Off-Site Injuries

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Personal Injury Law, Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Many work-related injuries are straightforward because they happen in the workplace and are necessarily covered by workers compensation. However, a growing number of employees in various occupations are part of a mobile workforce, or need to travel off-site for their jobs. Workers compensation should provide coverage if they are injured, but it may be difficult for such an employee to demonstrate that their off-site injury was directly related to their job and could result in a disagreement about the nature of the injury with their employer or insurance carrier. Workers compensation claims concerning such unconventional injuries will likely benefit from professional legal advice on the initial application in order to try and avoid potential denials and appeals.

Claiming an Off-Site Injury

According to the website of Ritter & Associates, employees who work from a vehicle or travel to different work sites may be unaware that any injuries they sustain could qualify them for workers compensation benefits. The most important step will be reasonably showing how their job directly contributed to the injury. Following are several more steps that are important to take note of when submitting a claim for an off-site injury:

  • Nature of the injury the injury must have been caused when the employee was performing tasks related to their employment
  • Application representing the claim accurately and clearly on the initial claim is essential for a successful application, as doing otherwise will likely result in a denial
  • Petition if their claim is denied, the only way for the worker to pursue benefits will be to petition for an appeal, at which point they should likely seek legal representation

Receiving Benefits

If you are considering submitting a claim for an off-site injury, a team of workers compensation attorneys can help ensure that your initial application is filled out correctly and accurately, and that your case is well represented in the event that you need to appeal a denial.

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