If you're injured at work, you are entitled to benefits through your employer's workers' compensation insurance. However, this isn't always an easy process because insurance companies sometimes unfairly deny claims. For dependable legal guidance related to workers' compensation in New Jersey, work with the knowledgeable attorneys at Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, P.C. Since 1941, we have served injured people across the state from our offices in Toms River. When you need a strong advocate after a workplace injury, call on us.
There are three main factors contributing to whether or not you receive workers' compensation benefits after a workplace injury. First, your employer must carry workers' compensation insurance or be required by law to do so. In many cases, companies that do not legally have to carry this type of insurance do so anyway as an extra precaution. Second, you must be a formal employee of the company and not an independent contractor, consultant or freelancer.
To be eligible for workers' compensation, your injury or illness must be related to your work and not some other issue. In many cases, it is easy to determine if you suffered your injury in a workplace accident. However, in other situations this is more difficult. Sometimes, the symptoms of exposure to dangerous chemicals, for example, may not appear for years afterward. Or, you may be injured in an auto accident while driving your vehicle for a work-related purpose. This situation tends to complicate matters, as you may need to file a third-party lawsuit in addition to pursuing workers' compensation benefits.
If you or a loved one have suffered a very serious injury, you may have a difficult time getting the benefits you need through your employer's workers' compensation insurance. You may be refused the compensation you need to make a full recovery and pay for expenses like medical bills, rehabilitation and lost wages. In other cases, employers may bring a worker back to a specialized position, only to eliminate that position a month or two later - leaving the employee without workers' comp benefits at all.
A skilled workplace injury attorney knows these tactics well and can help you engage in litigation to seek the benefits you need and deserve after a serious work-related personal injury or illness.
If you've been injured at work, don't hesitate to consult an experienced attorney to help you with all issues related to workers' compensation. The lawyers at Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, P.C. have years of experience in this area of the law, so call us today at 732-349-4800 or contact us online to set up an appointment. From our office in Toms River, we work with clients across Ocean County and the state of New Jersey.