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Violence at Work: When is it covered under NJ Workers’ Comp?

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An off-duty Rutgers Police detective caught a suspected car burglar in Newark, but was slashed with a knife during the man’s arrest.

The detective was chasing a man who tried to break into his cousin’s car. During the chase, the man slashed the detective twice in the left side of his back. Each wound was about six inches long. Despite being injured, the detective took custody of the suspected burglar. After the incident, 18-year-old Angelo Tolentino was arrested and charged with various counts, including aggravated assault on a police officer. The detective was treated at University Hospital and released later that day.

This type of violence is always covered under NJ Workers’ Compensation. This means you are entitled to fully paid medical care and pay for your lost time from work. If you can show a permanent loss of function, you may also be entitled to a cash payment once treatment is over.

Fights between coworkers that result in injury are usually covered, even for the person who starts the fight. Essentially, the only type of fight not covered would be if a non-coworker comes to the workplace and starts a fight over a non-work related issue.

Have questions about your NJ work injury? A Morristown workers’ compensation attorney can help. Manfred Ricciardelli has over 20 years of experience representing injured workers in New Jersey. He knows the ins and outs of these cases, and he will help you get the benefits you and your family need.

We invite you to come in for a free consultation to discuss your case and legal options. To get started, call us today at 973-285-1100. You can also fill out our online contact form and we will contact you within 24 hours. For more information about NJ Workers’ Comp, check out our free e-book: What the Injured Worker Needs to Know.

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