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What are my rights when I am hurt at work?

If you are injured while at work you are entitled to certain basic rights under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation law. Included among them are the right to medical treatment, the right to obtain payment, i.e., temporary disability, for lost time, and the right to obtain payment for any subsequent ill effects of the injury if those ill effects are determined to be permanent, which would be partial permanent disability. Temporary disability benefits are equivalent to 70 percent of wages up to an amount that has been set by the state.

Upon sustaining an on-the-job injury, it is incumbent upon the employee to report that injury to his or her supervisor or employer as soon as possible, as well as seek medical attention for the injury. Regardless of who is at fault for the injury, the employer’s insurance company will be required to pay for medical treatment from a doctor who has been authorized by that insurance company. Employees have two years from the date of an on-the-job injury to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, sometimes an injury or illness is not immediately apparent, e.g., damage to the lungs from inhaling harmful fumes, in which case the two-year statute of limitations begins once a doctor diagnoses the condition.

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