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Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for COVID-19 in NJ

Our workers’ compensation lawyers for COVID-19 in New Jersey are here to ensure your legal rights and get you the compensation you need and deserve. If you have been exposed to the coronavirus or contracted COVID-19 at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits can include lost wages, medical expenses, and even temporary or permanent partial or total disability payments if you are suffering a severe case of COVID-19 or lasting chronic effects from the coronavirus. The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman have been representing injured workers in New Jersey for over thirty years, with...

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How Long Does it Take to Get Social Security Back Pay?

When will I get my SSI check? When will I get my SSDI check? You’ve been approved to receive Social Security Insurance (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and have been waiting and waiting for your first payment, including months of back pay. When will your social security benefits arrive? Why the delay? Find out when you will get paid SSI or SSDI, why there is a delay, how to avoid additional delay, how you will be paid, and how to calculate the amount of back pay you are owed. How Long is the Delay in Payment of SSI or SSDI Back...

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When Will Worker’s Compensation Approve Physical Therapy?

When Will Worker’s Comp Pay for Physical Therapy? The short answer is when an authorized doctor orders it. However, insurance companies frequently delay issuing a decision on the physical therapy order. In the alternative, an insurance company may partially approve physical therapy while claiming the amount of physical therapy ordered is not medically necessary - essentially, denying it. Physical therapy used to be routine treatment in a worker’s comp case. Doctors frequently order physical therapy to help the injured worker heal, gain back strength, and get back on the job. However, insurance companies’ growing concern for the bottom line in recent years...

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How Long Does a Workers’ Comp Case Take to Settle?

How Long Do Workers' Comp Settlements Take in NJ? The short answer is, it depends. Claims that are not in dispute may be paid as soon as 30 to 60 days of filing, and in fact, where there is no dispute you may be entitled to interest if the payment is delayed beyond 60 days. If your employer or the insurance company disputes some aspect of your claim, your case may have to be scheduled for trial. This prolongs the process and delays payment. In New Jersey, every employer is required by law to maintain workers' compensation insurance for the benefit of their...

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Workers’ Compensation Law? Answers to All Your Hard-Hitting Questions About New Jersey Workers’ Comp Settlements

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At the personal injury Law Offices of Craig Altman, we often receive questions from our clients regarding permanent workers’ compensation claims and workers’ compensation settlements in the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation system. Honestly, compared to our surrounding states, our system’s guidelines with respect to permanent partial disability benefits, permanent total disability benefits, temporary disability benefits, death benefits, and lump-sum settlements can be quite confusing. That being said, our workers’ compensation lawyers are here to offer legal advice and help clear up some of the confusion. Whether you need assistance filing a formal claim petition, wondering how long the waiting period for workers' comp lasts, or what...

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Is Workers’ Comp Taxable?

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Say you had a tough year. You unexpectedly get hurt while working and end up having to face the stack of paperwork just to file for and earn Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Sadly, you’re now faced with a different dilemma. It’s a question you never thought of before getting hurt and dealing with your recovery process. So, you pick up the phone and type your question into your trust search engine, Google:   “Google, Is Workers’ Compensation taxable?”   It was a smart move to Google such a question, and you’ve been brought to the right place as the experts at the personal injury Law...

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What is Light-Duty Work Restriction?

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Let’s explore this scenario: Say you had a workplace injury and your doctor provides you with a note listing your work restrictions. There’s a chance your employer might offer light-duty work.   But what does that mean? What is light-duty? Light or Modified Duty work means that your employer will place you in a less physically demanding job until you are healed. Alternatively, your employer offers you the option of your current position with reasonable accommodations to fit within the restrictions set forth by your doctor.   However, some employers push their employees beyond the restrictions set forth by the doctor. It is crucial to...

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Will My Social Security Benefits Affect My Worker’s Compensation?


It is not unheard of for a worker to receive social security disability insurance benefits and worker’s compensation benefits at the same time. They are the two biggest work-based disability programs in the United States. While both pay out for a disability, social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are paid to those who cannot be employed due to the work-related injury. Worker’s compensation benefits can be temporary, long term, partial or total disability. Not all employees are covered by state workers’ comp insurance. Some employees are covered by other compensation laws administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).    Worker’s Compensation...

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Is Arthritis Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

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Did you know you have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits when your work injury reactivates, accelerates your arthritis, or you develop degenerative disc disease? Often, employees who have these benefits for a preexisting injury, related to degenerative disc disease or arthritis are misunderstood which can be concerning. Having the opportunity to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer about such legal matters will allow you to decide how to deal with these conditions and choose the proper course of action.   Arthritis The word arthritis refers to joint inflammation. Generally, it is used to describe many types of rheumatic...

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What is Light Duty and What Does it Have to do with Workers’ Comp

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Suffering a workplace injury can be a traumatic event that puts the injured worker in a tough position physically and financially. This is why New Jersey has a workers’ compensation system. There are instances in which, despite the fact that you are injured, your doctor clears you to engage in certain types of work. The type of work that you do during this period is called “light duty.”   Light Duty Work Definition   If you get injured in a workplace accident, you will need to undergo a medical examination. After this medical examination, the doctor is going to determine if you are fit...

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