If you become injured at work, would you know what to do? Marci Hill Jordan will give you the facts you need in her presentation, “Workers’ Compensation in New Jersey: Everything you need to know if you’re injured in the workplace,” at Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive in Lawrenceville, on Thursday, May 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Jordan’s presentation is part of a series titled “Women Attorneys Initiative,” which runs through Thursday, May 29. All events are free, open to the public, and held in the firm’s community room on the third floor at 993 Lenox Drive. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 609-895-7307 or E-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other events in the Stark & Stark series include Collaborative Divorce vs. Litigation, Wednesday, May 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m., with attorneys Maria P. Imbalzano and Corrine E. Cooke; What Children Can Do and Should Think About as Their Parents Age, Tuesday, May 20, led by Betsy W. Kreger; Divorce Issues: Custody, Alimony, Child Support, Equitable Distribution, College Contribution, Emancipation and Cohabitation, Wednesday, May 28, Maria P. Imbalzano and Corrine E. Cooke; and Social Security & Retirement Benefits Q&A, Thursday, May 29, Vicki W. Beyer and Alisa C. Boll.
Jordan, a graduate of Widener University School of Law, is a shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Workers’ Compensation Group. Working primarily out of the company’s Marlton office, she represents workers’ compensation claims and Social Security disability appeals. Jordan is among the “New Jersey Super Lawyers” cited by New Jersey Monthly Magazine and is one of the “Philadelphia’s Top Rated Lawyers” listed by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
Jordan says there are essential things to know if you are injured at work.
What to Do if You Are Injured at Work: Report the injury no matter how minor it may seem. Report it to your boss or someone in a position of authority. If your condition worsens over a period of a few days and you seek compensation, your employer might question your injury if he doesn’t have record of it on the day it took place.
Ask your employer to send you to its recommended doctor if you need medical attention. In New Jersey, the employer has the right to dictate medical care, and the workers’ compensation insurance carrier is the company that pays. Private insurance companies don’t want to pay for workers’ injuries.
Each state has its own workers compensation plan. Don’t depend on advice from a friend who lives in Pennsylvania or New York.
You are not suing your employer when you file for workers compensation. You are filing a claim to get your insurance benefits.
Length of employment does not matter. You are entitled to compensation even if you are injured on the first day.
You need to be out of work for at least seven days to get paid through a workers’ compensation claim. Once you’ve been out for the required time period, you will get paid retroactively from the first day. However, if you are not out the required number of days, you will have to use sick or vacation days.
Workers compensation is a no-fault matter. The insurance carrier does not consider whether the cause of the accident was the fault of the employer or employee. If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to compensation.
Pre-existing conditions cannot keep you from receiving benefits. If your injury has caused your preexisting condition to worsen, you are eligible for benefits.
You cannot assume that you will have your job when you return to work. Employers are not required to hold your job for you until you return. While many employers are willing to hold a worker’s job open if they can afford to, they are not obligated to do so.
Jordan says her decision to study law was influenced partly by her friends. “Growing up, whenever I got into an argument with someone, I always wanted to win,” she said, adding that her friends would rib her that she should be a lawyer.
Her choice to focus on workers’ compensation was influenced by her father’s commitment to the working class person. “My father believed that working people should receive a living wage,” she said. While Jordan was growing up in Miami Florida, her father and mother operated a business building swimming pools and later ran a plant nursery and landscaping business. Her parents worked with their hands and worked hard, she said. She was the first person in her family to go to college.
Jordan lives in Hainesport, Burlington County, with her husband, who works in business development for a physical therapy company. They have two grown children, a boy and a girl.
In Jordan’s spare time, she and Marlee, her six-year-old golden retriever therapy dog, visit patients at Virtua Health Care facilities in the Mount Holly area. Jordan is an active member of Leashes of Love in Cherry Hill, a volunteer group of qualified handlers and their dogs. Marlee was certified by Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, an organization that provides training and testing.
Whether at work or during time off, Jordan’s desire is to be of service. “I want to support people who truly need help. I am pro-union and pro-worker. I have a passion for people who are just trying to make a living.” she says.