Fee Schedule for New Jersey Workers Comp Due to Leg Related Injuries
Many industries rely on manual labor, manufacturing and shipping. However, these jobs that require such physical exertion can also leave their employees with serious leg injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a work related leg injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An experienced New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer can get you the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.
Causes of Work-Related Leg Injuries
Leg injuries can develop over time through stress of repetitive motions, such as lifting heavy objects, or in sudden, unexpected accidents that cause immediate damage to the legs. There can be a number of hazards that can contribute to leg injuries at the workplace, including:
- Trip hazards
- Uneven ground
- Falling debris
- Repetitive lifting or squatting
Employers are mandated to take certain safety precautions to ensure, or at least minimize, the dangers of workplace injuries. Failure to do so can put employees’ health at risk, leaving them in need of emergency care for damages to their legs and other extremities.
Regardless of what caused your leg injuries, a New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer can help you get the maximum workers’ compensation benefits.
New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Disability Payment Schedule
The Workers’ Compensation Division of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is responsible for regulating and overseeing the administration of benefits to injured workers. Each year, the Commissioner sets annual fee schedules that establish the minimum and maximum benefits that injured workers are entitled to for a set number of weeks based on the percentage of injury to a specific part of the body.
Disability Payment Schedule for Work-Related Leg Injuries
To determine how much compensation you are entitled to for your work-related leg injuries, your New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer will need to look at the schedule of disabilities. The fee schedule sets a weekly benefit, depending on your treating physician’s certification of the percentage of your leg injury.
For leg injuries, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for a maximum of 315 weeks. The benefits range from a minimum of $680.40 for 3.15 weeks at 1 percent disability to a maximum of $187,110.00 for 315 weeks at 100 percent disability.
In situations where the injured worker’s leg needs to be amputated, the individual is entitled to an additional 30 percent of workers’ compensation benefits.
Permanent Partial Disability
A permanent partial disability is when the injured worker has suffered a serious leg injury with permanent effect that does not lead to total unemployment. The New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer will need to look at a different disability payment schedule to determine the benefits that should be awarded.
If you suffered a work-related leg injury, you should contact New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer Dan Matrafajlo to assist you in filing a legal claim to fight for the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve. For more information, contact Dan T. Matrafajlo, Attorney At Law at (908) 248-4404.