Hazlet NJ Workers’ Comp Lawyers Help You Remain Financially Stable When You Go Back to Work After a Workplace Injury
The best approach to take when returning to the workplace is to trust the advice of your doctor. Your primary physician should be the one who determines when you’ve achieved a complete medical recovery and are able to return to work in a part-time or full-time capacity. Returning prematurely can result in re-injury, or in a second injury of a different kind, which is why you should return to work only when your doctor says it’s safe to do so.
If you have sustained workplace injuries, do not hesitate to speak with an attorney at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza to learn more about your legal rights. We provide no-cost, no-obligation consultations. Everyday, we help injured people, like you, get back on their feet. If you would like to return to work but fear you won’t earn enough money due to light duty – or if you are pressured to go back to your job too soon – we can help you sort out the legalities.
Possible Issues You May Face Upon Your Return to the Job Following a Work-Related Injury
You may find that some employers or their Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers are less than scrupulous, especially when dealing with employees returning with permanent disabilities. Your employer may:
- Press you to return before you’ve achieved a complete medical recovery.
- Demand that you return to your old job or one like it, even if your doctor has certified that you’re able to return only to light duty or work fewer hours at less strenuous tasks.
- Single you out for criticism or disciplinary action as a pretext for firing you.
- Retaliate in ways intended to provoke your resignation or jeopardize your benefits.
If you have returned to work and are facing these kinds of difficulties, believe you are still unable to return to work, or disagree with any determination made by a Workers’ Compensation insurer and want a review of your claim, please remember this: legal representation need not end once you’ve collected benefits.
You should consider the services of one of the experienced disability lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. With offices in Hazlet and East Brunswick, our attorneys dedicate their practice to helping hard-working people like you get kinds of benefits the law provides. Our legal team has more than 80 years of combined legal experience, we have received numerous awards and commendations and we have helped countless individuals with their Workers’ Compensation claims and appeals.
Your Benefits after Returning to Work in New Jersey
If you return to work after receiving Workers’ Compensation, your temporary disability benefits will most likely end. You may still receive a portion of your benefits, however, if your new wages are lower than what you earned before you became injured or ill. Ask your Workers’ Compensation attorney at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza if you qualify for extended benefits.
- If you are unable to work at all due to a total disability, you might be entitled to permanent disability benefits.
- You may also feel pressured to return to work if you have faced a denied Workers’ Compensation claim, but always talk to an attorney before doing so. You might forfeit compensation if you go back to your job without collecting benefits.
Are There Special Benefits Available for Returning New Jersey Employees?
Re-employment benefits exist that are designed to help you return to the workforce in a functional capacity when you are unable to perform your previous job due to permanent disability. You, or the Workers’ Compensation insurer, can request that your case be moved into re-employment benefit status. Re-employment benefits enable you to acquire new skills by taking classes or receiving training to enter new occupations. The Workers’ Compensation insurer pays costs associated with the retraining.
Talk to a Knowledgeable New Jersey Workers’ Comp Benefits Attorney in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties
You may disagree with the type of training that’s suggested, have reasonable ideas about alternatives, or disagree that training will improve your situation at all. If you dispute any aspect of a determination of this kind, either by your employer or by their Workers’ Compensation insurer, you should consider talking to one of the lawyers at the law offices of Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC.
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