A workers’ compensation claim petition must be filed within two years of the date of injury or the last payment of compensation, whichever is later. Missing a deadline could terminate your claim and opportunity to obtain benefits.
In cases of work-related disease or occupational illness, such as mesothelioma or lead poisoning, the claim petition must be filed within two years of when the worker became aware of the condition and its link to employment.
Workers’ compensation cases are usually assigned to the district office based in the county of residence of the injured worker. If the worker lives out of state, the case is assigned to the county of employment.
New Jersey’s District Offices are:
- Hackensack – Bergen County
- Paterson – Passaic County
- Newark – Essex County
- Jersey City – Hudson County
- Elizabeth – Union County
- New Brunswick – Middlesex County
- Arlington – Sussex, Morris and part of Warren County
- Atlantic City – Atlantic and Cape May County
- Bridgeton – Cumberland and Salem County
- Camden – Camden and Gloucester County
- Freehold – Monmouth County
- Lebanon – Somerset, Hunterdon and part of Warren County
- Mount Holly – Burlington County
- Toms River – Ocean County
- Trenton – Mercer County
Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after a workplace injury can help ensure that all required forms are filed and that you meet all deadlines of the claims process.