Workers' compensation cases often evolve from merely a worker suffering an injury and filing a claim into something more when the workers' feel that they are being gamed or played for a fool. Much outrage follows the discovery of a worker, who after obtaining some level of workers' compensation payment, is later found to have exaggerated his or her injuries.
Dealing with insurance companies, workers' compensation forms, administrative hearings, courtroom proceedings and appeals can be stressful. We know, we are workers' compensation attorneys and spend a great deal of time in the system, so we understand why workers who are suffering from a work related injury or illness could be stressed by their dealings with the workers' compensation system.
Temporary workers face a greater risk of death and injury according to an investigation by ProPublica, that reviewed millions of workers' compensation claims made in five states. The study found that workers in some states faced up to a 72 percent greater chance of being injured on the job.
A woman who worked in a New Jersey casino was involved in a car accident as she was leaving work one night. A car struck her vehicle as she was turning onto the street from the Atlantic City casino's parking lot.
Bad weather can wreak havoc on practically all workers. From office workers waiting for delayed mass transit to snow plow drivers attempting to keep the roads clear during a winter storm, virtually everyone experiences difficulties caused by weather.
For most injured workers in New Jersey, the workers' compensation system represents their exclusive remedy. They cannot sue their employer for a personal injury in a negligence action. They also are prohibited from suing a fellow employee for negligence. But what if the injury was caused by something beyond negligence?
When it comes to workers' compensation cases, people typically think of cases where a construction worker is injured or killed on a job site in a fall or some other type of accident.
When we hear about workers' compensation fraud, we typically think of the occasional worker who "fakes" an injury and obtains workers' compensation benefits or has recovered from his or her injuries but pretends to still be injured, in order to continue receiving benefits.