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, P.C. 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, P.C. have the knowledge, skills, and proven ability to make workers’ compensation work for you. We solve problems. We get results. Contact us today.
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.
Petro Cohen, P.C. 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.
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.
Along with Suzanne Holz Meola, Terri Hiles, Daniel Rosenthal, and Sam Scimeca, 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.
As 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.
The medical benefits of workers’ compensation are intended to cover doctor visits, medication, and surgeries related to identifying and treating your injury or illness. Should you need special therapy or equipment to deal with your injury, workers’ comp will cover these costs as well.
Disability benefits are meant to compensate you for wages while your injury or illness makes it impossible for you to work.
If your injury or illness falls into one of these categories, your disability benefits will be based upon the amount you were earning prior to your injury—typically, two-thirds of your regular wages. You will not have to pay income tax on the benefits you collect. For more information in regards to your specific case, please consult with one of our experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys.
If 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 worker’s comp lawyer 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 upfront. 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 attorneys, 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 attorneys from Petro Cohen, P.C. by your side can be invaluable. We encourage you to check out the many client testimonials our clients have provided.
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:
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:
If an employer has a valid workers’ compensation insurance policy, he or she is typically provided immunity from any personal injury lawsuits that may result following a construction site accident. However, these policies do not prevent individuals from filing lawsuits against their employers if the injury was proven to be deliberate. Those who have been injured may consider seeking legal counsel from the attorneys at Petro Cohen to pursue claims against a third party such as
Our firm can help you to determine if more than one party may be held accountable for your injuries. Our experienced construction accident lawyers can work to protect your legal rights and build a strong case so that you receive the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled under New Jersey law. We can evaluate your claim and help you determine if you are eligible to pursue more than one claim including product liability, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and personal injury. Individuals who are injured in construction site accidents often suffer from severe physical, financial, and psychological pain. Permanent injuries, extensive medical bills, and coping with the trauma of a life-altering injury can have a significant impact on a person’s life, and his or her family may be adversely affected as well. By working with Petro Cohen and filing a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible, you may be eligible to recover damages for pain and suffering, property damage, physical therapy, loss of wages, counseling costs, medical expenses, treatments, and/or rehabilitation therapies.
● You can only claim workers’ compensation if the injury was your employer’s fault. Workers’ compensation works entirely differently than a personal injury lawsuit: An employer must pay compensation to workers who were injured on the job, regardless of who was at fault. It might have been the employer, it might have been another worker at that company, a worker from another company, or even the injured worker himself. Negligence on the part of the employer is in no way a condition for compensation.
● No matter how a worker is injured, he or she is entitled to workers’ compensation. It is true that the majority of injuries on the job are covered – even if they were caused by the worker’s own mistake. However, some injuries are excluded from workers’ compensation. For example, injuries suffered because the worker was knowingly and willfully negligent, such as in the case of using controlled substances on the job, may be exempt from workers’ compensation. Additionally, workers’ compensation may not apply where an injury is not directly linked to the job, as, for example, with mental health issues.
● Most workers’ compensation claims are fraudulent. Some employers would like to make it seem like their workers are constantly trying to scam them for workers’ compensation money. In fact, only one to two percent of workers’ compensation claims are false. Most workers who claim injury on the job do have a strong case and deserve compensation.
● Workers’ compensation will cover all costs related to your injury. Certain expenses are expressly left out of workers’ compensation. No matter how serious the injury, a worker cannot claim compensation for pain and suffering – these types of damages are reserved for lawsuits based on negligence, not workers’ compensation.
Here is a brief look at the basic elements of these different types of insurance coverages.
In addition to paying for your medical treatment incurred as a result of your workplace injury, workers’ comp insurance also pays for some or all of the following benefits.
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. At Petro Cohen, P.C., 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.
Our experienced attorneys handle other types of cases as well, including:
Petro Cohen, P.C. has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey’s leading firms in the area of Workers’ Compensation. The following Frequently Asked Questions provide valuable information on Workers’ Compensation. You can also check out some interesting facts on Workers’ Compensation by visiting our Facts You Need to Know page.
Our experienced NJ work injury attorneys are always available to talk with you and provide additional information on workers’ benefits, wage claim, workplace injury, wage loss, and workers’ compensation settlement. Call us at (888) 675-7607 for your free legal consultation.
Workers’ compensation is the payment (usually by your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier) of three separate benefits when work either causes or worsens a medical condition.
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.
In order to obtain the full benefits permitted by law, you should be represented by a competent and experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney.
Give us a call or fill out our online form to request a free and confidential consultation with one of Petro Cohen, P.C. workers’ compensation attorneys.
If you are injured at work, the law requires you to report the incident to your employer within 90 days of the accident. To best protect your rights, you should immediately report every injury/accident to your supervisor, even if you do not think the injury is serious.A work-related injury is any injury or illness that you suffer during the course and scope of your employment. This includes three primary types of medical conditions: physical injuries, occupational illnesses, and repetitive stress (what we call WEAR and TEAR) injuries.
Many people have a delayed onset of symptoms following an accident, especially with respect to spinal and joint injuries. By documenting your work-related accident as soon as it occurs, you reduce the risk that the insurance company will later deny your claim if it turns out that your injury is more serious than you first thought.
Failure to notify your employer immediately does not legally prevent you from receiving workers’ compensation approved medical treatment, even if your employer has you submit your treatment to your health insurer.
