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Workers' compensation: Amazon workers exposed to bear repellent

New Jersey hikers might expect a slight possibility of being accidentally sprayed with bear repellent while in the woods, but few people expect this situation to occur at work. A group of warehouse workers were unfortunately injured in that exact situation. Depending on their injuries, they might be eligible for workers' compensation.

An automated machine located in a New Jersey Amazon warehouse recently punctured a can of bear repellent. Hundreds of employees work in the area where the concentrated repellent leaked, exposing many of them to the danger. However, Amazon reported that the warehouse was not fully evacuated. Apparently only the affected area was shut down.

A total of 54 workers were exposed to the repellent, most of whom reported that they had difficulty breathing and also suffered burning sensations in their throats and eyes. Of these, 24 victims had to be hospitalized across five different area hospitals. One of the hospitalized workers suffered critical injuries, and although Amazon reported that worker was expected to be released soon after, the extent of the individual's injuries are unclear. In many cases, victims of workplace injuries still require ongoing care and treatment even after being released from the hospital.

When New Jersey workers are injured at their place of employment, they may worry about ongoing financial stability on top of their medical needs. Workers' compensation can address both of these issues. This temporary compensation provides necessary financial support for related issues -- such as medical bills and lost wages -- while victims focus on their recoveries.

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