Is Your Injury Work-Related?
Sometimes it can be unclear whether an injury is technically “work-related”, and therefore the injured party may be unsure about his or her right to seek worker’s compensation benefits. Because of the financial effect of approving workers’ compensation claims, an employer or worker’s comp insurer may be inclined to classify the circumstances in which an injury occurred as being unrelated to one’s employment, so it is important that you avoid being wrongfully denied.
The following are instances in which a worker may not be certain about whether his or her injury may qualify as work-related:
Injuries While Traveling
There are different situations in which injuries while traveling may garner workers’ compensation. If you are injured while commuting to and from work, the injury is most likely not covered. However, work-related travel such as business trips and traveling to meet clients during the work day is likely to warrant a workers’ compensation claim.
Re-aggravating Old Injuries
Sometimes old injuries can be re-aggravated due to something that happens on the job. Regardless of when the original injury occurred, any injury or re-injury is usually covered by workers’ compensation.
Injuries at Company Events
When a company sponsors an event like a party or a sports game, worker’s comp typically extends to cover injures that occur during the event.
Injuries While on Break
Break time is another gray area, and the key element is usually where the injury occurs. If you are injured while on your lunch break and not on company property, it is unlikely that worker’s compensation will cover the incident. If you are out buying lunch for your boss however, or eating in a company cafeteria, workers’ comp benefits may be available.
If you have suffered an injury while on the job, the experienced Fayetteville worker’s compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, can help you to ensure that you file correctly and that you have the representation that you need in the event of a denial. Contact us by calling 910-488-1600 to learn more.