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You can make a claim for workers’ compensation while traveling

On Behalf of | Oct 2, 2015 | Workers' Compensation

Injuries can take place anywhere, even as you travel to get to a new work site. What can you do if you’ve been injured while driving for work? Many times, your injuries will be considered workplace injuries, even if you’re not on site, allowing your attorney and yourself to file a claim for compensation through the workers’ compensation program or other methods.

Traveling isn’t just inclusive of being in a vehicle and on the road. Consider what you do for work. Have you ever had to stay the night at a hotel? Have you had to fly for work, heading through an airport and onto a plane?

If you’re hurt by slipping in a hotel, getting hurt in an elevator, being injured in a plane crash or airport accident while you’re traveling for work, you might be covered by workers’ compensation. If travel is a major part of your work, then it would be hard for your employer to claim that your injuries didn’t fall under his workers’ compensation insurance policy.

One thing that can be hard to get compensation for is injuries you suffer on the way to or from work. Ohio’s workers’ compensation legislation has a rule known as the “coming and going” rule. This means that if you are driving home from work and your employer doesn’t own the property where an accident takes place, you may not be able to hold him liable for your injuries. Instead, you may need to seek compensation from the party responsible for the accident, whether that’s another driver, the city or someone else. Our website has more information on this complicated workers’ compensation law, so you can get a better understanding of it.