Is latex allergy sensitivity a compensable condition under Workers' Compensation laws?

Answered by: Jon L. Gelman, JD

While most workers' compensation acts provide for medical treatment and temporary and permanent disability, the laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Therefore, specific legal guidance from an expert should sought from an attorney who is familiar with sophisticated claims. The legal theory applicable is a hybrid and it is based neither a traumatic claim nor a strict occupational exposure at work. Latex sensitivity claims not only generate the usual physical symptoms, but also frequently produce a psychological disability that may also require treatment and assessment of disability.

Jon L. Gelman is an Attorney at Law in New Jersey, specializing in Workman's Compensation Law.

Author: NJ Workers' Compensation Law, 3rd ed. (West Group)

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