Work injuries aren’t always a straightforward incident. In fact, the accident can occur in unusual circumstances, making you wonder if your injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. One such instance is an injury incurred during a business trip. If you are traveling for your job, are you automatically covered if you are injured? Unfortunately, the answer is not always simple.
If you are engaging in work-related activities in a location other than your primary place of employment, you are covered if you are injured. An example would be a pizza delivery person who falls while walking up the steps to a customer’s home. That injury would be covered under workers’ comp.
State law considers employees to be “at work” whenever they are performing work tasks, regardless of where those tasks are performed. Some examples include:
- A receptionist who goes to the post office for the company mail
- A salesperson visiting a customer at his home or place of business
- An employee working at a remote worksite
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. When an employee travels for business and stays in hotels, it can be complicated to determine if an injury is work-related. Not every minute of a business trip is spent performing work tasks, but eating and sleeping are considered essential activities so that time would be included within the scope of employment. However, sightseeing or going on a bike ride would not be covered under work activities.
Protecting Your Benefits in a Workers’ Comp Claim
Work-related injuries when you travel for business aren’t always simple or straightforward. Because of this fact, it’s important to be cautious if you are injured while traveling for work. If you aren’t sure of the circumstances and the law regarding workers’ comp, you should contact a Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney immediately. It’s important to get a lawyer involved who has experience handling workers’ compensation cases as early in the process as possible. By hiring an attorney early in the process, the attorney can be more efficient in collecting information about your case to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to receive under Florida’s workers’ comp laws.
Even if the injury is minor, you should report it immediately. For more serious cases, you must find out the procedure for receiving medical treatment while away from home. A Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney can present the facts that support your claim for compensation for the injury you received while performing work duties. Obtain medical care immediately after the injury occurs and find an attorney who can provide sound legal counsel to guide you through the process of recovery. The attorney will work to ensure you understand what happens and your rights in the situation.
The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact our office today by calling 1-800-333-3903 to speak with a Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer. We represent individuals in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL. If you are injured while traveling for work, you have rights.