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If you suffer a work-related injury or illness in the state of New Jersey, your claim will be handled by the Division of Workers’ Compensation. This is a state agency – workers’ compensation cases go through the Division rather than the court system. Most work injuries are covered, including repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel from typing, or a broken shoulder from a construction accident. Some illnesses also are covered, as long as they are caused by the individual’s work, such as lung disease from inhaling toxins on the job. If your injury was pre-existing but made worse by your job duties, it also should be covered by workers’ compensation.
New Jersey is a no-fault state for workers’ compensation, meaning that you can receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for your injury. If you made a mistake that led to your injury, you’re still covered. In exchange, if your employer was at fault, you cannot sue them for negligence. There is a small exception for instances where an employee is intentionally injured by their employer.
If you were injured while working, but due to the negligence of a third party (for example an automobile accident), then you are entitled to file both a Workers' Compensation Claim, as well as a Third Party claim against the negligent party. Please contact one of the attorneys at Radano and Lide, who will guide you through the process. As always, the consultation is free, and we only get paid if we get a monetary recovery for you.
Medical Benefits. Workers’ comp will pay 100% of your medical bills for treatment that is reasonable and necessary. This includes things like prescriptions and hospital stays.
Temporary Total Disability. TTD benefits are available for injured employees who are unable to work and are receiving medical care. TTD payments are generally 70% of the employee’s (gross) average weekly wage. The amount is subject to a maximum and minimum. For 2009, the maximum is $773.00 and the minimum is $206. These limits are based on the state average weekly wage.
Permanent Partial Disability. A permanent partial disability entitles you to ongoing benefits. The amount of your weekly payment depends on the type of injury you have (which part of your body is disabled), as well as the severity of the injury. These benefits begin after TTD benefits end.
Permanent Total Disability. If you are unable to return to any type of work due to a work-related injury, more permanent benefits are available. These benefits are generally 70% of your (gross) average weekly wage – the same amount you were receiving for TTD. Permanent total disability is available for life.