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Injured at Work? Get the Workers’ Compensation You Deserve.

If you were hurt while on the job, your employer and its workers’ comp insurance company should do everything possible to help you recover from your injuries and get you back on your feet – physically and financially. After all, you suffered an injury while doing your job for your employer. Now it’s time for your employer to do its job and work for you.

Unfortunately, employers and their insurance companies oftentimes do not make things easy for injured employees. In many of these cases, the difficulties and obstacles created by insurance companies are unnecessary, inappropriate, and completely contradict the law and spirit of New Jersey’s no-fault workers’ compensation system.

If you were hurt at work, you should be able to concentrate on your physical healing and well-being – not have to worry about your employer denying you the benefits you deserve.

The injury attorneys at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo have the knowledge, skills, and proven ability to make workers’ compensation work for you. We solve problems. We get results.

Reputation, Success, and Respect

The reality is that the outcome of your case will largely depend on the skill of your attorney and the quality of your legal representation. Your attorney’s level of education, experience, track record, legal abilities, and reputation matter – big time.

Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey’s leading firms in the area of workers’ compensation. The firm received the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell – the world’s foremost authority on law firm credentials – in Professional Excellence and Ethical Standards and Legal Ability.

In addition to the firm’s stellar reputation, the department head for the workers’ comp team, Frank Petro, is respected locally, regionally, and nationally as a leading attorney in this specialized field. He has been recognized as an outstanding attorney by Best Lawyers® for 22 consecutive years and by Super Lawyers® for 12 consecutive years. Moreover, he has achieved a rating of “Superb” on the leading lawyer-review website, Avvo®, the highest achievable rating.

Along with Stephen M. Matarazzo, Suzanne Holz Meola, Terri A. Hiles, and Steven S. Lubcher, the workers’ comp team has more than 100 years of combined experience, having successfully handled thousands of litigated workers’ compensation cases throughout New Jersey. This experience and winning track record means that you have a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer who will work for you.

Wear and Tear and Loss of Function – Delayed Onset Injuries

As a valued client of our firm, you can expect legal excellence when we handle your matter, regardless of the size of your case. Your case management will involve a comprehensive review of basic workers’ compensation coverage – such as wages and medical coverage – along with more complex issues, such as work-related medical conditions, loss of function, and WEAR and TEAR™ injuries that may not show up until years after you have left a job.

Some injuries, such as WEAR and TEAR™ injuries, may not be evident immediately, but rather develop over time. No matter what the extent of your injuries are, you will always be treated courteously and professionally by our staff.

How We Can Help You

We earn our reputation by helping our workers’ comp clients overcome a limitless number of challenges time and time again. Specifically, many injured employees are thrown curveballs by their employers and workers’ comp insurance companies that are confusing, perplexing, and unfair.

Some of the most common workers’ comp issues we successfully handle for our clients include the following:

  • The insurance company’s initial denial (rejection) of a workers’ comp claim based on a number of different reasons:
    • Failure of employee to notify employer in a timely manner
    • Failure of employee to seek medical treatment for a work-related injury in a timely manner
    • Determination that the injury was suffered outside the scope of employment
    • Determination that the injury was not suffered at a place of employment (this may include a determination that the injury was pre-existing)
    • Determination that the incident leading to injury is exempt from workers’ comp insurance coverage (e.g., self-inflicted injury, injury caused as a result of horseplay, injury caused because of impairment due to alcohol or drugs)
  • The insurance company’s decision to not pay (or discontinue payment of) medical expenses based on the following reasons:
    • Determination that the medical treatment is or was provided by an unauthorized physician
    • Determination that the type and/or duration of treatment is or was not authorized
    • Determination that the medical treatment is unnecessary and/or unreasonable
    • Determination that the medical treatment is unrelated to work-related injury
    • Determination that the medical treatment has exceeded a reasonable duration
  • The insurance company’s decision regarding temporary, permanent, partial, and/or total disability:
    • Each of these classifications of disability determine the amount and duration of weekly benefits that an injured employee may receive, and insurance companies may improperly classify a disability in order to pay less benefits.
  • The insurance company’s failure to correctly calculate an injured employee’s average weekly wages:
    • An employee’s average weekly wages prior to the work-related injury is critical in determining the amount of weekly workers’ comp benefits to be paid to an injured employee. Failure to correctly calculate this number may result in lower weekly check amounts.
  • An insurance company’s low-ball settlement offer:
    • In order to resolve an outstanding workers’ comp claim as quickly as possible (for as little money as possible), the insurance company may offer a low-ball amount to settle the claim. In workers’ comp cases, any settlement reached is referred to as a “lump sum settlement.”
  • Unlawful termination of employment because of a workers’ comp injury:
    • Employers are not required to hold an employee’s position open in every single workers’ comp situation; in many cases, they must hold the job open.
    • There are strict rules and regulations that govern an employer’s duty in this regard; in many cases, employers unlawfully and/or improperly terminate an injured employee’s employment.
    • Moreover, injured employees may be able to return to work with certain restrictions, but employers do not want to deal with the hassle. In these cases, employers fail to provide legally required, necessary accommodations, or they may simply unlawfully terminate employees due to the restrictions.

In addition to helping clients face and overcome these specific issues, we help injured employees through every step of the workers’ comp process.

Some of the exceptional legal services we will provide you include the following:

  • Timely and complete filing of required documents with your employer, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development – Workers’ Compensation Division, the court, etc.
  • Assistance in obtaining authorization for medical treatment.
  • Assistance with the Independent Medical Exam (IME) process.
  • Direct communication with your employer and workers’ comp insurance company.
  • Obtaining all necessary medical bills and records.
  • Conducting necessary legal and factual research specific to your case.
  • Representation at all hearings before the Department of Labor.
  • The handling of any necessary appeals.

Contact Us Today

If you or someone you love would like to receive more information on workers’ compensation settlements, wage loss, workplace injuries, wage claims, and how to receive workers’ compensation benefits, contact our workers’ compensation attorneys as soon as possible at (609) 677-1700 to schedule your free consultation. We can answer your questions and determine the most efficient way to proceed in order to help you and your family obtain the compensation that you deserve.

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If you were hurt while on the job, your employer and its workers’ comp insurance company should do everything possible to help you recover from your injuries and get you back on your feet – physically and financially. After all, you suffered an injury while doing your job for your employer. Now it’s time for your employer to do its job and work for you.

Unfortunately, employers and their insurance companies oftentimes do not make things easy for injured employees. In many of these cases, the difficulties and obstacles created by insurance companies are unnecessary, inappropriate, and completely contradict the law and spirit of New Jersey’s no-fault workers’ compensation system.

If you were hurt at work, you should be able to concentrate on your physical healing and well-being – not have to worry about your employer denying you the benefits you deserve.

The attorneys at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo have the knowledge, skills, and proven ability to make workers’ compensation work for you. We solve problems. We get results.

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Why Work With PCPM?

  • Highest firm rating (A/V) from Martindale-Hubbell
  • 22 Consecutive years of recognition by "Best Lawyers in America®"
  • Named in every (13) "NJ Super Lawyers®" survey for Workers' Compensation and 10 for Personal Injury