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Do I Need A Lawyer For A Workers’ Compensation Case In New Jersey?

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After an injury at work, you may have several concerns. You may wonder how to obtain medical care and who will pay for it, how you will be paid while you are out of work and other financial worries. Even if you are aware that filing for workers’ compensation can help you cover some of these expenses, you may not be aware of how a lawyer can help.

While your employer is required to have, and most likely has, workers’ compensation insurance, they may not necessarily be concerned about taking care of your needs. In fact, even though you may receive some compensation during your recovery period, working with an attorney from the start can help ensure that you receive the benefits available to you.

The Benefits Of Working With An Attorney

The purpose of workers’ compensation is to ensure that an employee receives medical and temporary benefits while he or she is unable to work due to a work-related injury. Under New Jersey law, employees who have suffered an injury in the course of their employment may be entitled to medical benefits, both temporary and permanent disability benefits, and death benefits.

If you were injured at work, you should provide your employer with either verbal or written notice of the injury so that your employer can promptly notify its insurance carrier. While many injured workers rely upon their employer and their employer’s insurance carrier to provide for them after an injury, the injured worker should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that the employer and/or the insurance carrier provides them with all of the benefits available and due under the law.

Working with a workers’ compensation attorney has many benefits, including:

  • Your lawyer can help you follow the proper procedures to file a claim and meet critical deadlines
  • Your lawyer will likely make it more difficult for the insurance company to take advantage of you
  • Your lawyer can represent you if a dispute arises
  • Your lawyer can help you understand temporary benefits and permanency awards
  • Your lawyer can help you fight for benefits if your claim is denied
  • Your lawyer can inform you of your rights if you want a second medical opinion

Ultimately, working with a lawyer is a good way to advocate for yourself and your needs after you have been injured. They understand the law and will work hard to make sure you are treated fairly throughout the process.

An Attorney Can Fight For What You Deserve

Many people are concerned about how to pay for legal representation, especially for a consultation before they have decided whether to hire an attorney. However, because attorney fees in workers’ compensation cases are set by the Court, you will not be charged a consultation fee to meet with an attorney to discuss your work-related injuries and the benefits to which you are entitled under the law.

Consult with a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after being injured at work to ensure that you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled so that you can focus on recovering from injuries.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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