Are Telecommuters Entitled to Workers' Compensation?
As with many other questions regarding eligibility to receive certain benefits, there is no definite answer. Although this might not seem satisfying, know that in many cases telecommuters are entitled to receive benefits through Workers' Compensation if they are injured on the job. The factor that determines whether an individual is entitled to these benefits or not is whether the injury was sustained while the worker was performing his or her job.
Determining Whether an Injury Occurred "At Work"
For many telecommuters, home and the workplace are one in the same. This can make the telecommuter feel like he or she never truly "leaves" the office and can often put workers onto schedules where "work time" mixes with "off time."
When and where an injury occurred is crucial to determining whether an individual is entitled to receive Workers' Compensation benefits. For injuries that occur in home offices and workshops, it can be especially difficult to determine whether an injury occurred while the individual was on the clock. Vineland Workers' Compensation lawyers note that the following factors must be considered:
- Was the worker performing his or her job when the injury occurred?
- Did the injury occur while the worker was using company equipment or other tools used to perform his or her work duties?
- Was the worker technically "at work," but on a break when the injury occurred? For example, a telecommuter who is injured while walking to his or her mailbox during the middle of the day may not be eligible for Workers' Compensation because he or she was conducting personal, not work, business when the injury occurred despite it being the middle of the work day.
Accurate documentation of any workplace injury is critical to a successful Workers' Compensation claim. If you are injured at home, follow the same protocol that you would follow if you were injured on-site: notify your supervisor of your injury as soon as possible and make a request for medical attention with your company's healthcare provider.
Vineland Workers' Compensation Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Aid Injured Workers with Their Claims
If you are considering seeking Workers' Compensation benefits in South Jersey, contact an experienced Vineland Workers' Compensation lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to ensure that your claim meets all necessary guidelines. To get started with a member of our team at Rone & Kowalski, LLC, fill out our online form or call our Milmay offices at 609-476-4044 x203 to schedule your initial consultation. We proudly serve clients in Vineland, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County.