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5 reasons frostbite could qualify you for workers’ compensation

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Exposure to extremely cold temperatures can cause frostbite. This condition often has severe consequences for the people it affects.

In New Jersey, workers who suffer from frostbite may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits under certain circumstances.

1. Occupational hazard

Frostbite often occurs in occupations that require prolonged exposure to cold environments, such as construction workers, delivery personnel and outdoor laborers. New Jersey is one of the top-paying states for construction laborers, making it an attractive profession for many people. If an employee develops frostbite while performing job duties in these conditions, it may be an occupational hazard.

2. Employer responsibility

Employers in New Jersey are responsible for providing a safe working environment for their employees. This includes taking measures to protect workers from cold-related injuries. For example, employers should provide appropriate clothing, breaks in warm areas and training on recognizing the signs of frostbite.

3. Lack of protective measures

If an employer fails to implement adequate safeguards against cold-related injuries, such as failing to provide appropriate protective gear or neglecting to enforce safety protocols, employees may be at a higher risk of developing frostbite. In such cases, the employer’s negligence could make them liable for workers’ compensation benefits.

4. Impact on the ability to work

Frostbite can cause significant damage to the body parts it affects, leading to long-term impairment and disability. Injured workers may experience pain, numbness and reduced mobility, making it difficult or impossible to perform their job duties. In these situations, workers’ compensation may provide financial support to cover medical expenses and lost wages during recovery.

5. Medical documentation

When applying for workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey, provide thorough documentation of the frostbite injury and its impact on the ability to work. This includes medical records, diagnostic tests and statements from health care professionals detailing the severity of the condition and its prognosis.

By understanding their rights and documenting their injuries, injured workers can seek the support they need to recover and move forward.