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The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015, there were “approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers.” During that same time period in the state of New Jersey, 134,580 workers’ compensation injuries were reported. While the State of New Jersey does not break down this statistic by type of injury, common workers’ compensation injuries include:
When an individual is injured “arising out of and in the course of employment,” they are entitled to different types of workers’ compensation benefits. One such benefit, based on lost wages, is known as a temporary total benefit. The State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development describes temporary total benefits:
“If an injured worker is disabled for a period of more than seven days, he or she will be eligible to receive temporary total benefits at a rate of 70% their average weekly wage, not to exceed 75% of the Statewide Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) or fall below the minimum rate of 20% of the SAWW. These benefits are provided during the period when a worker is unable to work and is under active medical care.”
It can be difficult for anyone to use this statewide formula to determine the amount they are entitled to receive, especially if they are injured, not feeling well or receiving medical care. A skilled New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer understands how to apply the statute to your situation and to confirm the amounts you must be paid.
Several circumstances can trigger the termination of temporary total benefits, including:
Deadlines and other filing constraints apply to workers’ compensation claims. It is critical to talk to a New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A. as soon as possible after you are injured at work to ensure that your claim is properly filed and you receive all of the temporary disability and other benefits to which you are entitled. Contact our office today.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.