What happens if you get injured working at home? – With the growing number of people working from home due to COVID-19, we’ve been asked frequently, “What happens if you get injured while working at home?”
What happens if you get injured working at home? Workers compensation questions like these hinge on the details so allow us to help you understand.
Are work injuries still covered if they happen at home?
We have been seeing a lot of claims from people who typically worked at an office but now work at home and have been injured. Many of our clients will ask if their at-home work injury will still be covered under workers’ compensation and the answer is yes. It is still covered under workers’ compensation just as if you had been injured at your work-place.
What about an injury that happens when I’m taking a break?
Our clients often ask “does the injury have to happen while I’m actually working or what if an injury happens while I’m taking a break, going to the restroom, or having lunch?” And the answer is still yes, the injury will be covered by worker’s compensation. That’s because of what’s considered in the course and scope of your employment for purposes of workers’ compensation. It includes reasonable breaks that you need to take care of personal needs. That means any injury that happens when you’re going to get coffee, taking bathroom breaks, or anything like that, will still be covered under workers’ compensation.
We’re here to help.
Sometimes workers’ compensation cases can get complicated. It can be very facts-specific and that’s why you need an attorney who knows the laws of Colorado workers compensation and whether or not your work injury will be covered. If you’ve been injured while working at home and there are doubts and you have questions, you can always consult with one of our attorneys at Kaplan Morrell Attorneys at Law. We offer free consultations and we would be happy to speak with you. Give us a call at 866-356-9898 and we can help explain your rights and tell you how the law may apply to your situation.
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