Workers' Compensation

Learn the Important Facts about Workers’ Compensation

Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey’s leading firms in the area of workers’ compensation. The following facts you need to know provide valuable information on workers’ compensation.

Our experienced attorneys are always available to talk with you and provide additional information on workers’ benefits, wage claim, workplace injury, wage loss and workers’ compensation settlement. Call us at (888) 675-7607 for your free legal consultation.

  • Workers’ compensation benefits are not limited to work “accidents.” They can also be payable when the WEAR and TEAR™ of your job duties over time cause a worsening of your medical condition. Typical examples include construction workers, nurses, housekeepers, secretaries, drivers, food servers, and casino workers whose job duties place stress on their necks, backs, or wrists and who develop disc problems or carpal tunnel conditions.
  • Workers’ compensation can be payable even if you have a “pre-existing” medical condition. If that condition is aggravated or worsened by work, you may be entitled to benefits.
  • A Judge of Workers’ Compensation can order a workers’ compensation carrier to provide you with benefits even if the workers’ compensation carrier has denied your claim.
  • It is illegal for an employer to terminate you or discriminate against you in any way because you have filed a workers’ compensation claim. A workers’ compensation claim is not a lawsuit against your employer and has nothing to do with fault.
  • You are paid workers’ compensation benefits based on the nature of the work-related medical condition, not based upon whose fault the accident was.
  • You are covered under workers’ compensation from the first day you begin working, and there is a State requirement that all employers (regardless of the employer’s size) have workers’ compensation coverage.
  • You are entitled to up to 400 weeks of tax-free temporary disability benefits, based on 70% of your wage for any medical condition that is either caused or worsened by your employment.
  • You should not pay out-of-pocket for any medical costs (including prescription medications) when you receive workers’ compensation medical treatment.
  • A lawyer cannot charge you a retainer fee in a workers’ compensation case. Legal fees are only payable once a claim is concluded and a Judge of Compensation has ordered the workers’ compensation insurance carrier to pay a fee.
  • There are additional workers’ compensation benefits known as “permanency benefits,” which are awarded by a Judge of Compensation based upon medical evidence supporting a measurable loss of physical function. Most work related surgeries, fractures, dislocations, tears, disc bulges, protrusions, and herniations qualify. These benefits can be pursued up to two years from the last date of medical treatment, even if the person has not pursued workers’ compensation benefits or even if the person no longer works for the employer where the original accident occurred.
  • Often the insurance company can be challenged when it denies you adequate medical treatment. You do not have to take “no” for an answer, especially if you need further medical treatment.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your workers’ compensation claim.

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Workers’ Compensation: Facts You Need to Know

  • The attorneys at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo can make workers’ compensation work for you.  We solve problems.  We get results.
  • 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. For two consecutive years, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo was named in the  U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” publication for Workers’ Compensation Law, recognized in Tier 1 for New Jersey.
  • The department is led by Frank Petro, respected locally, regionally, and nationally as a leading attorney in this specialized field. Mr. Petro is the only lawyer in New Jersey named as one of the state’s top workers’ compensation lawyers in every survey by The Best Lawyers in America (since 1995) and NJ Super Lawyers (since 2005).
  • Along with attorneys Stephen M. Matarazzo, Suzanne Holz Meola, Terri A. Hiles, Steven S. Lubcher, and Janis A. Eisl, the workers’ comp team has more than 100 years of combined experience, having successfully handled tens of thousands of litigated workers’ compensation cases  throughout New Jersey.  This experience and winning track record means you have a law firm that make workers’ compensation work for you.
  • As a valued client of our firm, you can expect legal excellence in the handling of 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.  You will always be treated courteously and professionally by our trained staff.
  • We take pride in the satisfaction of our clientele and encourage you to read the testimonials that so many of them have graciously given us.  It’s not just about winning cases – our priority is and always has been making sure our clients receive the benefits to which they are rightfully entitled.
  • With offices in Northfield/Atlantic City, Cherry Hill, Cape May Court House, and Hamilton Township/Trenton area, Petro Cohen serves communities throughout Southern New Jersey, including Atlantic, Cape May, Burlington, Gloucester, Camden, Ocean, Mercer, and Monmouth counties.
  • In addition to handling workers’ compensation claims, our firm concentrates in personal injury litigation, and Social Security disability. When the opportunity presents itself, we hope you will recommend us to friends, relatives, and co-workers. Remember – choose carefully. In litigation, you don’t get a second chance.

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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