Why should I have a workers’ compensation lawyer?
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Why should I have a workers’ compensation lawyer?
Over 30 years of experience. Over $100 million recovered for clients.

Why should I have a workers’ compensation lawyer?

The process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits may seem straightforward at first glance, but there are often significant hurdles along the way. Understanding the potential difficulties of bringing a workers’ comp claim helps to know how the process works.
 
Under state law, most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Employers who purchase this insurance are “covered” under the state’s workers’ comp laws. Employees of a covered employer can file a workers’ comp claim if they are injured on the job. This insurance guarantees that, if an employee is injured on the job, there are funds available to pay for their workers’ comp benefits.
 
To obtain workers’ compensation benefits, an injured worker will need to show that their injury happened at work or resulted from their work. However, the worker will not need to prove that their employer was negligent or played any role in causing their injury.
 
Notably, if an employer is covered under the New Jersey workers’ comp laws, an employee’s sole remedy against their employer is through a workers’ compensation claim, meaning they cannot file a personal injury claim against their employer. However, if some other person or business was responsible for causing the worker’s injuries, an injured employee can file a third-party personal injury claim against that party.
 
Why a worker’s comp lawyer is important
 
There are several reasons why it is imperative to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer working on your case. First, workers’ comp cases take preparation to file. For example, you will need to gather all your medical and employment records to put together a claim. A workers’ compensation lawyer knows which information is important and where to find it.
 
Second, a lawyer can help you understand the process, what to expect, and how long it may take for you to get approved for benefits. This can provide valuable peace of mind through what is often a stressful time.
 
Third, workers’ comp lawyers are skilled at negotiating with insurance companies. Often, an insurance company will attempt to settle your claim for as little as possible. And unless you know what to expect, you may accept an offer that does not fairly compensate you for all of your injuries. A knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer will know when an insurance company is not fair and can aggressively negotiate on your behalf.
 
Finally, an injury lawyer can review the accident to determine if you have an additional third-party personal injury claim against someone other than your employer. While workers’ compensation laws do not allow most injured workers to file a personal injury claim against their employer, you can file a personal injury claim against other people or businesses who caused your injuries. These are referred to as third-party claims because you are filing a claim against someone other than your employer.
 
Identifying whether you have a third-party injury claim is a crucial step in obtaining maximum compensation for your injuries. This is because third-party injury claims allow you to recover compensation otherwise unavailable through a workers’ compensation claim, including damages for your 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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