Benefits Descriptions From The New Jersey Division Of Worker’s Compensation
A worker’s compensation attorney obtains benefits for workers injured on the job. Continuing my ongoing worker’s compensation attorney U. series, Part I and Part II, here are some benefits that a worker’s compensation attorney can help a victim receive. The descriptions are taken from the New Jersey Division of Worker’s Compensation:
“Medical Benefits: All necessary medical treatment and hospitalization services should be provided by the employer or the employer’s insurance carrier. The employer has the right to choose the treating physician. If the employer refuses to provide medical treatment, the injured worker is free to choose the treating physician. However, in the case of an emergency, an injured worker may obtain medical or hospital treatment without specific authorization from the employer, but the employer should be notified as soon as possible concerning the treatment being received.
Temporary Disability Benefits: If there is lost time which extends beyond seven calendar days due to the injury, temporary disability benefits become payable starting with the first day lost. The benefit amount is 70 percent of gross weekly wages received at the time of the injury, up to a maximum established annually by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development.
Permanent Partial Benefits: When a job-related injury or illness results in a permanent partial disability, benefits are based upon a percentage of certain “scheduled” or “nonscheduled” losses. A “scheduled” loss is one involving arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes, ears, or teeth. A “nonscheduled” loss is one involving the back, heart, lungs, etc.”
I will list further benefits in a future post. Injury victims should contact a qualified worker’s compensation attorney for further information. The worker’s compensation laws are extremely complex. It is easy to become confused. Feel free to call me at any time with any questions that you may have.