When you have been hurt on the job, you have the right to seek benefits under workers' compensation laws. It's important to understand, though, that the workers' compensation laws only apply to injuries caused by the negligence or your employer or a co-employee. If you are injured by the wrongful acts of a third party, you can file a lawsuit in court to recover damages and you won't be limited or restricted by your workers' compensation recovery.
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RECOVERING WORKER'S COMPENSATION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
When a machine malfunctions at work and you are injured, there seems no question that you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits for lost wages, medical expenses and rehabilitation. If the wrongful conduct of another employee causes you injury, you can also seek compensation for your losses. But what if you are injured in a car or motor vehicle accident, especially when the person causing the accident is unrelated to your employer? The good news-if you meet certain conditions, you have a right to workers' compensation benefits. You may even be able to seek damages in addition to workers' compensation benefits.
If you are hurt while working in New Jersey, you have a right to seek benefits through the state's workers' compensation program. But what if you are injured in a car accident while on the job? Are you limited to the benefits available through a work comp claim? Not necessarily.
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RECOVERING WORKERS' COMPENSATION FOR OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE IN NEW JERSEY
In addition to coverage for traumatic events or accidents, as well as repetitive stress injuries, the New Jersey workers' compensation laws allow workers to seek benefits when they have contracted a disease or illness because of exposure to toxic substances or other harmful conditions at work. Frequently, the cause of such an injury is exposure to chemicals, either in the manufacturing process, or from by-products. This blog post provides an overview of the types of claims that may be the basis of an occupational disease claim in New Jersey.
A common misconception is that, in order to seek benefits under the New Jersey workers' compensation laws, you must be able to point to a traumatic event, to some accident or mishap that clearly caused your injury. This is not true! While proving the cause of a repetitive motion or stress injury can be challenging, an experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you get the benefits you need and to which you are entitled.
WHAT TYPES OF INJURIES ARE COVERED BY WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAWS?
When you have been hurt on the job, one of the first questions you want answered is whether your injury is one that is covered by the state's workers' compensation laws, so that you can secure benefits for lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation or physical therapy.