Why is my Employer Contesting my Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Morris County Employer Contests Workers’ Compensation Claim

Why is my Employer Contesting my Workers' Compensation ClaimIf you have been involved in a work-related accident in the state of New Jersey, it is probable that you are aware of the process of workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a kind of insurance taken out by employers in order to protect the business from financial loss in the event of work related injury or illness to employees. In most cases it is a legal requirement for employers to take out this insurance so that their workers are protected financially in the event of an accident. Though the policy is paid out by the insurance company and not the employer it is common for employers to aggressively contest workers’ compensation claims.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in all manner of work-related accidents and incidents in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown. We know how to deal with employers and insurance companies who try to deny full and fair compensation to those injured in legitimate work-related incidents. Please call our Morristown office or our Newton office today to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of work or construction site related injury in a free and confidential consultation.

Who Pays my Sussex County Workers’ Compensation Claim?

When a worker becomes injured and files a workers’ compensation claim it is the insurance policy that pays out, not your employer directly. Because of this, many would think that employers are not negatively affected by a workers’ compensation claim.

In reality, when an injury occurs in the workplace, in most cases, the employer will then be subject to increased insurance premiums that will last for years. This is the reason that employers might be motivated to be dishonest or to withhold information from their injured workers about the rights that they have. In such cases it is imperative to have a legal advocate on your side who is experienced in handling these types of disputes and who has experience in workers’ comp and personal injury law.

What rights and responsibilities do New Jersey employers have when it comes to injured workers?

Your employer has various legal obligations in the aftermath of you reporting the injury to them. In New Jersey, an employer must report the vast majority of work-related injuries and illnesses to the insurance company within 10 days of when they occurred.

However, if your employer believes that your claim for workers’ compensation is invalid, they do have the right to request that the insurance company contests the claim. They are allowed to do this, for example, if they have reason to believe that your injury did not actually occur in the workplace or during a work-related task, as well as if they believe that you are making an exaggerated claim.

Talk to a Morristown Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law offices have decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in the workplace across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not only with our clients, but also their families. We understand how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount and the injured party is unable to work. For this reson we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type work related heat-related illness and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

Aging Workforce Injuries in Morris and Sussex County Workplace Work-place

Work-place Dangers Faced By An Aging New Jersey WorkforceRecent studies have shown that there are more people than ever who are working at age 60 and older. Lack of retirement planning and shrinking social security benefits have obligated many to continue to work even into their golden years. Moreover, as the baby boomers grow older, so too does the U.S. workforce.

Thirty years ago the median age of the labor force was just 35 years. Today, the median age is estimated to be 41 years.  By 2030, 23 percent of the U.S. labor force is projected to be ages 55 and older, compared to just 13% in the year 2000 according to a study by the Population Reference Bureau. An aging workforce brings a higher percentage of work-related accidents and workers compensation as well as personal injury claims.

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages injured in all manner of work-related accidents in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown. Please call either our Morristown office or our Newton office today at (973) 520-0525 to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of work-related injury in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Morris County Workers Face Increased Risk of Injury with Age

Although some professions can carry more risk of injury than others, aging workers are at an even greater risk of on the job injury. This is especially true in physical labor-focused jobs, such as construction work. However there are other risk such as repetitive motion injuries as well as heat related and stress related conditions. A recent study by National Institute of Health looked at the safety and health of these older workers in order to better understand the dangers they may face on the job.

According to the above mentioned study, in addition to older workers being more likely to be injured on the job than a younger worker, the injuries they sustain are usually more serious, and more likely to be fatal. Due to less robust health and longer recovery time, older workers can have much longer convalescent periods after an injury, leading to far more physical complications and longer lasting disabilities.

Common Dangers Caused by Negligence for Older Sussex County Workers

Some injuries may not only result from the dangers associated with a workplace. The negligence or recklessness of third parties such as contractors, equipment manufacturers and others, may lead to serious trauma for a worker.

Negligence on the part of construction companies, property owners and equipment manufacturers may all contribute to work-related injuries.  These often include:

  • Use of poorly designed or defective products
  • Slips and falls on unstable flooring
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Exposure to toxic materials commonly found at construction sites (including silica and asbestos)
  • Scaffolding and Ladder Collapses and Structural Failure
  • Use of faulty or defective equipment (such as heavy machinery such as forklifts, cranes, conveyor belts and hoists)
  • Motor vehicle use (including dump trucks, forklifts and tractors)
  • Electrocution
  • Falling debris
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Burns

In the event of any work-place injury it is important to contact a qualified personal injury and workers compensation attorney as soon as possible.

Contact An East Hanover Personal Injury & Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law office have decades of experience at recovering full and fair compensation for our clients facing work-related injuries across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not just with our clients, but their families as well. We have a complete understanding of how precarious a family’s situation can get as medical expenses mount and the injured party remains unable to work. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they need and deserve to make their lives whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type of work-related injury and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

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