Skilled Bayshore Area Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fight for the Rights of Clients Injured at Work in Monmouth, Middlesex, and Ocean Counties
While some jobs are more dangerous than others, getting injured in a workplace accident can have a long-lasting effect on your quality of life. Depending on the type of accident and extent of your injuries, you could be facing many years of pain and suffering and possibly the inability to earn a living.
According to the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the number of people who filed for Workers’ Compensation benefits in 2013 after being hurt on New Jersey worksites is 129,867. Despite safety procedures that should be in place on worksites and offices, accidents do happen. When they do, and you are seriously injured, your Workers’ Comp benefits will provide medical treatment, replacement pay for lost wages and, depending on the extent of your injuries, a cash settlement.
However, just because you are legally entitled to file for these benefits doesn’t mean your employer or its insurance carrier is going to make it easy for you. The skilled personal injury lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza have helped countless clients in Asbury Park, Hazlet, Keansburg and the surrounding towns in New Jersey get the full Workers’ Comp benefits they deserve. We will help you, too.
Injured Workers Pay No Upfront Legal Fees in Workers’ Compensation Cases
When you’ve suffered a workplace injury, it’s completely understandable that you are worried about how you are going to pay your bills if you are unable to work. When you file and get approved for Workers’ Compensation, the insurance company will cover all medical treatment. There is no out of pocket cost to the injured worker. You will also receive replacement pay for wages lost when you are out of work recovering from your injury.
It is very important to hire a good, experienced Workers’ Comp lawyer protect your rights and negotiate for your cash settlement. Once again, however, there are NO UPFRONT LEGAL FEES to be paid to Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza.
The amount of your settlement will be based on the extent of your long-term injuries. By law, the fees are set by the judge and may not exceed 20 percent of the cash award you receive. The insurance company must pay the majority portion of the 20 percent fee. (In a third party claim, Rudnick Law Firm’s one-third fee will come right out of the recovery of the case, as well.)
Common Workplace Injuries in New Jersey
The United States Department of Labor reports that about 100 of every 10,000 workers are injured each year. A closer look at the statistics reveals that there are some industries where workplace accidents are even more common. People employed in law enforcement, healthcare, transportation and construction are more likely to be injured than people who work in other types of jobs. Additionally, firefighters and people who work in manual labor jobs such as landscaping and bricklaying are also at serious risk of workplace injury.
Regardless of whose negligence caused your accident, you are usually not permitted to sue your employer. Instead, your boss must provide Workers’ Comp insurance for you. You should notify your employer about your intention to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits as soon as possible after your accident. Then, call Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza so we can get started fighting for maximum damages on your behalf right away.
The most common workplace injuries in New Jersey are:
Falls: Whether you slip and fall on a wet surface, take a tumble down stairs, fall off a scaffolding or roof, etc., the injuries sustained in falls can be extremely serious. Head, neck and spine injuries, as well as broken bones and internal injuries can occur from falls.
Getting Struck with an Object: Regardless of what type of work you do – whether you work on a construction site where debris is constantly falling or a supermarket where items can shift on a shelf and crash down onto the person below – getting struck with an object can cause significant injuries.
Struck Against an Object: This happens more often that you would think; workers who are not paying attention can walk into walls or doors or fall over tables or chairs, etc.
Overexertion: Your job may involve pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, holding or throwing items. Regardless of how the injury occurs, dealing with very heavy objects or strenuous activities at work can leave you in serious pain.
Transportation-Related Accidents: Many workers drive for a living, including movers, truck drivers, delivery people, salesmen, etc. If you are on the job, whether in your own car or the company’s car, and you get into an accident, you may have a Workers’ Comp claim. Further, you may very well have a Third Party Claim against the person who caused the accident.
Machinery/Equipment-Related Injuries: These accidents are common in factories, warehouses and construction sites. Workers using forklift, ladders, scaffolding and other dangerous and large equipment suffer a wide range of serious injuries; wrongful death isn’t uncommon, as well.
Of course, some industries have dangers all their own. Police, for example, can suffer from many types of injuries associated with arresting someone. Motor vehicles accident happen all the time during car chases. Unfortunately, many police officers die in the line of duty when shot or attacked by criminals. Healthcare workers are always at risk of exposure to disease, needle sticks, trips and falls in areas where people are focused on emergencies and not spills and patient violence.
While these are some of the most common types of workplace injuries, this is by no means a complete list. However you got injured at work, you deserve to have your medical treatment provided by Workers’ Compensation. Also, you may be eligible for replacement pay for lost wages during recuperation and a cash award for partial permanent injuries.
It’s important that you hire a skilled, experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer who will work tirelessly to make sure you get all of the benefits your are entitled to receive.
Speak to a Knowledgeable NJ Workers’ Comp Lawyer about Your Injuries for Free Today
For over 40 years, the legal team at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC, has been committed to helping people find solutions to legal problems. We want to understand exactly what happened to cause your workplace injuries. Often, there is a third or even fourth party responsible for an accident. If so, we will take them to court and hold them liable for what happened to you. It’s not unusual to win significant damages from a Third Party Claim.
We know the law regarding Workers’ Compensation and we never back down to Big Business or insurance companies that try to take advantage of good, hard-working people like you. We know there are, unfortunately, many types of workplace accidents that cause a wide variety of injuries. Regardless of what happened, or who caused the accident, rest assured we will have your back every step of the way.