Recovering Compensation for a Work Injury

A workplace injury can stop you in your tracks. In addition to initial medical treatment, may require surgery and long-term physical therapy. If you are unable to work because of your injury, you may be worried about how you will provide for your daily living expenses on top of the ever-mounting medical bills.

If you work in New Jersey, you are most likely covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance plan. Workers’ compensation is a lifeline for many injured workers, as it can provide for all injury-related medical expenses as well as compensation for a portion of your average weekly wages. At Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve so that you can have the peace of mind to move forward with your life.

Costs of a Workplace Injury

In addition to immediate medical care, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the vast range of medical expenses you will face. Workers’ compensation medical benefits may cover:

  • Transportation by ambulance
  • Initial medical consultation
  • Second opinions
  • Medical treatment
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgeries
  • Medications
  • Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Home care
  • Medical equipment
  • Costs of travel to and from medical appointments

Common Work Injuries

Despite laws and regulations designed to protect workers from being hurt on the job, workplace accidents and injuries can occur. Some of the most common workplace injuries include:

  • Amputation – Machine accidents and motor vehicle accidents can result in devastating injuries that may cause a worker to lose a body part.
  • Back injuries – Whether caused by lifting, falling, a car accident, or anything else, a back injury can put your life on hold for a long time, and may even result in lifelong suffering and disability.
  • Bodily reaction – A bodily reaction injury occurs when a worker slips or trips, but they do not actually fall. This may result in a sprain or pulled muscle. Someone who experiences this type of injury may not even realize that they have been injured at first.
  • Burns – An accident that results in burns can be painful, very serious, and disfiguring.
  • Catastrophic injury – When a disabling injury occurs, it can change the course of your life and impact you forever. This could be a traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and more.
  • Fractures – A fall can easily result in broken bones.
  • Eye injuries – The eyes are extremely vulnerable to injury caused by exposure to hot sparks, flying debris, liquid chemicals, and toxic fumes. Even extended time in front of a computer screen can lead to vision problems.
  • Hearing loss – Loud noises can cause permanent damage to the delicate parts of the ear, resulting in tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and partial or total loss of hearing in one or both ears.
  • Head injuries – A head injury may be relatively mild or severe, from a concussion to a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). But even the mildest of head injuries can result in pain, confusion, and other symptoms that are difficult to deal with.
  • Heavy lifting injuries – Workers whose jobs require regularly lifting large or heavy objects are at high risk of sudden injury to the back, knees, and shoulders, as well as painful tears to the muscles and ligaments.
  • Internal injuries – A car accident, a fall from a height, the impact of being hit by heavy equipment – all of these can result in injuries that are very serious and often fatal, even when they are not obvious externally.
  • Mental stress – Workers who have been through a traumatic event on the job, or are dealing with unusual and extreme stress related to their job may be eligible for compensation to cover the cost of medical treatment and time out of work.
  • Occupational illness – Conditions at certain jobs can put you at increased risk of developing a life-altering health condition. Exposure to toxic chemicals, smoke and dust at the workplace has been known to cause serious respiratory illness, skin conditions, and eye injury.
  • Overexertion – You can be injured when you push, pull, or throw something in the workplace and a muscle is pulled or a joint is forced beyond its normal range.
  • Repetitive motion – If your work requires that you make the same movement repeatedly – such as typing, lifting boxes, hammering, working on an assembly line, and more – it can result in injury over time. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common repetitive motion injury.

South Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP Recover Maximum Compensation for Work Injuries

If you have been injured on the job, we can guide you through the sometimes-complex workers’ compensation process. To learn more about Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP, or for a free consultation, call a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer at 856-761-3773 or contact us online. Our office is centrally located in Cherry Hill, and we serve clients throughout South Jersey including those in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and the City of Camden.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:

Please be advised that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, which imposed strict limitations on the operations of "brick-and-mortar" businesses and required telecommuting to the greatest extent possible, all N.J. workers’ compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential court personnel until April 13, 2020.

In response to overwhelming requests from the Workers’ Compensation Bar to hold non-emergent matters electronically or by teleconference, as of April 6, 2020, the following Workers’ Compensation Judges shall be designated by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation as essential personnel and shall report to their home vicinages for the purpose of hearing as many Workers’ Compensation matters as possible by telephonic conferencing, including all emergent matters and the following non-emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, general motions for medical and temporary benefits, and settlements by affidavit:

Hon. Audrey Kernan, S.J., Atlantic City WC Courthouse
Hon. Arthur Marchand, A.S.J., Bridgeton WC Courthouse
Hon. Ingrid French, A.S.J., Camden WC Courthouse
Hon. Lionel Simon III, A.S.J., Freehold WC Courthouse
Hon. Diana Ferriero, S.J., Hackensack WC Courthouse
Hon. Jill Fader, S.J., Jersey City WC Courthouse
Hon. Glenn Kaplan, S.J., Lebanon WC Courthouse
Hon. Michael Luther, S.J., Mt. Arlington WC Courthouse
Hon. George Geist, S.J., Mt. Holly WC Courthouse
Hon. Ashley Hutchinson, A.S.J., New Brunswick WC Courthouse
Hon. Philip Tornetta, A.S.J., Newark WC Courthouse
Hon. William Roca, S.J., Paterson WC Courthouse
Hon. Maria Del Valle Koch, S.J., Plainfield WC Courthouse
Hon. Eugene Mulvaney, S.J., Toms River WC Courthouse
Hon. David Puma, S.J., Trenton WC Courthouse

The Division’s plan is to limit physical interactions in our workers’ compensation courts to the greatest extent possible and shift to the use of telephone conferencing, and if possible video conferencing for judges, attorneys, and litigants. There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials in which case social distancing will be enforced). Court offices will remain closed for in-person submissions. Filings will continue to be accepted electronically through COURTS On-line.

The N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation’s number one goal is to limit the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to court personnel, attorneys and their staff, litigants, witnesses, and members of the public at large.

Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP also continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our local community and the world at large. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, our office is closed and the members of the firm continue to work remotely. As such, the members of the firm may have limited access to information during this time. We continue to appreciate your understanding. We encourage our current clients, new clients, and fellow members of the bar to contact us via e-mail as that remains the best form of communication. All attorneys and paralegals have access to e-mail and case information. We have designated essential personnel to report to our office for the purpose of handling emergent matters only and to complete essential administrative tasks. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP remains committed to complying with all health and governmental regulations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most affected by this situation.