Workers' Compensation and Multiple Jobs
In today’s economy, it is common for New Jersey residents to work two or more jobs.
If you are one of these workers, and you have suffered an injury that is keeping you from working both jobs, you should consult an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer right away. You may be able to obtain benefits that will cover your medical expenses and lost wages.
Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., can provide a free consultation about your case at one of our offices located throughout New Jersey. We can also meet at your home, the hospital or by Skype, FaceTime or GoToMeeting. Call (800) LAW-2000 or contact us online to learn more.
Options Under New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law
Under New Jersey workers’ compensation law, you may qualify for payments to cover your medical bills and a portion of the wages you have lost.
Workers’ compensation can cover all of your medical expenses, including any emergency treatments, operations, casts, assistive devices, medication or therapy you need as a result of your workplace injury.
Workers’ compensation can also cover a portion of your lost wages – up to 70 percent in most cases. However, these wage-loss benefits will be tied only to the job in which you were injured.
For example, if you work a full-time job and a part-time job, and are injured in a fall at your full-time job, your workers’ compensation wage benefits would be based only on your full-time pay. Even though your injury prevents you from performing your part-time job, too, you would receive no workers’ compensation benefit for those lost wages.
Other Legal Options for Injured Workers with Multiple Jobs
In some cases, it is beneficial for an injured worker to explore the possibility of a third-party personal injury lawsuit. This option may be available to you if you can show that someone other than your employer or a co-worker caused your injury.
In a third-party injury claim, you may recover compensation for not only your lost wages but also for your pain and suffering and your medical expenses. The defendant in a third-party claim might be a negligent contractor at your part-time job or the manufacturer of a faulty piece of equipment involved in your accident.
In some cases of workplace injuries or illnesses, family members of the injured worker might pursue third-party claims. For instance, a young woman whose husband was disabled or disfigured by a workplace accident at his full-time job might have a claim for loss of companionship and essential services that the husband provided.
Each case is different. The circumstances of your employment, accident and injury raise unique possibilities. It takes a thorough review of your case by an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to determine how best to maximize the compensation you and your family receive.
Our NJ Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Help Workers with Multiple Jobs
Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., will explore all possible sources for benefits and compensation in your case if you are a worker who has suffered a disabling injury at one of your jobs.
If you have been depending on pay from two jobs to support yourself and your family, we know that your injury has been costly for you. We are dedicated to seeking the maximum amount for you.
Contact us today online or call (800) LAW-2000 to learn more in a free and confidential review of your case.
Sources / More Information
- Injured Workers, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
- Employment Level – Part-Time for Economic Reasons, All Industries, Bureau of Labor Statistics