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When can an employee make a claim for NJ workers’ compensation benefits?

A: A worker who is injured while on the job or at work may make workers’ compensation claims for medical benefits and lost wages, assuming the claim was made within the applicable required time frame. Under New Jersey workers’ compensation laws, there is a two year statute of limitations. A claim for benefits has to be filed within two years of the date of injury or the date of compensation payment, whichever is later.

So long as the accident occurred in the course of employment, a New Jersey employee may recover for medical bills and time lost from work. In addition, a worker may be able to make a claim even where another employee was engaging in horseplay. However, if the accident was due to the willful negligence of the employee, the employee’s claim may be barred. Rest assured, an employer will attempt to terminate benefits if there is even a suspicion that the employee was at fault for the accident. Many employers will attempt to terminate benefits so it is important to have a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer review the case and protect your right to compensation.

New Jersey workers’ compensation laws are very complex and it is important to be represented by a lawyer who concentrates on injury and workers’ compensation cases.

Related Legal Article: New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Legal Article: Employee Recovery for Injury

To speak to one of our New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers, call 215.925.4451. Our lawyers offer free consultations to all New Jersey and Pennsylvania workers.

The workers’ compensation and injury lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area, including:

  • NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities
  • PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia

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Published: June 9, 2012



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