Although we normally think of falling during the winter due to ice and snow, anyone can slip and fall or trip over something at any time of the year. In fact, this accounted for around twenty seven percent of all workplace injuries in 2014, resulting in over 316,000 days missed from work. With falls being so incredibly common in North Carolina works areas, it is always good to know when these cases are covered under workers compensation laws and when they are not.
The general rule of North Carolina workers compensation is whether or not the injury was sustained during the “course and scope” of employment. Well, if you are currently asking yourself what the course and scope of your employment is, you certainly are not the only one. Often, this is what will make or break a claim. Some people submit workers compensation forms for an injury that they believe took place while on the job only to find out that it didn’t. For example, driving to or from work, or walking to and from work, does not count as part of the course and scope of employment. Any dangers that you are exposed to during travel back and forth is considered a public concern and therefore not the fault of your employer.
Naturally, there are exceptions to even this rule. If your employer either provides transportation for you such as a company car or gives you a vehicle with which you commute, then you may be covered by workers compensation. This is also true if you are reimbursed for gas or mileage traveling to and from work. Also, if you were running an errand for your employer outside of your normal job description, such as picking up their favorite bagel upon their request, you may be covered. This is true even if you benefited from the trip as well, such as grabbing yourself a cherry Danish while at the bakery.
As with any other workers compensation claim that you are unsure about, you should call Collier if you have fallen or tripped and been injured at work. Let us help you get what you deserve with the help of your free consultation. No one likes to fall without any help getting back up.