Newark Attorneys Navigating the Workers’ Compensation System
When you’re hurt on the job, Shebell & Shebell can help
Newark is full of hardworking people, and under New Jersey law, they’re protected by workers’ compensation. If you’re hurt at work, workers’ comp is supposed to pay the full cost of your medical treatment, plus partial replacement of lost wages and other benefits if you have a permanent or disabling injury. However, the process is complex, and insurance companies use it to their advantage. You need an experienced Newark workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to level the playing field.
Shebell & Shebell, LLC has the experience, resources, and knowledge needed to navigate the complex workers’ compensation system in New Jersey. We’ve been representing injured workers throughout New Jersey since 1927, and we understand how the system works and how to avoid the pitfalls that can get between you and the compensation you need. If you were hurt on the job in Newark, schedule your free consultation today.
We know what to do when you’re injured at work in Newark
When you’re injured on the job, you need to do three things right away. First, notify your employer as soon as possible. Based on various laws that apply, even waiting 48 hours may be too long to get workers’ comp. You need to tell your supervisor, manager, or someone else in charge at your organization, not just a coworker. Legally, you can make this notification verbally or in writing, but we always recommend doing it in writing so that you have a record to support your claim. Keep a copy for your own records.
Second, get medical attention right away. If your injury is a true medical emergency, you can go to an emergency room or similar setting for emergency treatment. Otherwise, you must go to your employer’s pre-authorized hospital or clinic. Tell the provider who sees you that you were hurt on the job, and describe every symptom, even if it seems minor. Again, this creates a record of your injuries – and it’s the best option for your health.
Third, contact us. The sooner you get a workers’ compensation attorney on your side, the better off you will be as the process moves forward. We know what steps to take to ensure that you get the benefits you need and resolve any disputes with the insurance company so that you can focus on healing and rebuilding after the injury.
Newark attorneys who stand up to workers’ comp insurance companies
Again, New Jersey law guarantees certain benefits, but you can rest assured that the insurance company will interpret the law as narrowly as possible to protect their own bottom line. For instance, they’re required to pay for all “necessary and reasonable” medical treatment, so they may dispute whether a particular treatment or medication is “necessary and reasonable.” They may argue your injuries were pre-existing or not work-related. They will also nickel and dime you on the amount of your temporary total disability (TTD) benefits if you’re out of work temporarily due to the injury, or your permanent disability benefits if you have a permanent injury.
Our attorneys have handled thousands of workers’ compensation claims, and we know the process inside and out. We know what evidence we need to gather, what deadlines we have to hit, and how to resolve disputes with the insurance company in our clients’ favor. Throughout the process, we’ll deal with the day-to-day of your workers’ compensation claim while keeping you informed on the next steps. It can be a tough fight, but we’re in it with you every step of the way.
Schedule your free consultation with a Newark workers’ compensation attorney
Don’t face the workers’ compensation system alone. Get someone on your side who has a track record of winning for New Jersey workers. We work on a contingency fee, which means you don’t pay us out of pocket. If we win your case, our fee is a percentage of the recovery; if we don’t win, we don’t get paid.
Talk to a lawyer at our firm about your legal rights and options as soon as possible. Give us a call or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. You can come to our office in Newark, meet with us remotely via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime or any other video service, or we can come to you.