New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Getting Compensation When You Are Injured in a Warehouse or Manufacturing Accident
When you work in a warehouse or a manufacturing facility, you run the daily risk of serious injury, whether from the heavy machinery typically present, from the many hours of standing in one position, or from repeating the same twists, turns or other motions hour after hour. Regardless of whether you suffer injury as the result of a traumatic event, or become disabled due to repetitive stress, there are remedies to help you obtain compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In most instances, your claim for benefits after a manufacturing or warehouse accident will be under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation program. Your employer pays for workers’ compensation insurance, with the premium based on the number of accidents or injuries at your place of employment. When you are injured at work, instead of filing a lawsuit to recover for your losses, you file a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The benefits available to you are fixed by statute, and are based on the specific type of injury.
Though you can work directly with your employer throughout the workers’ compensation process, it is highly recommended that you retain an attorney to protect your rights. Your employer and the workers’ compensation insurance provider both have an incentive to deny or minimize your claim.
Seeking Damages in a Third Party Claim
Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to cover losses caused by the negligence of your employer or a co-worker. If you are injured by the carelessness of a third party, you may also seek damages in a lawsuit in court. For example, if your injuries were caused by the malfunction of equipment or machinery, you may file a product liability action in court to recover compensation from the product designer, manufacturer or retailer. In addition, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job, you may file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver.
At the office of Harold J. Gerr, Attorney at Law, we have fought for the rights of personal injury victims in central New Jersey for more than 40 years. We carefully choose the cases we handle, so that we can provide the highest levels of service and personal attention to each client. We are also happy to take over your case, if your first lawyer does not seem to have your best interests in mind.