Why is my Employer Contesting my Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Morris County Employer Contests Workers’ Compensation Claim

Why is my Employer Contesting my Workers' Compensation ClaimIf you have been involved in a work-related accident in the state of New Jersey, it is probable that you are aware of the process of workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a kind of insurance taken out by employers in order to protect the business from financial loss in the event of work related injury or illness to employees. In most cases it is a legal requirement for employers to take out this insurance so that their workers are protected financially in the event of an accident. Though the policy is paid out by the insurance company and not the employer it is common for employers to aggressively contest workers’ compensation claims.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in all manner of work-related accidents and incidents in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown. We know how to deal with employers and insurance companies who try to deny full and fair compensation to those injured in legitimate work-related incidents. Please call our Morristown office or our Newton office today to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of work or construction site related injury in a free and confidential consultation.

Who Pays my Sussex County Workers’ Compensation Claim?

When a worker becomes injured and files a workers’ compensation claim it is the insurance policy that pays out, not your employer directly. Because of this, many would think that employers are not negatively affected by a workers’ compensation claim.

In reality, when an injury occurs in the workplace, in most cases, the employer will then be subject to increased insurance premiums that will last for years. This is the reason that employers might be motivated to be dishonest or to withhold information from their injured workers about the rights that they have. In such cases it is imperative to have a legal advocate on your side who is experienced in handling these types of disputes and who has experience in workers’ comp and personal injury law.

What rights and responsibilities do New Jersey employers have when it comes to injured workers?

Your employer has various legal obligations in the aftermath of you reporting the injury to them. In New Jersey, an employer must report the vast majority of work-related injuries and illnesses to the insurance company within 10 days of when they occurred.

However, if your employer believes that your claim for workers’ compensation is invalid, they do have the right to request that the insurance company contests the claim. They are allowed to do this, for example, if they have reason to believe that your injury did not actually occur in the workplace or during a work-related task, as well as if they believe that you are making an exaggerated claim.

Talk to a Morristown Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law offices have decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in the workplace across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not only with our clients, but also their families. We understand how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount and the injured party is unable to work. For this reson we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type work related heat-related illness and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

Heatstroke for Morris and Sussex County Workers Due to Lack of Safety Precaution

Lax Safety Precaution Brings Outdoor Workers Increased Risk of HeatstrokeWorkers’ Compensation and personal injury claims cost employers the loss of countless dollars, man hours and productivity. Hot days put outdoor workers at elevated risk of heat related problems like extreme sunburns and especially heatstroke. Without proper precautions and safety measures, people can suffer a number of heat-related illnesses none of which should not be taken lightly. The Environmental Protection Agency states that, an average of 1,500 people die each year from exposure to excessive heat. Fatalities are not the only effect of excessive heat on workers, especially if they work outdoors.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients who have been stricken with a heat-related illness at work due to lax safety precautions in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation.

Risks of Heat-Related Illness For New Jersey Workers

Though outdoor workers are more at risk in the summer months, many other workers are at risk all year. In reality any job site that involves high radiant heat sources, high air temperatures, high humidity levels, heavy physical labor and/or direct physical contact with hot objects is at increased chances for workers to develop heat stress-related illness.

However there are established safety standards to prevent illness and fatalities related to excessive heat exposure. Sadly many job supervisors do not take the proper safety precautions to protect their workers. These unsafe work environment dramatically increase the risk of heat illnesses such as heat stroke, dehydration, cramps and rashes and extreme sunburns.

Most heat-related illnesses caused by excessive exposure to heat and/or sun can be prevented if the appropriate precautions are taken, including proper hydration, use of sunscreen, rest and shade for workers when needed.

Avoiding Heat-Related Illness at Work Morristown Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The New Jersey Department of Health warns that prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause heat stroke and death.

To avoid health complications from excessive heat at work the DOH recommends the following:

  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid the most physically demanding jobs during the hottest part of the day
  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors.
  • Talk to your health care provider about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications can increase the risk of heat-related illness.

