Other Work-Related Injury Claims
Sometimes, a workplace injury is more complex than just a straightforward workers’ compensation claim. There may be questions about who your employer was at the time of the injury. Maybe you were injured on the job, but the responsible party was an employee of another contractor or trade? If your employer is a staffing company, they may be responsible for your work-related injury and not the place where you were working. Our attorneys will advise you as to who is responsible for your injury.
You may wonder if you are eligible for Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation benefits at the same time or if a return to work will cause you to lose your SSD benefits.
At Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., our attorneys can review your specific facts and help you with answers to those and any other issues involving workers’ compensation law or personal injury law in New Jersey.
Were You An Independent Contractor?
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.
What’s 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 a personal injury claim or lawsuit against that party.
Your third-party liability claim will be a separate legal matter apart from your workers’ compensation claim, and does not involve your employer’s insurance carrier.
Qualifying For 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.