Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Knowledgeable Workers’ Comp Lawyers Help Clients in New Jersey with Filing Deadlines to Ensure Benefits
When you are involved in a workplace accident, you are entitled, by law, to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits. This means that you have insurance that will cover medical treatment, lost wages (also known as “disability pay” or “replacement pay”) and possibly a cash settlement depending on the long-term prognosis of your injuries.
However, Workers’ Compensation law is complicated and often frustrating to understand. This is especially true when you are injured or caring for a loved one who was hurt in a workplace accident; that’s when you need to be focused on recovery, not legal issues. You need to hire a savvy Workers’ Comp attorney who knows the laws and understands the importance of deadlines associated with filing all aspects of your claim. Contact Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza at our Hazlet or East Brunswick office today for a free consultation about your accident. If your loved one suffered the ultimate injury, wrongful death, we will pursue a claim on your family’s behalf.
Meeting Deadlines in Workers’ Comp Cases is Critical to Success
If you were involved in an accident while on the job, whether you fell off a ladder, roof or scaffolding, got injured by a mechanical machine, had something fall on you or you tripped on construction site debris, you will need medical treatment immediately. Your Workers’ Compensation benefits will cover medical treatment, but there are rules and regulations governing which doctors you can see. To get access to medical care under Workers’ Compensation, you have to notify your employer in a timely manner. Failure to notify the proper entities at the right time may cause your claim to be denied.
- If the injuries are not life threatening, notify for employer of the accident and your intention to file a Worker’s Compensation claim.
- Fill out the proper paperwork; usually you will get this from the human resources department at your company. Sometimes, your supervisor may give you the forms.
Your employer will have to approve your application for Workers’ Comp. If it does, you will have access to medical treatment and replacement pay. However, if you fail to meet the appropriate deadlines, or your employer decides to contest your claim, you will need a lawyer to fight for you.
To file a claim for a cash settlement, there are some general deadlines to be mindful about. If your injury is considered an occupational illness, repetitive motion (carpal tunnel) or a hearing loss, you have two years from the date you realized your injury was caused by your work to file a claim.
However, for any other injury caused by a workplace accident, the injured employee has up to two years from the date of the accident to file a formal claim petition. Just because the Workers’ Comp system gives you up to two years to file, there are other deadlines you must be far earlier in the process.
The Workers’ Comp lawyers at Rudnick Law have been helping injured workers collect benefits for over 50 years. Even if some deadlines have expired, we may be still able to help you pursue your claim.
Note: While written notification isn’t required by law, we recommend that you notify your employer of your intention to file for Workers’ Compensation in writing to ensure a record of correspondence. Further, keep a record of all communication with your employer and its insurance company. This way, if you are ever denied any benefits or wish to challenge decisions made in your case, you will have a paper trail.
Contact a Skilled NJ Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today about Your Injuries
When you are injured at work, you should be focused on getting medical treatment. It’s not unusual if your attention isn’t on deadlines associated with the legal red tape of filing for Workers’ Compensation benefits. That’s why you need a knowledgeable New Jersey Workers’ Comp lawyer to take care of your claims.
At Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza, we will make sure every deadline is met with complete applications to ensure that your claims get processed in a timely manner. Further, when it comes time to pursue a cash settlement after you have reached maximum medical improvement, we will make sure you receive all the benefit are entitled to collect. Contact us today in our Hazlet or East Brunswick offices. We will travel to your location to meet with you when necessary.