Because of the dangerous nature of construction work and the negligence of some highway drivers, many transportation workers face serious injury, or even death, each year. As a result, states have passed laws to limit speeds in construction zones in an effort to keep the roadways safer for workers. Despite these efforts, many highway workers still incur serious injury annually and, as a result, seek workers' compensation.
Being involved in a car accident is never fun for anyone. Whether one is at fault or not, between damages sustained to one's vehicle and injuries, the repercussions can be felt both financially and physically for a long time after a wreck. Two New Jersey police officers, who were already aware of the consequences of drunk driving accidents, now know firsthand how damaging they can be.
In our last post, we began discussing some of the ways employers work to reduce their workers’ compensation costs. Although, as we pointed out, employers are perfectly within their rights to work to reduce their costs connected to workplace injuries, it is important for employees to understand that they have rights that need to be protected and that employers sometimes attempt to take advantage of them.
Workers' compensation benefits are critical for those who have been injured on the job, as anyone who has experienced such injury can tell you. Of course, in filing a claim, an injured worker's aim is to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. Unfortunately, obtaining adequate benefits isn't always a given. Sometimes issues come up and it becomes important to have legal guidance.
In our last post, we began looking at the types of benefits available through the New Jersey workers' compensation system. As we have noted, injured workers are able to receive compensation not only for medical bills and temporary disability, but also ongoing compensation for permanent disability, whether partial or total.
Although employees are all aware that they have the ability to seek workers' compensation when they are injured on the job, many workers in New Jersey would not be able to tell you exactly what kind of benefits are available, and the circumstances under which they may be entitled to them. Let's look briefly these benefits.
In our last post, we spoke briefly about New Jersey law as it concerns the exclusiveness of workers’ compensation as a remedy for injured workers. As we noted, an injured worker is able to sue an employer under very limited circumstances—only in cases where the employer has “substantial certainty” that a workplace condition would result in harm to workers.
Most readers are probably aware that workers’ compensation benefits come at a cost to employees. The way the system is set up involves an exchange between employers and employees. Employers, for their part, promise to provide swift compensation to employees who suffer workplace injury while injured employees, for their part, waive the right to sue their employers when an accident occurs. This is the case in every state. In New Jersey, that limitation applies not only to injured employees, but also to the survivors of workers who die in on-the-job accidents.