In the past under New Jersey law, if an employee was injured in the parking lot, in most cases, they could not collect workers’ compensation benefits. As the law once stood, compensation only applied if the injury occurred in the workplace. Any injury that occurred anywhere else could not be compensated.
That law held for many years but in January of this year, a new bill was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy, which states that all employer-designated parking lots are subject to the same workers’ compensation coverage as the building. As far as the law is concerned, the employee is considered to be working from the minute they are in the parking lot.
More and more parking lot injuries are occurring
Parking-lot injuries are happening more and more often lately. Although the new law will probably make employees happy, it will most likely not make employers happy. Under the new law, most injuries that occur in employer-designated parking lots will be covered by workers’ compensation.
The law really expands coverage because the reality is that there are all sorts of ways for a person to be injured in a parking lot. Depending on the business, there is a potential for all sorts of things to fly around, such as shopping carts and other objects. Of course, injuries can also occur, such as slipping or tripping and falling.
Seeking legal advice
If you have been injured in a parking lot in a similar situation, a knowledgeable New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer may be able to offer you sound advice that may help you to resolve your case favorably. Many people are injured on the job and if you have been subject to that, your rights must be protected.
Your injury may require that you get long-term or permanent medical treatment as well as your need to compensate for lost wages. It is not uncommon for employers and insurance companies to push back when you go after what you need and what you are entitled to have. An experienced lawyer can walk you through every part of the process and be by your side until resolution.