There are workplace accidents in New Jersey almost every day. The nature of the accidents can vary greatly. Sometimes, the accidents may only damage property. However, many employees suffer injuries in these workplace accidents. Some of these injuries can be very painful and people may not be able to work as they recover. In addition to missing time at work, they may also require significant medical treatment as well.
This can create financial hardships in addition to physical hardships for the employees. Employees who suffer workplace injuries may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits to help pay for the employee’s financial losses. This includes the lost income as well as payment for medical bills.
Steps workers should take after a workplace injury
After a workplace injury, there are certain steps the injured worker should follow to help ensure they receive their workers’ compensation benefits. The first step is that they need to inform their employer about the injury. This can be done verbally and the notice can be given to supervisors and other people in positions of authority within the company. If people need medical treatment, they need to ask the employer for medical providers approved by the employer.
After the worker reports the injury, the employer must inform their workers’ compensation insurance carrier about the injury. The insurance carrier will then determine if the claim qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits after investigating and speaking with the medical provider.
Employers in New Jersey are legally obligated to pay workers’ compensation benefits to most workers who suffer injuries while performing their job duties. There are some exceptions to this rule, but there are times when employers will deny these claims even when they are valid. If this occurs, employees can appeal the decisions and may still be able to receive the benefits. Experienced attorneys understand the appeals process and may be able to provide guidance.