When you get injured at work or you suffer an illness related to the conditions in your workplace, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the circumstances of your accident or illness, you may be able to receive lost wages for time you have to spend away from work and payment of authorized medical treatment. You could even obtain a cash award for permanent partial or total disability due to your work-related injury. At Deutchman & Drews, we have decades of experience dealing with workers’ compensation claims, and we can help you with your claim.
Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?
If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness and want to seek compensation, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim if you are eligible. That means meeting certain requirements. Your injury or illness must have arisen from something that happened at work, or from unsafe conditions in your workplace. You must also report your injury or illness within a specific timeframe to meet your state’s eligibility requirements. Your employer is not allowed to fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Defining a Work-Related Injury or Illness
Generally, if an injury or exposure occurs while you are working, it will be considered work-related and you will likely be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. You may have a claim even if your injury occurs due to your own fault. If you’re wondering whether or not your situation qualifies you to collect workers’ compensation benefits, the best thing to do is speak to a lawyer who specializes in these types of cases.
Finding a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
As we mentioned earlier, your workers’ compensation claim must be filed within a certain timeframe in order for you to receive benefits. That means it is important to find a workers’ compensation attorney right away. Your lawyer can advise you on all the steps you need to take prove your claim and make sure you get the benefits you deserve. You may even be able to make a third-party claim if your injury is caused by someone besides your employer or a fellow employee, so it makes sense to speak with a lawyer if you are injured at work. If you need a workers’ compensation injury attorney in New Jersey, get in touch with the experienced attorneys at Deutchman & Drews today by calling (732) 828-1300 or by filling out the online form on our contact page.