If you are injured on the job in the state of New Jersey, you’re entitled to ongoing compensation. Workers’ compensation protects the rights of employees, so that their employer cannot simply hang them out to dry in the event of a work-related injury. To ensure that you are receiving the maximum allotment of workers’ compensation benefits, it is important to have a skilled and dedicated attorney who is well versed in New Jersey state laws.
But what are the most common injuries that lead to workers’ compensation claims throughout the state? And how can you make sure that you’ve chosen the proper attorney to represent your interests? Knowing this information could be truly beneficial toward providing a stress-free healing environment.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slipping, tripping, and falling while on the company clock can lead to serious injury that can result in lost time. There are many common causes of falls, among them uneven flooring, wet surfaces, and loose wiring. Oftentimes, when falling, an employee might twist or jerk unnaturally in an attempt to stop themselves. This can lead to increased damage to the spine, as well as joint injuries such as broken wrists or ankles.
Falls can lead to injuries of the back, neck, knees, elbows, and more. Sometimes, following a fall, a worker can be placed on light duty, in which they engage in activities that are less strenuous than usual.
But if a fall on company property is severe enough to merit time away from work altogether, workers’ compensation takes over. This ensures that you have the means and opportunity to heal in comfort and return to work once you are able. It is important to seek medical attention immediately after suffering a fall on company property.
Struck by an Object
If an object in the workplace falls or otherwise strikes you, then you are able to seek workers’ compensation. This includes negligence on the part of another employee. For instance, if you’re carrying something with another worker and they lose their grip and the object falls on you, that counts as a work-related incident. Object related injury might also occur in the event that you’re retrieving something off of a high shelf and it falls on you.
While working, it’s important to never go beyond your physical capabilities. Doing so could lead to overexertion. Overexertion occurs when the body is pushed beyond its limitations. If an employee attempts to lift or carry an object that is too heavy for them. Muscles become strained and stressed, spinal injuries can occur, and joints can extend past their natural range of motion. Overexertion is ordinarily accompanied by immediate pain and can lead to an extended leave of absence.
Workers who engage in the same activities day in and day out can place wear and tear on their bodies in the form of several chronic conditions. Excessive typing, lifting, or assembly line work can lead to carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and bursitis. These conditions can be debilitating and necessitate the need to step away from the workplace for a time. What’s most important in instances of repetitive motion, wherein there is no major incident to point to such as a fall or object strike, is that it is the responsibility of the employee to prove that it was their work-related motions which led to this condition, rather than external events.
Highway injuries are quite common among New Jersey based workers’ compensation claims. If you find yourself operating a vehicle for company purposes and you are injured in the line of duty, then you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Accidents can occur due to weather, issues with the vehicle itself, negligent drivers, or road obstructions.
Choose the Right Attorney
When you’re seeking workers’ compensation, it is vital that you have a legal team backing you that knows the system inside and out. Every state has different criteria and programs in place for workers’ compensation, so you want a legal mind that has experience in your state.
In your research, ensure that your potential attorney is licensed to practice in your state, and is not facing disciplinary charges. It’s also important to make sure that your lawyer represents injured employees and not the employers. Your attorney should be able to calculate the value of your limitations, what you need for medical treatment, and roll that into a settlement agreement.
The law offices of Marc A. Futterweit is at the ready to assist you in receiving the maximum allowed sum for your workers’ compensation claim. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 973.442.0200, or visit us online.