Occupational Injuries

New Jersey's workers' compensation law provides benefits for not only when an employee suffers a workplace injury, but also when a medical condition develops due to the nature of a person's job. The latter situation is considered an occupational condition. It usually develops over time from repetitive motion particular to one's job duties.

For example, many cashiers will develop hand, wrist or arm injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, from performing scanning, bagging or other activities in their job.

Workers can also be exposed to chemical or other toxic substances which may cause a serious medical condition.

I am attorney Alan Rosenberg, a Cherry Hill occupational injury lawyer dedicated to providing legal counsel for occupational injuries and workers' compensation cases throughout southern New Jersey, including in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Cumberland and Mercer counties.

Types Of Available Benefits

As long as a doctor relates the medical condition to the person's occupation, and the job duties that caused the condition are clearly part of the regular activities of the worker's job, then an occupational condition claim can be pursued under New Jersey workers' compensation law.

The benefits provided are the same as if one suffered a specific accident on the job:

  • The employer must provide appropriate medical treatment to the employee with an occupational condition.
  • Temporary disability is paid to the employee for the period that the worker cannot work due to the medical condition.
  • Permanent disability is paid if a functional loss of a permanent nature occurs from the occupational medical condition.

Proving An Occupational Condition

In general, occupational condition claims can present more difficult issues than accident claims. Trying to prove that a condition is related to a particular job can be hard when a person has worked for different employers over a period of time, doing the same type of work. Also, an issue may exist when a person has a pre-existing or degenerative condition that is of the same nature as the occupational condition.

The law allows a claimant two years, from when one knew or should have known that a medical condition is related to the job, to file a workers' compensation claim with the court.

Our Initial Consultation Is Free

If you believe that you may have an occupational condition arising out of your employment, please contact the Law Office of Alan Rosenberg for a free consultation to discuss your particular situation. Call my Cherry Hill office at 856-254-3755, or send me an email today. My fee is based on the amount of monetary compensation that I recover for you.