January 16, 2020
How Do I get Treatment if I’m Hurt On the Job in New Jersey?
If you get hurt on the job in New Jersey, you should report it to your employer immediately and ask that your employer open up a workers’ compensation claim for you. Once a workers’ compensation claim is opened, the workers’ compensation carrier will setup your doctor appointments for you, and will pay 100% of all the bills for the doctors they authorize. Prior to the claim being opened with the workers’ compensation carrier, your employer may direct you where to go initially. It is important to only go to authorized doctors through workers’ compensation, as in addition to not having any co-pays or deductibles, your health insurance may not cover your treatment if you try to treat on your own, because the injury and need for treatment arose out of your employment.
The workers’ compensation statute requires that an employee who is hurt on the job must report the injury to their employer as soon as possible. Upon notice to your employer of the accident, you are entitled to three benefits. They are:
- all of your medical treatment and bills will be covered as long as you go to an authorized doctor
- while you are unable to work and healing, you will receive 70% of your wages up to a state maximum
- you are entitled to a “Permanency Award” – this applies to a functional loss or disability that is attributed to your on-the-job injury
If a third-party and/or outside contractor caused or contributed to your accident, you may also be able to bring a claim for your damages from that person or company as well. These cases are commonly known as third party claims and are often complex and require a thorough evaluation. Therefore, it is very important to seek the advice of a qualified and experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.
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The Todd J. Leonard Law Firm has over 30 years of experience handling workers’ compensation claims, and all types of serious personal injury accidents, including wrongful death claims. Todd J. Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and has successfully handled all types of serious accidents, representing thousands of clients throughout New Jersey. Our attorneys will fight for your rights, which includes getting the medical treatment you need, any wages you are legally owed, and compensation for your injuries. Additionally, our team of trial lawyers will be in contact with your employer’s insurance carrier to ensure you receive timely authorization for your medical treatment, and when you can return to work, if at all.
There are strict time limitations to file your workers’ compensation claim. Please give us a call today at (973) 920-7900 to request a Free, Confidential Consultation. There is never a fee unless we obtain a recovery. We have offices conveniently located in Denville, Morristown, and Newark.