In the aftermath of a workplace injury, you must notify your employer as soon as possible. Your employer should then submit your claim for benefits to the workers’ compensation insurance provider, so that you can start receiving benefits. But what are your options if your employer refuses to report the accident, injury or illness?
The first step you can take is to contact the workers’ compensation insurance company directly. Make certain you have all medical records, as well as any other statements by witnesses. The best approach is to send a package with copies of all relevant documents (keep the originals) to the insurance company, and pay the additional amount to ensure that the company must sign to acknowledge receipt.
If you don’t want to deal directly with the workers’ compensation insurance company, you can file a complaint with the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation. You’ll need proof of insurance coverage by your employer, which should be posted in a prominent location in the workplace. However, if you cannot locate that information, you can contact the Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau to confirm that your employer had the workers’ compensation required by law.
If you have not already done so, though, you should hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at this point. Your lawyer will have a comprehensive understanding of the process, and will be able to initiate the process to have your workers’ compensation properly considered.
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