Fighting For The Rights Of Employees And Injured Workers Since 1936

We at Parisi & Gerlanc, Attorneys At Law, are devoted to representing injured workers in Hackensack and throughout New Jersey. We are experienced in overcoming the difficulties many workers encounter when attempting to get necessary medical treatment and prompt payment of wage loss benefits.

In New Jersey, workers’ compensation is a highly specialized area of law with many potential complications. Attorney Joyce Parisi is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Attorney. Since 1936, we have been representing the needs of workers and laborers in workers’ compensation disputes. We put our heart into fighting for working people.

We represent employees in all types of jobs and professions, including:

  • Construction workers, including carpenters, roofers, welders, sheet metal workers, flooring installers, cabinetmakers, plumbers, electricians, laborers
  • Volunteer and municipal workers, such as firefighters, police officers, law enforcement personnel, sheriff’s department employees, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and other city and county employees
  • Factory and manufacturing employees, including assembly line workers, machinists, warehouse employees, heavy equipment operators and packagers
  • Utility workers and skilled tradespeople, including cable TV and cable television workers, meter readers, gas company employees and electric company employees
  • Clerical and professional staff, including secretaries, data entry operators, computer programmers, technical staff, engineers, lab technicians, nurses, medical personnel, and other office and professional employees

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Our lawyers are prepared to put our decades of experience to work to help workers, including volunteer and municipal workers as well as utility workers and skilled tradesmen, obtain the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve when they have been injured in workplace accidents, including:

We are also able to work on death and dependency claims and third-party claims as well as permanent disability claims, when applicable.

Workers’ Compensation FAQ: Your Guide To Understanding Your Rights in New Jersey

Sustaining a workplace injury can lead to many questions about your rights and benefits. We’re here to clarify the essentials of workers’ compensation in New Jersey. You can turn to our lawyers at any time for advice on your specific situation.

Do you need a lawyer for a workers’ comp claim in New Jersey?

While you aren’t required to have a lawyer, it’s to your advantage to have one. A skilled workers’ compensation lawyer can help you pursue all of the benefits you deserve and overcome any hurdles that arise along the way. Without legal representation, many workers are paid too little.

Additionally, without legal guidance, one of many circumstances may arise. This can include:

  • Without proper documentation, certain treatments, procedures and surgeries might not be covered when they should have been.
  • You will not be awarded sufficient benefits because the severity of your injury was not properly conveyed through the application.
  • The insurance company may downplay your condition, even if it was properly documented, to avoid paying all that you are entitled to.
  • A claim might be denied because of a preexisting condition.
  • The insurance company may deny your claim for permanent disability, whether total or partial, even though you and your doctor both believe that your health will not allow you to continue working.
  • Your employer may dispute any of the decisions made by the state’s workers’ compensation division.
  • Without an attorney, you may not understand additional claims outside of workers’ compensation that might be available to you, including third-party liability.

A skilled attorney can help you avoid mistakes in your application that might lead to one of these situations. From the beginning, our lawyers will help you with the application process and make you feel more comfortable with how it will proceed.

Our lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure that you are being treated fairly and awarded all that you are entitled to in the workers’ compensation process. Should the insurance company or your employer push back on your claim and try to provide you with less than you need and are entitled to, we will act on your behalf. You can be assured that your claim is being professionally handled as you turn your focus toward healing and recovery.

Who is eligible for workers’ compensation in New Jersey?

Employees who have sustained a work-related injury or illness are generally eligible for workers’ comp in New Jersey. This coverage is no-fault, which means that you’re eligible for benefits regardless of who was at fault for the injury.

What benefits are available for a workers’ compensation claim in New Jersey?

Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for several types of workers’’ comp benefits, including:

  • Medical treatment for your injury
  • Wage replacement if you’re unable to work
  • Compensation for any permanent disability caused by the workplace injury or illness

These benefits are designed to help you recover and return to work, if possible. They’re a financial safety net.

What medical evidence is needed to get workers’ compensation for a work-related injury?

Medical evidence plays a key role in getting workers’ comp benefits. In New Jersey, you typically don’t have the option to choose your own doctor for a workplace injury; your employer or their insurance carrier will direct you to an authorized medical provider. The medical professional will document your injuries or illness. This evidence will serve as the foundation of your workers’ compensation claim.

When can you sue a third party for a workplace injury?

In some cases, you may be eligible for both workers’ comp and compensation through a third-party personal injury claim. You may have grounds to sue a third party – that is, someone other than your employer or coworkers – if their negligence contributed to your injury. Examples of third parties include vendors, contractors or manufacturers of faulty equipment. Negligence is the key element of these claims, so it’s critical to work with a lawyer who understands both workers’ comp and personal injury, as ours do.

What should I know about going back to work after receiving workers’ comp?

Returning to work is a significant step. You should only return when medically cleared to do so. Sometimes, you may return to light or modified duties as you recover. Always communicate with your medical provider and our legal team to ensure that your return to work is appropriate and doesn’t jeopardize your health or workers’ compensation benefits.

Schedule Your Free Consultation | No Fees Unless We’re Successful

If you have questions about getting started with workers’ compensation, please reach out as soon as possible.

In every case, we work on contingency and never collect fees unless we secure the compensation to which you are entitled.

To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss industrial injuries with one of our Bergen County workers’ comp attorneys, call 551-587-8915 or contact us via email.