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Will I Receive Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19?

As the coronavirus continues to sweep the nation, workers are wondering if they qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits if they contract COVID-19 on the job. In most states, the only workers that may qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits are those who work in the health care field or as a first responder. The nature of your job and the specific circumstances surrounding your workplace will determine if you qualify for benefits.

How Are Workers Protected?

The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act was originally passed in 1911 and then amended to include those with occupational illnesses. Illnesses and diseases contracted through the workplace included anthrax poisoning, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, and Caisson disease, among others. The act was amended once again in 1949 to compensate workers for other health problems that were caused by their workplaces.

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Illnesses?

Workers’ Compensation normally covers diseases that workers contract at work or because of their work.

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Slip and Fall Accidents at Resorts

Most people planning a trip to a resort do not consider it ending with an injury or a visit to an emergency room. Slip and fall accidents are common, but when they happen at a resort, determining who is liable for the injury can be tricky. Consultation with an experienced slip and fall lawyer is essential to claiming compensation.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents at a Resort

Slip and fall accidents tend to be minor incidents; but in some cases, serious and catastrophic injuries can happen. There are many reasons that a slip and fall accident can happen at a resort facility, including:

  • Uneven floor surfaces
  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Poor lighting
  • Poor housekeeping, such as leaving items on the floor
  • Torn carpeting
  • Broken handrails or stairs
  • Electrical cords and cables
  • Icy sidewalks
  • Wet decks in pool areas
  • Poorly maintained exercise equipment
  • Skiing or diving accidents
  • Debris in walkways
  • Potholes in parking lots
  • Unpainted wheel stops

Determining what led to the accident is crucial in determining who is liable for your injuries.

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Insurance Coverage in a Hit-and-Run Accident

When a car accident occurs, typically the responsible driver’s insurance covers any injuries or damage that occurs as a result. Hit-and-run accidents are a bit more complicated because the responsible driver has fled the scene. Without the other driver’s information, it can be difficult to get the coverage needed for repairs and medical costs. Drivers involved in a hit-and-run accident should review their own policy to determine compensation.

Trying to Find the Responsible Driver

Ideally, it would be possible to find the responsible driver. Drivers involved in a hit-and-run accident should call 911 as soon as possible to get medical help for anyone who needs it and get the police to write a report of the accident.

If the driver can remember any details about the other vehicle, such as the color, make, and model, they should let the police know immediately. Witness statements should be gathered too,

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