Work-Related Injury Lawyer Elizabeth, NJ
Elizabeth, New Jersey Attorneys Handling Workplace Injury Claims
The attorneys at the Elizabeth office of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC help employees injured while working receive the benefits they need and to which they are entitled. Applying for worker’s compensation benefits can be a complicated process. Most workers are unfamiliar with New Jersey law related to workplace injuries. Consequently, when they are injured while working, they are unaware of their rights and the benefits to which they are entitled. To find out how our Elizabeth lawyers can help you get the benefits you need and deserve, call our Elizabeth office or contact us online for a free initial consultation.
Workplace accidents that result in injury or death are common. Like other states, New Jersey has a worker’s compensation system in place to help injured workers pay their medical bills and replace some of their wages. This system requires most employers to provide insurance that covers employees who suffer injury while working. Unfortunately, the worker’s compensation system often fails workers while rewarding employers with lower premiums and other incentives. Consequently, workers often fail to receive the benefits they need after they suffer injury on the job. They need knowledgeable legal assistance to get through difficult times and, if possible, return to work.
Common Causes of Workplace Accidents in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Our Elizabeth workers’ comp lawyers handle all types of employee claims involving workplace injuries, including those arising from:
- Falls from heights
- Trips and slips
- Falling objects
- Poor lighting
- Assaults and other workplace violence
- Repetitive stress
- Inadequate training
- Illegally modified machinery
- Lack of safety equipment and protective clothing
- Machine entanglement
- Motor vehicle accidents
Whatever the reason for the workplace injury and even if you, the injured worker, were partly responsible, New Jersey workers’ compensation is “no-fault.” Unfortunately, this does not mean that you will always receive benefits. That’s where our Elizabeth worker’s comp attorneys can help. We fight employers and their insurance companies to ensure that our clients receive all the benefits they need.
Possible Problems With NJ Workers’ Compensation Claims
Workers’ comp in New Jersey is supposed to pay for wage replacement, medical expenses and retraining costs if needed so you can return to work. This sounds straightforward, but employers and their insurance companies do not always focus on returning workers to health. Rather, they want to limit a worker’s benefits to reduce the cost to the company. The result is that injured workers often find themselves wondering where to turn when their benefits suddenly stop or are denied. Examples of the types of problems an injured worker might experience can include:
- The insurance company doctor decides you are ready to return to work and you don’t feel you can do so
- The insurance company denies your initial claim for benefits
- You believe you need additional medical treatment and the insurance company denies your claim
- You are unsatisfied with your medical treatment and need a second opinion that the insurance company denies
- Your replacement pay benefit stops before you are ready to return to work
- Your injury or occupational illness gets worse even after treatment
- You believe your work-related disability is permanent and the insurance company disagrees
In these and other circumstances, you will need to appeal the decision of the insurance company. Our lawyers have many years of experience handling workers’ comp claims and will aggressively advocate for the worker’s compensation benefits you need and deserve.
You May Have Another Option: A Third-Party Lawsuit
Workers’ comp does not cover costs for which you might be eligible in a civil injury lawsuit. These include pain and suffering and emotional distress. However, in some circumstances it might be possible to obtain compensation for these consequences of an accident through a third-party lawsuit. This is in addition to any benefits you might receive through a regular workers’ comp claim.
Here’s how third- party lawsuits work: If a third party injured you while you were working, you may be able to file a civil claim against that party. For example, if you were driving for work and were in a car accident caused by the other driver’ negligence, you might be able to recover from the driver of the other vehicle. Or, if you are working construction and the scaffolding collapses, you may have a cause of action against the scaffolding contractor or installer. Our Elizabeth attorneys have helped many workers in circumstances like these obtain benefits for the intangible costs of a workplace injury, benefits that are not available through NJ workers’ comp.
Contact Bramnick Law About an Elizabeth Workplace Injury
Our Elizabeth work injury lawyers at Bramnick Law always seek the best results possible in cases involving workplace accidents, whether you are eligible for a third-party claim. Call us or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help get all the benefits you deserve. We charge an attorney’s fee only if we obtain benefits after a workplace accident.
About Elizabeth, New Jersey
With a population of about 125,000, Elizabeth is home to several major employers that include Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Union County, City of Elizabeth, New England Motor Freight, AFI Performance Foodservice, and IKEA. Residents of Elizabeth also work in the surrounding communities of Union County and elsewhere in northern New Jersey and New York City.
If you suffered injury while working, please call our law firm’s Elizabeth branch to discuss your workers’ comp claim with an experienced New Jersey attorney.