In the aftermath of a work-related injury, one of the first things you’ll do is notify your employee and initiate the process for receiving workers’ compensation benefits. If you’re lucky, your claim will be quickly approved and you will start to receive benefits within a few weeks. That doesn’t happen very often, though. If you’re like most workers’ compensation claimants, you’ll receive notice that you need to appear at a hearing with the Workers’ Compensation Board. Why would such a meeting be scheduled, and what can you expect to happen at that meeting?
The Reasons a Workers’ Compensation Hearing Might Be Scheduled
If you’ve received notice of a hearing, it’s most likely for one of the following reasons:
- The doctor chosen by the workers’ compensation insurance company does not believe your injuries should prevent you from working
- Your employer or the workers’ compensation insurer believes your injury occurred outside of the workplace
- The amount of benefits to be paid is in question
The workers’ compensation hearing will look, for all intents and purposes, like courtroom proceeding. You have the right to be represented by counsel and you can expect that your employer and/or the workers’ compensation insurance company will have a lawyer present. Both sides have the right to produce evidence, including witness testimony, to address any issues that are unresolved. The referee/judge will listen to all arguments and issue a binding ruling.
Contact Mallon & Tranger
Don’t ignore a personal injury, regardless of how insignificant it may seem. We offer a free initial consultation to anyone in New Jersey who has been hurt in the workplace. For a meeting, contact us online or call us at 732-410-6094 (toll free at 877-320-0692) for an appointment. We have offices in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.