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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

N.J. Stat. App.A:9-57.2

Summary Title

Workers’ Compensation: Civil Defense Forces

Summary

An emergency management volunteer with the New Jersey civil defense forces is entitled to workers’ compensation as long as the injury or death was not caused by their own extreme carelessness, intoxication, or self-inflicted.

Full Title

Benefits to civil defense volunteers

Full Text

Benefits, as provided in this act, shall be furnished to a civil defense volunteer for injury, as defined herein, arising before the effective date of P.L. 1995, c. 383, either within or without this State, provided: (a) The injury is proximately caused by authorized civil defense service, and (b) The injury is not caused by the gross negligence or intoxication of the injured civil defense volunteer, and (c) The injury is not intentionally self-inflicted and is not due to willful exposure to radiation or to noxious gases or to germ warfare, and (d) Medical treatment or hospital care is undergone by the civil defense volunteer because of the injury within 30 days of the date of injury, where objective symptoms are immediate, or within five months after the date when the civil defense volunteer shall have ceased to be subject to exposure to radiation or to noxious gases or to germ warfare, if the treatment or hospital care is required because of such exposure which did not produce objective symptoms immediately. This subsection shall not apply if death occurs immediately. Claims for disability, death, medical and hospital benefits for civil defense volunteers, all of whom have been renamed “emergency management volunteers” by Executive Order No. 101 of 1980, which arise on or after the effective date of P.L.1995, c.383, shall be filed with and determined by the Division of Workers’ Compensation in the Department of Labor in accordance with the provisions of articles 1, 2, 3, and 4 of chapter 15 of Title 34 of the Revised Statutes.