Practice Areas

Our attorneys have over 150 years of combined experience. We work hard to give you the representation you deserve. We don't get paid until you do.

Workers' Compensation

The attorneys at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo can make workers' compensation work for you. We solve problems. We get results.

When you are injured at work, you need a qualified workers' compensation attorney by your side to ensure that you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled. Our team of experienced attorneys can guide you through the process, answering questions you may have along the way, and representing you in Workers' Compensation Court.

Many people do not realize that there are three types of benefits associated with workers' compensation: Temporary Disability Benefits, Medical Treatment, and Permanent Partial Disability. Although a workers' compensation carrier may make a voluntary payment, an experienced workers' compensation attorney will make sure you receive ALL of the benefits to which you are legally entitled. The system is designed to have the Workers' Compensation court review every case to make certain that the insurance company compensates you properly. However, you must retain a lawyer to file a Petition arranging for judicial review. Otherwise, you will simply receive whatever the insurance company decides to voluntarily pay, which is typically much less than what you actually deserve.

Did you know that you could be receiving workers' compensation payments even if you are not currently working? If the physical demands of your current or prior job took a toll on your body, you may qualify for workers' compensation benefits. We call these types of injuries "WEAR and TEAR™" and have helped hard working employees receive benefits for serious ailments caused by repetitive stress at work. In fact, our law firm was one of the first in the area to present and win cases in this niche field. When it comes to repetitive stress injuries, the workers' comp team at Petro Cohen has had repetitive results!

Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey's leading firms in the area of workers' compensation. Since 2010, the firm has been named among Best Law Firms in America® in Tier One Atlantic City for Workers' Compensation. Frank Petro has received the highest rating (A/V) from Martindale-Hubbell, the world's foremost authority on law firm credentials (the A/V rating is only for lawyers considered the top in their field). Since 1995, Frank Petro has been named every year on the Best Lawyers in America® list for Workers' Compensation. Additionally, Frank Petro has been named to the NJ Super Lawyers® list for 14 consecutive years in the practice area of workers' compensation. He is also certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Workers' Compensation Law Attorney, the highest specialty certification available to workers' compensation attorneys in New Jersey, and has held this certification since its inception in 1998.

The hard working attorneys at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo take great pride in helping hard working people just like you. The workers' comp team of lawyers has over 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.

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Personal Injury

At Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, we take personal injury personally. Our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in this dynamic practice area and have handled thousands of personal injury cases with successful outcomes for our clients, fighting hard to recover fair compensation and appropriate medical care for their injuries.

Often times, serious personal injuries can be life changing, requiring extended medical treatment and putting a strain on your finances. We believe that your focus should be on getting better. In fact, we will work with you to make sure you are receiving the proper medical treatment, and obtaining the benefits to which you are entitled.

Our attorneys can guide you to obtain the automobile insurance coverage you need to protect you and your family. More and more frequently, individuals are driving with lower and lower insurance coverage.

Some people, because of their income, can drive with no liability insurance. Our attorneys can guide you to protect yourself and your family so that you have sufficient coverage for comprehensive medical treatment as well as pain and suffering in the event of a serious motor vehicle accident.

The lawyers at our firm will handle your personal injury needs, including auto injuries, construction litigation, premises liability, slips and falls, product liability, and many other types of cases, with the dedication, respect, and focus you should expect from your legal representation. Our trained specialists take the time to listen carefully to your individual story, working hard to obtain compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Barry D. Cohen heads the Personal Injury Department at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, along with fellow founding partner, Susan Petro, and the newest team member, Richard W. Gaeckle. Together, our three personal injury attorneys have successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases for clients throughout southern New Jersey. Additionally, Barry Cohen is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney (2001 to present), which is the highest specialty certification available to NJ civil trial attorneys. Both Barry Cohen (11 years) and Richard Gaeckle (10 consecutive years) have been named to the NJ Super Lawyers® list in the practice area of personal injury. Richard Gaeckle also has a Superb rating on AVVO and an A/V rating with Martindale-Hubbell, both of which are the highest possible ratings by the respective organizations.

Our attorneys have dealt with a variety of serious personal injury claims. Whether your injury resulted from an automobile, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle accident, a slip and fall accident, or a construction site accident, we can assist. We have also successfully handed many claims against public entities, dog bites, maritime personal injury and boating accident cases, pedestrian injuries, premises liability claims, and traumatic brain injuries.

Regardless of the type of serious injury you face, our team of qualified attorneys is there for you. Share the experiences of our clients by reviewing their testimonials.

We know you have choices with your legal representation for your serious personal injury. Choose Carefully! In litigation, you don't get a second chance.

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Social Security Disability

The Social Security disability department at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo can assist you with applying for benefits. If you are turned down after an initial application, we can file a Request for Reconsideration within 60 days of the denial. If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, then, within 60 days, we can file a Request for a Hearing on your behalf. We will represent you at the hearing before a United States Administrative Law Judge, who will review the entire file and take testimony from you as well as expert witnesses. After the hearing, you will receive a decision.

Our firm will handle your Social Security disability case with the dedication, respect, and focus you should expect from your legal representation. Our team will take the time to listen carefully to your individual story. We will obtain all of your medical records, complete the appropriate paperwork to be submitted to the Social Security Administration, prepare you for the hearing, and, of course, vigorously represent you at the hearing.

Applying for Social Security disability can be a long and tiring process. You can rest assured that your Social Security disability case will receive the utmost attention and that we will work tirelessly to get you the benefits you deserve. As with all of our cases at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, our goal is to ensure a smooth and successful outcome.

Suzanne Holz Meola heads the Social Security Disability Department at Petro Cohen and has successfully handled these claims for more than 10 years. She would be happy to provide you with a free consultation to discuss your specific case.

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Why Work With PCPM?

  • Highest firm rating (A/V) from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by "Best Lawyers in America®" every year since 1995
  • Named in every (14) "NJ Super Lawyers®" survey for Workers' Compensation and 11 for Personal Injury