Search Site
Menu
How Long Can You Be On Workers’ Comp In NJ?

Q: How Long Can You Be On Workers’ Comp In NJ?
A: Each case is different, but it generally depends on which type of disability you are on:

  • Temporary total disability: 400 weeks (max)
  • Permanent total disability: potentially for life
  • Permanent partial disability: 600 weeks (max), depending on the injury

Many people believe that our most valuable asset is our ability to work and to earn an income. This is a key component in protecting our own wellbeing, our belongings, our family, children and our futures.

While most of us might not think about the possibility of being injured at work, many workers suffer injuries or illnesses that are related to their jobs every year.

If you have suffered a work injury or illness that keeps you from returning to your job, workers’ compensation and the advice of an NJ workers comp lawyer may offer you a financial safety net.

In addition to paying for your related medical expenses, workers’ compensation can also provide you with disability benefits to replace a percentage of your income while you are unable to return to your job.

If you are receiving these benefits, you might wonder how long can you be on workers comp in NJ. The answer to this question depends on the type of disability benefits that you are receiving. There are three types of disability benefits that are available in New Jersey, depending on the severity of your illness or injury.

Temporary Total Disability In New Jersey

Q: What is temporary total disability in NJ?

A: If you are injured and are forced to miss more than seven days of work, you may receive temporary total disability payments. This is the most common form of workers’ compensation disability benefits.

If you receive this benefit, you are considered to be disabled but likely to be able to return to work in the future once you recover.

Q: How long can I remain on temporary disability in NJ?

A: In New Jersey, you can continue to receive temporary total disability benefits until one of the following happens:

  • You are determined to have reached your maximum medical improvement;
  • You are able to return to your job; or
  • You have received benefits for 400 weeks.

Q: How much will I make on temporary total disability on workers comp in NJ?

A: If you are approved for temporary total disability, you will receive up to 70 percent of the gross weekly amount that you normally earn. The maximum weekly amount is capped at $903 per week as of 2018.

NJ Permanent Total Disability

Q: How to receive permanent total disability in NJ?

A: You will be examined regularly by your doctor while you are receiving workers’ compensation. Your doctor will be trying to figure out when you have reached the maximum medical improvement for your injury. If your doctor decides that you are permanently and totally disabled, you can continue receiving your benefits.

The benefits that you receive will be in the same amount as when you received temporary total disability. If this happens, you may receive the benefits for your life or until you are able to return to work.

Permanent Partial Disability In New Jersey

Q: How to get permanent partial disability in NJ?

A: If your doctor determines that you have reached your maximum medical improvement, but determines that you are partially and permanently disabled, you may receive permanent partial disability benefits.

In New Jersey, certain injuries are considered to be scheduled losses while others are considered to be nonscheduled losses.

Scheduled losses are listed on the state’s schedule of disabilities. This schedule lists the maximum number of weeks for which you can continue to receive benefits.

If your injury appears on the scheduled loss chart, you will continue receiving 70 percent of your weekly wages for the number of weeks that are listed on the schedule.

For example, if you lost 50 percent of the loss of a foot, you would receive 50 percent of the scheduled amount for a total loss. A total loss of a foot is equal to 230 weeks, so a 50 percent loss means that you would be paid for up to 115 weeks.

Some losses are considered to be non-scheduled. This means that they do not appear on the state’s schedule of disabilities, but it does not mean that you cannot receive permanent partial disability benefits for them.

Non-scheduled losses are paid for up to 600 weeks at a maximum rate of 70 percent of your weekly wages. This means that if your doctor assigns you a disability rating for a non-scheduled loss of 20 percent, you can expect to receive payments for 120 weeks.

How Long Can You Be On Workers Comp In NJ?

In summary, you can stay on workers’ comp in New Jersey as follows:

  • Temporary total disability – maximum of 400 weeks
  • Permanent total disability – potentially for life
  • Permanent partial disability – maximum of 600 weeks, depending on injury (see chart)

As you can see, it is possible for you to be on workers’ comp in New Jersey for as long as your life, but the time can be shorter depending on your disability rating. Getting legal advice might help you to better understand what you might expect. Consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to learn more.

Until next time, thanks for following Your Legal Corner! Check us out on Facebook for more timely articles about the law.

