendations are important because they provide a starting point for the judge to determine which body parts were affected as well as the extent of your partial permanent injuries.
That’s when the negotiations begin. More importantly, this is when your choice in legal representation matters. The lawyers on both sides will negotiate and present suggestions to the judge so an award determination can be made in your case.
If you have lost function in more than one body part, the financial aspects of this negotiation may become far more complex. These are negotiations that must be handled by savvy Workers’ Comp lawyers who have enjoyed significant success fighting for maximum awards for their injured clients. When we are unable to reach a settlement with the insurance company’s lawyers, the lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza will fight for your rights in court.
Contact Knowledgeable Workers’ Comp Lawyers in Hazlet and East Brunswick about Your Workers’ Comp Cash Settlement
You can rely on Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza lawyers to protect your legal rights. We understand that being injured in a workplace accident can impact you for the rest of your life. Just because treatment ended and the doctor cleared you to return to work doesn’t mean your pain stopped or that the disability caused by the accident isn’t very real for you. We will fight for the maximum Partial Permanent Injury Award to which you are entitled.
Contact our offices today for a free consultation about your case. We routinely fight hard for families impacted by workplace accidents and we will work tirelessly to get your family the cash award you need, want and deserve. Call us today so we can get started on your case.