Q I got Lyme disease from a tick bite at work. Can I receive workers’ comp benefits?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks. After a bite from an infected tick, you may experience flu-like symptoms and a circular skin rash. If left untreated, the infection could lead to problems with the joint, heart, and nervous system. Fortunately, most cases of Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid tick-infested areas. Unfortunately, this is not possible for everyone. If your job requires you to work outdoors, particularly in wooded or grassy areas, you may be exposed to ticks on a regular basis. This is mainly a risk for the following workers:
- Land surveyors
- Oilfield workers
If you believe you have developed Lyme disease as a result of your job, you may be entitled to NJ workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help pay for your medical expenses and missed time from work. If you have permanent damage from your illness, you may also be entitled to a cash settlement.
Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. is a trusted NJ workers’ comp attorney who has spent years fighting for the rights of injured workers. We’re here to help you get the compensation you and your family deserve. For a free consultation, call us at 973-285-1100 or fill out our online contact form today.