I have been hurt in an accident at work. Am I entitled to workers’ compensation?

Most people who are employed in New Jersey are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, which pays benefits for job-related injuries, illnesses or death. But obtaining workers’ compensation can be a complicated process.

An employee or a deceased worker’s dependents are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for an employment-related injury or a worker’s death – regardless of who is at fault.

If you are injured on the job, you should inform your employer, supervisor or human resources office as soon as possible. If medical treatment is necessary, your employer may select the treating doctor.

Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier will investigate the claim and make a decision about your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

If your claim is denied or if you disagree with the amount of the benefit provided, you have a right to file a claim with the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation and request a hearing. This is the first of several levels of appeal that are available to you.

Appealing the decision in a disputed workers’ compensation claim requires compiling evidence and refuting claims made by your employer against you or your claim. This is the work an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney can do for you.