Workers’ Compensation

At Vlasac & Shmaruk, our workers compensation lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you receive the full benefits available under the law. We thoroughly understand what is covered by workers compensation insurance within New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and what is needed when submitting a claim. We can also work closely with you to make sure that the insurance company is handling your claim appropriately. It is important that you are well aware of your rights, and our attorneys will make sure you know what type of compensation you are entitled to receive. To learn more about workers compensation, contact us today at any of our New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania Office.

What We Can Do for You

Your case is unique. The lawyers at Vlasac & Shmaruk we have a strong commitment to each client’s individual workers compensation claim, and we will provide you with the personalized attention that you deserve.

Our attorneys will help answer your questions about:

  • Securing authorization for medical treatment
  • Securing temporary disability benefits
  • Filing claim petitions in Workers Compensation Court
  • Securing an award of permanent disability for your claim

Workers compensation is separated into three types of benefits, which will come into effect if you are injured while working. Those benefits are:

  1. Temporary Disability– payments made to you while you are unable to work
  2. Medical Treatment– all medical bills that are incurred and deemed necessary to treat injury or illness
  3. Permanency Award– payment for loss of physical function, which might affect you at work or in non-work activities

The most important step you will make to protect your rights is to notify your employer. You should also complete an accident or incident report and provide it to your employer. You should report any injury or illness you suffer while in the course of your employment, even if you feel the injury is not serious. You should also keep in mind that you are entitled to workers compensation benefits even if the injury you suffer is an aggravation of a previous medical condition, as long as the aggravation to the previous injury occurred while you were in the course of your employment.

Your injury, if sustained while working, even if it was your fault, does not come into play when workers compensation benefits are evaluated. As long as you were working when your medical condition was caused, or worsened, you are eligible to receive workers compensation benefits.

Types of injuries

Some jobs are inherently dangerous and injuries can arise that are catastrophic. If you sustain a serious injury from a fall, electrocution, chemical explosion, or other serious accident, the costs from this accident will quickly buildup. In addition to the loss of income, you may require long term hospitalization, physical therapy, and follow-up treatment.

The types of traumatic injuries a worker may seek compensation for include:

  • Eye Injuries
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Serious Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Scarring
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Respiratory problems
  • Other head, neck, shoulder injuries

Third Party Personal Injury Case

You may also have the right to file a claim for a third party personal injury case for your injury. This type of claim would be filed against someone other than your employer if another individual was the cause of, or reason for, the injury you sustained on the job.

Occupational Exposure

You have the right to do your job in a safe and healthy environment. You should not be exposed to hazardous substances or conditions, such as dust, noise, vibration, extreme temperatures, asbestos (which may cause mesothelioma), or gases (such as benzene).

If you have been, or are being exposed, you could be entitled to occupational injury benefits that include medical expenses, loss of income, or permanent disability award.

Learn More about Workers Compensation

The attorneys at Vlasac & Shmaruk are highly-qualified NJ Lawyers and will work to secure the maximum compensation available if you have suffered any type of on-the-job injury or workplace accident. To learn more about how we can help with your workers compensation case, contact any of our law firms in New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania.