Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Is It Workers’ Compensation If I am Travelling for Work?

On the Road Again – Is It Workers’ Compensation If I am Travelling for Work and Get Hurt in North Carolina or South Carolina?

If your job involves travelling away from your employer’s premises, you are generally found to be within the scope of your employment continuously.  For example, injuries you might suffer out of the obvious need to sleep in a hotel, or motel, and eat in a restaurant are usually held to be compensable workers’ compensation cases.   Likewise, injuries you suffer travelling between your hotel and a restaurant, for example in a car accident, are also generally held to be compensable.  You are also considered on the job as you make your way back from where the work is to be performed as long as there is reasonable continuity between the travel and the employment. 

This rule holds true unless there is proof of a distinct and total departure on a personal errand, or the trip is made for primarily social, or personal reasons.  For example, taking off for the weekend on a personal vacation in a company vehicle and socializing with a company contact, but not at the direction of your employer, but for personal reasons is not typically going to be found compensable.  The reality of this subsection of workers’ compensation law is that nothing happens exactly in the same way, and the blurring of personal versus business can be a fine line between a compensable case and a denied one!      

So, if you have been hurt on the job while travelling for your job report it immediately, and then pick up the phone and call Tippens & Zurosky, so we can be your voice, answer all of your questions, and file your claim!  Tippens & Zurosky has knowledgeable, experienced attorneys who can fight for your rights during this often long and difficult workers' compensation process.  Call us toll-free at 877-872-3580, or at 704-343-0018, for a free consultation.  Let us help you!

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