What does a workers’ compensation lawyer do for you?
Over 30 years of experience. Over $100 million recovered for clients.
What does a workers’ compensation lawyer do for you?
Over 30 years of experience. Over $100 million recovered for clients.

What does a workers’ compensation lawyer do for you?

A workers’ compensation lawyer handles every aspect of a workers’ compensation claim. This can relieve many of the burdens associated with bringing a claim and increase the overall chance of successfully obtaining benefits. While every New Jersey workers’ compensation case is a little different, they follow the same process for the most part. Below is a detailed description of the various things a workers’ compensation lawyer can do to help you obtain benefits and protect your rights.
 
Help you understand the workers’ compensation process
 
After suffering a serious workplace injury, you may not have the time or energy needed to delve into the workers’ compensation process complexities. However, when you reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, they will take the time to explain everything to you, so you know what to expect. Aside from answering any specific questions you have, a few of the things your attorney will go over with you include:
 
• How the process works;
• What you will need to prove to obtain benefits;
• The types of benefits you may qualify for;
• An estimated benefit amount and settlement award, assuming your claim is approved; and
• Solutions to common problems that arise during the process.
 
Negotiating a settlement offer
 
Most New Jersey workers’ comp claims are settled before a hearing. Having an attorney work through the negotiation process greatly increases the chances of a fair settlement offer. Generally, a settlement offer will depend on the following:
 
• The extent of your injuries;
• How your injury impacts your physical activity;
• Functional loss of a specific body part(s);
• Whether you are expected to have a permanent disability or lasting impairment; and
• Your income.
 
A workers’ compensation lawyer will also look at your overall picture when structuring a settlement agreement. For example, if you plan on applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, properly structuring a settlement is crucial to minimizing the workers’ compensation offset.
 
Represent you at a workers’ compensation hearing
 
While most workers’ compensation claims end in a settlement, that is not always the case. If you cannot reach an agreement with the insurance company, you will need to attend a hearing in front of a judge to determine if you qualify for benefits. At this hearing, your attorney can help with the following:
 
• Depose witnesses;
• Request medical records;
• Perform necessary research pertaining to your case;
• Compose all of the required official documents to file the claim;
• Prepare opening and closing statements outlining your theory as to why you deserve benefits; and
• Raise objections if the lawyer for the insurance company steps out of line.  
 
If the hearing ends in a denial of benefits, your attorney can help you appeal that decision.
 
Investigate other possible claims, including a New Jersey third-party personal injury lawsuit
 
A worker’s compensation claim is just one way an injured worker can obtain compensation after a workplace accident. The other way is through a third-party personal injury claim. These claims can be filed against a third party who caused or contributed to the worker’s injuries. Looking into third-party injury claims is essential, as these claims may provide injured workers with additional damages, including those for their non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
 
If you have been injured in a New Jersey workplace accident, reach out to the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm for immediate assistance. We offer free consultations to accident victims and accept workers’ comp cases on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we can help you obtain benefits and a settlement award on your behalf. You can reach us at 973-920-7900 or through our online form

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