Does an old back injury aggravated by your current job entitle you to workers’ compensation benefits? Is your hypertension a result of employment-related stress? If you were in a car accident while running an errand for your employer, do you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits?
Any injury related to your employment entitles you to income and medical benefits. A serious back injury, an amputated arm or leg, brain damage, asbestosis, or another catastrophic workplace injury that gives rise to partial/total permanent disability entitles the worker to long-term wage and medical benefits.
Contact an attorney at the Law Office of E. Gregory M. Cannarozzi in Oradell, New Jersey to arrange a free consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer. Find out if your workplace injury qualifies for benefits.
Qualifying Workplace Injuries
- Spinal cord, neck, and back injuries that result in quadriplegia, paraplegia, some other paralysis, loss of function, or chronic pain
- Permanent brain damage resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- A torn rotator cuff injury, herniated lumbar disc/cervical disc, knee injury, shoulder injury, or other orthopedic or soft tissue injury
- Psychological injuries, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety
- Lung injuries, including asbestosis and baker’s lung
- Heart conditions, including hypertension and heart attacks caused by stress, and pulmonary problems caused by exposure to diesel fumes and carbon monoxide
- Cancer caused by toxic exposure, including lung, stomach, colon, and throat cancer, leukemia; and mesothelioma, including cancers that are diagnosed years after retirement
- Repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, back strain, and rotator cuff impingement syndrome
- Any injury that causes permanent partial loss of use of your hand, arm, all fingers, leg, foot, all of toes, eyes, or ears
Preexisting Injuries And Second Injuries
If a preexisting injury has been aggravated by your work, you are entitled to benefits but your claim must be handled very carefully. A construction worker’s knee injury from high school may be reinjured at work and require orthopedic surgery. An office worker with a history of depression may break down under the pressure of the workplace. A manual laborer with a lumbar disc injury may suffer a second back injury at a new job. Preexisting carpal tunnel syndrome may be aggravated by a repetitive stress injury in a new job.
When there is a history of previous injury to the same body part, a settlement for partial/total permanent disability benefits will be reduced by the percentage of the injury that is related to the first accident. If two or more injuries combine to result in total permanent disability, the New Jersey Second Injury Fund pays the portion of the total disability caused in a previous position.
If Your Employer Does Not Carry Workers’ Compensation
In New Jersey, it is a criminal offense to fail to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you were injured and your employer is not insured, you can still receive income benefits and medical benefits under the Uninsured Employers’ Fund (UEF) established through New Jersey workers’ compensation law.
Contact A Lawyer About A Workplace Injury Claim
At the Law Office of E. Gregory M. Cannarozzi in Oradell, New Jersey, the workers’ compensation staff is committed to providing clients with responsive and effective legal services. If you are recovering from a workplace injury such as a repetitive stress injury, injury from a slip-and-fall accident, back injury, brain injury, or neck injury, it is important to have a lawyer review your claim in order to see that you are being treated fairly.