Work Accidents Lawyers in New Jersey
If you have been injured on the job, you are entitled to certain benefits under New Jersey Law. Consulting with a work accident lawyer in New Jersey to find out what your rights and options are is essential in this situation to make sure you are taking advantage of every opportunity to help yourself and your family. At Corradino and Papa, LLC, we are committed to assisting injured workers in fighting for the compensation that will enable them to handle the consequences of a severe workplace injury.
The Laws Governing Workplace Injuries in New Jersey
One of the key legal developments of the past century in the United States has been the very significant expansion of workers’ rights. Due to the enormous consequences that a workplace injury can have on the life of a worker, there is now an expectation for employers to offer a safe and secure workplace for their personnel. Also, employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance to make sure that they are prepared to provide unique benefits should an employee be injured at work.
The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law has been on the books since 1911 and is there to provide income and benefits in the event of a job-related accident or illness. There are similar laws on the books in all 49 other states, as well as in Washington, D.C. Workers’ Compensation can provide wage replacement if an employee is too injured or ill to return to work right away. It will cover medical bills related to a workplace injury or illness. It can provide survivor benefits to the family of a worker killed due to a workplace accident.
Workers’ compensation laws protect both workers and employers. On one side, workers are protected under the benefits described above. On the other hand, employers are protected by the existence of workers’ compensation policies. In most cases, the worker gives up the right to sue the employer for negligence when he or she accepts workers’ compensation benefits.
Consulting with a Workplace Accident Lawyer in New Jersey
Because obtaining workers’ compensation benefits requires the employee to give up their right to pursue legal action against an employer, it is essential to consult with a workplace accident lawyer before accepting those benefits. If you or someone you know has sustained an injury at work, it could be that the employer’s workers’ compensation benefits will offer sufficient compensation to cover wage replacement, medical costs, recovery expenses (physical therapy, lifestyle changes, etc.), and ongoing pain and suffering. Especially in more severe cases, though—or in situations where there is a clear argument that employer negligence led to the workplace injury—it may be worth exploring other legal options.
It is also especially worth a legal consultation if you were injured on a job where you were not technically considered an “employee.” It has become increasingly common in recent years for employers in many industries to use freelancers, independent contractors, or consultants for critical functions that used to be filled by full-time or part-time employees. Independent contractors are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits under the law. However, in some cases, employers may misclassify their personnel, to the point where a worker labeled as an independent contractor would be more accurately labeled as a part-time or even full-time employee. If you were injured on the job as an independent contractor and believe that worker misclassification could be a part of the equation, you should consult with an attorney.
At Corradino and Papa, LLC, we can help you explore your options and decide which path is best for you. You can even contact our New Jersey workplace injury lawyers by phone to discuss the details of your case with a member of our legal team.
How Can We Help
The types of injuries that can occur in the workplace are many and varied. In a restaurant/culinary environment, burns or cuts are especially common given the nature of the work. In a shipping warehouse, injuries related to strain and heavy lifting are among the most common injuries. There is no one type or even one concise list of injuries that can happen on the job or trigger workers’ compensation cases. However, some regular workplace injuries that could warrant the pursuit of compensation include:
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
- Head injuries
- Leg and knee injuries
- Occupational illness
- Back injuries
Whether your workplace injury fits into one of these categories or not, you may be eligible for benefits or damages for the incident. At Corradino and Papa, LLC, we are dedicated to ensuring that the rights of injured workers are protected. No matter your injury, your work industry, the specific circumstances that led to the incident, or the severity of the injury, we are here to sit down with you and talk through the details.
In some cases, the best option may be to accept workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance policy. In other situations, it may be more prudent to pursue a lawsuit against the employer over negligence. We will give you honest, candid advice grounded in our substantial legal experience and our long history of handling workplace injury cases in New Jersey.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our NJ Workplace Injury Lawyers Today
If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace accident, you stand to gain from having a well-trained and highly experienced legal team there to assist you in seeking the financial aid that will cover your losses. Contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys of Corradino and Papa, LLC by calling our phone lines today to learn more.
For every new client, we offer a free consultation as an opportunity to go over your case, hear your story, and provide some essential advice. Note that this consultation comes with no obligation at all. However, if you do decide to work with us to pursue legal action against the employer, our legal team will dedicate themselves entirely to preparing and arguing your case.