What Happens to My Temporary Disability Benefits If My Injury Is Work-Related?
If you are injured during the course of employment, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits under New Jersey Workers’ compensation law. However, in some cases, the employer or their liability carrier may deny your claim or take longer than expected to provide you with the benefits you are entitled to. As such, your experienced workers’ comp attorneys in NJ will advise you to apply for temporary disability benefits if your workers’ comp claim is initially denied.
But what happens if it is later established that your disability or injury is work-related? Although this is a question that can be best answered by your attorney, below is a helpful overview.
Temporary Disability Benefits For Work-Related Injuries
If your employer or their liability carrier determines that your disability or injury is work-related after initially denying your claim and after you applied for and started to receive temporary disability benefits, the provider of the disability benefits may be entitled to reimbursement.
However, if you receive a lump sum settlement under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system, you may also receive state or private temporary disability benefits, although these benefits may be reduced.
If your workers’ comp attorneys in NJ negotiated a workers’ compensation settlement that is less than the total amount of your temporary disability benefits, you will not be liable for the difference. For example, if you receive $5,000 in temporary disability benefits and later settle your workers’ compensation claim for $2,500, you are not liable for the difference.
Contact an Experienced New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyer
For more information about temporary disability benefits with respect to a workers’ compensation claim, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a workers’ comp attorneys in NJ, call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404. We have offices in Elizabeth, North Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey to better serve you.