Winter weather can create dangerous environments for driving, walking, and sometimes working. Whether it’s an icy parking lot, or a wet floor from melting snow, accidents do occur. So, what happens when you’re performing your regular job duties and you slip, fall and injure yourself?
Do you qualify for Workers Compensation?
Typically, you need to have been working in order to qualify. For instance, if you slipped and fell while you were traveling to or from work, then you are unlikely to obtain the benefits that you seek. But if you were performing your work duties, such as traveling from your job on a work-related errand for your boss, then workers compensation should cover your injury. Furthermore, it’s important that your behavior when you were injured was not in violation of company policy. Violating company policy is equivalent to getting injured while away on your lunch break; it renders otherwise-acceptable behavior unacceptable from a workers compensation perspective.
Workplace Injury Lawsuits against Third Parties
Most work-related injuries are handled through your state’s workers compensation system. If you receive workers compensation benefits, you are usually precluded from suing your employer. However, if a third party, such as a company making a delivery, was responsible for the condition that caused you to slip, you may have a claim against that company. You’ll want to speak to a personal injury attorney in your jurisdiction to be sure.
Evidence for Your Workers Compensation Claim
Ensure that you have all the proper evidence when you file your workers comp claim. Regardless of the underlying cause, all workers comp injuries must be proven to result directly from the performance of work-related duties. If you slipped and fell, but then waited a long time before filing, then the evidence supporting your case may be reduced.
If you have questions regarding your slip and fall or any other workers comp related case, please contact The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir