If you were injured at work, you can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits without the need to prove fault. But you may be wondering if a fall in the parking lot counts as being “at work” especially if it occurs before you clock in or after you clock out. In many cases, it does. You should report your injuries to your employer right away and talk to a Louisiana Workers’ Compensation attorney. Although you do not need to prove fault, you may have to fight to prove that your accident qualifies under Workers’ Compensation laws.
Course and Scope of Employment
Each case is unique. Whether you can receive benefits will depend on the circumstances of your case. For your injuries to be covered by Workers’ Compensation, the accident must have occurred while you were acting within the course and scope of employment.
Typically, a fall in the parking lot on the way to or from your car, even though it is before or after work, will qualify. On the other hand, if you leave work and stop to do some shopping on your way home, falling in the parking lot of another property would not qualify unless you were there on an errand for your employer.
Although you do not need to prove fault to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits, many employers and their insurance companies vigorously fight Workers’ Compensation claims. You need an experienced Louisiana Workers’ Compensation lawyer on your side. Please, call the law offices of J. Ransdell Keene at 800-597-9247 today or email us to schedule your free consultation.