An injury can impact your life in numerous ways. For example, if you suffer from an injury or illness, you may be unable to work, and therefore unable to provide for yourself and your family. You may also be faced with exorbitant medical expenses, putting you even further behind. However, New Jersey has laws to protect workers who are injured on the job. Read on to learn more about workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation allows eligible employees to collect benefits that assist them while they are unable to work. This can cover medical bills, lost wages, and any lost future wages. In addition to this, employees may have the right to other benefits such as:
- Medical care
- Supplemental benefits
- Social security benefits
- Death benefits
- Long-term benefits in the event that they are no longer able to work
Who is responsible for a workplace accident?
In some cases, your employer is responsible for your accident. He or she may have created an unsafe work environment, failed to provide proper training, failed to rectify hazards, and so on. In cases like these, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. However, in other cases, your injury may be the responsibility of a third party and not your employer or place of work. For example, if a company makes faulty equipment and you are injured while using it, you may have a product liability case. It is important to note that if you were to win a third-party case and recover damages, you may be obligated to pay back some or all of your workers’ compensation coverage.
What to do after an accident:
In order to determine what party is at fault for your injury, you and your attorney will need to provide evidence. To do so, be sure to:
- Notify your employer
- Alert your employer as soon as an accident occurs. This will allow him or her to file an accident report. Additionally, he can ensure that no other injuries occur.
- Seek medical attention
- Your medical documents will be a necessary aspect of your case. As a result, it is imperative that you seek medical attention right away. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Document the scene
- Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
If you have been injured at work, reach out to our firm. We are here to advocate for you.
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