Workers injured on the job in New Jersey are typically covered by New Jersey Workers’ Compensation benefits. The Workers’ Compensation benefits are enough to cover medical treatment and lost earnings, but are typically insufficient to cover the full cost of damages, particularly in the event of a permanent injury or the death of your loved one.
Injured workers filing for Workers’ Compensation forfeit their right to sue their employers for additional damages, except in cases of criminal negligence. Many workers do not know that they have the option of pursuing a lawsuit for significant damages against another party or parties found to be responsible for the accident or extent of injuries. These are commonly referred to as “third-party” lawsuits and can be filed independently of any money benefits you may be receiving from Workers’ Compensation.
Parties who may be found negligent for workplace injuries typically include the owner of the unsafe property or building in which the accident occurred or the manufacturer of a defective or dangerous piece of equipment that caused the injury. Other negligent parties can include independent contractors or other subcontractors working on the site.
Our NJ personal injury law firm has decades of experience protecting the rights of people who were injured at work. Contact us immediately to discuss any type of workplace injury you may have suffered, including injuries resulting from:
From offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, our lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP advise and represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation matters throughout New Jersey. Call our office at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey work injury lawyer at an office near you.
Barry Eichen was the contributing author to this content.