When we see workers’ rights under fire from many corners, it’s valuable to remind ourselves that assisting workers who are injured on the job is historically a cornerstone of the United States’ labor economy.
Teaneck, N.J. (PRWEB) September 09, 2011
The recent celebration of Labor Day and the 100th anniversary of New Jersey’s workers’ compensation law is a good time to remember the government’s intent on legally protecting workers’ safety and health, says New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer Garry R. Salomon of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., of Teaneck.
“When we see workers’ rights under fire from many corners, it’s valuable to remind ourselves that assisting workers who are injured on the job is historically a cornerstone of the United States’ labor economy,” Salomon said.
New Jersey adopted the Workers’ Compensation Act, the first such legislation in the country, in 1911. The bill was adopted by a Republican legislature and signed into law by Gov. Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, a year before he was elected President.
The new law guaranteed medical care, temporary wage replacement, benefits for permanent disabilities and payments to dependents of those killed on the job, Peter J. Calderone, director and chief judge of the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation, wrote in an essay for the Star-Ledger of Newark.
Prior to the law, an injured worker was precluded from compensation for work-related injuries — even medical care — if the worker’s negligence contributed to a workplace accident, Calderone said.
“Workers’ compensation, from the very start, was the government saying those who are hurt on the job deserve to be healed and deserve to be compensated for lost wages, Salomon said. “That’s a principle that we at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon hold dear today, and are ready to fight for every day on behalf of our clients.”
Since 1981, Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. has helped thousands of injured workers throughout New Jersey recover appropriate workers’ compensation benefits.
“Workers are susceptible to harm from falls and falling objects, malfunctioning equipment and the hazards of operating heavy machinery, exposure to toxic substances and electric currents or electrocution, and even motor vehicle accidents and worksite violence,” Salomon said.
Salomon said there are generally two types of claims surrounding worker injuries:
- Workers’ compensation, which does not require finding fault. Benefits are paid for any injury or illness resulting from employment, including pre-existing conditions that became worse, such as a bad back or knees.
- Third-party liability claim, which is a personal injury lawsuit against any third party who caused an injury or illness. This could be suing the driver of another car if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident while on the job.
“It’s clear that the intent of the law is to protect individuals, but the application of the law can be complicated,” Salomon said. “That’s why those who are injured need an experienced attorney to make sure their rights as intended by the law are upheld.”
About Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C.
The New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys and dedicated staff of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., provide compassionate and skilled legal help to those injured by the negligence of others.
Since 1981, the firm has secured more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for clients throughout North Jersey and New York, including the communities of Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Toms River, Trenton, Clifton, Camden, Brick Township, Woodbridge Township, Bergen Co., Middlesex Co., Somerset Co., Warren Co., Sussex Co., Monmouth Co., Mercer Co., Ocean Co., Hudson Co., Passaic Co., Essex Co., Union Co., Morris Co., Teaneck, Fort Lee, Paramus, Hackensack, Hoboken, Secaucus, Englewood, Mahwah, Bergenfield, Union City, North Bergen, Ridgewood, Bayonne, Ridgefield, Belleville, Alpine, New Milford and Atlantic City.
In addition to workers’ compensation, the firm’s practice areas include personal injury, auto accidents, drunk driving accidents, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, slip and fall and truck accidents.
For more information about Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., call (800) LAW-2000 or use the firm’s online contact form.