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New Jersey Creates Rebuttable Presumption of Workers’ Compensation Coverage for ‘Essential Employees’

September 30, 2020
New Jersey Creates Rebuttable Presumption of Workers’ Compensation Coverage for ‘Essential Employees’

Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a new law that creates a rebuttable presumption of workers’ compensation coverage for Coronavirus cases contracted by “essential employees” during the ongoing pandemic. Under this new law, if an employee contracts COVID-19 while at work, a presumption arises that the contracted illness was work-related. This presumption allows for the worker to be covered and fully compensated under applicable workers’ compensation benefits. An employer may rebut this presumption if they believe that there is evidence showing that the worker was not exposed to the virus in the workplace.

New Jersey is one of the many states that have enacted this new law to establish a program to help sick workers during this unprecedented time. This law will help those who need financial assistance and time off due to COVID-19. Workers’ compensation is important for those who have been injured at work or who have gotten sick from their workplace. With this new law, a worker won’t need to fight for their rights to proper compensation if they are an essential worker who believe they contracted the virus from their workplace. But, if you are a worker whose employer is rebutting the source of illness, contacting a workers’ compensation attorney is your best option.

The South Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP advocate on behalf of COVID-19 victims. If you believe that you contracted COVID-19 from work and are being denied benefits from your employer, contact us to today for help. Our dedicated team of lawyers will ensure that your rights are being protected. We are highly knowledgeable on the new law signed by Gov. Murphy and will work with you to make sure you receive the workers’ compensation you deserve. Call us today at 856-761-3773 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve injured workers throughout South Jersey, including Camden, Cinnaminson, Delran, Maple Shade, and Pennsauken.

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