If you have been hurt on the job in New Jersey, your first (and sometimes only) avenue of recourse will be through the state’s Workers’ Compensation Court. Your claim may initially seem simple, but you may be surprised to find your medical treatment denied and your request for payment rejected. It’s a common occurrence and thankfully a client had the Bronsnick Law Firm in his corner when submitting his latest Workers’ Compensation claim.
Our client, a non-union worker, was responsible for retrieving a metal drum full of liquid at a warehouse. While picking up the drum, he injured his lower back, causing him to undergo a discectomy. A discectomy is a common but serious procedure in which the herniated disc that touches the spinal column (and causing the radiating pain) is partially cut out.
With our client’s career hanging in the balance, Bronsnick Law Firm ensured he received maximum compensation and the ability to resume working.
Important Workers’ Comp Tips
When working to settle a Workers’ Compensation claim, it is important to know that so much depends upon a percentage of the disability [or injury]. That is why you must seek an attorney early in the process and keep impeccable records of doctor visits, treatments, medications and any costs related to the injury.
In our client’s case, as with most others, the injured worker has the right to reopen the case within two years if additional or lingering problems persist or treatment is needed. While that certainly can benefit the worker, it is essential to have an attorney navigate the complexities of the court system. In these situations, we ask the court for additional medical treatments to address the worker’s related problems. And if those problems are deemed severe enough, there may also be a basis to request an additional payment or from the time that you’ve previously settled.
Our client hired Bronsnick Law Firm to handle and submit these claims and present them to a Workers’ Compensation judge, and we obtained a favorable ruling. Ultimately, our hard-working and dedicated client was able to return to work (taking a different job), and we secured a substantial five-figure settlement.
What To Do If Injured At Work
Bronsnick Law Firm has represented many employees throughout New Jersey’s Workers’ Compensation courts. Here are some basic tips to follow:
- Document as much as possible. Take pictures of your injury and the scene and try to recount the exact sequence of events. Speak into the “notes” section of your mobile phone, if possible, to detail any personal injury or property damage.
- Alert your supervisor. Your company must immediately know about your injury, that it occurred while working and the existence of any hazards it must remedy. This way they will better understand the severity of your injuries and hopefully take measures to prevent a similar situation from happening to another worker.
- Visit a doctor or hospital. For the sake of your health, visit a doctor or emergency room so that the injury is properly treated and documented. This will also confirm the nature of the injuries as you prepare to file a claim.
- Hire a Workers’ Compensation lawyer. Hiring a lawyer from the outset can help get your treatments authorized, communicate with insurance companies and ultimately have your claims paid in a timely fashion.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in New Jersey, you need an experienced lawyer to present your injuries during insurance matters and Workers’ Compensation hearings. We’ll take the time to carefully gather and evaluate all evidence, traveling to your place of employment and talking to co-workers, if necessary. We’ll review all medical records, whether from your doctor or from physicians chosen by your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance provider. We’ll also prepare and file any required documents and will be your voice in all hearings or proceedings, including any appeals.
You need the Bronsnick Law Firm.
To schedule a free initial consultation, contact the Bronsnick Law Firm online or call us at (973) 287-6828 for an appointment. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged. We will also travel to your home or to the hospital to meet with you. We service Roseland, Livingston, Caldwell, Wayne, West Orange, Montville, Montclair and other surrounding towns in Essex County. Bronsnick Law Firm handles all workplace injury claims on a contingency basis – we will not charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
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