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Work Related Lyme Disease

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Sparta, New Jersey (MY9NJ) - Margie Raimondi is a Morris County Park Police Officer who says that she contracted Lyme disease during work related horseback patrols in wooded areas. A state appeals court recently upheld a ruling that Raimondi in fact suffers from work-related Lyme disease and this entitles her to temporary disability, medical benefits and hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

Raimondi spoke about her illness and was almost immediately filled with emotion about her experiences.

“3 years I was misdiagnosed. It brought me to the fact of 9 month bed bound, 3 month bed bound, work not believing in you and fighting a battle that you can’t even imagine,” she said.

Raimondi also discussed what she feels is an employers’ responsibility to explain the dangers of Lyme disease.

“We have something called right to know. We know where the alarm panels are, we know where the electrical equipment is, we know where the propane tanks are, but we don’t know that there’s something out there that could take our lives or make us suffer,” she said.

Raimondi’s attorney, Jonathan McMeen, believes this is the first case he has seen like this. “I believe it’s a cutting edge case,” he said.

In terms of justifying that Raimondi’s condition was in fact acquired on the job, McMeen explained that, “it’s more probable than not that the tick bite was contracted while they were at work, and it’s a compensable accident.”

McMeen noted that when Lyme disease is contracted while on the job, it is referred to as an “occupational disease”. He feels that this court victory will allow others to get compensation and benefits when Lyme is contracted on the job.


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