Reflections on worker’s compensation in the state of New Jersey
Edward H Tobe
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/School of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ, USA
Abstract: A healthy, productive workforce improves the socioeconomic interests and stability of society. In the early 20th century, federal worker’s compensation law was modified from intentional and unintentional negligence tort law to a no-fault system; this was designed to optimize the outcome of work-related injuries for both employers and employees. It was recognized that the integrity of the worker’s health was essential to society. Each state independently legislated medical and fiscal management of occupational injuries and illness. The state of New Jersey presently has a system to evaluate the complex processes that the worker and worker's family experience after a work-related injury. The current legislation may encourage antipathy and mental regression during a vulnerable period of the worker's life. Reflecting on potential legislative shortcomings may stimulate ideas to create improved treatment outcomes.
Keywords: labor, law, injury, insurance, occupational medicine
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