If you have been injured while traveling for work-related business, you may be entitled to Workers' Compensation. Often times the laws for injuries related to business travel can be complicated and confusing, but the attorney's of White & Stradley, PLLC can help you understand and protect your rights.
If you want to pursue a North Carolina Workers' Compensation claim, call 1-800-471-3209 to get a free evaluation from one of White & Stradley PLLC's experienced Workers' Comp attorneys today.
OSHA Guidelines for Determining Workers' Comp Coverage of Travel-Related Injuries
Not all injuries covered by Workers' Compensation actually have to occur at the workplace or job site, but while you're traveling, the common guidelines still apply.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) generally determines an injury to be work-related if an employee is fulfilling specific job requirements at the time of the incident. This seems straightforward with common workplace injuries, but it can be the single most difficult thing to prove in a NC Workers' Compensation claim related to business travel.
OSHA outlines some instances when injuries will not be covered by NC Workers' Compensation:
- If you are present in your work environment as a member of the general public rather than as a worker. For example, if you are on a business trip and you suffer an injury in your hotel room, it might not be covered if you were settling in after a night of drinking rather than working on a presentation.
- If you are doing personal tasks that are unrelated to your employment and/or the injury occurs outside of your specified working hours, such as injuring yourself while sightseeing in a new city.
- If your injury is exclusively the result of the personal consumption of food and beverages, such as choking on a sandwich during your lunch break while on a business trip.
- If your injury is solely the result of personal grooming, self medication for a non-work-related condition, or is intentionally self-inflicted.
While these are some generally helpful guidelines, there are exceptions for every circumstance, which can make it difficult for traveling employees to determine whether or not their injury is considered work-related.
Luckily our NC Workers' Compensation lawyers have decades of experience to help best advise you about your legal rights and how to proceed with your individual claim.
If you have been injured while traveling on business and need to file a North Carolina Workers' Compensation claim, contact White & Stradley PLLC at 1-800-471-3209 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve workers in Winston Salem, Charlotte, Durham, Asheville, Greensboro, and Wilmington, North Carolina.