If you live in Monmouth County, New Jersey and need legal representation due to a serious injury or disability, the law firm of Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo can help. Our firm excels at representing people just like you who are injured at work, who have been seriously injured in an accident, or who are disabled.
If any of the following scenarios apply to you, we can assist.
We can represent you or your family member in a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit, or a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo has focused its practice to these three areas of law so we can be the authorities on these particular practice areas. Our team of eight lawyers have more than 150 years of combined experience.
One of the best ways to determine whether a law firm can assist you is by hearing what other clients have to say about their experience with the firm. We feel our clients tell our story best and encourage you to take the time to read the many testimonials our clients have graciously provided.
When it comes to legal representation, choose carefully. In litigation, you don’t get a second chance.
When you are injured are work, the first and most important thing that you must do is advise your employer of the accident as quickly as possible, even if you are unsure whether the injury is serious. By law, you are required to report your workplace injury within 90 days of the occurrence.
At first glance, filing a workers’ compensation claim seems relatively easy. We often are asked if it is truly necessary to hire legal representation for a workers’ comp claim. After all, certainly your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance company will provide you with the medical treatment and monetary compensation that you rightfully deserve. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Claimants are paid benefits based on the severity and nature of the work-related medical condition, not on who is to blame for the accident. You are covered by workers’ compensation starting the first day you begin working and employers (regardless of size) must have workers’ compensation coverage.
There are three types of benefits to which you are entitled as an injured worker.
Temporary Disability Benefits – are tax-free weekly benefits representing 70% of your gross weekly wage, payable up to 400 weeks. These benefits are payable while you are temporarily unable to work because of a work-related medical condition and under active medical treatment.
Medical Treatment – all reasonable and necessary medical charges to treat your work-related medical condition are payable by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The carrier has the initial right to authorize specific physicians who are competent to treat your condition. If a problem arises concerning the medical treatment you require, you have the right to make an application to a Judge of Workers’ Compensation. With our assistance, we can work with you and the Judge for a determination as to what, if any, additional compensable medical treatment you require.
Permanent Partial Disability – is additional compensation which is payable to you, if after your completion of compensable medical treatment, you have a measurable loss of physical function proven by “demonstrable objective medical evidence.” This benefit can be payable to you even if you are able to return to work and have made an excellent recovery.
To ensure you receive all of the benefits you truly deserve, it is best to have a skilled and experienced workers’ compensation attorney by your side.
By law, attorneys cannot charge you a retainer fee. That means, you will not give us any money to even start your case. Legal fees are only payable once a claim is complete and a Judge of Compensation orders the workers’ compensation insurance carrier to pay us the fee.
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, named on the NJ Best Lawyers® list for 23 consecutive years and the NJ Super Lawyers® list for 14 consecutive years. Frank Petro has achieved a rating of “Superb” (the highest achievable rating) on the leading lawyer-review website, Avvo®, and has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Workers’ Compensation Law Attorney, since the inception of the New Jersey certification program in 1998.
Along with Stephen M. Matarazzo, Suzanne Holz Meola, Terri Hiles, Steven Lubcher, and Daniel Rosenthal, 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 will have a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer who will work hard for you.
Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo helps those who have been seriously injured recover fair compensation and appropriate medical care for those injuries. We deal with the insurance companies so you won’t have to and, instead, can focus on getting better. Whether your injury resulted from a car, motorcycle, or bicycle accident, slip and fall accident, or a construction site accident, we can help.
Here are a few of the other areas of personal injury in which our attorneys have experience.
The firm’s personal injury attorneys, Barry Cohen, Susan Petro, and Rich Gaeckle, have over 50 years of combined legal experience, and will work hard to ensure you are fairly compensated. They have successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases for clients throughout Southern New Jersey.
You may qualify for benefits if you are seriously and permanently disabled due to a medical or psychiatric condition, whether it is the result of a disease, accident, or congenital condition. You can apply for Social Security Disability at any time as long as the medical evidence shows that you will be unable to perform gainful work for 12 consecutive months or that your condition may result in death. Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo can help you apply for benefits, request the reconsideration of a denial, or appeal a denial and ask for a hearing before the Social Security administrative law judge.
If you’re facing one of these painful, possibly life-changing events, a critical decision you need to make is choosing a SSD attorney to help you and your family. You deserve nothing less than excellent legal services and the highest level of personal service.
We help those living in Monmouth County, including those living in the following areas.
When you, a friend, or someone you know need legal help because of a workers’ compensation injury, a serious personal injury, or a disability requiring you to pursue Social Security, don’t take chances. Choose the law firm you can trust, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo.
With offices in Northfield/Atlantic City, Cherry Hill, Cape May Court House, and the Hamilton Township/Trenton area, PCPM serves communities throughout Southern New Jersey, including Monmouth County. All of our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM, and offer evening and weekend hours by appointment.
Call today at (888) 675-7607 for a free consultation so we can discuss your situation and learn how we can help you and your family, or fill out our online contact form.