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What benefits can a lawyer help me obtain in a New Jersey workers’ compensation claim?

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When you suffer an injury at work, your financial picture can become cloudy. With uncertainty about your ability to work again and bills piling up, you may have valid concerns about your economic stability. Fortunately, a workers’ compensation claim can help you recover the funds necessary to move forward with your life. 

In the state of New Jersey, an attorney can provide valuable assistance during the workers’ compensation claims process. By having experienced legal help by your side, you can better position yourself to obtain the compensation that you need. While it is not required by law that you hire a lawyer, the benefits to doing so can be considerable. 

Understanding What May Be Available To You 

Workers’ compensation can provide much more than lost wages. A seasoned lawyer can advise you of the types of compensation that may be available before ultimately designing a claim that suits your needs. Workers’ compensation benefits can include: 

  • Medical care: This benefit will pay for all necessary medical treatment related to your injury.
  • Temporary disability: You can recover up to 70%of your average wages via temporary disability.
  • Permanent partial disability: Once you have reached maximum medical improvement, you may still be impaired, rendering you eligible for permanent partial disability benefits.
  • Permanent total disability: Should you be unable to ever return to work, you can receive a benefit of up to 70% of your average gross salary.

A third-party claim can also be a viable option in some circumstances. This path allows for additional financial recovery. If a worker dies as the result of an injury, their dependents may also be entitled to lifetime benefits. If your claim is rejected, an attorney can also help you file an appeal. 

Because of the many compensation options that may be in play, it is prudent to consult with an attorney before filing your claim. By having a better understanding of your options, you are more likely to recover the maximum compensation available to you.

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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