New Jersey Voters Say “No!” to Balancing State Budget with Workers’ Comp Funds

An amendment to the New Jersey Constitution was approved by voters with an overwhelming 81% of the vote, according to BusinessInsurance.com. The amendment states that the government may not utilize funds specified for workers’ compensation insurance to balance the state’s budget, which also includes New Jersey’s Second Injury Fund. The Second Injury Fund was set up to provide compensation to workers who had sustained partial disability injuries prior to being hired at their current jobs and also provides employer incentive to hire disabled employees.

Workers’ compensation in New Jersey is designated to workers who sustain injury while on the job. All businesses within the state are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. There are four types of insurance, which includes: temporary partial disability, temporary total disability, permanent partial disability and permanent total disability. The extent of an employee’s injuries will determine the amount and the length of time that compensation will be available.

If you or a loved one has sustained a New Jersey work related injury, you may be entitled to more than just the amount that workers’ compensation insurance provides. While workers’ compensation does help, there are cases where an employee’s injuries are more serious and the amount that workers’ compensation provides is not enough.

At Lependorf Silverstein, our dedicated Princeton workers’ compensation attorneys have nearly 20 years of experience apiece and have the necessary resources to ensure that your rights are held up in a court of law. Any injury can be difficult for a family, but an injury that prevents one family member from working can be devastating. In addition to the physical and mental burdens that an injured worker can incur, the financial burden can become overwhelming very quickly. Lependorf Silverstein can help you understand your rights under New Jersey law and ensure that you are compensated fairly for your injuries. For more information and a free consultation, call us today at (609) 240-0040.