Workers Compensation Lawyers Elizabeth NJ
The most important thing to look for in an Elizabeth NJ workers comp attorney? Trust. Our workers compensation lawyers in Elizabeth NJ highly value our clients’ trust as the most important asset during a case. For this reason, we work on a contingency basis, meaning we do not get paid unless you do. With this in mind, you can rest assured knowing that our attorneys have your best interests at heart. Establishing trust, we recognize, is not always easy in a personal injury case. Many injured employees expect their bosses to help them through a work accident claim: to ensure that the paperwork is filed correctly and the employee receives medical attention and lost wage benefits. Often this does not happen, as the employer is more concerned with the cost to the company. Even when an employer is helpful, however, injured workers still have to contend with the company insurance provider, whose goal is to pay as little compensation as possible. Thankfully, our workers compensation attorneys in Elizabeth NJ are highly experienced, and understand the ways an insurance company or employer may obstruct your case.
One common strategy to keep employees from seeking compensation is the medical opinion. If you are injured at work, the company and insurance provider may send you to a designated doctor, whom they have approved. Often this doctor will say what the company wants to hear, because it is the company that employs the doctor. Do not be surprised, then, if the doctor says you are clear to return to work, or “just need a day’s rest” when you know you are in pain and unable to function. If the doctor does admit you are seriously hurt, your company’s insurance provider will likely send you for a second opinion, that, more often than not, will say your injury is not so severe, or due to a pre-existing condition.
If you get up and walk to work normally, then suddenly fall at work and hurt your back and can no longer walk, the logical conclusion is that you sustained the injury at work. So one would think, but too often, the workers comp doctors examine patients and tell them their injuries are due to a pre-existing condition. This may seem ludicrous, but it can be hard to prove otherwise without the assistance of an experienced Elizabeth NJ workers compensation lawyer.
These are only two of the tactics used to deter injured workers for claiming what is rightfully theirs. Other strategies include:
- A verbal promise from an employer to help, so long as the employee does not report the accident.
- Questioning a worker in the immediate moments after an injury, without an attorney present.
- “Run around” from the medical offices, and statements that a case is closed, before the injured employee has received full treatment.
All of these highly common strategies make good counsel from an experienced attorney essential. Our Elizabeth NJ workers compensation lawyers are fully prepared to handle any such situation and are extremely familiar with the tactics employed to obstruct employees from seeking justice. If you have been hurt at work, don’t delay. Contact our workers compensation lawyers in Elizabeth NJ for a free case evaluation.