Most people think that if you are not physically at your place of employment, then you are not eligible for worker’s compensation should an accident happen. The reality is that there are many instances where you may be able to receive payment for a work-related injury while offsite or off the clock. The first step is understanding the guidelines for eligibility.
When Are You Not Eligible for Worker’s Compensation?
The rules are a little different in each state. Some do not hold the employer liable when the employee is travelling to or from work. The only exceptions include situations where the employee was directed by the employer to complete a task or when conducting business.
For example, a worker who is meeting a client before going to the office may be eligible. Another employee whose boss asks them to pick up mail before coming into work may also be eligible.
When Are You Eligible for Worker’s Compensation?
Along with the situations described above, there are other times when you may have an accident away from work and be eligible for compensation. These circumstances fall under the concept of a journey for work purposes. The legislation in these cases is broad and can be interpreted to cover many situations, including a lunch break or other breaks throughout the work day.
What Should I Do After a Work-Related Injury?
The first step you should take is to talk to a legal expert to determine if you are can claim worker’s compensation. Carew Lawyers are available to review your case and provide a recommendation. Call us today to find out if you are eligible for compensation after an injury sustained on your lunch break.