Q How much workers’ comp can I get for hurting my rotator cuff on the job?
A rotator cuff is one of those things you aren’t even aware of until there’s a problem, like a leaky pipe in your house or a traffic speed camera. And when something goes wrong with it, you’re all too aware of its presence.
You work at a warehouse in Morris Plains and find that your arms are above your head more than they are at your side. Over time, your shoulder begins to ache and you’re not able to pick up objects like you once were. In fact, you’re not able to do much of anything without experiencing a pain that has you screaming expletives in your head.
How Much Workers’ Comp Will You Receive?
After your doctor tells you the news of your injury, he says you may qualify for workers’ compensation since your bad shoulder is clearly the result of years spent lifting up heavy objects and placing them on shelves over your head. Receiving this help would allow you to make ends meet while you take time off of your job to receive treatment.
But the question on your mind is, “How much will I receive?” Here are the guidelines to help you answer that question:
- According to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, if an injured worker is disabled for a period of at least seven days, she is able to receive temporary disability benefits at a rate of 70 percent of her average weekly wage.
- These benefits stop when the employee is able to go back to work in some capacity, or if she has reached her maximum medical improvement, a term used when treatment will no longer improve the medical condition of the worker.
We Can Help
Workers’ compensation is a complex and often difficult matter to understand. Fortunately, the legal team of Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr. is here to help.
Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced professionals about your situation and find out what we can do for you.