WORKERS' COMPENSATION (New Jersey)
KENNETH VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC ATTORNEY AT LAW 2053 Woodbridge Ave. Edison, NJ 08817 (Phone) 732-572-0500 (Fax) 732-572-0030Kenneth Vercammen & Associates Law Office helps people injured due to the negligence of others. We provide representation throughout New Jersey. The insurance companies will not help. Don't give up! Our Law Office can provide experienced attorney representation if you are injured in an accident and suffer a Serious Injury.Original draft by Julius J. Feinson, Esq.Edited by Kenneth A. Vercammen, Esq.When the Workers' Compensation Act was passed many years ago it was probably the first true "no fault" law in this State. With some very narrow exceptions, the question of negligence (fault) is not an issue if a worker is hurt on the job. Whether or not the employer is at fault has no impact on the worth of a case. In cases involving injuries suffered in connection with employment, your lawyer will represent you without payment in advance.If a worker is injured on the job, the worker has three basic rights:(1) the right to medical treatment;(2) the right to receive payment (temporary disability) for lost time; and(3) the right to receive payment for any after-effects of the injury if the after-effects are found to be permanent (partial permanent disability).If you are injured, you should immediately report the accident. Make sure an accident report is filled out and write down the names of all witnesses.When a worker is injured on the job, the employer or the employer's insurance company are obligated to furnish and pay for medical treatment. However, in New Jersey, the employer has the right to select the doctors who will provide that treatment, since it's the employer or its insurance company who is responsible for payment of medical expenses. It follows that if the worker does not go to the authorized treating doctor, then the employer will generally not be responsible forpayment of the medical expenses. When an employee is hurt on the job, the employee is entitled to receive temporary disability benefits of 70% of wages up to an amount set by the State. For example, the maximum amount for an injury in 1997 is $496 per week. These benefits arepayable on a retroactive basis if the employee is out at least seven (7) days and the treating doctor certifies that the employee cannot work.In general, temporary disability benefits will continue to be paid so long as the workers' treating doctor certifies that the employee cannot work.When medical treatment is completed and the employee is able to return to work, there may be a basis for payment to the employee of benefits for the after-effects of the injury. This is called partial permanent disability and is based on a schedule which utilizes a system of assigning value to each part of the body on a scale of 1% to 100%.Generally, the issue of partial permanent disability is resolved by filing a claim in the Division of Workers' Compensation. A lawyer who represents a claimant before the Division of Workers' Compensation may not charge any fee in advance. An Administrative Law Judge who hearsthe case will set the fee (never more than 20%) and if there is no recovery, an attorney will not be allowed a fee.Finally, disposition of a claim in the Division of Workers' Compensation will not always operate to end a claim. There are rights and obligations on the part of both the employer and the employee.Since an employee is not obligated to pay a fee in a workers' compensation case unless awarded by the Court, it would make sense for the employee to immediately consult an attorney to protect his/her rights.The employee should also be aware of the fact that there are time limits regarding the reporting of accidents. The safest approach is, of course, to report a work related accident immediately, even if it seems relatively minor at the time. Failure to report an accident can cause delays in receiving temporary disability and other benefits.When you meet with a worker's compensation attorney, the following information will be requested from you:1. Name, address and telephone number.2. Name, address and telephone number of employer.3. Name, address and telephone number of any union the client is a member of , along with full details of any union benefits that may have been received or to which the client has a right. (There may be a union benefit plan which provides the employee with payments for drugs and medical bills in addition to workers' compensation benefits.)4. The job title the client held when injured, along with the client's educational background and previous employment history.5. The nature of the employer's business.6. Your Social Security number.7. Your sex, age, and marital status at the time of the accident.8. The name of the employer's worker's compensation insurance carrier or indication of whether the employer is self-insured.9. The exact details of how you gave notice of the accident to the employer or whether the facts and circumstances are such that the employer must have had knowledge.10. The exact place where the accident occurred and the date and time of the occurrence.11. A full description in your own handwriting of how the accident occurred or to the exposures if an occupational disease case.12. Your wages or earnings and whether on time or piece-work basis, the rate per hour, or the weekly wage.13. The date when you stopped work and the date of return to work.14. A statement of past and present complaints, as well as a description of all body parts affected by the accident. Explain any emotional complaints since the accident to investigate the question of neuro-psychiatric disability.15. The compensation paid for temporary or permanent disability must be ascertained.16. Full details as to medical aid required and whether it was requested from the employer. If the medical treatment was furnished by the employer, all dates of treatment should be inventoried. If the employer refused to furnish the treatment, indicate in detail all requests made to the employer for treatment, as well as obtaining the names and addresses of all doctors who furnished the treatment.17. Be certain you have the names and addresses of all physicians and hospitals who rendered medical treatment since the accident, including but not limited to the injuries arising from the accident. Attempt to obtain the amount of all physician's bills and prepare a file for paidand unpaid bills.If you are receiving medical treatment from a doctor of your choice or if the employer has refused to render medical treatment, the attorney must give written notification to the employer and itsinsurance carrier of all the details concerning your injuries and accident and the name and address of the doctor by whom he is being treated or the name and address of the doctor who is going to be treating him. The attorney must clearly indicate in the letter that this is a formal request pursuant to Title 34 for the employer/respondent to furnish medical treatment by the doctor chosen by the petitioner or, alternatively, that the respondent should immediately provide the name and address of a doctor that it wants to treat the petitioner. In Worker's Compensation, the respondent controls the choice of doctor.18. Any Blue Cross, Blue Shield, or major medical plans which cover you, as well as identification numbers, since it may be possible to obtain payment for medical bills from these plans, if theemployer/worker's compensation refuses to make