Workplace injuries are, unfortunately, quite common in New Jersey and throughout the country. Most employers take significant steps to ensure worker safety, but sometimes that isn’t enough. Sometimes, workplace injuries are simply unavoidable. Injured workers can face any number of issues, but one of the most challenging is what they will do about their income if they are unable to return to work right away after the injury. Fortunately, the workers’ compensation system is in place for just such a situation.
Some of our readers may know that the workers’ compensation system is intended to, at least partially, replace some of an injured worker’s wages in the event of a workplace accident. However, there are also medical benefits as well. If everything is covered under the terms of workers’ compensation, the injured employee will usually be directed to a medical provider who will treat the patient.
All of this is intended to take place regardless of who was at fault for the workplace accident that caused the employee’s injury. And, in exchange, the worker is not able to take legal action against the employer for the workplace accident – at least in most cases.
Unfortunately, even injured workers who know the basics about the workers’ compensation system may find that they can be stymied by the oftentimes complex nature of navigating through the system. At our law firm, we understand that injured workers need to know all the details to help their workers’ compensation claims succeed. For more information, please visit the workers’ compensation overview section of our law firm’s website.