We often are asked, “Can I be denied workers’ compensation if the injury was my fault?” The answer is, “Almost never.”Workers’ compensation benefits are payable without regard to fault (including your own). The only thing that matters is whether the medical condition was either caused or worsened by your work.However, if the accident was caused by a third party (example: you are making a delivery during the scope of your employment and a bus drives through a stop sign, striking your vehicle), then you may also have a lawsuit against the responsible third party for which we can also represent you.
If you have questions about a potential workers’ compensation claim, our experienced New Jersey workers’ comp lawyers can help. Give us a call to request a free and confidential consultation.
The law gives the employer the initial right to select a physician (known as the “authorized” physician) to treat your work-related medical condition. So long as the physician is qualified to treat your medical condition, the insurance carrier will only have to pay for treatment provided by the “authorized” doctor. However, if the “authorized” physician concludes that you do not need further medical treatment, or if your medical condition is not related to your work-related injury, you are then free to treat with your own physician if you otherwise have acceptable medical coverage (most policies exclude workers’ compensation conditions). If a problem occurs with your medical treatment, you must contact us so we can advise you on how to proceed. Our New Jersey worker’s compensation attorneys are here to help.
Almost any medical condition can be considered compensable under the workers’ compensation law, if it is determined by a Judge of Compensation that your work exposure was a material contributing factor to either the “causation, aggravation, acceleration or exacerbation” of the medical condition in question. For example, if a jackhammer operator, carpenter, secretary, casino dealer, cocktail server, food server, etc. repetitively flexes/extends his/her wrist as part of his/her routine occupational duties, the development of carpal tunnel syndrome may very well be a compensable condition depending upon the proofs. If a construction laborer, warehouse person, delivery person, housekeeper, nurse, stocker, driver, or other worker routinely lifts, bends, flexes, exerts, and rotates his or her spine and develops a herniated disc or degenerative spine pain, the condition can also be considered compensable, depending upon the proof.
For more information, visit WEAR and TEAR injuries.
Since these types of cases are often complex, we strongly recommend that you speak with a qualified New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer regarding your claim. For a free and confidential consultation with one of our workers’ compensation attorneys, call us at 888-675-7607 or complete our online form.
This is the third benefit of workers’ compensation and most people (even lawyers) know the least about this benefit. This benefit is potentially payable in most cases where your injury is more than minor, but you should retain a lawyer to fully pursue this benefit in Workers’ Compensation Court.Few insurance carriers voluntarily pay (or at least fully pay) this benefit. Even if your workers’ compensation carrier has voluntarily paid for your medical treatment and your temporary disability benefits, you may still be entitled to permanent partial disability. We can file a Claim Petition on your behalf and ask the Workers’ Compensation Judge to award you this benefit. If you receive such compensation, it is a tax-free benefit to you. The Judge of Compensation will usually award this benefit approximately one year after you complete active medical treatment.
We strongly recommend that you consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who will make sure you receive all the benefits to which you may be entitled. For a free consultation with a member of Petro Cohen, P.C. workers’ comp team, give us a call at 888-675-7607 or complete our online form and someone will be in touch with you promptly.
Yes, you qualify for permanent partial benefits even if you are no longer working for the employer where you were injured. As long as your last authorized medical treatment was less than two years ago or the last payment received by you was less than two years ago, you can potentially file a claim. Your workers’ compensation rights apply the moment you are injured and do not require ongoing employment.
The workers’ compensation system can be complex to navigate. That’s why we strongly recommend that you speak with an experienced workers’ comp attorney regarding the specifics of your case. Contact us for a free consultation.
Yes. However, sometimes there is a reduction of either Social Security disability or workers’ compensation, depending upon the type of workers’ compensation benefit you are receiving and the amount of benefits you are receiving. At Petro Cohen, P.C., we have both the skill and experience required to help navigate through the complex workers’ compensation system. Contact us for a free consultation!
Lawyer fees are set by the Workers’ Compensation Court only after the lawyer is successful in obtaining benefits for you. The fee cannot exceed 20% of your recovery. Many people do not realize that there are three benefits associated with workers’ compensation. Rather than leave money on the table to which you may be entitled, we strongly urge you to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
Each New Jersey workers’ comp claim is unique and the benefits are specific to the situation. Most people do not understand all the benefits they are entitled to receive under workers’ compensation. Below are the three benefits.
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, contact one of our knowledgeable New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys for a free consultation. We can help you determine if you have a claim for your work injury.
You must file a claim within two years from the date of the accident, last date of authorized medical treatment, or last date of workers’ compensation benefits paid to you, whichever date is later. In an occupational claim (where your condition is the result of exposure or the WEAR and TEAR of your employment over a period of time rather than a specific accident or injury), you generally have two years from the date you knew or should have known that you had a work-related occupational medical condition. These claims raise time-sensitive issues and your rights can be permanently lost if you do not act within the proper statute of limitations.
For assistance with your worker injury case, the knowledgeable New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers at Petro Cohen, P.C. can help. Call us for a free consultation by phone at 888-675-7607 or complete our online form and someone will be in touch with you promptly.
Payments are based on a special chart applicable for the year of your injury. Each body part is valued at a specific number of weeks. The rate at which each week is paid depends upon your wage. The following examples assume that your weekly wage is at least $635. The weekly rate cannot exceed 70% of your gross weekly wage. If you earn $200 per week in gross wages, your weekly permanent partial disability benefit rate cannot exceed $140 per week. In that event, your permanency award would be less than the following examples.
For the full chart, click on the link below. View Chart* *State of NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development At Petro Cohen, P.C., we have both the skill and experience required to help navigate through the complex workers’ compensation system and to answer any questions you may have. Contact us for a free consultation today. We look forward to discussing your situation with you.