The New Jersey workers' compensation law is a comprehensive administrative scheme that permits workers who are injured on the job, or who suffer other types of occupational illness or injury, to bring claims in special workers' compensation courts organized under the Department of Labor. Workers' compensation judges, who operate not under the Administrative Office of the Courts but under the Department of Labor, adjudicate these claims without a jury.
Physical injuries, medical conditions made worse by certain work that you do, even workplace stress or mental illnesses, are all potentially compensable under the workers' compensation statute, regardless of whether or not the injury was your fault or someone else's, and regardless of whether or not the employer is angry at you for having suffered the injury.
Furthermore, the workers' compensation law prohibits retaliation against anyone who inquires about, insists upon, investigates, pursues or files claims regarding his or her rights under the statute. Under the "Wrongful Discharge and Violation of Public Policy Doctrine," commonly known as the Pierce/Lally doctrine, if you are retaliated against by way of wrongful discharge for having undertaken acts protected under the Workers' Compensation Law, we can help you by filing an action in Superior Court to recover compensatory and punitive damages.
The New Jersey workers' rights lawyers at Costello & Mains, LLC, have been protecting the workers of the State of New Jersey, between them, for over 20 years. Please call us today at 856-291-0642 (local) or 800-421-0212 (toll-free) or contact us online to arrange a confidential consultation.