More Benefits That Are Available For Injured Employees
A worker’s comp lawyer represents workers injured at work. Concluding my ongoing worker’s comp lawyer U. series, listed below are further benefits that a worker’s comp lawyer can assist an injured worker to receive. The descriptions are taken from the New Jersey Division of Worker’s Compensation:
“Permanent Total Benefits: When a job-related injury results in permanent total disability, the injured worker is entitled to payments for 450 weeks which will be continued thereafter for as long as the total disability exists. However, after the 450 weeks, these payments are subject to reduction for wages earned from employment.
Weekly payments for permanent total disability are 70 percent of the gross weekly wage at the time of the injury up to a maximum established annually by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. Permanent total disability is presumed when the worker has lost two major members or a combination of members of the body such as eyes, arms, hands, legs or feet. However, permanent total disability can result from other injuries that render the worker unemployable.
Death Benefits: When a job-related accident or illness results in the worker’s death, benefits are payable to the dependents of the worker as defined by the law. The weekly benefit payment is 70 percent of wages, but the maximum total benefit payable to all of the worker’s dependents cannot exceed the maximum established annually by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. A surviving spouse or civil union partner and natural children who were a part of decedent’s [i.e., the deceased’s] household at the time of death are conclusively presumed to be dependents. A surviving spouse or civil union partner and natural children who were not a part of decedent’s household at the time of death and all other alleged dependents (parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, etc.) must prove actual dependency. Children who are deemed to be dependents remain so until the age of 18 years or, if a full-time student, until the age of 23 years. If a child is physically or mentally disabled he/she may be eligible for further benefits. The employer or the employer’s insurance carrier is responsible to pay up to $3,500 in funeral expenses for a job-related death. These funds are payable to whomever is liable for the funeral bill, be it the estate or an individual.”
The worker’s compensation laws are complex. Injury victims should contact a worker’s comp lawyer for additional assistance. Please contact me at any time with any questions that you have.