Workers’ compensation is a system that provides employees with coverage for financial damages that result from work-related injuries. If you work remotely, you may be wondering if this coverage extends to injuries you sustain while working from home. Your ability to recover workers’ compensation benefits for an injury that occurred while you were working remotely will depend on the details of your unique situation. There are different factors you must consider to determine if you have a viable case.
What Was the Cause of Your Injury?
The cause of your injury will likely be the most significant consideration in the viability of your workers’ compensation case. Although you may have been working at the time, you will likely not be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits for burns caused by spilling hot coffee in your own home.
Causes of injury that are directly related to the work that you do are more likely to be considered as a good case for receiving workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if you repair computers and are working from home, you may have a case if a defective tool caused your injuries.
Where Exactly Did the Injury Occur?
The location where you were working and sustained an injury is another factor that will impact the viability of your case. It may be more difficult to recover workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that occurred at your house, because of the complexity of proving that your injury is work-related.
If you work remotely outside of your office but work from a public location such as a coffee shop or a coworking space, you may be able to recover benefits outside of the workers’ compensation system. You could have a case against the owner of the property if their negligence caused your injuries.
Do You Always Work Remotely?
The frequency of which you work remotely can also impact your ability to recover workers’ compensation benefits. If your job is completely remote or you work from home more often than you work in your office, that could help your case.
It may be more difficult to build a workers’ compensation case around a remote work injury if it happened when you were working from home for one day or under special circumstances. This could potentially raise suspicions of the validity of your claim among your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance provider.
The viability of a workers’ compensation claim must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. At Alvandi Law Group, P.C., our legal team focuses exclusively on workers’ compensation and is well-versed in every aspect of the legal process. For help with recovering the benefits you are entitled to, contact us today.
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