People injured on the job should receive something as a means of compensation. This is especially true to first responders, who face an increased risk of sustaining injuries. It is for this reason the New Jersey Senate has recently crafted a bill that will change what first responders' compensation will cover. It will hopefully pass to give first responders and their loved ones greater peace of mind.
When injured on the job, it is critical to file a workers' comp claim as soon as possible. Your boss should be aware of the situation shortly after the injury occurred, and you should receive all the paperwork you need to file a claim. Although everything may appear straightforward, you should still retain the services of an experienced attorney to assist you during this process.
Receive a full evaluation
A lawyer who has handled workers' comp claims before will have a good idea of how much your claim is worth. Your employer may try to get you to settle without taking the incident to court, but your attorney can review the incident and the settlement to determine what would work best for you.
Protect legal rights
Since you are not a legal professional yourself, you may not understand certain factors of the case. You may have to contend with an insurance adjuster who tells you your claim is not legitimate when it actually is. An attorney helps make sure an insurance agency does not treat you unfairly.
Screen for additional liability
A number of factors could have contributed to the injury. Perhaps a coworker demonstrated significant negligence by failing to take a certain action, and that inaction ultimately led to the injury. Lawyers have the resources to examine an incident from numerous angles, and if the attorney discovers someone else was negligent, then you may be able to file a civil lawsuit to receive additional compensation.