What situations are eligible for workers' compensation?
Not every case of injury at your workplace can or will be treated equally. Workers' compensation is intended primarily to protect those who are injured while performing a task related to their job, but what about people like you who are injured while at your place of work but not working? We at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., will highlight which cases are generally eligible for compensation.
To be eligible for compensation, the work you were doing that caused the illness or injury needs to have benefited your employer in some way. But what people don't consider is that this isn't strictly limited to direct tasks. For example, if you're harmed while on a business trip or traveling under your employer's orders, you may have an eligible claim. Likewise, any injuries at mandatory company events might be covered, even if they take place elsewhere.
You may also be eligible for compensation if you were hurt on a work break. Lesser known valid cases may also involve injuries received while leaving your place of work, or harm done to you in the parking lot on your way in, such as slipping on ice. However, it should be noted that you would not have a case if you were injured while driving somewhere else on your break unless it was for your employer's sake. If you get harmed on the way to your place of employment, that also wouldn't be valid.
To read more about the spread of accidents and timing that can occur at your place of work, and the compensation you may be eligible for, take a look at the linked site. It gives a rundown of your compensation coverage and can help you out if you aren't sure where your case might fall.