Employers often try to avoid Workers’ Compensation claims by claiming that the injury was not work-related. Sometimes it’s an honest mistake and they truly believe the injury is not work-related, but in many cases it is because they are worried about their insurance rates going up. Either way, you can’t afford to simply back down and let it go. If you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits, you need those benefits to cover your medical expenses and replace at least some of your lost income.
An experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney like J. Ransdell Keene can help you determine if you have a valid claim, and if so, help you prove it.
Some Gray Areas
If you suffered injuries in an accident or incident, it may seem obvious that they were work-related, but there are circumstances when your employer or supervisor may try to claim otherwise and you need to know where you stand. Examples of circumstances that can be questionable include:
- Injuries that occur while on a break
- Injuries that occur when you are not on the employer’s property
- Injuries that occur during functions, such as parties and meetings
Generally, if you are injured during a break, it is still covered by Workers’ Compensation unless you choose to leave the workplace during your break.
Injuries that occur when away from the workplace will depend on what you were doing. If you were running an errand for the business, that is work-related, even if that errand was during your lunch break or on your way home from work.
If you were injured at an employee party or another company event, there are a few things to consider. If you were required to attend, coerced to attend, paid to attend, working while there even if not paid to do it, or entertaining clients or doing something that otherwise benefits the company, then your injuries are probably covered.
If you believe that your injuries are work-related and your employer says they are not, schedule a free consultation with Louisiana Workers’ Compensation attorney J. Ransdell Keene to find out if you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits and what you need to do next.