Under New Jersey law, work-related injuries or illnesses are those that arise out of and in the course of employment. The state’s workers’ compensation system provides benefits to employees who suffer from work-related conditions. Here are some types of injuries and illnesses that are generally considered work-related:
- Accidents and injuries: These include injuries resulting from slips, falls, lifting heavy objects, being struck by objects, machinery accidents, vehicle accidents while on the job, and other similar incidents that occur while performing work duties.
- Occupational diseases: Work-related illnesses that develop gradually over time due to exposure to hazardous substances or conditions at the workplace. Examples include lung diseases from exposure to asbestos or chemicals, repetitive stress injuries (RSI) like carpal tunnel syndrome, hearing loss, and conditions caused by long-term exposure to harmful substances.
- Pre-existing conditions aggravated by work: If a pre-existing medical condition is worsened or aggravated due to work activities, it may be considered work-related. For example, if a person with a pre-existing back condition experiences increased pain or disability due to work duties.
- Mental health conditions: In some cases, mental health conditions that are caused or worsened by work-related stress, trauma, or a hostile work environment may be considered work-related. Examples include work-related anxiety disorders, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Repetitive motion injuries: Injuries that develop over time due to repetitive motions or actions involved in specific job tasks. This can include conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, or other musculoskeletal disorders resulting from repetitive movements or prolonged, repetitive use of certain body parts.
It’s important to note that the determination of whether an injury or illness is work-related can be complex, and each case is assessed individually. Factors such as the specific circumstances, medical evidence, and expert opinions may be considered when determining work-relatedness. If you have questions about a specific injury or illness and its work-related status, consulting with a workers’ compensation attorney can provide you with personalized guidance based on your situation.
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