My Eyeglasses Broke During A Workplace Accident. Can I File A New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Explore:  Workplace Injury

An accident that breaks bones or causes other injuries certainly has the capacity to damage items on your person as well. Of course, your employer has the discretion to replace a valued piece of jewelry or your favorite pair of shoes, but it is not required to do so. However, the law recognizes the importance of certain specific items and requires your employer to make sure you do not have to pay out of pocket for their loss due to a workplace accident.

In general, an item you depend on for your health or physical well-being is covered as part of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law, which requires employers to pay for the repair or replacement of any the following items damaged in a workplace accident:

  • Prosthetic devices
  • Hearing aids
  • Artificial members
  • Dental appliances
  • Eyeglasses

These claims are in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits payable for injuries sustained as a result of the action. In other words, your employer cannot expect you to use benefits you receive as compensation for the expenses of your physical injuries to pay for the repair or replacement of any of these items.

Your job is to make sure your employer is aware of any damage or destruction of vital devices as a result of your workplace accident. Then follow up, if necessary, to make sure these expenses are not forgotten as part of your claim.

Topics:  Workplace Injury

Published In: Worker’s Compensation Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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