WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEYS FOR REMOTE EMPLOYEES IN SAN DIEGO
COVID has forced the modern workplace to evolve. Millions of employees around the world have been asked to work from home, and this rapid change has made it difficult to discern what is and is not covered by workers’ compensation. Once the home has been transformed into an office space, it can be difficult to determine what qualifies as time at work versus time spent at home.
Luckily, the attorneys at The Law Office of Matthew Russell are workers’ compensation experts, and below they answer some of the biggest questions regarding remote employees and workers’ compensation.
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INJURED WHILE WORKING FROM HOME?
California workers’ compensation covers all full-time remote employees, so if you get injured while working from home, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation. Contractors or part-time employees may not qualify for workers’ compensation.
HOME OFFICE INJURIES
So what type of home office injuries will workers’ compensation cover? Workers comp should cover the same type of injuries that would typically occur in the traditional office. Below, you can find two of the typical home office injuries that should qualify for workers’ compensation.
SLIPS AND FALLS
If you somehow trip and fall injury performing a work-related task, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, you need to prove that you were not personally at fault. For example, if you left the sink in the bathroom on and slipped in the resulting puddle, you are at fault and will not be covered for workers’ compensation.
INJURIES CAUSED BY FAULTY EQUIPMENT
If your company helped you transition to a home office and purchased your home office equipment, they are responsible if an injury is caused by faulty equipment. Some examples include posture issues from a non-ergonomic chair or repetitive motion injuries caused by a bad keyboard or mouse.
DOES WORKERS’ COMP COVER TELECOMMUTING?
Workers’ Comp should cover telecommuting, as long as you have clear documentation. Make sure to immediately report the injury to your employer and supply supporting documents that prove your story of what happened. Without clear evidence of fault on the part of the company, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation.
That is why it is absolutely essential to contact an experienced workers ‘compensation attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney should be able to help you file a claim and then assist you in building the evidence you need to get approved for workers’ compensation. Without an expert helping you along the way, you might have difficulty getting workers’ compensation if you are injured while working from home.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY FOR SAN DIEGO REMOTE EMPLOYEES
The Law Office of Matthew Russell have built a reputation as the very best workers’ compensation lawyers in San Diego. They have literally seen it all, and their invaluable experience pays dividends for every client. If you were recently injured while working from home and would like to file a workers’ compensation claim, please contact us today by calling (619) 544-1506