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:
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.