Over the past few years, working remotely and working in hybrid positions has become far more normalized than at any other point in U.S. history. As a result, millions of Americans either no longer work at traditional job sites, or only do so some of the time. Additionally, millions of other Americans who regularly worked in remote capacities in the construction industry, travel industries and a host of others continue to work at non-traditional worksites.
There is no question that it is easiest to prove that one’s harm is work-related if it is sustained while one is on an employer’s property and surrounded by co-workers who can serve as witnesses. But this reality doesn’t make remote workers any less eligible for workers’ compensation benefits simply because they suffered harm under less-than-traditional circumstances.
This means that if you recently suffered a work-related injury (acute or repetitive strain) or you were diagnosed with an occupational illness and you’re eligible for work-related benefits, you should be able to successfully apply for these benefits regardless of where you are when you sustained that harm.
Taking action after a remote workplace injury
By understanding your rights as an employee, you’ll be more empowered to exercise those rights if and when you’re ever in a position to do so. For example, if you’ve recently sustained an acute injury while working remotely, you were exposed to toxic substances and fell ill while working at a remote site or you have developed repetitive stress injuries while working remotely, you may be in a position to file a New Jersey workers’ compensation claim.
If you’re not sure of whether your circumstances render you eligible for benefits or you could benefit from some assistance as you pursue compensation, don’t hesitate to seek legal guidance. Knowing your rights is empowering but seeking professional help can better ensure that you receive all that you are rightfully entitled to as a result of sustaining work-related harm.