If you have been recently injured, determining whether an injury is classified as a work-related injury by both an employer and insurance companies is far more complicated than many people realize. In fact, the stipulations regarding what is considered to be a workplace injury are extremely specific, and people with injuries not falling into the confines of these stipulations will likely not be able to easily collect workers compensation benefits. The following are some of the specific guidelines regarding when injuries can be deemed to be workplace injuries:
- Any injury that occurs at an employer’s facilities, within vehicles owned by the employer and/or anywhere so long as the person was “on the clock” (i.e., at a given location as part of carrying out his employment duties)
- Any injury that is sustained during the course of an employer-sponsored event, such as a company Christmas party, even if the location of the event is owned by a third party, such as a restaurant, and even if alcohol was offered at the event
- Any injury an employee sustains while on his lunch break, which is technically off of the clock, so long as the injury occurred on the business’ premises or the lunch-time activity was being carried out on behalf of the employer (an example of which includes dropping off company mail or meeting with a Client for lunch)
Currently, the courts are divided as to whether injuries that occur during work hours/on a business’ property and that result from from violations of a business’ safety rules should be considered to be work-related injuries.
If you have recently been injured while working – regardless of whether your injury is physical or mental (or whether the injury is a complication of a pre-existing medical condition), contact the trusted Colorado workers compensation lawyers at the Taggart Law Firm for more information about your legal rights and entitlements. For years, we have been aggressively defending our Clients’ rights and helping them to secure the maximum possible workers compensation benefits for their injuries. To set up a free initial consult, contact us at (303) 447-2644.