Working With Your Hands: New Jersey’s Worker’s Compensation Awards For Lost Body Parts
By Michael Gorny, Esq.
In nearly every state, workers who are injured on the job are entitled to compensation for their injuries. While every state has their own system for compensation, these systems have very different structures, often resulting in very different outcomes for workers with the same injuries. A recent study compared New Jersey’s Worker’s Compensation awards to other states. The results reflect very different values for body parts.
For example, an average worker that loses full function of their hand in New Jersey will receive approximately $163,000 in compensation, compared to the national average of $144,000. However, should a worker in New Jersey receive full function of their thumb, they will receive only $22,000 compared to the national average of $42,000.*
While an injured worker cannot pick and choose which body part is injured as a result of a workplace injury, It is important to speak with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney in New Jersey to ensure that all of your rights are protected and you receive maximum benefits. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney in New Jersey can help advise you to ensure you receive all benefits you are entitled to, whether the injury just happened or it occurred some time ago.
* Data from, “How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work” by Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR, March 5, 2015, http://www.propublica.org/article/how-much-is-your-arm-worth-depends-where-you-work
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