WORKERS' COMPENSATION

New Jersey COVID-19 Lawyer

microscopic view of covid 19

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way many Americans work. Countless businesses have shifted operations to allow employees to do more work from home, and there are signs that these changes are here to stay. However, workers in many vital industries have had no choice but to continue working in person, despite the risks associated with this arrangement.

As a result, many workers have contracted COVID-19 due to occupational exposure and now suffer a wide range of physical and personal complications. If you were infected with COVID-19 at work, you might be curious about your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

Contact the skilled workers’ compensation team at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman to discuss whether you may be entitled to benefits due to your occupational exposure to COVID-19. The consultation is free and confidential.

How Our Lawyers Help Workers with COVID-19 Claims

nurse checking on patient with mask

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or a related condition as a result of exposure in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, you must prove that your illness is work-related to secure these benefits.

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, our dedicated attorneys have been standing up for workers’ rights since 1929. We can support you during this challenging time by:

  • Determining whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or have grounds to file other types of claims for compensation
  • Collecting and preserving valuable evidence demonstrating that your condition is indeed work-related
  • Calculating the potential value of your claim and working with expert medical witnesses to support the claim
  • Demonstrating that you took reasonable steps to protect your health at work and still became infected with COVID-19 anyway

FAQ

How much does it cost to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer?

We can begin work on your case at no upfront cost. We do not charge for our services unless and until we obtain a successful outcome on your behalf. And even then, the only fees we collect come from a court-approved percentage (up to 20 percent) of the monetary award you receive for your claim

From our clients

I came to PRA with my workmen compensation case . Gary Adams represented me . Gary was recommended to me by a friend and I in turn recommended Gary to another friend. Gary and his paralegal Jennifer are very good with communication and keeping me well informed in regards to my case : answering emails & returning my calls . I have and I will continue to recommend Gary and his staff to my friends .

WF

My experience with Pellettien Rabstein & Altman was a great one! Every step of the way they were there with me, they made sure I got the justice I deserved. Whenever I called there was someone to answer the questions I had, the receptionist and secretary were friendly and very polite. Anytime, any day, I will recommend Counselor Gary Adams to represent any of my family or friends.

NJ

I have dealt with this firm for over 7 years on a very complicated Workmans Compensation case.
I have dealt with a myriad of legal firms throughout the country for over 30 years in my positions of CEO. And this firm is by far, the best firm I have ever dealt with.

CD

My attorney at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman was amazing and I can’t thank the firm enough for their insights and assistance! I would highly recommend them!

EW

It was a very long and arduous time (13 years to bring this before a Judge). Living out of state made it particularly hard. Attorney Monaghan of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman in New Jersey was diligent in helping through the morass of a very difficult workers’ comp claim resultant from an assault on a flight over international waters. I am permanently disabled from this assault and appreciate PR&A’s help.

AC

Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman has very knowledgeable attorneys who are responsive and professional. Jeff Monaghan is an excellent example of this.

JN

Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman listened to my needs and helped me get a larger settlement than I expected. They were very attentive and kind.

EW

Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman is an outstanding firm.

CD

FAQ

Symptoms and Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 from the Workplace

In most cases, COVID-19 symptoms appear within 2 to 14 days of exposure. Common signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include:
  • Fever and chills
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  •  Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue and sleep disturbances
  • Headaches and body aches
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Chest pain and pressure
  • Skin rashes
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent chest pain and pressure
  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Unusual confusion and disorientation
  • Pale or blue skin, lips, and nail beds
Some COVID-19 patients, even if they have only suffered mild symptoms at the initial onset of the disease, experience long COVID or post-COVID-19 complications, such as:

Persistent fatigue

Persistent shortness of breath

Lingering fevers and coughs

Joint and muscle pains

Chest pain and pounding heartbeat

Difficulty with memory and concentration

Persistent sleep disturbances

Persistent loss of smell and taste

Lingering depression and anxiety

Dizziness from standing up

Worsened symptoms after exertion

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover COVID-19 in New Jersey?

