Employees in most industries can rely on the workers’ compensation system to provide financial resources in the event that they are injured on the job. But what if an injury does not occur “on the job” in the traditional sense? If you work remotely, you may be curious about your rights under the workers’ compensation system. Your ability to recover workers’ compensation benefits will depend on the type of work you perform, your employer’s policies, and the case you present.
Check Your Employer’s Workers’ Compensation Policy and the Laws that Apply to You
Workers’ compensation is available to most employees. However, some classes of employees are excluded from receiving workers’ compensation. The nature of some work from home jobs may be ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits. For example, many freelance employees regularly work remotely. A lot of freelance workers are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are not a freelancer but regularly work from home for a company you are employed with, it’s likely that you can receive workers’ compensation benefits. Although you are likely able to receive workers’ compensation benefits according to the law, injuries occurring while you work from home can affect your case. You will need to build a strong case to show that your injuries are work-related — our attorneys can help.
Establishing a Case
The most significant factor in determining if an employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits is whether or not their injury is considered “work related.” This is a vague term, and generally, can include any injury that happens at a place of business or while performing job responsibilities. However, determining an injury’s work relation can get complicated if an employee is working from home.
If your injury happened at home or another location outside of your place of work, you will need to show that the injury was directly caused by your job. Injuries that are not work-related will not be covered by workers’ compensation.
At the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin, our attorneys are dedicated to helping injury victims recover the compensation they deserve. We are available to discuss the details of your case during a free consultation.