In a New Jersey workers’ compensation case, your employer is responsible for providing you with the reasonable medical treatment necessary for injuries you sustained as a result of an accident at work. In turn, the employer has the right to select, or have their insurance company select, the medical providers and oversee the reasonable and necessary “authorized treatment.” If you think you have received unfair or unreasonable treatment, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced NJ workers’ compensation law firm like Petro Cohen to make sure your rights are respected.
The goal of medical treatment is to improve the condition and functionality of your body after an injury. There are no limits on the amount of medical benefits you can receive as part of your treatment for the injury. Medical compensation can include payment for hospital stays, necessary surgeries, and outpatient care such as physical or occupational therapy to rehabilitate your injured body parts.
But while you are spending time recovering, how are you going to pay for your important bills, groceries, and your family’s needs? That is another aspect of workers’ compensation—wage compensation. If you are unable to perform your job and you are under active medical care for more than seven days, you could be eligible for temporary wage benefits. This means that 70% of your weekly wages received, just prior to the injury, will be paid to you. According to 2014 regulations, the current workers’ compensation rate is a maximum of $843 per week.