Q Can volunteers receive workers' compensation benefits if they are injured in New Jersey?
Yes, some types of volunteers are covered under New Jersey workers’ compensation. In order to be covered, the worker must be injured doing public or official duty. In New Jersey, the following types of volunteers are commonly covered by workers’ compensation benefits:
- Volunteer firefighters, first aid, or rescue squad workers
- Elected and appointed officials
- Reserve police officers
- Board of education members
The above are the main areas of special volunteer coverage, but other volunteers may also be covered. Some volunteers are covered by their employers while others are not required to be. Those that may not be required to be covered include volunteers for non-profit/charitable organizations, educational institutions, or religiously-affiliated organizations. However, while not required by law to cover their volunteers under insurance, these types of organizations may choose to do so anyway.
If you were injured as a volunteer and are unsure about your rights, it’s a good idea to reach out to a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. has over twenty years of experience representing injured workers’ rights. Mr. Ricciardelli will help you determine what the best course of action is for your case, and so we invite you to come in for a free consultation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today through our online contact form or by calling (973) 285-1100.