Can You Get Workers’ Comp Benefits If You Cause Your Own Injuries?
In New Jersey, to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you need to show two things: (1) that you were injured and (2) that the injury happened during the course of your employment. You need not show who caused the injury nor prove that your employer or coworker acted negligently. But what if you caused the accident, in whole or in part? Are you still eligible for workers’ comp benefits?
Workers’ Compensation—Primarily a No-Fault System
In most personal injury claims, the principle of comparative fault applies, which means a monetary award you receive can be reduced to the degree you were at fault for causing the accident. That’s not the case with a workers’ compensation claim. With limited exceptions, workers’ compensation benefits are payable without regard to fault, which means that, even if your carelessness contributed to causing the accident, you’ll still qualify for benefits.
There are, however, some exceptions to this rule:
- Workers may not collect workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that are solely and intentionally self-inflicted; and
- Workers may not recover workers’ comp benefits for injuries sustained in an accident if the worker was intoxicated, or under the influence of drugs, at the time of the accident and the worker’s impairment was the sole cause of the accident.
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