Workers' Compensation Lawyer Serving Willingboro, NJ
If you’ve been injured on the job in Willingboro, NJ or you live in Willingboro, you should focus on healing and recovering, not be worried about or stressed over your workers’ compensation claim.
An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Willingboro, NJ can help you file your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. Willingboro worker’s comp lawyer Stan Gregory, Esq. has over 20 years’ experience handling workers’ compensation claims throughout South Jersey. Put his experience to work for you.
Call The Law Office of Stan Gregory today to discuss your claim with a workers’ compensation lawyer serving Willingboro and the surrounding area.
How a Willingboro Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help You
While NJ law does not require workers to retain legal services when filing workers’ compensation claims, you do not want to be without a lawyer. The national workers’ compensation insurance companies have their teams of lawyers all trying to find ways not to pay you what you are entitled to. If you file your claim without legal advice, there is a good chance your claim will be denied or your benefits will be underpaid.
If you have already filed your claim and payment is delayed or denied, Stan Gregory may be able to help you file your claim with the NJ workers’ compensation courts.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits in NJ
Under NJ’s workers’ compensation laws, injured employees may be eligible for four different types of benefits. Which of these you qualify for will depend on how severe your injury is, how long you will be out of work, and whether you can return to the type of work you did previously.
Employees who are injured at work or who contract a disease or illness at work that requires medical attention may qualify for medical benefits under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation scheme. Workers’ compensation law requires employers to have insurance coverage to pay for all necessary medical treatment, prescriptions, therapies, and hospitalizations that an employee needs due to their workplace injury, illness, or disease.
Employees who have had to miss at least seven days of work because of a work-related illness or injury may be eligible for temporary total disability benefits. This benefit will pay 70% of your average weekly wage. NJ.Gov states that temporary total disability cannot exceed 75% of the Statewide Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) or fall below the minimum rate of 20% of the SAWW. This benefit typically ends once an employee returns to work or it is determined that further medical treatment will not improve their condition and that they have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).
Permanent Total or Partial Disability Benefits
Some workplace injuries leave employees permanently disabled, wholly or in part, once they’ve reached MMIt. Workers’ compensation makes available permanent total disability and permanent partial disability benefits for these employees.
Permanent total disability is defined as an impairment of or loss of certain body parts, including arms, hands, feet, legs, fingers, toes, ears, teeth, or eyes (“scheduled” losses). This benefit may also be available to employees who suffer a back injury or develop problems with their heart or lungs (“non-scheduled” losses).
If you are a dependent of a person who died from a work-related injury or illness, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation in Willingboro. This benefit is paid at 70% of the weekly wage of the deceased employee. Workers’ compensation death benefits cannot exceed the maximum benefit amount established annually by the Commissioner of Labor in NJ. The death benefit can also cover funeral expenses of up to $3,500.
Spouses, children, and other dependents may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. A workers’ compensation lawyer will be able to help you determine whether you are eligible.
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Questions About Workers’ Compensation Benefits In NJ
Where do Workplace Accidents Occur that are Covered by Workers’ Compensation in Willingboro, NJ?
- Construction sites
- Near or on Machinery
- Near or on Equipment
- Near or on Forklifts
- Slips, Trips, and Falls at any workplace
- Being Struck by a Falling Object at work
- Physical Overuse or Repetitive Stress
- Near toxic substances
Is Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim Considered a Lawsuit in NJ?
No! NJ workers comp laws are designed to avoid lawsuits, keep workplace accidents out of court, and preserve the employer-employee relationship. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is merely filing an insurance claim.
The law does allow employees to sue their employers in the case of intentionally causing the injury or causing the injury recklessly. If a coworker caused the injury, the employee may sue the coworker.
Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim in NJ?
NJ law prohibits employers from firing employees just because they’ve filed a workers’ compensation claim. Employees also cannot be fired for missing work due to their workplace injury or illness.
If you have additional questions about the specific legalities of filing your workers’ compensation claim, call Stan Gregory. Each workers’ comp case is different.
How Long Do I Have to File a Workers' Compensation Claim in Willingboro, NJ?
Two years from the date of the injury, illness, or disease, or two years you found out you had that injury, illness, or disease. Let a workers’ compensation lawyer help you file your claim to ensure you get the maximum benefits you are entitled to.
Who is Eligible for Workers' Compensation in NJ?
Only workers who are considered “employees” are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in NJ., however, those who work as a freelancer, independent contractor, unpaid volunteer or intern, may be considered an employee for the purposes of workers’ comp in NJ.
Stan Gregory can help you understand whether you will be classified as an employee for the purposes of eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits in NJ.
Call Willingboro Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Stan Gregory
If you live in the Willingboro, NJ area and have been injured at work or contracted an illness or disease from your working conditions, get the help of an experienced local workers’ compensation lawyer. Call Stan Gregory at (609) 281-5100 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your workers’ compensation claim.