Many employees suffer from chronic pain and physical limitations due to WEAR and TEAR injuries. While WEAR and TEAR injuries are covered by workers’ compensation, filing a successful claim for benefits can be a challenge. As a result, if you believe that you may be entitled to benefits, it will be important for you to have a clear understanding of what to expect – and to do – during the workers’ compensation claim process.
Here are answers to some key questions from our workers’ compensation attorneys:
1. What Qualifies as a WEAR and TEAR Injury?
While many workers experience debilitating effects due to their WEAR and TEAR injuries, you do not have to be unable to work in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation. If you are in pain, if your injury makes your job more difficult, or if it prohibits you from performing certain job-related tasks, you may have a WEAR and TEAR injury that entitles you to workers’ compensation benefits.
Learn more: WEAR and TEAR Injuries in the Workplace: An Overview for Employees
2. How Do You Know If You Have Suffered a WEAR and TEAR Injury?
While chronic pain is the most common symptom of most WEAR and TEAR injuries, these injuries can have various other impacts as well. If you have concerns, you will want to learn about all of the symptoms of these injuries, and you will want to learn about the various different types of WEAR and TEAR injuries as well.
Learn more: Identifying, Diagnosing & Preventing WEAR and TEAR Injuries
3. What Types of Workers Are at Risk?
All types of workers can suffer WEAR and TEAR injuries. However, workers in certain occupations and professions are at higher risk than others. We have compiled a list of 12 types of workers who are at particularly high risk for suffering WEAR and TEAR injuries on the job.
Learn more: Are You at Risk? The Most Susceptible Professions for WEAR and TEAR Injuries
4. How Do You Prove That Your WEAR and TEAR Injury Is Work-Related?
As we mentioned above, securing workers’ compensation benefits for a WEAR and TEAR injury can be difficult. One of the main reasons for this is the issue of proof: How do you prove that your injury is work-related and not the result of repetitive stress at home? There are a number of ways that you can prove the cause of your injury, some of which will be more applicable in certain circumstances than others.
Learn more: The Issue of Proof in WEAR and TEAR Claims – Do I Have a Case?
5. What Is the Best Way to Prove Your Claim for Benefits?
Ultimately, the best way to prove your claim for benefits is by obtaining a medical diagnosis as soon as possible. Medical evidence is crucial in WEAR and TEAR workers’ comp claims, and you will want to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Learn more: The Best Evidence to Support Your WEAR and TEAR Workers’ Comp Claim
6. When Should You File Your WEAR and TEAR Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Due to the challenges involved in filing a successful workers’ comp claim for a WEAR and TEAR injury, you do not want to delay your claim any longer than necessary. In fact, we recommend that you schedule an appointment to discuss your claim with a workers’ compensation lawyer today.
Learn more: Why You Should Stop Ignoring Your WEAR and TEAR Injury Today
7. What Can You Do If Your WEAR and TEAR Claim Is Denied?
When you file your WEAR and TEAR claim, there is a chance that your claim will be denied. Employers and their insurance companies deny workers’ comp claims for various reasons, from alleged technical deficiencies to claims being filed after the filing deadline has (supposedly) expired. Fortunately, a denial is not the end of your claim. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can appeal your denial and collect the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
Learn more: What to Do if Your Employer Won’t Take Your WEAR and TEAR Injury Seriously
Schedule a Free Consultation about Your WEAR and TEAR Workers’ Comp Claim
A WEAR and TEAR injury may be a legitimate workplace injury for which you should receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you believe you suffer from a WEAR and TEAR injury and it may be work-related, the first step is always to seek medical help. It is up to you to let your doctor know you believe it is a workplace injury.
And if you are experiencing symptoms of a WEAR and TEAR injury related to your job, we also encourage you to contact us promptly to discuss your workers’ compensation claim with one of our experienced attorneys.
While workers’ compensation insurance companies can make recovery for WEAR and TEAR injuries difficult, it is possible to file a successful claim – especially with the right workers’ compensation attorney representing your interests. Many times, insurance adjusters presume that a WEAR and TEAR injury is related to the natural aging process or that it is due to a pre-existing condition that has nothing to do with work.
That is why it is in your best interest to have aggressive, knowledgeable legal counsel by your side that is experienced in successfully representing employees with WEAR and TEAR injuries and can deal with any issues that the insurance company may have. Just as it is important to seek medical help for your injury, it is also important to note that the passage of time may be detrimental to your claim.
At Petro Cohen, P.C., we have helped many employees who suffered WEAR and TEAR injuries and have a proven track record of success. Frank Petro, who heads the Workers’ Comp Department at Petro Cohen, is respected locally, regionally, and nationally as a leading attorney in this specialized field.
Along with Suzanne Holz Meola, Terri Hiles, and Daniel Rosenthal, our New Jersey workers’ comp attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience, having successfully handled thousands of litigated workers’ comp cases throughout New Jersey. This experience and winning track record means that you are going to have a skilled New Jersey work injury lawyer who will work for you.
To schedule an appointment at your convenience, call us directly or send us a confidential message online today.