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New Jersey Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Determining if an injury is work-related when it happens offsite

When people think of work-related accidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits, they often imagine a straightforward situation, like getting hit by a falling object in a supply closet. However, not all work-related accidents are this simple.

For instance, what if a person is hurt at a hotel late at night while on a business trip? What if an employee is in a car accident driving home from a late shift, or attacked while walking into work? Would workers' compensation be available under these circumstances?

Injured workers cite multiple issues in claims against Amazon

Companies of all sizes face challenges when it comes to issues of worker safety. While it may be easier for larger companies to provide the resources for workers to stay safe on the job, accidents and injuries still occur at large businesses. 

For instance, Amazon (which has a fulfillment center here in New Jersey) has been the target of numerous allegations from injured workers recently, and their claims reflect some of the common issues workers at all kinds of companies face when it comes to seeking compensation after a work accident.

Why are workers' compensation claims denied?

Imagine you are on the job. You get hurt in an accident and wind up at the doctor and in pain. You report the accident and pursue workers' compensation benefits to cover the cost of your injury and the wages you lost by not being able to work. Unfortunately, you learn that your employer or your employer's insurance carrier denied your claim.

In this troubling scenario, it is important to determine why a claim was denied in order to assess your next steps. Below are some common reasons why these parties might deny a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Trucker shortage could put additional strain on driver safety

Driving a commercial vehicle is a demanding occupation. Not only can drivers spend days or weeks away from the home and families, they also face on-the-job hazards that can threaten their safety.

Unfortunately, due to the current trucker shortage, it doesn't appear as though the risk to driver safety is declining, either. Below, we examine a few of the reasons why trucking is one of the most dangerous occupations in the country, as well as what drivers and their families can do in the event that a driver is injured or killed on the job.

Staying safe during road construction season

Summertime is a time for people to get outside, take road trips and generally try to relax. Unfortunately, these activities don't always go as planned when they are affected by road construction projects and the hazards that go along with them.

There may be dozens of road construction projects underway at any given time in New Jersey. And this means that numerous construction workers will be outside, working alongside increasing levels of traffic and exposed to near-constant threats to their safety. As such, it is crucial for workers and motorists alike to take certain precautions to avoid catastrophic accidents this summer.

Important numbers to know if you have been injured at work

After a serious work-related accident, injured parties and their families often have a lot of information to take in. They often need to think about doctor's visits, treatments, lifestyle adjustments and covering added expenses. It can prove to be overwhelming.

To help people in this difficult situation, we will look at a few critical numbers that can help when seeking workers' compensation benefits in New Jersey. Seeing this information at a glance can make it a little easier to understand what to expect with regard to these crucial benefits.

Does your job come with increased risk of asbestos exposure?

Asbestos is a harmful substance that was widely used for decades in everything from the flooring in people's home to pipes on a military vessel. And even though the risks of exposure to asbestos are widely known, it is not completely banned in the U.S. and many people still come into contact with the toxic fiber in their home or workplace.

Because of how dangerous asbestos is, it is important to know if you are at an increased risk of exposure. And if you are, you should know what legal options you have regarding compensation for damages.

Report: 30 percent of construction claim payments stem from falls

Did you know that insurance companies processed over 10,000 workers' compensation claims related to construction work in the last five years? And sadly, as noted in this article, about 30 percent of these cases stemmed from falls.

Falls are one of the most common types of accidents on construction sites. Perhaps the only thing more troubling than the high rate of falls is the fact that many of these accidents are preventable.

Construction equipment accidents can be catastrophic.

Construction workers face hazardous conditions every day on the job. Even though most days may seem safe and uneventful, that could change in the blink of an eye.

Unfortunately, the consequences of a construction accident have the potential to be catastrophic or fatal, especially when it involves equipment or machines.

Report: Three Occupations at Highest risk of Workplace Homicide

Workers in all occupations face some amount of threat to their safety on the job. In many cases, these risks come from conditions like a slippery floor or dangerous machinery.  Sadly, for some workers, the biggest threat to their safety is other people. 

In fact, according to recent statistics, about 10 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2016 were the result of homicide.