What To Do After You Have Sustained a Workplace Injury In New Jersey
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Wed May 2013
- Work Injury,
The steps you take after you have sustained a workplace injury can be a determining factor as to whether you will get the full workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Your New Jersey workers compensation attorney will advise you as to what you need to do in order to avoid jeopardizing the success of your claim.
Perhaps one of the most important steps you need to take, regardless of whether your injury requires immediate medical attention, is to immediately notify your employer. You do not need to provide give written notice. It is sufficient to verbally tell your supervisor, foreman or anyone in authority that you have been injured while performing your job duties. Once you notify your employer, they should notify their workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
If your employer refuses to report your accident to its carrier, you have two options. You can either directly contact the insurer or you can file a claim with the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation. Your employer should display its workers’ compensation insurer’s contact information in a prominent place. But if you cannot find it, your New Jersey workers compensation attorney will help find out who provides your employer with insurance. You can also contact the Compensation Rating & Inspection Bureau to get the contact information.
Once the insurance company receives notification of your injury, the assigned adjuster will investigate the facts about your injury to determine whether you are eligible to receive benefits. If you do not get a favorable response from the carrier, you can file a claim with the Division of Workers’ Compensation or request an informal hearing.
We Can Help
If you have been injured during the course of employment, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. To increase your chances of getting the maximum benefits to which you are entitled, you should call New Jersey workers compensation attorney Dan Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404 for a free evaluation of your case.
We have offices in Elizabeth, North Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey to better serve you. Dan has the experience to get you the full workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve.