Workplace Injury Attorneys in New Jersey
Experienced Representation for Work-related Injuries
Workplace accidents are not uncommon. A workplace injury can seriously impact your life, potentially causing you to need medical treatment and miss work. If you’ve been hurt on the job, the New Jersey injury lawyers at Maggs McDermott & DiCicco are here to aggressively fight for your rights. We will help make sure you receive the full compensation you are entitled to.
Common Workplace Injuries
Although some jobs have more dangers than others, all have the potential for causing injury. Some of the most common workplace injuries we see are:
- Repetitive Stress Injuries: Performing a movement over and over can cause repetitive motion injuries. It is the employer’s responsibility to be aware of this risk and to provide proper ergonomic protection.
- Slips and Falls: While a slip and fall injury can happen in an office environment, they are a more common problem for those who work in factories, construction jobs, and mines. A fall from a great height can cause serious and potentially permanent medical issues.
- Toxic Exposure: Workers who are required to work with or around toxic chemicals must be provided the proper personal protective equipment by their employer. However, this does not always prevent health issues from arising from chronic exposure.
- Psychological Harm: A hostile, hazardous, or high-stress work environment has the ability to cause psychological or emotional trauma. An employee may develop a stress-related disorder that requires treatment and renders them unable to work.
What to Do if You’re Injured on the Job
If you’ve been injured on the job, no matter how minor, it is important to follow the proper steps. Failure to do so can potentially impact your ability to receive proper compensation.
- Report the Injury: Notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible. They will have paperwork for you to fill out in order for them to file a claim. Make sure you retain your copies for your records.
- Get Medical Attention: See a doctor for your injuries as soon as you can. Your employer may have a doctor they provide, or may allow you to see your own. Provide the doctor with detailed information about how the injury occurred.
- Get Documentation: If it is feasible, get pictures at the scene of the accident. Make sure you have copies of your medical records, work restrictions, and receipts for anything you had to pay for. Keep notes about any correspondence with your doctor, your employer, and their insurance company.
- Contact a Work Accident Lawyer: Your employer’s insurance company is there to protect your employer’s interests, not yours. Do not sign anything before speaking with a personal injury attorney.
Legal Recourse for Workplace Accidents
Many states require employers to have Workers’ Compensation insurance to cover medical expenses and some of the worker’s lost wages. However, the program doesn’t always provide adequate compensation for serious injuries. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Maggs McDermott & DiCicco will be able to advise if you have grounds to sue your employer for additional damages.
How to Claim Compensation
If your injury happened while in the workplace or during the course of performing your job, you have the right to seek compensation. You will need to be able to provide evidence that your injuries were caused by a workplace accident, and that the accident was related to your work. However, your claim can still be denied for a technicality if you aren’t familiar with the legal process. That is why it is important to speak with a Workers’ Compensation attorney before filing your claim.
Contact Maggs McDermott & DiCicco
If you’ve been injured at work in New Jersey, contact us right away. One of our workplace injury attorneys will review your case and advise if you have a claim, and will follow all legal channels to ensure you receive the settlement you are entitled to.