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For most people, being left unable to do their job as the result of a work-related injury means a lot more than just losing a paycheck or two: in many cases, it can mean an uncertain and frightening future. It can be very difficult to receive authorization by your employer to see a doctor or to receive your wage loss benefits. Our lead attorney, Todd Leonard, fights to make sure you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to following a work-related injury, including medical treatment, lost wages, and just compensation for your injuries. Todd is Certified by The New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and is a member of the New Jersey Committee on Safety and Health (NJ COSH), an organization comprised of lawyers, doctors and unions, “working together to protect the rights of injured workers.”
As a resident of the state of New Jersey, you are entitled to receive benefits under the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act. If you are eligible, you may receive benefits for:
There are many misconceptions about filing a workers’ compensation claim. Often, the injured employee is concerned that if they file a claim, the company will terminate their employment, or there will be some form of retaliation or retribution against them. However, the law clearly protects the injured employee from such actions.
For more answers to your questions about workers’ comp benefits and how to apply for them, contact our experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation benefits lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm today. We will also evaluate the facts of your case to see if there is an outside company or individual who may also be responsible for your injuries.
If you were injured by an individual or entity other than your employer while performing the duties of your job, you may be able to obtain additional compensation through a third-party claim. Attorney Todd Leonard has been protecting the rights of clients throughout New Jersey for over 25 years. If you were injured on the job, you may also have a third-party claim, and should contact our Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has extensive knowledge, legal skills, and experience.
It is not terribly uncommon for job-related injuries to have a third party that is also responsible for the injuries. In these circumstances, you can file an additional claim or lawsuit against the other party or company that caused your injuries and/or disabilities, as well as continue your claim against your employer. In these claims, you can also receive monies for pain and suffering and other losses sustained that are not recoverable under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
Your first line of action in any workplace injury is to report it to your employer and initiate a workers’ compensation claim. That is your right under state law. Workers’ compensation benefits, however, don’t generate full compensation in regards to your lost wages or for such non-economic damages as pain and suffering. If you have a valid third party claim, you can obtain additional compensation.
At the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, our New Jersey worker’s comp attorneys can review and evaluate your workplace accident or injury to determine all of the sources available to you for a claim. If the pursuit of a third party claim is a valid option, our firm will take the necessary legal steps to help you recover the maximum compensation you truly deserve in addition to filing a worker’s compensation claim.
If you are injured on the job in New Jersey, you are entitled to receive the following benefits:
For you or your family to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you must give timely notice of your claim to your employer. It is also important for you to be aware that you are not entitled to receive any money for your pain and suffering or your loss of future earning capacity.
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) was created by Congress in 1908 to introduce safe working standards to the railroad industry and protect the rights of railroad workers injured on the job. Any employee working for a railroad employer is protected by FELA and can seek damages for injuries incurred because of employer negligence.
To have a valid FELA claim, you need only prove that your employer had a portion of fault in the accident that led to your injuries. Even if you were partially responsible for your injuries, your claim is still valid, though the amount of your comparative negligence may be deducted from your settlement. The process of obtaining benefits under FELA involves your employer—or the railroad company under which your employer operates—discussing the reasons for your injury, including who was at fault, with your New Jersey FELA claim attorney. A settlement of your claim will be discussed and negotiated; if a settlement cannot be reached, the claim turns into a FELA lawsuit.
Damages in a FELA Claim
Train accidents are the type of disasters that cause victims unwarranted emotional trauma as well as long-term physical pain. If you were injured as a result of your employer’s negligence, you can obtain restitution for:
While offering similar protections to workers’ compensation, a FELA claim is specially reserved for railroad workers and must prove that a railroad employer caused injuries through their negligence—this differs from the no-fault based system that workers’ compensation abides by.
Contact the New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm to speak with a member of our team who is hard-working and dedicated to helping you get maximum compensation. There are never any legal fees incurred unless we obtain a recovery for you. Our counsel fee will be set by the Workers’ Compensation Judge and it is usually 20% of your recovery. However, the judge oftentimes will not have you pay the entire 20% legal fee and it is common that your employer will also pay a percentage of the counsel fee awarded.
Being injured in an accident can have serious and lifelong consequences. The lawyers of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm can help you fight for maximum compensation for your injuries and losses from the responsible parties. Contact us today at (973) 920-7900 to learn more about how our team of experienced attorneys can help you through these challenging times.
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