When most people in California start a new job, they receive some vague information about what happens if they are injured while completing job-related tasks. As a result, the average person is likely aware that he or she may qualify for workers' compensation benefits if injured at work. When considering a workplace accident, many might immediately think of a fall or even a repetitive injury that develops over time as a result of the performance of typical activities. Many people may be unaware that they could also qualify for benefits if injured off-site while completing their employment responsibilities.
For example, some employers are required to travel and make presentations at conferences. Workers who injure their backs setting up a display at a conference their employers ordered them to attend likely qualify for workers' compensation benefits as well as those injured at a more traditional job site. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the exact process and qualifications.
The intent behind the process to compensation is that it is easy to understand for any person. In reality, however, the process may differ according to state and could utilize language that makes it more difficult for the average person. Fortunately, there is help available.
Many people in California seek the help of an experienced attorney to help guide them through the process to receive workers' compensation insurance benefits. An attorney can step in at any stage of the process, including after an initial denial. By seeking such assistance, injured workers are left more equipped to focus on their emotional and physical recovery instead of spending their energy negotiating with an insurance company.
Source: Findlaw, "Can I Get Workers' Comp for a Business Trip Injury?", Ephrat Livni, March 24, 2016