If you’re injured at work, there are certain things that you should immediately do to protect yourself. First and foremost, you should report the injury to your employer so they’re aware of it. Then either you or your employer should report that injury to the workers’ compensation insurance carrier to bring them into the loop immediately. You have certain rights if you were injured on the job, assuming that the injury was not intentional or the result of, for example, a fight with another employee.
If you’re on the job and injured, you have a right to have your medical treatment paid for and provided through authorized doctors through your workers’ compensation coverage. You have a right to get paid, to a certain extent, for the wages that you lose as a result of being injured at work, and, very often, you have a right to receive a lump sum recovery at the very end depending on the permanent nature of your injuries. In New Jersey we have a workers’ compensation court that protects people who are injured on the job. It’s a little different than superior court, so if you are injured on the job, you should certainly consult an attorney to make sure your rights are protected.
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced personal injury attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your specific case.