Verizon Employee Receives Workers' Comp for Lunchtime Injury
Cynthia worked as a customer service representative for Verizon Wireless. Every day, she was required to take an hour-long unpaid lunch break. Verizon encouraged its employees to walk through the building for exercise during their breaks. As an employer, Verizon benefits from having healthy employees.
While walking during her break, Cynthia slipped on ice chunks that had fallen from a soda machine in a hallway. She hurt her knee, aggravating an old injury. She filed a claim to receive workers' comp benefits. Verizon argued that she wasn't working at the time she fell. However, she was doing something required by her employer that also benefited her employer. Because of these circumstances, Cynthia was entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
The same holds true for workers in New Jersey. As long as your NJ work injury arose out of and in the course of your job, you have a valid claim. This could mean performing your specific work functions or doing something else that benefits your employer. You may be entitled to fully paid medical care, wage compensation, and a cash settlement for your injuries.
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