Qualified New Jersey Lawyers Assist with Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims in Hazlet and East Brunswick
You got hurt on the job. You’ve filed your paperwork, dealt with the doctors and done everything the insurance company has asked. But now your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation application is denied. Despite what you may think, you can appeal the denial. You still have a shot at obtaining the compensation you need to stay afloat while you’re out of work.
The rules and laws by which a Workers’ Compensation insurer can deny your claim may be too complicated to understand without professional legal help. That’s why the New Jersey accident lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza, PC dedicate their practice to helping hard-working people, like you, get the Workers’ Compensation benefits they deserve. During the course of our 80 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have won numerous awards and have recovered millions of dollars on our clients’ behalf.
With offices in East Brunswick and Hazlet, New Jersey, our lawyers serve clients in and around Ocean, Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties and the Bayshore Area. Our lawyers offer free initial consultations, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment.
Reasons Your Workers’ Compensation Claim was Denied in New Jersey
Your claim may be denied for a very simple administrative reason or a more complicated factor.
Common reasons for claim denial include:
- You waited too long to file it.
- The accident or illness that caused your disability didn’t “arise out of” and “occur in the course of” your employment.
- The medical records supporting your claim are inadequate or incomplete.
- The work-related injury or illness you experienced was not the actual cause of your present disability.
Our firm has helped countless individuals get the money they need. Don’t give up – even if you do not qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits, you may be entitled to money through third party claims or a social security disability claim.
How to Start the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Process in New Jersey
Before you attempt to appeal your decision, consult an attorney at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza. Our lawyers can advise you on the best course of action for your particular case. Seeking legal counsel may increase your chances of winning an appeal.
First, we’ll help you request a hearing by the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Appeals are heard at the Workers’ Compensation Division’s various district offices, before a Judge of Compensation. The location will depend upon your county of residence. You may have an informal or formal hearing.
An informal hearing is a means of resolving issues without having to resort to trial. Issues such as the amount of temporary benefits, medical treatment and permanency of benefits are typically addressed at this type of hearing. Suggestions made by the judge are not binding, and you still have the right request a formal hearing—as long as you do so within two years of the date of injury or the date of last payment of compensation, whichever is later.
A formal hearing is a trial in which the testimony of the injured worker, and of medical and lay witnesses, is taken so that important issues of fact can be resolved. At its conclusion, the judge renders a decision based upon the evidence. That ruling is binding, and may only be appealed to the State Court’s Appellate Division.
You can elect a formal hearing by filing a Claim Petition Form, available on the New Jersey Department of Labor’s website, within the two-year limit.
If successful, you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits or temporary disability benefits. Ask one of the knowledgeable attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza for guidance on how to proceed with your appeal.
Speak with an Experienced Hazlet, New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
Workers’ Compensation laws and regulations are complex. Formal appeals are legal procedures that involve rules of evidence and the applicability of other appellate decisions in cases similar to yours—things that most people are unfamiliar with. A qualified lawyer can determine the strength of your case beforehand by considering outcomes in similar cases, examining relevant documents, deciding what additional information may be necessary to support your appeal and interviewing expert witnesses, in order to gain a complete understanding of your case from all perspectives.
The law firm of Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza, with offices in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, has handled Workers’ Compensation appeals for numerous clients over the years to help them get the benefits they deserved. Our lawyers can walk you through even the most complex workers’ comp appeal.
From our Hazlet and East Brunswick offices, we serve clients in and around Middletown, Keyport, Union Beach, Holmdel, Red Bank, Monroe, Rumson, Asbury Park, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Leonardo, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach. Call today at 888-657-8883 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out a contact form online. You can also visit our page on Workers’ Compensation frequently asked questions for more information.