If you've been hurt on the job, we can help
We never expect to get hurt or sick just because we were doing our job. But every year, people suffer work-related injuries. The workers' compensation system is supposed to help by paying for medical treatment and providing wage benefits. But insurance companies often try to pay you and other injured workers as little as possible. Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen, LLC in New Jersey fights to get you the benefits you need.
Our Cherry Hill workers' compensation attorneys have been helping injured workers since 1995. We know how a work injury can affect families. Suddenly, you are faced with hospitals, doctor appointments and rising medical bills. And since you can't work, there is less money coming in. It's a tough situation to be in - for you and your family.
And instead of getting the benefits they need, injured workers often run into resistance from the employer's insurance company. They might question whether you need a specific test. They may say you are ready to return to work, even though you are still in pain. They may delay the approval of needed treatment or medication.
Examples of work injuries include:
- Repetitive Stress Injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Occupational Diseases
- Lifting Injuries
- Knee and Leg Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Hearing Loss
- Loss of Sight
- Back Injuries
- Long-Term and Permanent Injuries
Medical care can be expensive. Treating a work injury may involve hospitalization, diagnostic tests, surgery, physical therapy, medication, doctor appointments and home medical equipment. And with few exceptions, it all needs to be approved by your employer's insurance company.
Under New Jersey law, your employer gets to choose the doctor treating your injury. The problem is that doctor has the employer's best interests in mind, not yours. And the insurance company may use consultants to help determine the care you need - consultants who live miles away and have never even met you.
Fighting for the benefits you deserve
That's why you need an experienced workers' compensation attorney fighting for you. If your treatment is denied by the insurance company, we'll appeal immediately. If a doctor says you are ready to go back to work, but you're still hurting, we'll arrange for an independent medical evaluation. If there is a delay in approving treatment or medication, we'll take swift action. And if needed, we'll fight for you in court.
Another trick insurance companies like to use is seeking full access to your medical records. They are hoping they'll find something they can use against you in your claim. There's no reason for this kind of violation of your privacy. That's why we regularly fight to limit the scope of such requests.
Our team of attorneys include several who are board-certified in the area of workers' compensation law. Certification comes from the New Jersey Supreme Court, and it's a lengthy and difficult process. In fact, fewer than 3% of attorneys throughout the state are certified in any area of specialty.
We also have former defense attorneys on staff who know how insurance companies try to minimize workers' compensation benefits. One attorney will represent you. But because of our team litigation approach, all our attorneys can provide insight and perspective on your case. That means you have the combined experience of all our attorneys on your side.
If you've suffered a work injury, you need an experienced workers' compensation attorney fighting on your behalf. For a free consultation, call 856-751-7676. If you can't come to one of our four offices, we can come to you.