Workers’ Compensation Eligibility
When you are injured in the course of your employment, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in most cases. While this idea may seem obvious, it applies to a number of activities and professions that many people may not immediately consider.
Do You Qualify For Workers’ Compensation?
In general, if you suffered an injury at work, you are eligible to receive benefits. This is true even if the injury was your fault — if you made a mistake or caused an accident that led to your injury, don’t hesitate to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” insurance system, meaning you are covered no matter who is responsible.
Most people are aware that they are covered for injuries that occur in the workplace. However, there are a number of situations that occur outside the workplace that can also apply depending on the facts. These situations may include:
- Car accidents that occur while driving a company vehicle
- Accidents that occur while speaking with your boss while driving (even outside of normal work hours)
- Accidents that occur while walking to or from your car
- Injuries suffered while on a corporate retreat or outing
- Injuries suffered at trade shows or other events
Workers’ Compensation For In-Home Workers
House cleaners and other home workers are subject to special workers’ compensation eligibility requirements. If you have worked regularly in another person’s home and you suffered an injury, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits from the homeowner.
Also, if you are working for an unlicensed contractor on a home project, you may be considered an employee of the homeowner and may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if injured.
Contact Our Experienced Workplace Injury Attorneys
Workers’ compensation eligibility can be nuanced and complex. If you are uncertain about your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits, the attorneys at Butler Viadro, LLP, can answer any questions you may have. Our legal team has dealt with a wide variety of injuries and accidents; we provide insightful legal assistance in even the most complex situations.
To learn more about workers’ compensation eligibility, schedule a consultation with Butler Viadro, LLP. One of our lawyers will meet with you in person to discuss your case and your legal options. To get started, call our Oakland, California, law office at 510-907-9577 or 888-353-2158 toll-free, or contact us online. We offer free consultations to all clients.