Speak to a proven New Jersey attorney now
Call 856.238.5183 or click to schedule your free consultation
  • Posted On Lawyers.com

    "Joe Hoffman is amazing. We came to the office upset, concerned and profoundly unsure of what to do. Mr . Hoffman sat with us, explained options, reassured us and told us he would be there for us. He more than delivered on that commitment . If you are considering an legal firm, go no further, Hoffman-DiMuzio needs to be your choice. We cannot say enough about how well we were treated from the moment we sat down until the positive resolution! Stellar customer experience!"

    SEE ALL REVIEWS
  • By Renee Zagarella

    "Wonderful, knowledgeable, kind, and informative! Within days following my free consultation, I was provided with an overview of my appointment with helpful information about my case. I truly appreciate the recommendation I was given at this firm."

    SEE ALL REVIEWS
  • By Anita Campana

    "I was so very impressed with Hoffman DiMuzio from the moment I walked in. Everyone I had come across was so professional and courteous."

    SEE ALL REVIEWS
  • By Anita Campana

    "I mostly saw Peter who got the best possible results for my case. He was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Jodi was always available to answer my questions if Peter was busy and kept me informed. I would recommend this firm to anyone!"

    SEE ALL REVIEWS
  • By Mike W

    "Hoffman DiMuzio is a top notch firm. Their attorneys and staff are extremely knowledgeable and go above and beyond for you. I recommend them to everyone in need of legal service."

    SEE ALL REVIEWS
  • By Harry McCormick

    When my significant other was falsely accused of committing a crime, there was only one place to turn. that place was hoffman dimuzio.

    SEE ALL REVIEWS
  • By Harry McCormick

    "Joe Hoffman Jr took on our case and fought tooth and nail for us. Exposing the truth and serving justice for us, we felt completely vindicated. For any legal matter, criminal, traffic or otherwise, they gained two very satisfied life long customers! Thank you Mr Hoffman!"

    SEE ALL REVIEWS
Joseph J.  Hoffman, Jr. Attorney Photo
Joseph J. Hoffman, Jr.
Senior Partner

For more than 40 years, Mr. Hoffman has protected the interest of his clients through diligence and hard work on legal matters, both large and small. An honors graduate of Rutgers University Law School and a native of Gloucester County, Mr. Hoffman has won numerous accolades for excellence in the practice of law.

Kenneth A. DiMuzio, Sr. Attorney Photo
Kenneth A. DiMuzio, Sr.
Senior Partner

An attorney with over 45 years of professional experience, Mr. DiMuzio concentrates his practice on personal injury and workers’ compensation matters. A graduate of Georgetown University Law School and a native of Gloucester County, Mr. DiMuzio has been honored time and again for his professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.

Ernest L.  Alvino, Jr. Attorney Photo
Ernest L. Alvino, Jr.
Attorney

About Ernest L. Alvino, Jr. concentrates his practice in the area of workplace injuries; construction accidents; product injuries; trucking accidents; auto injuries; medical negligence and crime victim advocacy. Ernie is a lifelong Gloucester County resident, living in Mullica Hill with his wife and children. Ernie worked his way through school as a Teamster and construction…

Jeremiah J. Atkins Attorney Photo
Jeremiah J. Atkins
Attorney

About Mr. Atkins joined the firm of Hoffman DiMuzio in February 2010. Mr. Atkins represents individuals and corporate clients in commercial and employment litigation. Mr. Atkins’ practice covers a wide variety of employment-related matters before New Jersey State and Federal courts, with a focus on discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, family leave and whistleblowing claims. Mr.…

Peter J. Bonfiglio, III Attorney Photo
Peter J. Bonfiglio, III
Attorney

About Mr. Bonfiglio concentrates his practice in the area of municipal court with an emphasis on defense of individuals charged with driving while intoxicated and/or refusal to submit to a breath test. Pete resides in Gloucester Township, Camden County with his wife and two of his three children.  In addition to his law practice, he…

  • Imagine... One law firm, for life.


    New Jersey attorneys for all legal matters

    For all life's stages. For all South Jersey.

Six convenient locations


We'll meet at the office nearest you

  • Franklinville
  • Turnersville
  • Mullica Hill
  • Woodbury
  • Sewell
  • Philadelphia
Take action now by filling out the form below

Submitting this form does not create an attorney-client relationship, but a lawyer from our firm will contact you as soon as possible.

Quick Contact Form