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The Process of Getting Your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Benefits Through the Uninsured Employers Fund (Part 2)
Continued from Part 1.
If you’ve been injured in your workplace and your employer is found to be uninsured for workers’ compensation insurance, your case will go to a hearing in a selected court villeinage. The Uninsured Employers Fund will be assigned an attorney to represent it.
If it is determined that you qualify for temporary disability benefits and/or medical expenses, then the Uninsured Employers Fund will pay you the benefits that your employer will not or cannot provide you. Before any money is directly taken out of the Fund, the Superior Court will issue liens in that amount against the employer. This will be included in the Order of the Judge of Compensation. The employer might also be fined up to $6,000 for noncompliance.
It will usually take anywhere between 90 and 120 days from the date of the award for temporary disability benefits or medical costs for you to get your payments from the Uninsured Employers Fund. This period is so long because it includes a 45-day period that:
(i) gives your employer the chance to fully pay the awarded amount;
(ii) dockets any liens in the Superior Court against your employer; and
(iii) includes the approval and payment voucher process that is needed to make the payments.
However, it’s possible for you to expedite your payment process by making sure that you have a complete and comprehensive documentation of your medical expenses forwarded to the Office of Special Compensation Funds during the filing of your claim. As soon as your bills are incurred, make sure to send them to the attorneys representing the Uninsured Employers Fund. During trial or right after the award has been made, give those attorneys the original copies of your billing statements.
If you’ve been injured in a workplace-related accident, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. For a free initial consultation, contact experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer Dan T. Matrafajlo.