We’ve all got concerns when it comes to being injured at work. Your work is your livelihood and what you require in order to assure the financial future of your family. Knowing your rights when it comes to workers compensation is important. If you are injured at work, it pays to know something about the laws of the state in which you reside.
The laws of every state differ when it comes to workers injuries and the compensation of the worker for injuries that they may have suffered on a job. In fact, most of them are rapidly changing with regard to what may and what may not be covered, as well as when the coverage will take effect for every state.
As with any other type of law, workers compensation laws in the United States can be complex. If you are in any way concerned about your rights under the workers compensation laws, in your particular state and you feel that you’ve not been, or won’t be fairly treated, your best advice would be to seek out an advocate.
Workers compensation lawyers know the laws of the state far better than those who merely write about them. Seek out the advice and help of a legal advocate if you have questions about the laws under the Workers Compensation Act.
A simple review of the Workers Compensation Laws is provided here for your convenience. It is not meant by any means to be seen as complete or to replace the help and advice of a lawyer when it comes to your injury on the job.
Workers compensation is not compulsory in the state. It is elective but for all intents and purposes it is nearly compulsory in the state. There are no waivers permitted in the state of New Jersey.
There are no numerical exceptions permitted in the state of New Jersey.
In the state of New Jersey the employer is the one who will select the physician to whom you are sent for your evaluation and treatment.
There is a seven day waiting period prior to your compensation being active, however that is not the case for first aid workers, rescue workers, firefighters, or fire marshals, and other emergency workers. These facts are true as well for ambulance drivers and rescue workers or firefighters even if they are part of a squad that is volunteer in nature.
There is a twenty percent coverage of attorney fees available to those in New Jersey and if your disability goes past the seven day period, then your compensatory pay is retroactive to the date of injury.