Tragically, a man working for New Jersey Rail Carriers in Kearney fell 20 feet and landed on his head, according to NJ.com. He was attempting to fasten a tarp onto a truck when he fell. Fortunately, he was wearing a hard hat and was transported to the hospital after complaining of neck and back pain.
In general, when an employee is injured on the job in New Jersey, they are entitled to workers’ compensation. This compensation is provided in exchange for the employee forfeiting his right to sue the employee for negligence. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Workers’ compensation is administered on a state by state basis.
Usually, employees injured in a New Jersey on-the-job accident can make a workers’ compensation claim and receive wages, payment of medical expenses, and compensation for future economic loss. If a worker is killed in the course of employment, workers’ compensation benefits are available to dependents. Usually, compensation for pain and suffering or punitive damages against employers is not available under workers’ compensation programs.
If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident in New Jersey, you should contact an experienced Princeton workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. The workers’ comp insurance provider may refuse to pay in a timely fashion or to pay at all. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have extensive experience in the area of New Jersey workers’ compensation. Call us today at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation.