When Will My Workers’ Compensation Benefits Kick In?
After a workplace injury, you most likely don’t have the time to sit back and wait for your workers’ compensation benefits to come in. You’re rightly focused on your recovery, on getting back on your feet and on covering your medical expenses. As much as we’d all like the benefits to be instantaneous, they’re often slowed down by bureaucracy, paperwork and red tape.
Looking At Important Dates And Numbers
Seven days: In New Jersey, you must be unable to work for a full week (seven days) in order to be eligible for temporary disability benefits, though the seven days do not need to be consecutive. However, there is no waiting period for permanent disability benefits.
Two weeks: The amount of time most workers can expect to wait after an injury before receiving temporary benefits, barring any delay on the part of their employer or insurance company.
Thirty days: After which, a delay caused by the employer or insurance company is considered unreasonable.
Two years: The statute of limitations in New Jersey. Employees must file a formal complaint within two years of the injury (or the date of the last payment, depending on which is later).
What Our Team Can Do For Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Our lawyers at Fedele & Honschke will work with you to review your injury timeline and put together the paperwork and documentation necessary to move your case forward, so that you’re not hamstrung by the slow moves of your employer, your insurance company or the state.
To contact our attorneys, call 732-504-3841 to schedule a free initial consultation. We also can be reached toll-free at 888-898-1206 or via our contact form. We have offices in Brick, Forked River and Toms River and help clients across Ocean County, New Jersey.