At Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, our workers’ compensation legal team provides many services to our clients. We possess a tireless work ethic, extensive experience, and compassion for all whom we are privileged to represent. We also take great pride and responsibility in educating clients about New Jersey’s Workers’ Compensation laws and how these laws protect their rights as injured employees.
One thing we continue to learn from our clients is that employees have many misconceptions regarding repetitive stress injuries suffered in the workplace, also known as WEAR and TEAR™ injuries. Unfortunately, many employees are completely unaware that they may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits due to their WEAR and TEAR™ injuries.
Even though many employers do not make even a small effort to correct this widespread misconception, we will continue our mission to educate and inform.
Broken Leg or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? BOTH May Be Compensable Workers’ Comp Injuries
At Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, we know all too well that the majority of workers’ comp claims in the United States are not related to broken bones – but rather occupational WEAR and TEAR™ injuries, with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome leading the pack. This is one reason why we specialize in this ever-growing and important area of workers’ comp law, and it is why we have helped thousands of employees with WEAR and TEAR™ injuries file successful workers’ compensation claims and obtain the benefits they deserve.
Our highly-extensive experience handling WEAR and TEAR™ workers’ comp cases means that we understand how these claims are evaluated by workers’ comp insurance companies and the Department of Labor – and we know what type of medical evidence is crucial in proving that a WEAR and TEAR™ injury is, in fact, a covered workers’ comp injury.
Connecting WEAR and TEAR™ Injuries to the Job
The term WEAR and TEAR™ describes a condition such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and is not in and of itself a medical diagnosis. Moreover, since these injuries occur over time, the medical evidence does not need to demonstrate with 100% certainty that the injury was completely and wholly caused by a specific job (although this never hurts). However, the medical evidence must sufficiently prove that a specific job and related duties caused the aggravation, exacerbation, and/or aggravation of the injury.
In summary, if an injured employee can show through the medical evidence that the employee’s occupational duties directly caused the WEAR and TEAR™ OR that said duties aggravated, accelerated, or exacerbated an existing injury, the WEAR and TEAR™ injury is compensable under New Jersey’s Workers’ Compensation System!
The most effective evidence in this regard is in the form of a medical professional’s testimony that – to a reasonable degree of medical certainty – the WEAR and TEAR™ injury is sufficiently (i.e., materially) related to the specific job at issue.
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At Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, we have helped many employees who suffered WEAR and TEAR™ injuries. Call or contact us for a free consultation. Talk to an experienced lawyer who can help you sort out your rights. We can be reached by phone at 888-675-7607, or you can complete our online form. We look forward to discussing your situation with you.