Q I suffered a serious infection on the job. My doctor now tells me I have MRSA, but my employer says he doesn’t have to pay me worker’s compensation. Is that true?
It depends. Worker’s compensation law requires all on-the-job injuries to be covered by your employer’s insurance. However, it can be difficult to prove that your infection was directly caused as a result of your work requirements.
It is important to remember that there are other ways you can receive compensation for your injuries if your worker’s comp claim is denied. Two ways your employer can be held liable for the costs of treating your MRSA infection include:
- Costs of chronic conditions. MRSA is a dangerous infection because it can seriously impair the victim’s health and can be fatal in those with weakened immune systems. Following the infection, a victim may then suffer lingering health issues, such as breathing problems, which may require the employer to grant the employee medical leave or modify his daily work activities.
- Discrimination. If an employer refused to hire a worker, or provide employment benefits to an employee because the employer was aware of the employee’s MRSA-related health history, the worker may sue for discrimination.
If you were denied worker’s compensation after a serious infection, the legal team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can help you get the benefits you deserve. Call (877) 360-0183 today or fill out the contact form on this page to get your FREE, one-on-one case evaluation with a New Jersey worker’s compensation attorney. You can also download our FREE electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.