person at worksite with mask
  • Generally speaking, you can claim workers’ compensation benefits any time you suffer an illness, injury, or other condition resulting from occupational trauma or exposure. However, the key sticking point in most COVID-19 claims is whether the condition is work-related.
  • The exact origin of common, easily-transmissible diseases like the seasonal influenza virus, the common cold, and COVID-19 can be hard to pin down. It can be challenging to prove that you contracted an infectious disease while at work or performing job-related tasks.
  • Fortunately, as of September 14, 2020, New Jersey Senate Bill 2380 created a rebuttable presumption of workers’ compensation for essential workers who contract COVID-19. That means when workers deemed “essential” contract COVID-19, they are entitled to the presumption that the disease is “work-related and fully compensable.”
  • If you aren’t an essential worker or are uncertain about your status, get in touch with the knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyers at the law firm of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman. We can help you demonstrate that you contracted COVID-19 at work and that your specific work duties contributed substantially to your exposure risk.

Our Victories

105

Combined Years Experience of Lawyers

100%

Kinds Of Comp Cases We Handle

Certified Workers’ Compensation Law Attorneys

We have a particularly strong reputation in the field of workers’ compensation, which we helped pioneer in the state. In fact, our namesake partner Ruth Rabstein was known as “the Dean of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Bar” for the many contributions she made to expanding workers’ rights in the state. 

Contact

Let’s Get in Touch

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Types of New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available for Employees Exposed to COVID-19

There are four main types of workers’ compensation benefits available to New Jersey workers who suffer from nonfatal, occupational exposure to COVID-19:

Medical benefit

These benefits cover the costs of any reasonable and necessary medical care you require to treat your work-related condition. That includes expenses for ambulance rides, hospital stays, doctor’s visits, prescription medications, and

durable medical equipment.

Temporary disability benefits

If your condition temporarily prevents you from doing your usual job or returning to work at all, these benefits can cover a portion of your lost wages. Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits provide up to 70 percent of your average weekly pre-injury wages. TTD benefits are subject to statewide maximums that fluctuate year to year. You can receive temporary disability benefits for up to 400 weeks or until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), whichever is sooner.

Permanent disability benefit

If your condition prevents you from ever returning to work at full capacity, or your injury affects your activities of daily living, you could be entitled to permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. PPD benefits are available for up to 600 weeks or certain statutory amounts. If your condition is so severe that you cannot return to work in any capacity, you could be entitled to permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. PTD benefits are paid for life.

Job displacement benefits

If your condition prevents you from ever performing your old job again and your employer does not have any alternative or light-duty work available, you could be entitled to supplemental job displacement benefits. These benefits can help you pay for the education or training necessary to develop the skills you need for other types of work.

Death Benefits in Fatal Cases of Workplace COVID-19 Exposure

doctor resting outside of hospital

The tragic reality is that, in some cases, occupational exposure to COVID-19 ultimately proves fatal. When this happens, workers’ compensation death benefits help surviving loved ones, who often struggle with losing both the worker’s income and other forms of support they provided.

Eligible survivors may be entitled to:

  • Weekly wage loss benefits of up to 70 percent of the average weekly wages earned by the deceased worker before they died
  • Up to $3,500 in funeral benefits

Surviving spouses can continue to collect death benefits for the rest of their lives. However, benefit payments may be stopped upon remarriage. Surviving children are entitled to receive benefits until they turn 18 (or 23 for students) or for life if they are disabled.

Get Help from Our COVID-19 Lawyers Today

doctor checking disease on xray

The long-term effects of occupational exposure to COVID-19 could significantly impact your health and livelihood. Contact the COVID-19 exposure lawyers of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman today to discuss your legal options if you contracted the disease while on the job or while engaging in work-related activity off-site. We look forward to speaking with you and to pursuing rightful compensation on your behalf.

1-800-432-LAWS

Schedule a Video Consultation

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.