Helping workers who have job-related illnesses
Some workers become ill after long-term exposure to hazardous materials or substances at the workplace. These illnesses are known as occupational diseases, and they can have serious health consequences. The attorneys at Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen, LLC helps workers with occupational diseases pursue workers' compensation benefits.
There are different types of hazardous materials or substances that workers can be exposed to, which can lead to this kind of work injury. Some work directly with them, but in other cases safety regulations were not followed. Hazardous materials and substances that could harm workers' health include:
- Toxic chemicals
Exposure to hazardous materials or substances can lead to illnesses such as cancer, skin diseases, asthma or heart disease. Many of these illnesses can be treated and even cured - if they are spotted early. But many times, workers don't realize there's a problem until they are feeling very ill.
Workers' compensation is supposed to provide workers who have occupational diseases with medical treatment and wage benefits while they can't work. But getting those benefits can be difficult. The insurance companies who are supposed to provide these benefits may fight your claim. Even if approved, they will try to keep payments as low as they can.
That's why you need an experienced workers' compensation lawyer fighting for you. Our firm has been helping injured workers with workers' compensation claims since 1995. We know how to build a strong case to help you get the benefits you need and deserve - even if it means taking it to court.
Your employer's insurance company may take the position that your illness is not work-related, and not eligible for workers' compensation benefits. They may seek full access to your medical records, hoping to find something they can use against you. We don't put up with those tactics, and fight to limit the scope of discovery.
Ready to fight for you
We have established relationships with medical providers and expert witnesses who can help us make the case that your illness was a direct result of workplace exposure. If your claim for benefits is denied, we will make this case at every appeal and every court hearing as we fight to get your medical treatment and wage benefits approved.
Your employer's insurance company may make a settlement offer, hoping they can make your claim go away quickly and cheaply. But we are only interested in a resolution of your claim that meets your needs. Our staff includes attorneys board-certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court in the area of workers' compensation law, as well as former defense attorneys who know how insurance companies operate. We are ready for the challenge.
If you have suffered an illness that is related to your workplace, it's important to consult a workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Call us at 856-751-7676 for a free consultation. Our team is ready to go to work for you.