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Injured On The Job? Rely On More Than 45 Years Of Workers’ Compensation Experience

Workers’ compensation is never simple. The workers’ compensation system is essentially an insurance program, with all the complexities of insurance. If you have been injured at work, you want to get better and you need help dealing with the complexities of the system.

At Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., our workers’ compensation lawyers have decades of experience working within this system. We can advise, guide and represent you with all aspects of these claims.

Let Us Answer Your Legal Questions

After a work injury, you probably have several concerns in addition to dealing with the actual injury. Below, we’ve answered some of the most common ones we receive from clients, but we have answers to even more frequently asked workers’ compensation questions here.

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 for injuries that arise out  of and during your employment. By law, companies cannot discriminate or retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim.

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?

This is possible, but it will depend on a number of factors, including clearance from your treating physician and availability of part-time/light-duty work. If you are cleared for a partial return to work and do return, your temporary disability benefits would likely change/decrease accordingly.

A word of caution: Any ambiguity in your work status or work eligibility can be an opportunity for your employer to take adverse action against you or violate your rights in some other way. That’s why it is especially important to have an experienced attorney advocating for you and giving you case-specific guidance.

How will this affect my relationship with my boss?

Ideally, it shouldn’t impact your relationship at all, since workers’ compensation is a legitimate entitlement for those injured on the job. Unfortunately, not all employers see things this way. As mentioned above, your employer is prohibited from retaliating or otherwise discriminating against you for filing a workers’ comp claim, but, unfortunately, sometimes it does happen.

During our many years of practice, we’ve encountered numerous complex cases and helped clients deal with complications impacting their livelihoods, including returning to work and their relationships at work.

Understanding The Types Of Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries usually fall into one of two categories:

Acute injury: A sudden, traumatic event such as an automobile accident, an accident involving tools or equipment, an explosion or a fall injury occurring at work. Construction accidents typically fall under this category. Lifting injuries affecting healthcare workers and industrial workers are also sometimes sudden events. An injured worker is usually eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, including medical treatment and temporary disability benefit.  In most cases, a worker is also entitled to a monetary award for permanent functional loss, affecting your working ability and/or your normal daily activities.

Chronic or cumulative injury/illness: 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 after years of exposure. Exposure to carcinogens at work could cause serious or fatal illnesses as well.

Both examples are workers’ compensation cases – those triggered by single-event injuries and those involving occupational stress and strain or diseases. Our workers’ compensation lawyers help injured victims throughout the State of New Jersey and often take on extremely challenging cases.

We Are Well-Versed In All Aspects Of Injury Law

Our attorneys practice both personal injury law and workers’ compensation law in New Jersey. While they are distinct from one another, there is also considerable overlap. Our experience in both areas means we often have insights and perspectives that other attorneys who only practice one of these areas might miss. We can help you maximize your options, such as pursuing a third-party liability claim in addition to workers’ comp benefits.

Our Work Typically Comes At No Cost To You – Contact Us Today

If we represent you, our attorney fees will be collected only if we obtain benefits for you at the conclusion of your case. In most cases, the workers’ compensation carrier is responsible for paying most of the counsel fee.

Discuss your workplace injury with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. All initial consultations are free. Call 856-528-7991 or send us an email to schedule.