Every morning, you drive to work and clock in as soon as you get to your workplace. Once your day is over, you clock out and drive home. You then repeat the process the next day and the next and the next, until it becomes second nature. On a majority of days, this seamless process remains uneventful.
But what about that one unexpected day where one small action will change the process? Maybe when you decide to buy your boss pizza to celebrate their birthday and sadly get hit by a car outside the restaurant or when you stop by the company basketball court but fall and injure your leg in the process? Will you still be covered for workers compensation?
When Does Workers Compensation Count?
Workers compensation usually covers work-related injuries and illnesses. When you’re injured on the clock, you’ll receive compensation which includes full medical treatment, any lost wages and vocational assistance where needed. In this case, workers compensation will not begin until you arrive at your workplace, and it ends when you leave the office at the end of the day.
Daily commutes and lunch breaks may not qualify for compensation. In this case, you’ll need the help of an attorney rto determine how you could be covered.
Are There Any Exceptions to the Rules?
Your attorney will help you figure out whether exception to the workers’ compensation off the clock injury rules. While workers compensation typically applies when your get injured while performing work-related duties, there can be instances where you’re entitled to compensation even while outside work premises.
Some exceptions include:
- Sidewalks and Parking Lots
If you’re in your employer’s sidewalk,parking lot or any oher premise that’s an extension of the workplace, then you’ll qualify for worker’s compensation, even if you’re not on the clock.
- Employer benefits
If you clock output your employer requires you to perform a duty that directly benefits them such as go out to dinner with a new client but sadly you get injured then you may apply for a compensation claim. But if you were doing your boss a favor but got injured due to your personal misconduct, then the compensation wouldn’t apply here.
- After hour duties
If your shift typically starts at a particular time and you clock out at a specific time, but are still required to work after hours every now and again, and you get injured in the process, then a workers compensation might be in order.
Working With An Attorney
If you’ve sustained an injury at work, when you were off the clock, but don’t knowe what to do, then seeking the services of Workers Compensation Mount Holly attorneys is the best thing to do.
We will examine every aspect of your case, gather the evidence you need to prove that it happened, know whether you’re up for any exceptions and most importantly, recover the compensation that you’re entitled to.