Our Firm Negotiates Workers Compensation Lump Sum Settlements in New Jersey
Advising our injured clients on workplace accident recovery
Your employer’s insurance company may offer you a lump sum settlement for your injury claim. This appealing option allows you to receive your funds in full upfront. However, in return, you waive your rights to future payments, even if your injuries turn out to be more serious than you originally thought. Before signing away your rights, you want to be sure that you are making a decision that is in your best interests.
Seigel Law was founded in 1976 with the mission of protecting the rights of injured clients throughout Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Our attorneys can advise you on whether accepting a lump sum makes sense based on the facts of your individual case. We answer your questions about the workers compensation process and negotiate for your rightful lump sum payment if it would benefit you. If you are better served, we demand that you continue to receive your biweekly payments.
Opposing a designation of maximum medical improvement
Doctors are often under pressure to declare that their work injury patients have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) — which means you are authorized to return to work, according to the doctor. Unfortunately, misidentifying you as MMI may mean you are denied further necessary treatments, and you may be asked to perform injurious job tasks. You are entitled to a second opinion on an MMI determination. Our attorneys guide you through the process of refuting MMI and seeking the continuation of your workers compensation benefits.
Delayed symptoms of injuries
Symptoms of serious injuries may not manifest until many weeks or months down the road. For example, you may not notice signs of traumatic brain injury right away — such as memory loss and cognitive impairment. Likewise, a herniated disk might result in pain and sciatica over the course of several days, even though you felt nothing at the time the disk ruptured. These types of injuries require intensive medical treatment and rehabilitation to regain functionality, alleviate pain and improve your quality of life. Your lump sum payment may not be enough to cover the costs of your long-term medical care or the lost income because of your diminished earning capacity.
Get experience guidance for successful workers compensation settlement negotiations
Seigel Law guides injured workers in settlement negotiations under the New Jersey workers compensation program. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial case evaluation. We are available at our Ridgewood office, but can also schedule appointments at your home or the hospital for your convenience. We take your case on contingency, meaning you are not responsible for paying attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your injuries.