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How much time do I have to file a worker’s compensation claim in New Jersey?

Worker’s compensation claims arise when an employee suffers a workplace or work-related accident. The employee may suffer one or more injuries from the accident. To seek compensation accident, the employee must notify his employer of the injury and file a worker’s compensation claim. If the employer denies the claim, the employee may file an informal or formal claim petition. New Jersey sets a deadline for filing a worker’s compensation claim. Failure to file the appropriate claim with the time period bars the employee from ever seeking compensation for the injury.

The statute of limitations, which is amount of time the law sets to perform a legal task, for a worker’s compensation claim is two years from the date of the injury, date of the last payment of compensation or the date of discovery of the disease. Although the employee file an informal claim, the two-year time period continues to run. An injured employee must filed a formal claim petition within the two-year time period to stop the clock for the deadline.

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