One of the most confusing laws when it comes to workers’ compensation is the coming and going rule. The coming and going rule is an umbrella term for when you are traveling to and from your place of employment and any injuries that may occur along the way. Every situation is different regarding whether or not you are allowed to file a workers’ compensation claim. The decision is fully dependent on the circumstance of your travel and whether or not it is defined as within the scope of your employment. Let’s look at a few examples. If you drive yourself to and from work and you are injured in a car accident, then you generally are not covered under workers’ compensation. Although you obviously need to get to work, the argument that is often made is that you could have left at a different time or taken a different road and therefore avoided the accident. Driving from your home is not considered to be within the scope of your employment and so most travel is not eligible for compensation. However, there are always some exceptions. If you are asked to drop something for your company off at the post office at the end of the day, that’s normally a good thing. You will probably get out a little early so that you can make it to the post office before closing, which is always a plus. However, if you are in an accident on the way to the bank you may find yourself wondering what your best path forward will be. According to the coming and going rule, you may be covered by workers’ compensation. This is because you were completing a task for your job that your boss asked of you. Even if you planned on mailing some things for yourself while there, you are still covered. However, if you asked to leave early so you could go to the post office for yourself, you would not be eligible to file a claim in North Carolina. With the laws surrounding the coming and going rule being as specific as they are, you will want to contact an attorney as soon possible after you are hurt. Give Collier Law Firm a call today and get a free consultation to see if you are eligible for workers’ compensation even if you were traveling for work. You never know until you call, so let us help you out today!