According to New Jersey law, employers are required to provide their employees with workers’ compensation benefits in the event they suffer an injury that requires medical care and time off work. If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. After treatment and rehabilitation has occurred, the goal is to get employees back into work. Unfortunately, some injuries are so severe that the employee is never able to go back to work. If you or someone you know has been injured at work and the damages are significant enough to prevent you from working permanently, speak to a qualified workers’ compensation benefits attorney.
A wide variety of injuries sustained on the job can be the basis of permanent disability. If you are injured at work or suffer an illness that prevents you from returning to a job that allows you to earn a living, you can file for permanent total disability benefits through the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation System. Total disability injuries can be caused by many types of accidents including:
- Slip or trip and falls
- Wall collapses
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Dangerous workplace exposure
- Heavy equipment malfunction
- Falling materials
According to the NJ Department of Labor, “Permanent Total Disability is also presumed when the worker has lost two major members or a combination of members of the body such as eyes, arms, hands, legs or feet.” It’s important to note, however, that a combination of any of those injuries or anything else that makes the person unemployable may be considered the basis of a permanent disability claim.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can provide you with assistance.