A workplace injury may be 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, including medical treatment for the specific injury and in most cases a money award.
Another type of workers' compensation case stems from 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.
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.
Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., handles both types of workers' compensation cases —those triggered by single-event injuries and those involving occupational diseases. Our attorneys often take on extra-challenging cases. For example, some employers insist 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.
Do You Qualify For SSD Benefits As Well As Workers' Compensation 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."
Contact Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., In Cherry Hill, New Jersey, For A Free Consultation After A Workplace Injury
Discuss your on-the-job injury case with an experienced workers' compensation and personal injury lawyer. Call 856-375-1028 or send 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.