Our Firm Handles All Types of Workers Compensation Benefits in New Jersey
Exercising your rights after a workplace accident or illness
Seigel Law has dedicated our entire practice to injury recovery since our founding in 1976. We assist injured employees working in the communities of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton.
Most employers in New Jersey are required to carry workers compensation insurance to protect workers who have been injured or sickened while on the job. This important safeguard covers medical care and wages during the time the employee is unable to work.
Our team guides you through the bureaucratic red tape to help you obtain your rightful compensation after your job site accident or job-related illness. We explain the process to you and answer all of your workers compensation questions. Our lawyers aggressively pursue the compensation to which you are entitled, such as:
Your employer’s insurance carrier covers all necessary and reasonable treatments, hospitalization and prescription pharmaceuticals arising from your workplace accident or illness. Typically, your employer designates the treating physician, but you can choose your doctor in the case of an emergency or if your employer refuses to allow you treatment. You have a duty to notify your employer promptly about emergency care you receive.
Temporary total disability benefits
If you remain disabled for more than seven days, you may qualify for temporary total disability benefits, which pays 70 percent of your average weekly wages, but at least 20 percent of the statewide average weekly wage (SAWW) and at most 75 percent of the SAWW. These benefits usually end when you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) and are subsequently released to return to work.
Permanent partial benefits
You are eligible for permanent partial disability benefits if your injuries resulted in a certain percentage of loss, either scheduled or nonscheduled. Scheduled loss refers to disabilities that involve your arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes, ears or teeth, whereas a nonscheduled loss involves other body parts or systems not named in the schedule, for example, your heart or back. This weekly payment starts upon termination of your temporary disability benefits.
Permanent total benefits
If your injuries prevent you from returning to any type of gainful employment, you may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits (PTD). You are authorized to receive weekly payments for an initial 450 weeks, at which point you must prove that you remain unemployable for the payments to be extended. The law presumes PTD if you have lost two major body parts, such as eyes, arms, hands, legs or feet. However, you may also be granted PTD if your disability renders you unemployable.
Recover benefits under the workers’ compensation program
Seigel Law helps workers injured in job-related accidents throughout northern New Jersey. Call our workers compensation attorneys at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial case assessment. We make appointments at our Ridgewood office, but we can also come to your home or the hospital if your injuries prevent you from coming to us. Through our contingency plan, you are not responsible for paying lawyer fees unless we obtain benefits on your behalf.