If you have been injured at work, you probably have several concerns beyond the actual injury. You may have these questions like:
- How will this affect my job? Will I lose my job if I make a workers' comp claim? The law requires that companies carry workers' compensation insurance because people do get injured sometimes on the job. By law, companies also have to allow you to keep your job.
- I want to go back to work, but I can only work part time. Can my workplace give me part-time work if I can't return to work full time?
- How will this affect my relationship with my boss?
The attorneys at Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., in Cherry Hill have handled workers' comp cases for over 40 years. In that time, we've encountered numerous complex cases and helped clients deal with complications affecting their livelihoods, including returning to work and their relationships at work. Call us to discuss your case at 856-375-1028.
Types Of Injuries That Occur At Work
Workplace injuries usually fall into one of two categories:
- A sudden, traumatic event such as a motor vehicle accident, an accident involving tools or equipment, an explosion or a fall injury. Construction accidents typically fall under this category. Lifting injuries affecting health care workers and industrial workers are also sometimes sudden events. An injured worker is usually eligible for workers' compensation benefits, temporary total disability and in most cases a monetary award.
- An occupational disease occurring over time, including repetitive stress injuries. Workers whose work activities have taken place inside moldy buildings may become disabled as a result of "sick building syndrome." Exposures to asbestos dust could cause asbestosis or other pulmonary diseases.
Both are types of workers' compensation cases — those triggered by single-event injuries and those involving occupational diseases. Our attorneys help injury victims throughout Camden County and often take on extra-challenging cases.
For example, one such complication that can occur is when an employer insists that their workers are independent contractors, not eligible for workers' compensation benefits. We can often demonstrate that an alleged "independent contractor" was, in fact, working under the specific direction and control of an employer and was, therefore, an employee.
You Could Also Have A Third-Party Liability Claim
If another person or entity besides your employer was negligent and contributed to or caused an accident, you may be able to file an injury claim or lawsuit against that party. Your third-party liability claim will be a separate legal matter apart from your workers' compensation claim, which involves your employer's insurance carrier.
Could I Qualify For Both SSD And Workers' Comp Benefits?
Among other services we provide to our workplace injury clients, we carefully evaluate their cases to determine whether they qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. We often find that other lawyers don't understand the rules related to SSD, absence from work and returning to work through "work incentives." To find answers to many of your other questions, visit our FAQ page for workers' compensation.
Free Consultation After Your Workplace Injury
Discuss your on-the-job injury case with an experienced New Jersey workers' compensation and personal injury lawyer today. Call 856-375-1028 or send us an email to schedule a free phone consultation.
If we represent you, our attorneys' fees cannot be collected until your case is settled and a workers' compensation judge determines our fee, which in most cases are paid mostly by the employer's workers' compensation insurance agency.