How going back to work impacts worker’s compensation benefits

New Jersey workers or others who are hurt on the job may be entitled to medical and other benefits. Generally speaking, employees will have to initially seek care from a company doctor. However, they can usually seek the care of their own doctor 30 days after submitting a written request. In some cases, individuals who are seeking treatment for a workplace injury can get reimbursed for the miles driven to and from a medical facility.

Workers could be entitled to take part in a job training program as part of a workers’ compensation package. This would enable them to learn new skills that can help them find work despite their injuries. Alternatively, an employer may allow an individual to work on a part-time basis or with other modifications. Depending on how much a person makes after going back to work, it may be possible to receive workers’ compensation benefits and a paycheck simultaneously.

This is generally true if an individual makes less than what he or she made prior to getting hurt. It is important to note that there is no guarantee that an employee will receive his or her job back after getting hurt. Employees are generally entitled to reimbursement for lost wages several weeks after a doctor determines that they cannot work because of a workplace injury.

Individuals who are involved in workplace accidents may be entitled to recover lost wages and other damages. This may include the cost of present and future medical expenses related to a workplace injury. An attorney may be able to assist those who miss work because of an injury or illness obtained while on the job. Legal counsel may help file lawsuits if a claim is fully or partially denied or isn’t processed in a timely manner.

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