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We fight against workers' compensation claim denials

New Jersey residents who have been injured on the job can have a hard time making ends meet as they try to get back on their feet. After all, their injuries could knock them out of work for a significant period of time, meaning that they will not be able to earn income. This can be especially problematic when medical expenses and rehabilitation costs come into play. Fortunately, these individuals are oftentimes afforded workers' compensation benefits, but the process of obtaining these benefits is not always as easy as it seems. Far too often there are disputes between an injured worker and their employer or their employer's insurance. These disputes can be over any number of matters, including whether the claim qualifies for workers' compensation and which medical treatment should be undertaken.

When these issues arise, there are a number of ways to try to solve them. One way is to file an informal claim. In New Jersey, these types of claims are meant to serve as a way to seek resolution without the need for more formal litigation. The case is heard by a judge of compensation who makes suggestions for resolutions. These suggestions are not binding, and each party is free to pursue a formal claim after this one plays itself out.

So, should an injured worker seek out help from an attorney when facing the informal claims process? Although it really depends on the facts at hand, it could be easy to be taken advantage of during the informal process if one doesn't know the true value of their claim. This is crucial, especially for those who have cases where the benefits determination can affect them for years to come.

Suffering a workplace injury is no small thing. It can devastate not only one's health, but also their finances. Although resources may be available to those who are hurt on the job, they should carefully consider the process that best lends itself to their situation. For some, this may mean the informal claims process. For others, it may mean pursuing a more formal course of action. Regardless, those who want to protect their legal rights and ensure they are getting a fair deal may want to consider discussing their claim with an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

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