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Any job carries an inherent level of risk for employees who may be hurt on the job and be eligible to file a New Jersey workers’ compensation claim. However, the risks are higher for those individuals working in a warehouse environment. Being surrounded by heavy and potentially dangerous equipment increases the risk level to begin with, and the constant lifting and potential straining while moving materials around and in and outside of a warehouse can heighten injury risk.
Those individuals who have been injured in a warehouse in New Jersey may be entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits. The only way to know for sure is to report your accident as soon as possible after the incident happens and to initiate a workers’ compensation claim.
You may be under the impression that this is all you need to do to protect your rights after a serious warehouse injury. However, being denied or having delays in the process can add to the stress level of coping with a severe accident in a warehouse.
This is why it is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after the accident.
Common Warehouse Worker Injuries
Injuries in a warehouse or a factory are all too common. Finding an attorney who helps you with these situations can serve to evaluate your claim and help move forward progress when your claim appears to be delayed. Furthermore, in the event that your warehouse worker injury workers’ compensation claim has been denied, an experienced attorney can help to figure out the best way to approach the appeals process.
As an injured worker, you have rights and the last thing you need to worry about after a serious injury is how you will protect those rights going forward. Do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible so that you have the best chance of protecting yourself.
There are many different kinds of injuries for factory and warehouse workers, including:
- Machine press accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Loading dock accidents
- Stacking collapse
- Falling boxes
- Back injuries from lifting materials
- Crush injuries
- Assembly line and conveyor belt injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries for the knees and shoulders
In the event that a third party is also potentially responsible for your injury such as a delivery driver or an equipment manufacturer, you may need to pursue additional lawsuits outside of your employer paid benefits through workers’ compensation.
Your Rights as an Injured Employee
Some people are hesitant to move forward with a workers’ compensation claim in New Jersey because they fear that their employer will retaliate against them.
Your employer is forbidden from retaliating against you as a result of your choice to file a workers’ compensation claim. An experienced attorney can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights as soon as possible after you decide to file a claim.
You should never wait to notify your employer that an accident has happened. No matter how the accident occurred, your employer has a right to investigate this situation and to file their own reports.
Why You Need to Report Your Injury
Failing to file a timely report with your employer could bar you from receiving benefits through the workers’ compensation system in New Jersey. Even if you are not yet sure whether or not you will file a workers’ compensation claim, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a lawyer and file a report with your employer immediately after the accident happens.
This may be the only way to protect your rights. As an injured employee, you may be eligible to recover compensation to replace your lost wages and medical expenses during this challenging time. Immediately after an accident, you already have enough things to worry about.
Going through extensive, costly and painful treatments can be overwhelming for an injured employee who is now worrying about whether or not their livelihood is in question. The day to day activities that could have been easy or enjoyable prior to the accident are now impossible or extremely difficult.
Workers’ compensation in New Jersey is here to protect you in the event that you have been injured in your warehouse job and need help moving forward into the future.
If your ability to earn a living has been compromised as a result of the severe injuries you have sustained in a warehouse accident, including broken bones, fractures, internal bleeding, organ damage, traumatic brain injuries and other medical issues,
you need to speak to a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. Do not wait to reach out.