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Injured on the Job? Find out How First Responders Can File a Workers’ Compensation Claim

There are some jobs that carry more inherent risks than others. Firefighters, police officers and paramedics are just a few examples of the industries that fall into this category. While many of us turn to these individuals to help us in our time of need, it’s equally as important to know what options are available to you if you’re a police officer, EMT or firefighter who is injured on the job. 

Read more: How Does Workers’ Compensation Work In NJ?

Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey

The most important piece of information to remember is that the law is on your side when it comes to filing a claim for workers’ compensation. In New Jersey, any employee who is hurt in the course of their employment is entitled to pursue a workers’ compensation claim and receive benefits regardless of who caused the accident and subsequent injury. This means that you can still recover money even if you were the reason for your injury. The only exception to this rule is if you were injured while doing something that was outside of your scope of employment or if you were intoxicated at the time of your accident. 

Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Can Receive 

The injuries a first responder can sustain are often catastrophic, ranging from burn injuries to gunshot wounds. First responders may also be injured in a motor vehicle accident while they are in transit to their destination. As such, the time that a worker may be out recuperating and the medical bills they accumulate will vary depending on the situation. As such, injured workers may be entitled to claim the following workers’ compensation benefits:

  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Payment of medical bills 
  • Payment of permanency benefits if the injuries cause permanent loss of function 
  • Death benefits if your loved one passed away while in the line of duty. Death benefits will also help cover funeral expenses. 

Read more: Am I Entitled To Death Benefits Under Workers’ Compensation?

It’s important to remember that temporary benefits only cover 70% of your average weekly wages (up to a statutory maximum for the year of the injury) , unless there is a contract or agreement in place with the employer otherwise. 

If you were injured in the line of duty or while responding to a call for help, the Epstein Law Firm, P.A. is here for you. We will help you understand your rights, help you file a claim and will file an appeal if your claim was wrongfully denied. Don’t delay in getting the compensation you need today. 

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Contact A Rochelle Park Workers’ Compensation Lawyer To Discuss Your New Jersey Death Benefits Questions

If you have questions about collecting workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey, the experienced and compassionate attorneys at the Epstein Law Firm, P.A. can help. We represent clients in Hackensack, Paramus, Englewood, Fair Lawn and throughout New Jersey. We understand that this time for you and your family is extremely difficult and we will work with you to help alleviate any financial stress you may be experiencing as a result of this unexpected injury. Call (201) 380-7687 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation about your questions. Our main office is located at 340 West Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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