Q My doctor doesn’t think I will be able to return to my job even after my knee injury is healed. Should I pursue a lawsuit, or will workers’ compensation cover my costs?
The answer to whether or not you will need to file a suit against your employer or your insurance provider depends on the severity of your injury. In cases where victims will be unable to perform their regular job duties, forcing them to transfer into a different career path or stop working altogether, patients may benefit from filing a suit.
One reason you may wish to consider hiring an attorney is that you may not be able to pay for all of your medical costs using workers’ comp for a NJ knee injury. Workers’ compensation is meant to be a short-term income provision until workers are able to earn their own living. If your injury is severe enough to cause you long-term disability, you will likely need treatment beyond the usual scope of workers’ compensation. Patients may need surgery, such as complete or partial knee replacements, prosthetic devices, physical therapy, and regular injury assessment and maintenance appointments.
Another reason workers should consider filing suit is that their new career may not pay them as much as they earned in their pre-injury jobs. Victims will likely be unable to stand for long periods of time, drive long distances, sit for extended periods or walk long distances, reducing their future earning capacity and greatly lowering their potential income.
Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. is an experienced Morris Plains workers’ compensation attorney who has spent his life fighting for the right of injured workers. With our help, you can find out which benefits you qualify for and get the full compensation you deserve for your injury—and it won’t cost you anything to find out your legal options.
Call us today at (877) 360-0183, or fill out the contact form on this page to set up your FREE, one-on-one case evaluation.