People hurt on the job while working in New Jersey may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits for their losses. They must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for such benefits, however. For example, they have to establish that they suffered compensable injuries, which means, in part, the harm must be work-related. Recently, a New Jersey court discussed the review process in a matter in which an employee’s workers’ compensation claim was denied due to insufficient proof of work-related harm. If you sustained injuries while working in New Jersey, it is advisable to speak to a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney to assess whether you may be owed benefits.
The Plaintiff’s Claims
It is alleged that the plaintiff worked at a manufacturing warehouse for the defendant. He was provided with protective eyewear and gloves but no equipment to protect his hearing. In July 2015, the defendant presented to the emergency room with complaints of dizziness. He was prescribed medication and directed to follow up with an ENT doctor. He was then evaluated in October and November 2015 by ENT doctors.
It is reported that the first doctor found the plaintiff’s hearing to be normal and did not diagnose any abnormalities, while the second diagnosed him with tinnitus and hearing loss. The plaintiff then filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, alleging his hearing issues were work-related. Following a hearing, his claim was denied, after which he appealed. (more…)