Inaccurate Beliefs about Getting Benefits after a Work Injury
In the aftermath of a workplace injury, your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits can make a critical difference in your life. You may be reluctant to seek benefits, based on some of things other people have told you. Let’s clear up a number of the false statements about New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system.
Myth—You Can’t Get Workers’ Compensation If You Caused the Accident
New Jersey employs a “no-fault” approach to eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits—you don’t have to prove that your employer was negligent or careless in causing the accident, and your employer cannot use your negligence as a reason to deny benefits. To qualify for workers’ compensation, you need only show that you were injured and that the injury occurred while you were in the course of your duties. You may, however, be denied benefits if it can be proved that you intentionally caused the accident or injury.
Myth—The Attorney Fees for a Work Comp Claim Will Eat Up Your Recovery
Your lawyer will almost always handle a workers’ compensation case on a contingency basis, taking a percentage of your recovery. You may also be responsible for certain out-of-pocket expenses, such as filing fees or court reporter fees.
Myth—Workers Compensation Is Only Available for Traumatic Injury Claims
You can always recover compensation for injuries caused by a workplace accident, but you can also get benefits when you suffer from repetitive stress or motion injuries. Furthermore, work comp benefits may be available for emotional or psychological injury, including stress-related conditions.
Myth—Your Employer Can Terminate You for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
New Jersey law prohibits an employer from firing or taking other adverse employment-based action against a worker who has filed a legitimate workers’ compensation claim.
Contact Our Office
At the Lee Law Firm, we have extensive knowledge and experience successfully handling personal injury claims, including cases involving injuries in the workplace. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis—you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
Call us at 973-315-9080 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We are available to meet with you evenings and weekends, if necessary. We welcome all major credit cards.
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