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Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation

Safety is key anywhere you go, and that includes in the workplace. Although many employers claim they stress the importance of safety for their workers, we find that is not always the case. Many New Jersey workers continue to get injured in industries that include construction, manufacturing, restaurant/hospitality and retail. Through the decades, Lerner, Piermont & Riverol, P.A., in Jersey City, has represented many injured workers and helped obtain the benefits they deserve.

New Jersey employers must have a worker’s compensation insurance policy. Injured workers need some sort of financial safety net, and they get it through workers’ compensation benefits, meant to cover lost wages and medical expenses. Our experienced team has put together a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to this topic.

What does workers’ compensation cover?

These benefits provide for lost wages, medical expenses and survivor benefits when an employee sustains a job-related personal injury or illness or even dies on the job.

What should I do if I get injured while working?

Immediately tell your employer, and that includes your manager and other leaders at your company. You likely need medical treatment. By informing your employer right away, you begin documenting your case and providing a paper trail that will help you.

Can my employer fire me because I filed for workers’ compensation benefits?

It is illegal in New Jersey for an employer to terminate an employee for seeking workers’ compensation benefits. You have the right to file for these benefits, which the employer’s insurance company provides.

How much money can I expect from workers’ compensation benefits?

You can receive temporary disability benefits equivalent to 70 percent of your average weekly wage.

Is hiring a workers’ compensation attorney a good idea?

An experienced attorney will advocate for you, and make sure that your employer is not taking advantage of you. As an injury victim and an employee, you have rights that an attorney will protect. An attorney will guide you through the process, help you file initial claims for benefits and secure benefit extensions. A skilled attorney also will fight for you if your claim gets denied, and pursue an appeal. Retaining an experienced attorney is important.

We Are Ready To Help You, So Call Us Now

If you sustained a job-related injury and are uncertain as to what you need to do, it is time to get help. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney has the knowledge to guide you. Lerner, Piermont & Riverol, P.A., in Jersey City, New Jersey, has decades of experience. We are compassionate, understanding and determined to achieve results. Contact us online now for an initial consultation or call 201-653-0405. Se habla español.