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New Jersey Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Report: Three Occupations at Highest risk of Workplace Homicide

Workers in all occupations face some amount of threat to their safety on the job. In many cases, these risks come from conditions like a slippery floor or dangerous machinery.  Sadly, for some workers, the biggest threat to their safety is other people. 

In fact, according to recent statistics, about 10 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2016 were the result of homicide. 

Three Things That Should Not Stop You From Seeking Workers' Comp

Work-related accidents and injuries can put workers in a difficult position. Many people are overwhelmed or intimidated by the process and are not sure what they need to do to collect benefits; people can also be misinformed about their legal options.

As such, it can be easy for workers to get confused and assume they can't or shouldn't file for workers' compensation. In this post, we will look at a few common reasons why people might decide against seeking workers' compensation and address a few of the misconceptions behind these reasons.

How long can I receive workers' compensation after an accident?

Injured workers depend on the financial benefits they collect from workers' compensation. This money replaces wages and covers medical expenses, which is crucial in helping you recover from an accident and cope with your injuries. As such, it can be upsetting to think about these benefits coming to an end.

Workers who get hurt on the job should know what to expect in terms of how long benefits last. This can help you assess your situation and options so that the ending of benefits does not cause any unnecessary anguish and pain.

Do not give up if your work place accident claim is denied

After a workplace accident in New Jersey, most employees will be able to collect workers' compensation benefits for both medical care and out of work time.  Furthermore, a monetary award is likely for injuries sustained.

What should you do if your case is denied?

Unfortunately, all too often, workers have their cases denied for unjust reasons. If you are in this situation, then it is vital not to lose hope or give up on efforts to collect benefits you are entitled to. There is an option at your disposal to hire an attorney and have him/her file a Motion to have the disputed issue(s) heard in Workers' Compensation Court. Thus, the decision making will be taken out of the hands of the  insurance company and put in the hands of an impartial judge. 

Construction workers: Know your legal options after an accident

Working in construction is not easy. Not only is it physically demanding, it is also mentally taxing, considering the fact that even a small mistake or oversight can have fatal consequences.

Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen on construction sites across New Jersey. When they do, it is crucial for workers to get medical attention for their injuries. They would also be wise to examine their legal options, as there could be compensation available.

What industries are the most dangerous in which to work?

When considering a profession, you probably do not give much thought to safety. If you are like most people in New Jersey, you look for what pays well and what is available. However, being safety minded is a good thing, and knowing that you are entering a highly dangerous industry or an industry where injuries are prevalent prepares you for the work and enables you to understand the risks and know more about your rights should you get hurt.

According to the most recent data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2016 reported by private sector employers. Of those, 892,270 cases of injuries or illness required days away from work.

Do office workers risk developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

At the end of a long day, many office workers feel minor soreness in their shoulders or realize that they have strained their eyes too much. On the other hand,  some feel unbearable pain from typing or using a mouse. It is likely that these people are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

This medical condition involves the nerve that extends from your palm to your arm. Pressure on this nerve causes pain and numbness in your hand. It often causes manual tasks such as typing, writing or even holding a phone to become more difficult.  Many hard working employees are effected by this condition. Unfortunately, it can significantly cut your production at work.