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Workers’ Compensation Winter Weather Impacts

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2021 | Firm News

As you are aware, this Winter has already had a significant snow fall in our area.  From Easton to Allentown, the snow has fallen up to almost two feet.  Similarly, in New Jersey, from Phillipsburg to Belvidere to Washington, and even Blairstown, the snow has been almost up to two feet.  Workers for large employers such as hospitals and grocery stores are required to park their cars at work and encounter horrible conditions.  First, the large snow mounds can obstruct your line of site while driving into and out of your work parking lot.  Second, the many parking lots in our areas that have large snow mounds are subject to melting and refreezing from night to day.  A worker who falls on ice walking in the parking lot to or from work may have a workers compensation case.  Both New Jersey and Pennsylvania workers compensation laws cover injuries in work parking lots under very specific circumstances.   Important factors are often the number of employers that use the lot, the size of the lot, the location of the lot and whether the employer directs the employees to park in a specific location of the lot away from the customer parking area.   It is important to immediately notify your employer if you fall in the parking lot due to snow or ice.  Equally important is documenting the condition of the lot by taking a photo with your phone.  It is also important to contact a workers compensation attorney immediately to discuss your legal rights including medical treatment, money benefits while out of work, and permanency benefits.  Please contact our office today if you have fallen on ice or snow and would like to review your workers compensation rights in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

WARNING: THIS IS A GENERAL DISCUSSION OF LAW AND IS NOT INTENDED TO BE LEGAL ADVICE. FOR ANY LEGAL QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AND SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY.

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