The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how many people around the world work. Instead of going to an office every day, people work from home, which has become our new reality. You may be wondering what happens to your workers’ compensation coverage now that you are working from home. Are you still able to claim workers’ compensation when you are injured on the job? Even if you are working from home?
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
Workers’ Compensation is coverage that your employer provides if you suffer injury or illness on the job. If you are injured during your employment, you are normally covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. If you have sustained a work-related injury, you should be able to claim it if it “arises out of and in the course of employment,” no matter where the injury occurs.
However, the issue often is proving that your injury is work-related. This becomes more complicated when you are working remotely or from home, especially since the injury could have occurred at any given time at home.
Working From Home
More often than not, the hurt employee has to prove that the injury they sustained was work-related, and if you are working from home – this can become difficult. It is likely you are home alone while you are working, so there is not always someone who can corroborate the incident.
If you sustain an injury while working from home, your first course of action is to file a claim with the workers’ compensation insurance forms that your employer provides. This needs to be done as soon as possible.
Provide evidence in this claim that can demonstrate how this injury occurred, and be prepared to answer any questions regarding your injury.
If you are denied a workers’ compensation claim, give Friedman Law Office, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, a call today! We will do everything in our power to get you and your family the compensation you deserve.
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