I got hurt at work and based on my permanent restrictions, I am unable to do my regular job: will workers’ compensation help me find a new job?
New Jersey workers’ compensation does not provide for retraining. However, there is hope. If you are terminated or laid off under these circumstances, you can take advantage of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services through the New Jersey Department of Labor. Services might include retraining, additional education and job placement services. More information can be found online here.
The New Jersey workers’ compensation statute provides for the payment of medical bills, temporary disability benefits while you are out of work and permanent disability benefits to the extent that your injury has a permanent impact on your life. Most insurance companies will voluntarily pay the medical bills and a portion of your wages while you are out of work, however, it is important that you contact one of our lawyers to help you secure the permanent disability benefits. In most cases the benefits are paid for closed period of time. Once the payments have ended, your case is not closed. Within the next two years, if you need additional treatment or if your condition worsens, you are entitled to reopen your claim and request additional benefits.
At Stark & Stark, PC, we have six attorneys dedicated to helping injured workers. Please call us to schedule your free consultation today.