It is important to remember that people who are suffering heatstroke can go from appearing normal to extremely ill in a matter of minutes.  Hot, dry skin, a high body temperature of 106 degrees or more, an absence of sweat, and a rapid and strong pulse are all early signs.  Victims can become delirious or unconscious. A person suffering from heatstroke requires immediate medical attention.

Talk to a Newton Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law offices have decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured due to lack employer precaution across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not just with our clients, but also their families. We understand completely how precarious a family’s situation can become as medical expenses mount and the injured party remains unable to work. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they both need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type work related heat-related illness and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

 

Aging Workforce Injuries in Morris and Sussex County Workplace Work-place

Work-place Dangers Faced By An Aging New Jersey WorkforceRecent studies have shown that there are more people than ever who are working at age 60 and older. Lack of retirement planning and shrinking social security benefits have obligated many to continue to work even into their golden years. Moreover, as the baby boomers grow older, so too does the U.S. workforce.

Thirty years ago the median age of the labor force was just 35 years. Today, the median age is estimated to be 41 years.  By 2030, 23 percent of the U.S. labor force is projected to be ages 55 and older, compared to just 13% in the year 2000 according to a study by the Population Reference Bureau. An aging workforce brings a higher percentage of work-related accidents and workers compensation as well as personal injury claims.

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages injured in all manner of work-related accidents in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown. Please call either our Morristown office or our Newton office today at (973) 520-0525 to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of work-related injury in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Morris County Workers Face Increased Risk of Injury with Age

Although some professions can carry more risk of injury than others, aging workers are at an even greater risk of on the job injury. This is especially true in physical labor-focused jobs, such as construction work. However there are other risk such as repetitive motion injuries as well as heat related and stress related conditions. A recent study by National Institute of Health looked at the safety and health of these older workers in order to better understand the dangers they may face on the job.

According to the above mentioned study, in addition to older workers being more likely to be injured on the job than a younger worker, the injuries they sustain are usually more serious, and more likely to be fatal. Due to less robust health and longer recovery time, older workers can have much longer convalescent periods after an injury, leading to far more physical complications and longer lasting disabilities.

Common Dangers Caused by Negligence for Older Sussex County Workers

Some injuries may not only result from the dangers associated with a workplace. The negligence or recklessness of third parties such as contractors, equipment manufacturers and others, may lead to serious trauma for a worker.

Negligence on the part of construction companies, property owners and equipment manufacturers may all contribute to work-related injuries.  These often include:

  • Use of poorly designed or defective products
  • Slips and falls on unstable flooring
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Exposure to toxic materials commonly found at construction sites (including silica and asbestos)
  • Scaffolding and Ladder Collapses and Structural Failure
  • Use of faulty or defective equipment (such as heavy machinery such as forklifts, cranes, conveyor belts and hoists)
  • Motor vehicle use (including dump trucks, forklifts and tractors)
  • Electrocution
  • Falling debris
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Burns

In the event of any work-place injury it is important to contact a qualified personal injury and workers compensation attorney as soon as possible.

Contact An East Hanover Personal Injury & Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law office have decades of experience at recovering full and fair compensation for our clients facing work-related injuries across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not just with our clients, but their families as well. We have a complete understanding of how precarious a family’s situation can get as medical expenses mount and the injured party remains unable to work. That’s why we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure them the compensation they need and deserve to make their lives whole again.

Please speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type of work-related injury and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

Construction Accidents for Older Workers Morris County NJ

Study Finds Greater Injuries in Construction Workplace Accidents Among Older Workers

According to recent studies there are more people than ever who are working at age 60 and older. This growing demographic is especially present within the construction industry. A 2010 survey found that the average construction worker was 41.5 years old; five years older than the average found in 1985, according to the Engineering News Record (ENR).

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, we has extensive experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients of all ages injured in all manner of construction accidents in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown. Please call our Morristown office or our Newton office today to discuss your individual needs, concerns, and situation regarding any kind of construction site injury in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Sussex County Construction Workers : Danger Increases with Age

Though some professions can carry inherent risk, aging workers are at an even greater risk of injury. This is especially true in physical labor-focused jobs, such as construction work. The recent ENR study looked at the safety and health of these older workers in order to better understand the dangers they may face on the job.

