If you have been injured on the job in New Jersey, you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim. Read on to learn more about the different types of claims and how to file them.
Informal vs. Formal Workers’ Compensation Claims?
When filing a workers’ compensation claim, it is important to know the difference between a formal and informal claim.
Informal workers’ compensation claim: this is when an injured employee files an application for an informal hearing in front of a judge. The purpose of filing a claim of this sort is to potentially avoid the litigation process. Litigation can be a long, stressful, expensive process. Some issues that may qualify for an informal claim include medical treatment or temporary benefits. In most cases, informal claims are settled within the first or second hearing.
Formal claim petition: this type of claim is generally more complex than informal claims. If you’ve been injured, you may request a hearing for a formal claim. This hearing should be held within six months from the date of filing your petition. In many cases, these claims are resolved in a mutual agreement in the pretrial stage. However, if this does not happen, you may proceed with a trial. In your trial, parties can request testimonies from all sides. The decision the judge makes, in this case, is binding. This means that if you still don’t obtain the benefits you need, your only other option is to take your case to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court.
Whether you are filing a formal or informal claim, it is important to have an experienced attorney walk you through the process.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a workers’ compensation claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. To avoid missing any important deadlines, be sure to reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been injured on the job, you will need an attorney who will fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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