Yes, you can potentially be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey if you contracted COVID-19 at work. The state recognizes COVID-19 as an occupational disease, and if you can establish that you contracted the virus due to exposure in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Here are some key points to consider:
- Work-related exposure: You need to demonstrate that you contracted COVID-19 as a direct result of exposure to the virus in the workplace. This may involve providing evidence that you had close contact with someone who had COVID-19 at work, or that your work environment placed you at an increased risk of exposure.
- Causal connection: You must establish a causal connection between your work activities and the contraction of COVID-19. This typically requires medical evidence and documentation from healthcare professionals linking your illness to the workplace.
- Occupation and essential worker status: Certain occupations, such as healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers who have a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, may have an easier time establishing the work-relatedness of their illness. However, workers in other industries can also make a claim if they can demonstrate a direct link between their job and the contraction of the virus.
- Evidence and documentation: It is crucial to gather and maintain all relevant documentation, such as medical records, test results, witness statements, and any other evidence that supports your claim. This documentation will help substantiate your case when filing for workers’ compensation.
- Consult an attorney: Given the complexities surrounding COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims, consulting with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney is highly recommended. They can evaluate your specific situation, guide you through the claims process, and help you gather the necessary evidence to support your claim.
It’s important to note that each case is unique, and the specific circumstances will determine the outcome of your workers’ compensation claim. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation will provide you with personalized advice based on the details of your case.
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