According to the above mentioned study, while older workers are less likely to be injured on the job than a younger worker, the injuries they sustain are more serious when they do get hurt, and more likely to be fatal. Some 19 construction workers older than age 65 died during accidents in 2012 throughout the United States. Because of less robust health and longer recovery time, older workers can have much longer convalescent periods after an accident, leading to far more physical complications and longer lasting disabilities.

Negligence : Common Dangers for Older Construction Workers

Construction work is a field where injuries commonly occur. However, injuries may not only result from the dangers associated with a workplace. Unfortunately, the negligence or recklessness of contractors, equipment manufacturers, and other third parties may lead to serious trauma for a worker.

Construction accidents can result from many different causes. Negligence on the part of construction companies, property owners and equipment manufacturers may all contribute to construction site accidents.  These accidents often include:

  • Exposure to toxic materials commonly found at construction sites (including silica and asbestos)
  • Scaffolding and Ladder Collapses and Structural Failure
  • Slips and falls on unstable flooring
  • Use of faulty or defective equipment (such as heavy machinery such as forklifts, cranes, conveyor belts and hoists)
  • Motor vehicle use (including dump trucks, forklifts and tractors)
  • Electrocution
  • Being “caught between” or crushed by heavy objects
  • Falling debris
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Burns

Construction accidents may result in some very serious physical injuries to workers.  Other significant construction site injuries include muscle strains and sprains, broken bones, loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries including paralysis, head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and concussions, internal bleeding, repetitive motion injuries, as well as loss of hearing.

Contact A Dover Construction Site Injury Attorney Today

Attorney Michael P. Burakoff and our law office has decades of experience recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in construction site accidents across New Jersey, Morris County, and Sussex County, including communities such as East Hanover, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, Netcong, Hopatcong, and Newton.

Our firm works closely not only with our clients, but their families as well. We understand how precarious a family’s situation can get as medical expenses mount and the injured party remains unable to work. For these reasons we focus on keeping our clients and their families informed and involved throughout the legal process as we work to secure you the compensation you need and deserve to make your life whole again.

Speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any type of construction site injury and your options for making a successful financial recovery.  Please contact us online, or through either our Newton office or our Morristown office at (973) 520-0525.

 

Morris County Spinal Chord and Brain Injury Claims

Morris County Spinal Chord and Brain Injury ClaimsThe brain is a delicate and complicated organ that doctors know surprisingly little about.  The road to recovery from traumatic brain injuries and catastrophic spinal injuries can be long and difficult if it is possible at all.  The end results of these injuries can vary from minor complications to more serious conditions such as paralysis and, in many cases, can lead to some form of permanent disability.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff has assisted families in Morristown, Denville, Newton, Dover, Hopatcong, East Hanover, Morris Plains, Mt. Olive, Florham Park and all over both Morris County and Sussex County with personal injury claims.  When it comes to traumatic brain injury or catastrophic spinal injury we understand that to those who are suffering and their families, money is not the most important thing.  Regaining as much of the quality of life they had before the injury as possible is of the utmost importance. Contact us online or at our Newton or Morristown office by phone at (973) 520-0525 for a free confidential consultation.

Causes of Sussex County Spinal Chord or Brain Injury

There are a myriad of things that can cause the types of personal injury that can lead to traumatic brain and spinal injuries; including motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, assaults, work related accidents even a slip and fall accident.

If any of these types of accidents, or others, were the cause of your or a loved one’s traumatic brain or catastrophic spinal injury then a personal injury claim may be the way to get the compensation you deserve in order to regain some quality of life.

However these cases are often very complicated as it necessary to prove negligence on the part of another party.  Also, it must be proven that the negligent party failed to act with reasonable care and that their actions were the direct result of your injuries.  A qualified and experienced Morris County or Sussex County attorney is highly recommended from the beginning of the process until its conclusion.

