If you get injured at work, the first thing you’re thinking of is medical assistance, not the workers’ compensation laws in the state. That’s why it is so important to either know those laws in advance or to start researching them as soon as possible. You need to know your rights and your options.
To help you get started, here are a few key facts about New Jersey’s specific laws:
- It is your responsibility to tell your employer about the injury. Do this as soon as you can.
- When determining exactly who to tell, it can be anyone in a position of authority. This could include the personnel office, for instance, or your direct supervisor.
- You can give this notice in person or over the phone. You do not have to do it in writing.
- Your employer or the insurance company that they use for workers’ compensation cases does have the ability to choose your physician for you. It does not have to be your personal choice. This does not mean they get to select what treatment you get, but they get to pick a medical professional that they know and trust to handle the case.
- It does not matter who was at fault in these cases. You still have a right to workers’ compensation benefits, even if you are the one who caused the accident and therefore caused your own injuries.
Getting hurt at work can be chaotic and can have a large impact on your career and your future. Make sure you know what steps to take and what rights you have.