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Workers’ Compensation

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 Law Offices of...

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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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What is SIRVA and How Does it Apply to Workers’ Compensation?

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What is SIRVA? How Does it Apply to Workers’ Compensation? Vaccines are utilized as a mechanism to help protect people from various diseases and illnesses that have proven resistant to conventional treatment. The way a vaccine works is that a weaker version of the disease is injected into the body. After the immune response builds up a defense to the weaker version, it will be able to withstand the infection.     However, there may be some risks to taking a vaccine. One such change is the development of SIRVA. This is an acronym for “Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration.”   What is SIRVA? SIRVA...

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How Often Do I Receive Workers’ Compensation Checks?

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Once a workers' compensation claim has been approved, you will start receiving workers' compensation benefits. As a law firm with experienced lawyers in the field, we are here to offer legal advice and answer as many questions people have about earning workers' compensation disability benefits. How frequently should I get a check for my workers' comp case? According to the Workers’ Compensation Act, insurance companies should pay you your workers’ compensation check consistently with your normal paycheck. Depending on how frequently you get paid will depend on how frequently you receive your workers' compensation check. Although some state laws require the premium...

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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 are the steps to Appealing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Navigating a workers' compensation case is quite the journey, that tends to be difficult and long. Each step takes focus and meticulous planning, and there should not be a single shortcut or mistake throughout the process! To appeal successfully, you must be sure to work with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to guide you through the twists and turns of your case in actual time. Deadlines are strict, and if they are not adequately met then you might get lost along the way, and it could cost you in attorney fees. Often, the most frustrating part of the workers' compensation claim...

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Wrist Tendonitis: What Is The Process for Filing Workers’ Compensation?

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Repetitive stress injuries such as wrist tendonitis are quite common, especially in labor-intensive professions. Tendonitis of the wrist is also an injury generally covered under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation laws. The reality is that many industries, particularly manufacturing and industry jobs, require a great deal of repetitive physical activity. These activities could result in work-related injuries that create stress on body parts that are heavily involved in completing certain job duties. As a result, filing for workers’ compensation could be a possibility depending on your scenario.   Despite its commonality, however, employers and workers' comp insurance companies might contest or deny...

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Can Workers’ Compensation Settlements be Taxable?

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Can Workers’ Compensation Settlements be Taxable? Here is a common question asked by recipients of workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey: Is workers’ compensation taxable? The answer is probably no. While there is a minor nuance to the question, both state and federal tax laws generally exempt workers’ compensation benefits from income tax calculations. This is because of the unique nature of the workers’ compensation system and the fact that workers are being "made whole" by receiving workers comp rather than generating income that would be subject to state or federal taxation.   What is Workers’ Compensation? The workers’ compensation system in New Jersey...

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How Can Workers’ Compensation Help Millennials in Today’s Age?

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Workers' Compensation for Millennials   Millennials make up the country’s largest generation, comprised of roughly 75 million young Americans. This generation grew up in the fast-paced world of tech and have been exposed to the new-age employment opportunities offered from the proliferation of the “gig” economy. Many millennial employees have embraced this work structure because of the flexibility associated with working for a company like Uber, Lyft, Caviar, and so forth. Workers generally get to set their own schedule and work when they prefer, rather than adopting the traditional 9-to-5 model to which many other companies adhere. However, various occurrences of being...

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Do I Need an Attorney at Law for my Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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The workers' compensation claims process is not always straightforward and employers are not always compliant or eager to agree to pay benefits. If the situation becomes contentious and complicated, you should speak to an experienced workers' comp lawyer to discuss your legal options.   You May Not Need a Lawyer   An employee does not need a lawyer in every single instance of a workplace injury. For example, if you suffer a relatively minor injury that heals within a few days (e.g., a cut on your hand), then you probably do not need the services of a lawyer. Additionally, there are some instances in...

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