Catastrophic Injuries effect Sussex County Victims Quality of Life

The brain is the location cognitive ability and motor function, while the spinal cord manages a number of critical body functions including sensation, motor function as well as autonomic functions among others. Injuries to the brain or spinal cord can drastically change ones life in ways it is difficult to imagine.

Damage to either of these crucial systems can cause results that vary greatly between patients.  What may be a minor and recoverable injury for one person can be debilitating or even fatal to another.  In addition, in some cases the effects may be immediate while in others delayed for months or even years after the cause of the initial trauma.

In the event of any trauma to the brain or spinal region, no matter the cause, it is highly recommended to receive a complete and thorough medical examination as soon as possible as well as monitor the injury for changes and effects that may come on later.

Contact A Mt. Olive Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Personal Injury Lawyer Today

For over 40 years personal injury attorney Michael P. Burakoff has been working with victims of traumatic brain and spinal injuries and their families to recover the financial compensation that helps to make their lives whole again.  We have built a solid reputation with our clients in Morristown, Newton, Mt. Olive, Netcong, Dover, Parsippany, Roxbury and across Sussex and Morris County of understanding and being sensitive to their unique needs and situations.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident that lead to brain or spinal cord injury please contact us online or at our Morristown or Newton offices by phone at (973) 520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation.

Industries With The Highest Rates of On The Job InjuriesPersonal injuries that occur in the workplace are all too common.  Work-related accidents are a constant peril for workers in many industries.  They can be occurrences such as construction accidents, ladder and scaffolding accidentsmotor vehicle accidents as well as slip and fall accidents, to name but a few. These incidents can also lead to countless dollars in lost productivity and workers’ compensation claims. However there are, according to a new study, certain industries that are more susceptible to work-related accidents than others.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has decades of experience aiding clients injured on the job to become financially whole again and helping them to understand their options when it comes to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. We take pride in recovering full and fair compensation for our clients injured in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Netcong, Parsippany, Mt. Olive, Rockaway, East Hanover, Hopatcong, Newton, Morristown, and more. Please contact us online if you or someone you know has been injured in a work-related accident, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525 for a free and confidential consultation.

High-risk Industries in Morris County & Sussex County

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has provided some very useful information in the area of workplace injuries.  Injuries are reported for each year and per 100 workers:

  • Nursing and residential care facilities workers have a surprisingly high rate of work-related injuries. The private sector of these industries runs about 6.5 injuries per 100 workers. However government-run have a shockingly high rate of 11.7 per 100 workers.
  • The animal production industry, which includes workers who raise, feed and slaughter animals, also has a high rate of injury for its workers.  They averaged 6.6 injuries per 100 workers.
  • Professional messengers and couriers, though a relatively small industry, average 6.4 injuries per 100 workers.
  • Wood product manufacturing workers who work in plants and factories where wood products are assembled from logs have an injury rate of 5.9 per 100 workers
  •  The air transportation industry, which consist of pilots, aircraft mechanics an cargo freight agents, suffer 5.8 injuries per 100 workers.

Though not listed in the top categories there are other professions that always carry a higher risk of injuries such as construction, law enforcement and fire control. That being said work-related accidents happen in literally every profession. If someone you know is injured while carrying out work related duties it is important to know what your options are and what should be done next.

What should I do if Injured in a Work-Related Accident in Haptacong or anywhere in NJ?

It is recommended that anytime you are injured you seek medical help immediately.  Injuries can be tricky and may not seem serious right away.  Delayed effects are common and are the primary reason most people don’t seek the medical help they need after a workplace accident.  They may feel they can power through.  Additionally there may be some level of embarrassment that the incident happened at all.  Also a desire not to seem weak can cause people to want to “walk it off” so to speak.

Being that most of us are not doctors, you may not know the full extent of your injuries.  How you “feel” immediately after the accident may not tell how badly you are actually injured. So contacting a doctor for a full examination of your injuries is the best course of action.

