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Injuries eligible and not eligible for workers’ compensation

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

If you are a New Jersey employee, and you get injured or become ill at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation in New Jersey is an insurance program that covers benefits like temporary/permanent disability, medical expenses and death expenses.

You are likely wondering which illnesses/injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. Below are medical situations that qualify — and do not qualify — for worker’s compensation. 

Injuries/Illnesses that qualify for workers’ compensation

Workers’ compensation covers the following ailments:

-Back pain/injury: Suppose you are a warehouse employee and lifting heavy boxes is part of your job. Over time, you experience back pain that is so great that you find it tough to continue your duties. 

-Carpal tunnel syndrome: You are more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome if your job involves using heavy machinery or engaging in other repetitive movements. Common symptoms include tingling, numbness and arm/hand weakness.

-Burns: You work as a cook at a casual dining restaurant. Suddenly, you accidentally spill hot water on your arm and need a trip to the hospital.

Injuries/Illnesses that do not qualify for workers’ compensation

The ailments below are not eligible for worker’s compensation:

-Injuries sustained from being under the influence of drugs/alcohol: Employees do not qualify for workers’ compensation if they become injured while intoxicated. 

-Getting into a physical fight with a coworker: Some co-workers get into arguments that escalate into physical fights. Altercation-related injuries are not eligible for workers’ compensation, especially if fights are irrelevant to work-related issues.

-Sustaining an injury while committing a crime: Employees who sustain an injury while stealing or committing another crime do not qualify for workers’ compensation.

Workers’ compensation aids you in receiving needed medical support without losing wages or your job. If you have questions about workers’ compensation, reach out to experienced legal guidance for help.