The New Jersey workers’ compensation system is designed to protect employees who are injured on the job by replacing lost wages while they recover.
The system works as a no-fault guarantee. The law entitles employees who can show they were hurt while working to a portion of their earnings and paid medical care for their injuries. They needn’t prove that their employer was negligent. In exchange for the no-fault guarantee, the law doesn’t allow workers to sue for negligence and collect far more than just lost wages and medical payments.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the law through its Division of Workers’ Compensation (www.state.nj.us/labor/wc/wcindex.html).
In some situations, employees aren’t eligible for workers’ comp. For example, they can’t collect benefits if they’re injured:
- While intoxicated
- As a result of willful failure to use any reasonable and proper ...(register to read more)