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Your Ally for Workplace Injury Claims

Kaplan & Kaplan

A Legacy of Fighting for New Jersey's Injured Workers

For over 50 years, our family firm has been a trusted resource for injured workers across the state. Our mission is simple: to ensure you receive the maximum benefits you’re entitled to so you can focus on recovery.

You Don't Pay a Dime

Unless We Win for You
... Deep Expertise We've navigated NJ's workers' compensation laws for decades, handling every type of injury and claim denial tactic.
... Personalized Attention Your case isn't just a file to us. We offer compassionate support & personalized attention throughout the entire process.
... Proven Results We have a track record of securing fair compensation for clients like you. Let us fight for what's rightfully yours.

New Jersey Workers' Compensation Cases We Handle

Fighting for the Full Benefits You Deserve
Workers' compensation laws cover a wide range of injuries, illnesses, and psychological trauma caused by your job. Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to minimize your claim or deny it altogether. At Kaplan & Kaplan, we have decades of experience handling every type of workers' compensation case, and we'll fight to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you're entitled to.
Physical Injuries

Physical Injuries

From Sudden Accidents to Chronic Conditions

Construction Site Accidents
Falls from scaffolding, trench collapses, equipment malfunctions, electrocutions, and more.

Manufacturing Injuries
Crush injuries, amputations, burns, repetitive stress disorders, and hearing loss.

Warehouse and Delivery Accidents
Forklift accidents, loading dock injuries, back strains, collisions while driving for work.

Office Worker Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel, slip and falls, injuries caused by workplace violence or assaults.

Healthcare Worker Injuries
Back injuries from lifting patients, needle sticks and exposure to hazardous substances, workplace violence.

Psychological Trauma

Psychological Trauma

Your Mental Health Matters

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Witnessing or experiencing violence, severe accidents, or near-death situations.

Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Caused by extreme workplace stress, harassment, or pressure.

Emotional Distress from Workplace Harassment: Bullying, discrimination, or toxic work environments can lead to compensable psychological injuries.

Occupational Diseases

Occupational Diseases

We Know How to Prove the Link to Your Work

Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer: Decades-long exposure to asbestos in construction, shipbuilding, or manufacturing.

Occupational Asthma: Chemicals, dust, or fumes in factories, cleaning jobs, or healthcare settings.

Skin Conditions: Dermatitis and allergic reactions caused by chemicals, solvents, or irritants commonly found on worksites.

Hearing Loss: Long-term exposure to loud noises in manufacturing, construction, or landscaping.

Death Benefits

Death Benefits

Protecting Families Who Lose a Loved One

If a workplace injury or illness results in death, we’ll fight for the death benefits your spouse, children, or dependents deserve under the law.
Don’t Let the Insurance Company Decide Your Value – Get Experienced Legal Help

Why Choose Kaplan & Kaplan

As Your Workers Compensation Lawyer in New Jersey Injured workers often feel overwhelmed and unsure where to turn. The right attorney can make all the difference in securing the benefits you need and deserve. Here's why Kaplan & Kaplan is the trusted choice for injured workers across New Jersey:
... Maximizing Your Compensation, Protecting Your Future
Insurance companies aim to minimize your payout. We won't let that happen. Our meticulous approach ensures you receive the full benefits for medical expenses, lost wages, temporary disability, and any permanent impairment. We'll also advise you on how to structure settlements to avoid impacting your other benefits, like Social Security Disability.
... Your Fierce Advocate in Hearings and Beyond
If your claim is denied or unfairly undervalued, we'll fight for you at every stage of the process. We have extensive experience representing clients at hearings and trials. Our attorneys are prepared to argue your case and secure the compensation you're entitled to.
... Compassionate Guidance When You Need It Most
A workplace injury is more than just a legal issue; it's a personal crisis. We provide personalized attention, clear communication, and unwavering support throughout your case. Our goal is not only to win but also to help you feel informed and empowered during this stressful time.

Kenneth Kaplan

Lead Counsel

Workers Compensation & Personal Injury

For over 27 years, Kenneth Kaplan has dedicated his career to securing maximum compensation for injured workers across New Jersey. With hundreds of satisfied clients and glowing 5-star reviews, Ken is known for his immediate action, meticulous case preparation, and unwavering commitment to client success. He takes the time to understand your unique situation and fights aggressively to ensure you receive the full benefits you deserve.

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Key Steps in a Workers Compensation Claim

First Step

Immediate Action

Report Your Injury and Seek Medical Treatment
  • According to the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation, work-related injuries must be reported within 90 days to be eligible for benefits.
  • However, for an optimal process, notice should be provided within 14 days of sustaining the injury.
  • While not legally mandated, giving written notice of the injury to the employer and keeping a copy for your records is highly recommended. This can serve as evidence in case of disputes and can streamline the claim process.
First Step

Filing a Claim

  • Workers’ compensation claims in New Jersey must be filed within two years of the accident or the last compensation payment. This involves submitting claim forms available from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
  • Employers must file an injury report with the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation within 21 days of being notified of an employee’s injury. If a worker’s claim is rejected, they can file for a formal Claim Petition or an Application for an Informal Hearing with the Division of Workers’ Compensation.
  • This process may seem daunting, but with the assistance of your attorney, it becomes manageable.
First Step

