A Knowledgeable And Assertive Advocate For Injured Workers
If you have been hurt as a result of a work-related injury, it might be possible to recover money for lost wages and medical treatment through a workers’ compensation claim. Our Somerset County workers’ comp attorneys can guide you through this process.
At Weiss & Weiss, LLC, we have a great deal of experience guiding clients through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. In some situations, workers might find that either their employer or their employer’s insurance carrier is challenging or refusing the claim outright. Our lawyers can negotiate with them on your behalf to ensure you recover the money you are owed.
Through our experience, we typically see five types of workers’ compensation cases:
- Specific accident: These individuals have suffered an injury due to a specific accident at work. This one-time accident could be something like falling down the stairs or having a heavy object fall on a person’s head.
- Long-term occupational: Injuries of this type are typically the result of a worker performing the same task for years and years. Repetitive stress or carpal tunnel syndrome are common problems of this type.
- Occupational hazard: These injuries are typically the result of hazardous conditions inherent in a job task such as air quality or the handling of toxic materials. Mesothelioma and asbestosis are common hazards.
- Widowed spouse: In situations where a work injury has ultimately led to the death of the worker, the surviving spouse might have cause to file a workers’ compensation dependency claim. We have handled several hundred of these cases, and can help you also.
- Second Injury Fund and Total Disability: Total disability refers to situations where an injury prevents a individual from coming back to work in any capacity. If the disability is found to be a combination of the current injury and a prior injury or condition, then the Second Injury Fund becomes an option for compensation. Payments of all workers’ compensation benefits that are associated with the percentage of pre-existing disability come from the Second Injury Fund.
Our firm has a great deal of experience educating clients on a wide range of topics relating to workers’ comp claims such as the latency period, the statute of limitations and the possibility of third-party civil cases. Do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with a lawyer at our office to discuss injured workers’ rights.
The Difference Between Workers’ Compensation And Personal Injury
Workers’ compensation claims are typically handled in a much more straightforward manner than personal injury cases. There is no discussion of pain and suffering – the claim deals strictly with the cost of medical care and the loss of wages and is based on the degree of the injury. Workers’ comp cases are not argued in front of a jury. Workers’ comp cases do not use fault as a factor, unless the worker directly caused the injury by being negligent (for example fighting or being drunk on the job). It does not matter if the worker caused the injury or the employer did – it just happened.
Contact Our Firm
If you have questions regarding workers’ compensation, contact Weiss & Weiss, LLC, by calling 908-300-3461 or complete the contact form on this website. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express for our clients’ convenience. We have translators who speak Polish, Ukrainian, Slavic, and Spanish.