Employees are expected to work hard for their employers, but at the same time, employers are expected to treat their employees with respect, which means working hard to ensure and maintain safe premises and working conditions. In fact, this isn’t just an expectation—it’s a duty. When employers breach this duty and a worker is injured as a result, that worker is entitled to pursue compensation in the form of lost wages due to the inability to work, coverage for all medical expenses related to the injury, and monetary awards for pain and suffering. In the event that an employee is killed as the result of unsafe working conditions, the family members of the individual who lost their life are entitled to file a wrongful death claim and pursue compensation for a number of losses, including wages, companionship, and child care that their loved one would have contributed throughout their lifetime, as well as all costs associated with the funeral and/or burial.
While most people associate workers’ compensation claims with injuries that occur acutely—such as broken bones from trip-and-fall events or malfunctioning pieces of equipment—there are many work-related injuries and illnesses that develop slowly, over long periods of time. These types of workers’ compensation claims can be more difficult to prove, but this doesn’t mean the victims of such injuries should forego pursuit of justice, and it doesn’t even mean they’re less likely to obtain it; it does, however, mean that they will need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney by their side. In part, this is because of the many technical legalities, loopholes, and time constraints that apply in Flemington and other jurisdictions throughout New Jersey, which are not only difficult to access without a legal background, but also certain to be used by the defense in their attempts to defeat the claim.
If you’ve sustained an injury outside the scope of your employment, you’re by no means out of luck; just like employers, property owners, equipment operators, medical providers, and even ordinary citizens have a duty to behave in ways that don’t threaten the safety and livelihood of others, and if this duty is disregarded at the expense of your well-being, you deserve to confidently and strongly pursue recuperation of your losses. Whether you’ve been involved in an auto accident, been attacked by someone’s dog, sustained an injury while using a public playground, slipped and fallen in a grocery store, or experienced any number of other events in Flemington, Phillipsburg, or Bridgewater, NJ, we can assess the details specific to your case and provide you with expert advice on how to handle your situation moving forward. Over the course of our careers as personal injury attorneys in New Jersey, we’ve carefully and diligently tended to the needs of clients who were in the midst of the physical, emotional, and mental healing processes that follow a variety of injuries, including life-altering burn, spinal cord, brain, and bone injuries.