Were You Injured at a Company Event? Workers’ Compensation Should Be Paying Your Medical Bills
Boys will be boys, so you expect a fair number of injuries at a field day at Delbarton School. However, what if you are the one who is injured while attending to your hosting duties on Alumni Day? School is out for the summer, so does that mean your injuries are your own to cope with?
It is not fair that teachers should pay for their own injuries at school-sponsored events. That’s why there are special exceptions to workers’ compensation rules allowing payment for employees who are injured at a social events that they were required to attend by their employer.
How You Can Get Workers’ Comp for an Injury at a Company Social Event
Qualifying injuries for workers' compensation coverage depends on two questions: were you on company property, and were you on company time? In the first case, workers' comp coverage begins when employees enter the area “controlled” by his employer, and ends when they leave that property. “Controlled” property may include your office, break room, or employee patio or garden, but also any of the common areas surrounding them, such as parking lots, sidewalks, or grassy areas that employees may access while going to or from work.
The second qualification is slightly more difficult, as workers may not always be on company property to perform their job functions. Here are a few examples of workers who are likely eligible for injury compensation even though they were off company property:
- A letter carriers who was bitten by a dog as he walked back to his truck at the end of the day.
- A limo driver who has been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease from long hours behind the wheel.
- An employee who volunteered to mail a package before coming into work and was struck by a car outside the post office.
- A personal assistant who was sent to pick up an employer’s friend from the airport but slipped on the sidewalk in the early morning hours.
- A remote employee who works from home, but has developed carpal tunnel syndrome.
- A delivery man who is injured while unloading crates in a grocer’s parking lot.
Never Pay-Out-Of Pocket for Work Injuries
If you were injured while on the clock, but away from your workplace, you should consult an attorney to find out your best options for recovery. Along with filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may also be able to pursue a negligence claim against the property where you were injured, making it even more likely that you will not have to pay any money out-of-pocket for your suffering.
Click the contact link on this page to find out your legal options, or get more information in our FREE book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers’ Comp Guide.