Workers' Compensation

Injured at Work?

Our Experienced New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers are Here for You

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Getting Hurt on the Job

If you were hurt while on the job, your employer and its workers’ comp insurance company should do everything possible to help you recover from your injuries and get you back on your feet – physically and financially. After all, you suffered an injury while doing your job for your employer. Now it’s time for your employer to do its job and work for you. If your employer won’t then hiring the trusted and experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo is a good first step.

Unfortunately, employers and their insurance companies oftentimes do not make things easy for injured employees. In many of these cases, the difficulties and obstacles created by insurance companies are unnecessary, inappropriate, and completely contradict the law and spirit of New Jersey’s no-fault system.

If you were hurt at work, you should be able to concentrate on your physical healing and well-being – not have to worry about your employer denying you the benefits you deserve.

The New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo have the knowledge, skills, and proven ability to make workers’ compensation work for you. We solve problems. We get results.

Reputation, Success, and Respect

The reality is that the outcome of your case will largely depend on the skill of your New Jersey work injury attorney and the quality of your legal representation. Your attorney’s level of education, experience, track record, legal abilities, and reputation matter – big time.

Highest Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey’s leading firms in the area of workers’ comp. 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.

Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers®, and “Superb” from Avvo

In addition to the firm’s stellar reputation, the department head, Frank Petro, is respected locally, regionally, and nationally as a leading attorney in this specialized field. He has been recognized as an outstanding attorney by Best Lawyers® every year since 1995 and by Super Lawyers® every year since 2005. Moreover, he has achieved a rating of “Superb” on the leading lawyer-review website, Avvo®, the highest achievable rating.

100+ Years of Combined Experienced

Along with Stephen M. Matarazzo, Suzanne Holz Meola, Terri Hiles, Steven Lubcher, 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.

Wear and Tear and Loss of Function – Delayed Onset Injuries

New Jersey Workers Compensation attorney - Filling out A Work Injury Claim FormAs a valued client of our firm, you can expect legal excellence when our proven New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers handle 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.

Some injuries, such as WEAR and TEAR injuries, may not be evident immediately, but rather develop over time. No matter what the extent of your injuries are, you will always be treated courteously and professionally by our staff.

What to Do When You Are Injured at Work

New Jersey workers comp lawyers - man injured at workIf you are injured while on the job, the first and most important thing you must do is to advise your employer of the injury as soon as possible. Even if you initially think that the injury is not serious, it is important that you let your employer know about the incident.  By law, you are required to report the workplace incident to your employer within 90 days of the accident.

In the State of New Jersey, every worker is entitled to workers’ comp benefits regardless of the size of the employer or the length of time the employee he or she has been employed. In fact, you are eligible even on your very first day of employment.

To make sure that you receive all of the benefits that you rightfully deserve, we strongly recommend contacting a competent New Jersey work injury attorney who will serve as an advocate for you and help guide you through the entire process. Regardless of which attorney you choose, you should never be asked to pay fees up front. Our attorney fees are actually set by the Workers’ Compensation Court and are ONLY paid after the lawyer is successful in obtaining benefits for you. By law, the fee cannot exceed 20% of your recovery.

There are three benefits associated with workers’ compensation, which many people do not realize.  These three benefits are temporary disability benefits, medical treatment, and permanent partial disability. All too often, injured employees leave money on the table because they are not aware of the full scope of benefits.  When you work with our experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers, we will work hard to be sure you receive all of the benefits that you deserve.

Although the system is designed to have the court review every case to be sure that the insurance company compensates you properly, you must retain a lawyer to file a Petition arranging for judicial review. Without a skilled New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer to file the Petition, you will receive whatever the insurance company decides to voluntarily pay; the court system will not be involved.

As many of our clients will attest, having New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers from Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo by your side can be invaluable.  We encourage you to check out the many client testimonials our clients have provided.

How We Can Help You

We earn our reputation by helping our clients overcome a limitless number of challenges time and time again. Specifically, many injured employees are thrown curve-balls by their employers and workers’ comp insurance companies that are confusing, perplexing, and unfair.

Some of the most common issues we successfully handle for our clients include the following:

  • The insurance company’s initial denial (rejection) of a workers’ comp claim based on a number of different reasons:
    • Failure of employee to notify employer in a timely manner
    • Failure of employee to seek medical treatment for a work-related injury in a timely manner
    • Determination that the injury was suffered outside the scope of employment
    • Determination that the injury was not suffered at a place of employment (this may include a determination that the injury was pre-existing)
    • Determination that the incident leading to injury is exempt from workers’ comp insurance coverage (e.g., self-inflicted injury, injury caused as a result of horseplay, injury caused because of impairment due to alcohol or drugs)
  • The insurance company’s decision to not pay (or discontinue payment of) medical expenses based on the following reasons:
    • Determination that the medical treatment is or was provided by an unauthorized physician
    • Determination that the type and/or duration of treatment is or was not authorized
    • Determination that the medical treatment is unnecessary and/or unreasonable
    • Determination that the medical treatment is unrelated to work-related injury
    • Determination that the medical treatment has exceeded a reasonable duration
  • The insurance company’s decision regarding temporary, permanent, partial, and/or total disability:
    • Each of these classifications of disability determine the amount and duration of weekly benefits that an injured employee may receive, and insurance companies may improperly classify a disability in order to pay less benefits.
  • The insurance company’s failure to correctly calculate an injured employee’s average weekly wages:
    • An employee’s average weekly wages prior to the work-related injury is critical in determining the amount of weekly benefits to be paid to an injured employee. Failure to correctly calculate this number may result in lower weekly check amounts.
  • An insurance company’s low-ball settlement offer:
    • In order to resolve an outstanding claim as quickly as possible (for as little money as possible), the insurance company may offer a low-ball amount to settle the claim. In workers’ comp cases, any settlement reached is referred to as a “lump sum settlement.”
  • Unlawful termination of employment because of a work injury:
    • Employers are not required to hold an employee’s position open in every single workers’ comp situation; in many cases, they must hold the job open.
    • There are strict rules and regulations that govern an employer’s duty in this regard; in many cases, employers unlawfully and/or improperly terminate an injured employee’s employment.
    • Moreover, injured employees may be able to return to work with certain restrictions, but employers do not want to deal with the hassle. In these cases, employers fail to provide legally required, necessary accommodations, or they may simply unlawfully terminate employees due to the restrictions.

In addition to helping clients face and overcome these specific issues, our New Jersey workers’ comp lawyers help injured employees through every step of the process.

Some of the exceptional legal services we will provide you include the following:

  • Timely and complete filing of required documents with your employer, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development – Workers’ Compensation Division, the court, etc.
  • Assistance in obtaining authorization for medical treatment.
  • Assistance with the Independent Medical Exam (IME) process.
  • Direct communication with your employer and workers’ comp insurance company.
  • Obtaining all necessary medical bills and records.
  • Conducting necessary legal and factual research specific to your case.
  • Representation at all hearings before the Department of Labor.
  • The handling of any necessary appeals.

Contact a Trusted Law Firm – We Can Help

If you or someone you love would like to receive more information on workers’ compensation settlements, wage loss, workplace injuries, wage claims, and how to receive benefits, contact our New Jersey workers’ comp attorneys as soon as possible at (609) 677-1700 to schedule your free consultation. Our New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys can answer your questions and determine the most efficient way to proceed in order to help you and your family obtain the compensation that you deserve.

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"The way my case was handled was of the utmost caliber!...I am now six-months out from surgery and I feel great. I have my life back!"
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