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Driving to work covered by Workers Comp

Management lawyers also explain that company events like picnics and parties are too

Posted on
May 09, 2017

What is and isn’t covered under workman’s comp is outlined in this piece from the management side lawyers at JD Supra.

Under Illinois workers’ compensation laws, an employer may be held liable for injuries that occur outside of the workplace, depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury.

Workers’ Compensation Law

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act states that an employer can be held legally liable for an injury that “arises out of and in the course of employment.” If an employee was completing tasks related to the job at the time of his or her injury, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if this injury occurred off of the main job site. Some situations where workers comp lawyers are hired when the employee was not on the job site include:

Work Travel

Employees who are traveling as part of their job responsibilities and who are injured during this travel may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits since this work arises out of and is conducted in the course of their employment. For example, if a worker is injured in a car accident while heading to see a business client, he or she may be entitled to benefits. However, employees are generally not entitled to benefits when they are on their way to work or leaving after work.

Additionally, employees who are injured because they are at a location due to their work may be entitled to benefits. This includes flight attendants or salespersons that are not engaged in work-related activities at the time of the injury but would not have been injured at the location were they not there for work. Workers comp lawyers can explain when benefits may be available for such work travel.

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