In the state of New Jersey, every employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance. When you are injured while working, you have the right to make a claim for benefits. With very limited exceptions, you have the right to sue your employer for the injuries you sustained.
Our firm’s Mercer County workers’ compensation lawyers represent injured employees to obtain all the benefits that the law allows. Call a seasoned lawyer today to get started on your case.
Workers’ compensation benefits are payable to workers who sustain injuries at work. While this may seem like a simple concept, many cases have been argued over what it means to be at work. An employee must be hurt while in the course and scope of his or her employment, or in other words, while actually performing work activates as a person is reasonably expected to do.
For example, if you strain your back while performing your job moving boxes in a warehouse, it is fair to say that you were performing your work duties as expected. If you are injured while walking across an icy parking lot while on your lunch break, your employer may argue that you were not in the course and scope of your employment.
Who is responsible, or at fault, for the injury is not important. This insurance program is considered no-fault and it pays out regardless of legal responsibility. If you take advantage of this program, you waive all rights to sue your employer or your co-workers for negligence. The only exception is when you are injured due to an employer’s intentional act and that there was a substantial certainty of injury. In those rare cases, a worker may claim benefits and still sue under civil causes of action. If you have any questions about workers’ compensation law, you should not hesitate to contact an accomplished lawyer.
When an injury occurs on the job, the first thing that you should do is to notify your employer that an injury occurred. It is extremely important that this notice is given as soon as possible after the injury. Once the employer is notified of the injury, it is the responsibility of the employer to contact his or her workers’ compensation insurance carrier. At this point, the carrier will take you to a doctor of your choice for treatment.
The doctor who evaluates you is known as an authorized doctor and he or she makes recommendations as to what treatment is needed for the injuries. In addition, if the authorized doctor tells the insurance carrier that you cannot work, then the carrier is obligated to pay you temporary benefits, which are 70 percent of your average weekly wage.
When your treatment is concluded and the authorized doctor releases you from treatment, you may be entitled to additional benefits if you have a permanent injury. You are asked to attend at least two permanency evaluations with different doctors. Your Mercer County workers’ compensation attorney negotiates a resolution of the permanency claim based upon the opinions of the doctors and the schedule of disability contained in the workers’ compensation act.
It is important to remember that there are strict procedures that must be followed to ensure that you receive all the benefits the law allows. We are here to help. It is never too soon to ask our advice, and there is never a charge for our service unless and until we successfully obtain benefits for you. Contact a Mercer County workers’ compensation lawyer today to see what options you may have.
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My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
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I left five (5) stars only because that’s as many as I could leave. If I could, I would have left 100 stars. Bob & Christine are the absolute best! My settlement far exceeded what I ever imagined. They are professional, friendly, and really listened to what I had to say. They kept me up to date with the progress of my case every step of the way. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
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First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
From my first phone call to the end of my case this firm was on the ball!! Always responsive and professional and kept me up to date and informed. This is my firm for any future needs!
This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
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A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
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I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.