If you’re injured on the job in New Jersey, you have certain rights and protections under workers’ compensation laws. Here are some key rights you have:
Right to Medical Treatment: You have the right to receive necessary medical treatment for your work-related injury or illness. This includes doctor visits, hospitalization, medication, and rehabilitation services.
Right to Temporary Disability Benefits: If your injury prevents you from working for more than seven days, you have the right to temporary disability benefits. These benefits provide partial wage replacement during the time you are unable to work due to your injury.
Right to Permanent Disability Benefits: If your injury results in a permanent impairment or disability, you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits. The amount you receive will depend on the extent of your disability and how it affects your ability to work.
Right to Compensation for Lost Wages: In addition to temporary disability benefits, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages if you are unable to return to work or if your injury results in a reduction in your earning capacity.
Right to File a Claim: You have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim for your injury. It’s important to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible and to file a claim promptly to ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Right to Appeal a Denial of Benefits: If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. You may request a hearing before a workers’ compensation judge to present evidence and arguments in support of your claim.
Right to Protection Against Retaliation: It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you believe you have been retaliated against, you have the right to file a complaint with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
These rights are intended to ensure that injured workers receive the medical treatment and financial support they need to recover from their injuries and return to work. If you have been injured on the job in New Jersey, it’s important to seek guidance from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to understand and protect your rights. Call Mark c. Dewland P.C. at 609-472-1377 and get the help you need.
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