After seeking appropriate medical care it is an excellent idea to contact a skilled and experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney as soon as you can.  Just as most of us are not doctors, most people are not lawyers and may not know the full extent of their rights and what they are entitled in regards to and as compensation for their injuries.

Contact a Rockaway Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury Attorney Today

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, has extensive experience helping clients who have been injured while on the job or performing job related tasks to understand their options when it comes to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, and to recover full and fair compensation for their injuries in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Netcong, Parsippany, Mt. Olive, Rockaway, East Hanover, Hopatcong, Newton, Morristown, and more.

Call us today  at our Newton office at (973) 520-0525 to speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of work-related accident injury and your options for making a successful injury recovery.

 

File a Morris County Wrongful Death Claim

File a Morris County Wrongful Death ClaimWhen something as catastrophic as wrongful death occurs as the result of a workplace accident is a tragic and traumatic way to lose a family member. Historically construction work is one of the more dangerous professions. From  scaffolding and ladder accidents, forklift accidents, crane accidents as well as other types of unfortunate incidents; construction sites have traditionally been dangerous work places especially when not all safety precautions are taken. This is a fact that is well known to families of those who hold jobs in the construction industry.

In the tragic event that you lose a family member to a construction accident it is important that all their rights and the rights of your family are protected.

The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, represents clients with many years of experience in recovering full and fair compensation for those injured or killed in construction accidents of all kinds. Michael has represented victims in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Newton, Netcong, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, East Hanover, and Morristown, NJ. Please call our Morristown office or our Newton office to discuss your family’s needs, concerns, and unique situation regarding any kind of construction site injury in a free and confidential consultation with our legal team.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim for a loved one in Sussex County NJ

A construction accident wrongful death claim is usually filed by a spouse or child of the decedent but may also be filed by the person who has been left in charge of the deceased’s estate. This may include other authorized representatives of an estate. The decedent’s spouse, children or grandchildren, parents and siblings, and others who may have been economically dependent upon the decedent may benefit from restitution.

If you were an economic dependent of someone killed in a construction or other workplace accident then it is critical to have your interest represented by an experienced and qualified attorney.

Wrongful Death or Survival Action Claims in Morris

The two types of claims that may be filed after a workplace-related death are:

•  A wrongful death claim which asserts and seeks compensation for losses and damages suffered by the heirs of a decedent.

• A survival action which seeks to secure compensation for pain and suffering of the decedent, and perhaps, lost wages from the time of the accident until the decedent’s passing from their accident related injuries (often that can be many months or years after the incident).

Damage Compensation Categories: Morris Wrongful Death

The primary categories for damage compensation are:

  • lost wages
  • loss of financial support
  • companionship and household services
  • costs associated with medical
  • funeral and burial expenses

Statute of Limitations in my Netcong Workplace Accident Case

The Statute of Limitations for wrongful death claims in New Jersey construction accidents is two years. Meaning that the claim must be filed with the courts within two years of the date of the indecent. However, depending upon the entities involved there may be notices required within 90 days of the decedent’s passing. For this reason it is important to retain legal counsel immediately. Moreover, time is critical  when it comes to collecting and protecting valuable information and evidence. Speaking with a Netcong Construction Accident Attorney can help to assure that you take the correct action as quickly as possible.

Contact A Sussex County Workplace Injury / Wrongful Death Attorney Today

At The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, our legal team has extensive experience recovering  fair compensation for the victims and families of work-related accidents and injuries of all kinds in towns across Morris County and Sussex County, including Dover, Hopatcong, Parsippany, Netcong, Newton, Morris Plains, Denville, Morristown, and more.

Attorney Michael Burakoff believes in working closely with the families of those who have tragically lost their lives in construction accidents in order to get a full and complete understanding of the impact the passing of their family member has had on them emotionally and financially. This allows us to pursue a settlement that best represents their losses as well as their needs going forward.

Speak with Michael Burakoff and our legal team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding any kind of work-related accident, injury or death. Learn your options for making a successful injury recovery, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through either our Morristown office or our Newton office at (973) 520-0525.

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