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Injured utility worker recovers from work accident

Many workers in New Jersey have no choice but to conduct their duties in an environment that has safety hazards, increasing their chances of a workplace injury or exposure to occupational diseases. Workers are sometimes forced by circumstance to accept the high risks of a workplace accident, knowing full well that there is always the chance of serious injuries or death. These harms can cause workers and their families to incur steep medical expenses and lost wages.

When a worker is injured on the job, his or her employer's insurance has a duty to provide the employee with workers' compensation benefits. This money is meant to help with the financial hardships that arise as the result of being in the hospital and out of work. If an insurance company chooses to deny a claim made by an injured worker, then that worker may choose to seek the help of an experienced lawyer, who can fight on his or her behalf.

Back in March of this year, a utility employee working in New Jersey was doing maintenance work in a bucket truck on utility poles and received a severe electrical shock that almost claimed his life. Fortunately, state troopers and local emergency personnel, who had responded to the incident, managed to administer CPR and give the victim additional preliminary medical attention that saved his life.

According to a recent news report, the injured worker is currently recovering. Given the injuries suffered and how they occurred, this victim may have already filed a workers' compensation claim. The chances of successfully filing a claim may increase if a worker becomes aware of all of his legal rights regarding this matter, so consulting with a legal representative may be in an injured worker's best interests.

Source:, "Salem police, EMS workers honored for saving severely shocked utility worker," Brittany M. Wehner, April 19, 2014.

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