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August 2021 - Injured at Work? Follow These Three Important Steps

Injury at WorkAs more people return to the workplace following extended pandemic shutdowns, it’s a good time to address what you need to do in the event of a work-related injury.

  1. Report the accident – Immediately tell your employer about your injury and fill out a written accident report, keeping a copy for your records. File the report as soon as practical after your accident so as not to miss your state-mandated deadline. New Jersey allows 14 days for a worker to report an accident or work-related illness to their employer and two years to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.

  2. Keep records – In addition to keeping a copy of your accident report, record all significant interactions you have with representatives of your employer or your employer’s insurance carrier.
  3. Seek medical attention and follow doctor’s orders – Have your injuries assessed and treated by a medical professional and request a copy of the medical evaluation and treatment plan for your records. Be sure to follow through on all prescribed treatments, an important step if you need to defend a Workers’ Compensation claim later.

The Bureau of Labor statistics show that in New Jersey 69,000 workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in the private sector and 20,500 in the State and local government sector for 2019. These numbers confirm that, despite safety procedures in place and precautions taken, accidents can and do happen.

The most common work-related injuries involve sprains, strains and tears, especially in the back and legs, followed by repetitive motion injuries like tendinitis and carpal tunnel. Most workplace injuries can be attributed to overexertion, slip and falls, or being struck or caught up in job-related equipment.

Staying alert, following workplace safety procedures and avoiding drug and alcohol use while on the job can limit your risk of injury. It’s important to note that injuries attributed to drug or alcohol use would be excluded from coverage under Workers’ Compensation laws.

Work smart and stay safe!

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I am an attorney and have practiced law for 26 years. I hired Vic to handle a very difficult family matter because I do not handle family law. Vic was extremely competent and obtained a result far beyond my expectations. Without his counsel my son's and family's life would have been changed forever. Thank you Vic for your good lawyering. I very much appreciate the personal attention and time dedicated to this matter. I highly recommend Vic.

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We recently had a situation where we needed to hire an attorney. We selected Rotolo Law Firm and I can honestly say that we were above and beyond satisfied with Vic and his team. We would absolutely recommend this firm to anyone should the need arise. We blindly picked the firm out of the phone book because I liked his ad. Now I believe that God was pointing us in the right direction. Thank you Vic and the Rotolo Law Firm for being there for us in our time of need.

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Victor's expertise, due diligence, and empathy for his client made my first experience with the law (and last) a non-stressful one. Before the case, I did my research and looked over about 20 lawyers before choosing Victor. All my sources pointed to him as the best and they weren't off even a bit. Victor treated my case like it was his own and kept me up to date with all my appointments, breakthroughs in the case, and guided me step through step in a process that I never thought that I had to come to endure. If Victor's not available Susy will go out of her way to take care you. The productivity and efficiency in that office is second to none. Thank you Victor!

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