Unfortunately, not all workers comp cases end in a settlement. With the sheer variety of possible circumstances that can factor into a worker’s compensation case, it is hard to predict if a case will end with a settlement or have another outcome. If you happen to be facing a worker’s compensation case, having a lawyer by your side can help you negotiate for a fair settlement that makes up for your losses.
A lawyer who has experience with workers’ compensation cases can work towards justice on your behalf. If you try to navigate the complex details that go into a worker’s compensation case on your own, you may not consider all the legalities surrounding your case. As a result, you may not reach a favorable settlement. With a lawyer by your side, you can rest assured that they will handle all of the legal details as they work to seek a just outcome on your behalf.
Reporting an Incident at Work
Promptly reporting an incident will help to speed up the process of your worker’s compensation claim. Even then, it can take an employer and their insurance carrier some time to evaluate the details of your claim and come to a decision.
According to New Jersey Revised Statutes §34:15-96, an employer is supposed to notify their insurance carrier as soon as an accident is reported so that a First Report of Accident can be filed with the state. The insurance carrier will evaluate the claim and determine if it is eligible for compensation under the worker’s compensation law.
When you plan to report an incident to your employer, it is a good idea to gather any necessary forms of evidence and proof. The claims process is quite meticulous, often requiring comprehensive paperwork to iron out all the details. When you have a lawyer working on your behalf, they can help ensure that you collect and reference all the proper forms and documents needed to report an injury or other workplace incidents.
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Handling Injuries and Seeking Compensation
Employers may be responsible for covering the costs of your medical bills if you sustained an injury at work. However, many details go into establishing a liable party in a worker’s compensation case. Even if you suffered injuries, an employer and their insurance carrier may want to investigate the incident’s details to determine who is clearly at fault.
Handling your injuries while also trying to juggle the legal specifics of your case can be exhausting. A lawyer can manage these communications with your employer and their insurance company so that you do not have to expend any extra energy as you try to heal from your injuries.
As New Jersey’s Workers Compensation Law shows, even injuries caused by other employees at the work site may be covered under worker’s compensation benefits. If another employee was engaging in horseplay or skylarking and this act led to your personal injury, your employer may still be liable to cover the costs of your injuries and other damages. A lawyer can help to determine who was liable in an incident that led to your injuries.
When you file an incident report with your employer, they may come back to you stating they have accepted your claim and offer you a settlement. While most people think this is a good sign, it is wise to be cautious of any initial settlement your employer or their insurance company offers you. Many times, these initial settlement amounts are quite minimal, as they seek to cover a company’s bottom line by offering the smallest amount possible.
If you have a lawyer working for you, they can communicate with your employer and their insurance company on your behalf. In doing so, they will work to negotiate for a settlement that accounts for the losses you experienced and the costs of treating any long-term effects of your injuries.
Contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. Today
If you decide to face the full spectrum of intricate legal details that govern worker’s compensation cases on your own, it is easy to become overwhelmed. A lawyer can help you work through the legalities and negotiate for a settlement that justly compensates you for your losses.
The team at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. is here to help you navigate through all the legal aspects of your worker’s compensation case. To learn more about the services we offer, call us today at (201) 585-9111 to speak with a member of our team.