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Day: April 22, 2016

Can I Sue My Employer for Injuries Suffered at Work?

If you have been hurt on the job and can’t work, or have extensive medical bills, you may be wondering if you have the right to sue your employer for any of your losses. This blog looks at if, and when, you may file a lawsuit for injuries suffered in a workplace accident.

As a general rule, you cannot sue an employer when you are hurt on the job in New Jersey. Under the state’s workers’ compensation system, a workers’ compensation claim is what is known as your “exclusive remedy” for any wrongdoing by your employer that causes you injury. The requirement that you pursue any work-related injury claims through a workers’ compensation filing is what is commonly referred to as the “grand bargain,” as it supposedly benefits both workers and employers. Workers can ideally obtain benefits in a more timely manner without the cost of litigation. Employers don’t have to worry that a jury will return a huge damage award.

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