Injured Workers Deserve Compensation
For most Americans, their job is extremely important. Most of us are dedicated, reliable contributors to our employers. However, when accidents happen at work, it is all too common for hardworking, dedicated employees to be left stranded and without help.
At Gianforcaro Law, we protect the rights of employees. For more than 30 years, we have been helping clients in Phillipsburg and throughout Warren and Hunterdon counties, New Jersey, obtain workers’ compensation benefits after suffering serious workplace injuries.
We provide sound legal counsel, personalized service and aggressive advocacy to make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Navigating The Complex Waters Of Workers’ Compensation
Although the law is clear that employees injured on the job are entitled to compensation for their injuries, it is extremely difficult for injured employees to obtain these benefits. The procedures are complex and can be difficult to navigate.
With more than 30 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of workers’ compensation procedures, we are able to help you navigate the complex waters to make sure you are able to get the compensation to which you are entitled.
If Your Employer Isn’t Taking Your Injury Seriously
In far too many cases, when injured employees take their claim to their employers, and they are not taken seriously. Sometimes employers simply ignore claims of this kind. In other cases, company doctors claim employee injuries were “preexisting” or not as serious as claimed.
If your claim is being denied or delayed, an experienced lawyer knows how to push the right buttons and move things forward.
At Gianforcaro Law, we have unique experience in handling these claims. Let us help you through the process.
Workers’ Compensation Frequently Asked Questions
If you are being denied your workers’ compensation benefits after suffering an injury on the job, don’t wait to contact our experienced attorneys at Gianforcaro Law. In the meantime, please see answers to some frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation claims.
My employer is trying to deny my claim. What are my options?
If your claim is denied or delayed, an experienced lawyer knows how to push the right buttons and move things forward.
After a denial, we will investigate the reason behind it and consider what went wrong in your claim. You only have two years from the date of the accident to file a petition, so it is essential that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. We will help you file the required forms, gather evidence and speak with the insurance company on your behalf, giving you a greater chance of success.
Can I choose my own doctor, or do I have to choose from the list provided by my employer?
In New Jersey, you must use a doctor that is provided by your employer for continued care after your injury. However, you have the right to seek emergency or urgent care treatment by any provider.
Are carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries covered by workers’ compensation?
Unlike other common workplace injuries, there is not one event that causes carpal tunnel or a repetitive stress injury. Any repeated moving, from constant typing to lifting boxes, can cause a painful injury resulting in short-term or long-term damage.
Fortunately, repetitive stress injuries are covered by workers’ compensation in New Jersey. Because these injuries are more difficult to prove that working conditions caused harm, it is vital that you work with an experienced attorney to help you succeed.
What compensation may I be eligible to receive?
New Jersey provides three types of workers’ compensation benefits that you may be eligible for depending on your situation. These benefits can help pay for medical expenses and cover lost wages when you are out of work.
Temporary total disability benefits cover 70% of your weekly paycheck before your accident and last until you return to work or you reach the maximum benefit amount after 400 weeks. You are eligible for these benefits if your injury causes you to miss more than seven days of work.
Permanent total disability benefits and partial disability benefits cover workers who have suffered a permanent disability or will be unable to return to their pre-injury state.
What types of injuries are commonly suffered in a workplace setting?
While some jobs are more dangerous than others, there is the potential at any workplace for a serious accident. Most commonly, we see slip and falls, burns and explosion-related injuries, repetitive stress injuries, injuries from falling objects and injuries from the operation of heavy machinery.