Helping You to Thrive After a Work Accident

A workplace accident can have a profound impact on your life and that of your family. One moment you are working hard, doing your job, and living your life. In the next moment your future seems uncertain. If you are injured at work, the days and months ahead may seem challenging, confusing, and emotionally draining. Fortunately, if you work in New Jersey, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover the financial aspects of recovering from your injury.

Types of Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents can happen anywhere, whether on a busy construction site, on the highways, or even in a seemingly “safe” environment, like an office. Common types of workplace accidents include:

  • Building collapse – The crushing weight of a building collapse can cause a wide range of injuries, such as head injuries, fractures, and internal injuries – many of which can be fatal.
  • Construction accidents – Construction sites are among the most common locations for workplace injuries. In many cases, injured construction workers may be entitled to additional compensation through a third-party claim.
  • Crane accidents – These types of preventable accidents are frequently caused by a failure to adhere to safety protocol.
  • Electrocution – Accidents related to electrical hazards can be extremely severe, sometimes resulting in death.
  • Falls from heights – This type of fall can occur when scaffolding collapses, when someone falls off a roof, down a staircase, or off a ladder and may result in paralysis or even death.
  • Forklift accidents – This type of accident can result in a wide range of serious injuries for both drivers and bystanders.
  • Heavy equipment accidents – Working with or around heavy equipment can be perilous if proper safety measures are not taken.
  • Machinery defects or malfunctions – When a machine malfunctions due to a design or manufacturing defect, it can be the source of severe injuries, including those related to machine entanglement.
  • Motor vehicle accidents – If you drive for a living, are driving for a work activity, or if you are a passenger in either scenario and an accident happens, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Slip and fall – A work space that is cluttered with debris, slippery floors, and more may be the cause of a serious slip and fall injury.
  • Struck against accident – When a worker is pushed into a stationary object, such as a wall or piece of equipment, the injuries can be catastrophic.
  • Struck by accident – This happens when something heavy falls from a higher level. These accidents are common on construction sites, in big box stores and large home supply stores.
  • Toxic exposure – Anyone who works with or around chemicals must be properly trained on how to reduce risk of exposure. Occupational exposure to toxic chemicals can result in short- and long-term health problems.
  • Workplace violence – Any injury that happens on the job, including those resulting from an act of violence, are generally compensable under New Jersey workers’ compensation law.

South Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP Help Workers Recover Compensation After a Workplace Accident

If you have been injured in a work-related accident, we can help you recover the maximum compensation possible for your injury. To learn more about Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP, call 856-761-3773 today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced South Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer or contact us online. Our office is centrally located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout Camden County, Burlington County, and Gloucester County.

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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.