payment. See Workers' Compensation (ICLE 1983).If you are injured while working, we recommend you immediately speak with an experienced attorney.TO CONTACT US DURING NON-BUSINESS HOURS, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM.Name:Cell Phone:E-Mail AddressIf You Do Not Include a Complete E-Mail Address, Verizon will not Forward Your Contact Form to the Law Office.Details of the CaseAgreeBy typing " agree" into the box you are confirming that you wish to send your information to the Law Office of Kenneth VercammenKenneth Vercammen was the Middlesex County Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the YearReceive free NJ Laws Email newsletter with current laws and cases New Article of the WeekMeet with an experienced Attorney to handle your important legal needs.Please call the office to schedule a confidential "in Office" consultation.Attorneys are not permitted to provide legal advice by email.Since 1985, KENNETH VERCAMMEN has worked as a personal injury attorney, working for injury victims and their families. By taking a hard-hitting, aggressive approach toward the insurance companies, KENNETH VERCAMMEN and our co-counsel have consistently obtained outstanding results for many injured clients over the years I am proud to have worked on cases in various capacities, small and large. While obviously prior results cannot guarantee the outcome of future cases, I can guarantee that you case will receive the same degree of dedication and hard work that went into each of these prior cases.In direct contrast to the hard-hitting approach we take toward the insurance companies is the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã. . ."softÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ approach we take toward our clients. I am proud of my compassionate staff as I am of the outstanding financial results they have achieved. For many years, I have watched them treat our clients with patience, dignity and respect. I would have it no other way.Many years ago, I attended a seminar sponsored by the American Bar Association on Law Practice Management. This was to help insure that each of our clients is always treated like a person -- not a file! We recognize that you are innocent victims and that you have placed your trust in us. Please understand that we understand what you are going through. Feel comforted that we are here to help you.If you retain KENNETH VERCAMMEN to represent you, we will give you the same advice we give each of our clients -- concentrate on your life, you family and your health. We will take care of everything else. Leave all of the work and worry about your legal rights to us. Trust us. Believe in us. Have faith in us as your attorneys. Understand that we will always to do what we believe is best for you and your case. Helping you is our job. In fact, it is our only job -- guiding injury victims like you through one of the most difficult times of your lives, with care and concern -- while fighting aggressively to the limits of the law to obtain compensation and justice for each of you!Print our Personal Injury Questionnaire on our Website, Fill it out and Fax back, so we can determine if we can help you obtain an injury settlement. We would welcome an opportunity to prove to you what we have proven to thousands of injured clients -- that you can feel comfortable and secure in the fact that KENNETH VERCAMMEN - Trial Attorney We Fight To Win.When you have been injured in an accident or collision, you are worried about who is going to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The last thing you want is to be taken advantage of by an insurance company. If you donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t protect your rights, you may not be able to make a claim.Insurance companies have attorneys and adjusters whose goal is to pay you as little as they can. You need a New Jersey personal injury lawyer to fight for you. I am dedicated to helping your recover as much money as possible under the law.You need an attorney who will work hard to protect your rights, maximize your insurance settlement and minimize the hassles of dealing with the insurance companies. You need an experienced and aggressive New Jersey trial lawyer with PROVEN RESULTS who will fight for you. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer can make the difference between getting what you deserve and getting nothing.Without the threat of a lawyer who is willing to go to trial and seek a big jury verdict, why would an insurance company pay you what your claim is really worth? Lawsuits can be expensive, and many people do not have the money to pursue their claim. In every case, I advance all costs associated with pursuing your case and I do not ask you for a penny until we recover from the other side.I am an experienced aggressive trial lawyer and a 3rd degree Black Belt. I am not afraid to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to maximize the amount of money your recover for your personal injury. I offer one-on-one service, and I will not hand your case off to an inexperienced lawyer or a paralegal.Reduce the stress of making a claim.Personal injury accidents can turn your life upside down. Making a personal injury claim can be difficult and time consuming. Once I take your case, you can stop worrying about dealing with the insurance companies and focus on recovering from your injuries. I take care of all of the paperwork, phone calls, and negotiations, so you can get on with your life.p.s. For those clients who are afraid or reluctant to go to Court, KENNETH VERCAMMEN also offers a special -- ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã. . ."For Settlement OnlyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ -- program. This means that if we are unable to settle with the insurance company, we will not go any further -- unless you want us to. You have my personal assurance that there will be absolutely no pressure and no obligation.We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.This means: YOU DONÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢T OWE ME A LEGAL FEE UNLESS I RECOVER MONEY FOR YOU.Call our office to schedule a "confidential" appointment 732-572-0500Kenneth A. Vercammen is the Managing Attorney at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates in Edison, NJ. He is a New Jersey trial attorney has devoted a substantial portion of his professional time to the preparation and trial of litigated matters. He has appears in Courts throughout New Jersey each week on personal injury matters, Criminal /Municipal Court trials, and contested Probate hearings.Mr. Vercammen has published over 125 legal articles in national and New Jersey publications on criminal, elder law, probate and litigation topics. He is a highly regarded lecturer on litigation issues for the American Bar Association, NJ ICLE, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. His articles have been published in noted publications included New Jersey Law Journal, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, and New Jersey Lawyer. He is the Editor in Chief of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Committee Newsletter.Admitted In NJ, NY, PA, US Supreme Court and Federal District Court.Contact the Law Office ofKenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C.at 732-572-0500for an appointment.The Law Office cannot provide legal advice or answer legal questions over the phone or by email. 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