Receiving Benefits

  • Approved workers’ compensation claims mandate that the employer or insurer cover all related medical expenses and wage-loss benefits for the employee.
  • Temporary Total Disability Benefits provide approximately 70% of an injured worker’s weekly wage if they are unable to work for more than seven days due to their injury. There is a seven-day waiting period before these benefits begin.
  • In some cases, workers may also be eligible for permanent disability benefits, including permanent partial disability benefits.
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Workers Compensation Retaliation and Your Rights

  • Wrongful termination
  • Undesirable transfers
  • Withholding raises
  • Reduced hours
  • Demotion
  • Pay cuts

Workers’ rights are protected under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act, which prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against employees for filing workers’ compensation claims. However, retaliation by employers can take many forms, such as:

Challenges in Workers Compensation Cases Challenges in Workers Compensation Cases

While workers’ compensation provides crucial support for injured employees, the process is not without its challenges. Workers’ compensation claims in New Jersey may face complexities due to
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Third-Party Liability in Workplace Injuries Third-Party Liability in Workplace Injuries

In some cases, work related injury may involve a third party. This can arise from defective equipment or machinery produced by manufacturers, or even from unsafe conditions on property owned by
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Returning to Work Returning to Work

Returning to work after a workplace injury can pose its own set of challenges. In New Jersey, employers are required by law to provide reasonable accommodations for employees who are returning to work
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Disputed Claims Disputed Claims

Disputes in workers’ compensation cases are unfortunately quite common. These may involve the nature of the injury or illness, the required medical treatment,
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Denied Benefits Denied Benefits

Denied benefits are another challenge faced by many workers. Claims can be denied in New Jersey if the injury is self-inflicted, resulted from willful negligence, or occurred outside the scope of employment.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of hiring a workers' compensation attorney?
Hiring a workers' compensation attorney can help you navigate complex legal claims, maximize your compensation, and protect your rights, providing expert legal guidance.
What do I do if my employer does not report my injury to the workers’ compensation insurance company?
Your employer is required by law to report your injury to its workers’ compensation insurance carrier. If your employer refuses to do so, you have two options: You can contact the insurance carrier directly or hire an attorney to file a claim with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
What types of injuries and illnesses are covered by workers' compensation in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, workers' compensation covers job-related physical injuries, occupational diseases, and psychological trauma.
Can my employer terminate me as a result of a work-related injury?
The law prohibits terminating an employee in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, it is a third-degree criminal offense for them to do so. If necessary, our Paterson workers’ compensation lawyers will send a certified letter to your employer notifying them of this law.
What if my employer retaliates against me for filing a workers' compensation claim?
If you face retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim, you can seek protection under the New Jersey Workers' Compensation Act and pursue compensatory and punitive damages through a civil lawsuit.
What if I recover money from a third party as a result of my injuries?
If your injuries were caused in part by someone other than your employer, you may be able to recover additional benefits such as full wage replacement and payment for pain and suffering. Your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier, however, will have a lien on a certain portion of the amount recovered from the third party. Our lawyers can help you bring a third-party claim if you are eligible.


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Outstanding Lawyer!!! Ken Kaplan, from The Law Offices of Kaplan & Kaplan, was undoubtedly professional and very efficient throughout the whole process of my workman's compensation case. He always kept me up-to-date and was always available to answer any questions or concerns that I had. I highly recommend him and his office.
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In 2020 & 2022 had the pleasure of working very closely with Mr Ken Kaplan on my Worker's Comp claim. When I was apprehensive about my claims, his caring demeanor was a voice of reasoning, in the middle of my storm. Also having an awesome staff, made my upside-down life, not so chaotic. I could write a litany of why Mr. Kaplan would/could handle each client based upon their needs, but I offer a firsthand experience of my encounter with this Law Firm and if I had to sum it up with one word, it would be "EXTRAORDINARY!"
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Mr. Kaplan is a true professional and I was extremely satisfied with his representation every step of the way. The process was made very seamless because he informed me of every step and expectations. His office personnels are equally professional and organized. I was able to contact Mr. Kaplan with ease throughout the process and he certainly delivered on what was discussed in our meetings. I would absolutely refer Mr. Kaplan to anyone seeking a competent workers comp attorney. Thank you for everything Ken!
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Ken Kaplan ably guided me through the intricacies of my disability case. He won me exactly what I needed from my former employer and insurance company. I heartily recommend his excellent services.
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I'm very happy with the services of Mr. Kaplan. He is not only professional and friendly, but also a tough negotiator who will get you the best settlement you could hope for. If he doesn't get you the settlement your happy with he'll fight very hard on your behalf. Thank you, Mr. Kaplan.
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I have used Ken Kaplan a couple times and each time has been a wonderful experience. Ken is very professional, compassionate and ensures you receive great representation from start to finish. Ken is very knowledgeable and always ensures you understand every aspect of your case. I have recommended him to friends & family that all have been very impressed with the representation Ken provided!!!
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Very Satisfied with Kaplan & Kaplan Legal Services for my concerns. Efficient and effective fulfilling and completing all the details of my case. Professional and Timely. I endorse Kaplan & Kaplan Law. Thank You

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